Zia is a small village located 16 km southeast of Kos town. Close to Asfendiou village on the slopes of Dikaion mountain, the village is renowned on the island for it’s sunset views and many romantic rooftop restaurants. The village hidden among the lush green forests and running waters is also home to the oldest water mill on the Kos.
Zia lies hidden among the lush green forests and running waters and is regarded as a pole of attraction for many visitors, tourists and Greek tourists. Its idyllic location on the slopes of Mountain Dikeos offers some breathtaking views to the entire Kos island.
The route that leads you directly to the settlement crosses some of the most beautiful spots. Three churches stand at the entrance of the village and as you move on you will meet the main street filled with plenty of tourist shops and great taverns. If you choose to walk around the village, a road will lead you towards the mountain, at the highest point of the island. Zia is also a famous destination for the amazing sunset views.
Buses run to Zia from Kos town, they are not that often though, Kos town to Zia at 7 a.m. 8:40 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays. Return schedule: 7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 1:30 pm and 3:50 p.m. the is no Sunday service. taxi’s can be expensive but it depends on how many are traveling it may be cheaper if there are four of you, than it would be to take an organised tour. If you do take a tour check the return time against the time of sunset, some tours have fixed times and do not take this into account. If you are traveling by hire car, note that the roads are steep and turns can be tight, the locals drive quite fast, and you will meet tourist coaches going the opposite direction at the most inappropriate times, listen out for a horns being sounded at the bends. There is very little parking in Zia, so allow plenty of time if you wish to see the sunset, or have reserved a restaurant table.