Asfendiou is situated 14 kilometers south west of Kos Town at the mountainside of Mountain Dikeo. There are around 100 permanent residents and according to history the old village flourished between 1850 and 1940. Asfendiou thanks to viniculture and olive-crop has a very interesting architecture with two different “neighbourhoods”, Evagelistria or Pera Gitonia and Asomatos. Close to the village you can find the beautiful villages of Zia, Agios Dimitrios, Zipari, Tigaki, Linopoti and Lagoudi. Places worth visiting include the church of Asomaton Taxiarchon of the 11th Century with its wooden temple and the ruins of the Early Christian Basilica of Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul) just further away from the village. By reaching the top of mountain Dikeos at a height of 840 meters you have the chance to enjoy the panoramic view of the island, take pictures and get a glimpse of the small church of Christ. Around 2 kilometers southwards at the mountainside of Dikeos there is a little village called Zia with a fantastic view attracting many visitors, tourists, Greek holiday makers and local excursionists. Once you reach Zia you have the option of buying traditional souvenirs mainly folk-art artifacts but also to enjoy local cuisine from the many Greek restaurants and traditional taverns available. If you like churches, you may also visit the church of Agios Ioannis Theologos (St. John the Evangelist), built in the rocks, at the small village of Lagoudi (around 1 kilometer west of Asfendiou), and the small church of Prophet Elias at the top of a hill very close to Asfendiou. Accommodation is also available at this beautiful village. By staying here you can enjoy the well organized sandy beach of Tigaki which is only a short distance from the village. close to Asfendiou. There are also many local festivals taking place and if you have the chance of being around at that time you can enjoy on the 6th of August at Zipari the celebration of the Metamorfosi tou Sotiros, at Agios Dimitrios on the 26th of October, in honour of the Agiou Georgiou (St. George) at the Dasaki ton Mavrokampion and in April at Lagoudi on the 8th of May in honour of Agios Ioannis Theologos (St. John the Evangelist). In case of any unfortunate reasons you need medical assistance there is a Medical Centre and a drugstore available in Zipari. Access from Kos town is easy either by bus, taxi, car or motorbike.
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