Kardamena, Greek: Καρδαμαινα, is a small town, situated mid-way along the south coast of Kos, Dodecanese. Once a small fishing village, it has emerged as a popular summer destination, especially for English, German and Scandinavian people, over the past 15-20 years. It offers a variety of choices for day and night entertainment, including scores of pubs and restaurants, as well as a plethora of watersports facilities.

Located only 7km from Kos airport at Antimacheia, Kardamena is easily accessible from main European cities through frequent charter flights during summer. From mainland, it is also accessible by ferry.

History of Kardamena

Kardamena is built on the site of the ancient settlement of Alasarna. During the 2nd century BC, Alasarna was an important urban centre with a thousand citizens, to whom the slaves and the metics should be added.

The archaeological excavations have brought to light some impressive ruins. A Temple of Apollo, an extensive Early Christian settlement (from the very few known in Greece), as well as 4 basilicas that belong to the same period. Also many stone objects of everyday use (millstones, tools, vases, vessels etc.), mostly made of volcanic and sedimentary rocks have been recovered so far.


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