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Located in the Dodecanese group of islands, the Greek island of Kos is around 4km from the coast of Bodrum in Turkey. The island is around 40 km long and 8 km wide and has a number of towns and villages. The main town and port is also called Kos, but the island's other villages include Kefalos, Tingaki, Kardamena, Mastihari, Antimachia, Marmari and Pyli. Kos Town is usually quite and there is lots to do there. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs in the town which have led to the island as a whole becoming very popular with tourists. For those visitors looking for a bargain, practically everything is available in the island's shops from ceramics to fur, shoes to books and clothes and jewellery to leather products. The most popular tourist centres on the island often also have many small shops offering handmade goods such as ceramics and embroideries along with more traditional local products such as honey, herbs, wine, sweets and spices.
There are daily services between Kos and Piraeus along with services between Kos and the rest of the Dodecanese, the islands of the north eastern Aegean and Turkey. The trip by conventional ferry can take up to 13 hours, depending on the intermediate stopovers, and the trip with a high speed boat can take between 5 and 8 hours.
The Turkish city of Bodrum is located in Mugla Province, on the south coast of the Bodrum Peninsular at the point that checks entry into the Gulf of Gokova. In ancient times the city was known as Halicarnassus and has many ancient sites that have been abandoned by the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. Popular attractions in the city include the Tomb of King Mausolus which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and was built in under 100 years. The Tomb is now a popular open air museum. Visitors to the city also enjoy spending time exploring the region's lovely coast and beautiful bays. Visitors to Bodrum during October or November should visit Bargilya which is not far from Bodrum and is where you will see all the inhabitants harvesting olives. It is a different world with its lagoon and adorable fish restaurants.
From the city's port, ferries operate to other destinations in Turkey, to the Greek mainland and the Greek islands.