Description

Asfendiou

Traditionally built on the slope of Mount Dikaiou, Asfendiou is located within 14 km southwest of Kos Town.

Proclaimed in 1983 by the Ministry of Culture as a protected village, Asfendiou is the only village not only in Kos, but in the Dodecanese, which still maintains the history of modern Greek architectural character intact. This is evident if one considers that the city of Kos was redesigned by the Italians and the rest of the villages altered their image when they began to turn to tourism.

Surrounded by lush green nature (olives, pines, cypresses, etc.), it's divided into two neighbourhoods; Evanghelistria or Pera Geitonia and Asomato. Major attractions that will surely pique your interest are the countless towers (two story mansions built like fortresses), some of which are located in building complexes, while others are standalone.

Once you're in Asfendiou, we suggest you visit the Church of Asomaton Taxiarchon, which dates back to the 11th century and stands on the ornate wooden temple and the ruins of the early Christian basilica of Agiou Pavlou.