And of democracy, philosophy and western civilisation; of the Olympic Games and mathematics, of Socrates and Plato; of astronomy and science; of the 300 Spartan warriors, of Zeus and Apollo; of a thousand fabulous islands blessed by the gods…the cradle of everything and everyone.

Delve deep into its culture and unique way of life. Explore its coasts and beaches, many of them worthy of a picture postcard; stroll around the twisting narrow streets of mythical places such as Mykonos or Santorini… Feast your eyes on the brilliant white and deep blue of its towns and villages. When visiting Athens, take the time one evening to discover rebetiko music and dine in one of the restaurants that nestle at the foot of the Acropolis. If you’re looking to get away from it all and relax on a practically deserted beach, then head for the islands of Lipsi and Tilos, close to Asia Minor, or even better, enjoy a relaxing swim in the waters that bathe a secluded beach hidden among the cliffs on the island of Zakyntnos, which can only be accessed by boat. And if you’d like to experience life in the Greece of yesteryear, then take a donkey ride around the island of Hydra (known as the island of artists and intellectuals). This is place where time has stood still, cars are not allowed and donkeys and bicycles are the only means of transport permitted.

But perhaps even more spectacular than all this is Cos, one of the Dodecanese Islands. Its warriors fought in the legendary Trojan War, recreated in the film starring Brad Pitt in the role of Achilles. Cos has so many treasures to discover that you won’t know where to start. The finest sandy beaches backed by lush vegetation such as Paradise, Ayios Stefanos, Camel, Crazy Beach and the region of Kefalu in the south of the island, and to the north, Ai Ioani and Tigaki. Nor should you miss a visit to the Temple of Aphrodite, the ancient Agora and the portico. At the site of another archaeological dig you can admire a Roman spa, Roman villa, gymnasium and Odeon.

The island of Cos boasts countless culinary delights and a lively nightlife. The finest local fare is served at the Kogili and Argonaftis. Enjoy some pleasant conversation over an aromatic coffee at Ciao, 4×4 and Plaisir. And the liveliest nightlife of all is to be found at clubs such as Cactus, Doors, Connection, Kalua, Heaven, Ice Factory, Menphis and Elena House.

Cos, the birthplace of Hippocrates, the patron of physicians, will soothe away all your stresses and strains and provide a unique holiday experience. On this island IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts offers you its 5 star IBEROSTAR Odysseus.