Kardamena, which was once a small fishing village, has grown very rapidly in recent decades: today is the most important holiday destination - in the phrase "all-inclusive" - on the island of Kos after the island’s capital . Its clientele consists mainly of young British holidaymakers and Scandinavian, often outrageously tattooed, who seek the best way to get drunk quickly and cheaply.
Greek island lovers will avoid the place ...
The town has a resident population of 1,200 inhabitants (1800 for the municipality), the population more than tripled during the summer season.
The sandy beach, covered with umbrellas and folding chairs, extends from each side of the station. Southwest, it is more sandy and goes up Tolari on the east, it is surrounded by evil hidden military bunkers and a road.
Kardamena is sometimes spelled Kardamaina (Greek: Καρδάμαινα).
Kardamena is located in the middle of the south coast of the island of Kos in the Dodecanese and is distant 29 km from the capital, Kos , but only 7 km from the international airport of Kos which is Antimahia .
In Kardamena is the early Christian basilica St. Theotitas ("holy god"). The Church of St. Theotitas was built in the fifth century AD with the marble buildings of the ancient city of Alasarna and is now in ruins.
Archaeological Site of Alasarna
Kardamaina was built near the site of the former ancient city of Alasarna. During the Hellenistic period, in the second century BC, Alasarna was an important urban center with a thousand citizens (with the exception of slaves). Archaeological excavations uncovered impressive ruins as a temple of Apollo, a marble temple dating from the third century BC, a Roman theater and later constructions.
Port of Kardamena, boats (caiques local) make a trip to the small island of Nisyros, especially famous for its active volcano, which blew the top of the island in 600 BC and had a last erupted in 1873.
Officially, there are two daily departures during the season: in the morning at 9 am or 9 am 30, and another, less expensive, afternoon, 14 h 30.