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Marmari

Marmari Holidays

Holidays to Kos become a more relaxing experience when you stay in Marmari. Here you'll find only a scattering of hotels and traditional Greek tavernas surrounded by unspoilt natural beauty. Holidaymakers come here to enjoy the peaceful stretch of beautiful, clean sand and stunning views of the Aegean Sea. Just 15 minutes from Kos Town, you'll be close enough to join in on the nightlife but far enough away to enjoy the quiet serenity of this small resort.

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Unspoilt natural beach

Marmari beach is where all the action takes place. The resort's reputation as one of the quietest spots along the coast makes cheap package holidays to Greece a common find here, yet it's still possible to enjoy a memorable beachside escape. This two-kilometre stretch of white sand is cleaned and raked daily, making it one of the most pristine beaches in Kos.

Even though it's smaller than some of its neighbouring coastlines, Marmari beach is still fairly well developed. There are colourful sun loungers and parasols for rent as well as plenty of room for you to lay out your beach towel and catch a tan.

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Wind and surf

Marmari's coastline is long and flat, with sand dunes forming at one end of the beach. There is a fairly constant warm breeze and the weather and sand combination makes for an excellent water sports venue.

Marmari has its own on-beach windsurfing school where you can rent equipment and take a few lessons before hitting the waters. There are also opportunities to ride the waves surfing during the windy season and to play some games of volleyball right on the beach. For a less strenuous activity, the soft shelving sands make simply paddling in the shallow warm water a fun pastime.

Traditional cuisine by the sea

This resort may be small but it packs a punch when it comes to restaurants. You'll find most of Marmari's eateries right along the waterfront, with beautiful sea views on their outside patios.

Seafood is a big hit here with restaurants serving up the fresh catch of the day including shellfish and squid. One of the most popular local dishes in Marmari is Saganaki. This steaming bowl is full of prawns cooked with ouzo and feta cheese - a must try for anyone visiting the area.

Saddle up and see the sights

For any animal lovers out there, horse riding is a great way to discover the region. There are several stables in Marmari that offer a selection of riding tours on their horses and ponies. Choose from riding at sunrise, sunset or even a romantic moonlit canter.

Professional riders will help you saddle and get on the horse, and will lead you through Marmari's beautiful natural countryside, including a walk along the beach. First time riders are welcome, as are those who are more experienced.

Quiet drinks in the moonlight

The nightlife in Marmari revolves around the seafront. Greek Tavernas and bars will stay open late so you can have a quiet drink under the stars, or watch the sunset over the water.

If you're really lucky you might even get to watch some traditional Greek dancing in the tavernas, and even join in. For something more upbeat head down the road to the capital Kos Town where you'll find a thriving nightlife scene with karaoke and dance clubs.

Nearby neighbours

Only a 15-minute drive away is the capital city of Kos Town. This lively city is full of history and has plenty to see and do, including its 15th century castle, Roman baths, amphitheatre and the Hippocrates Plane Tree which is said to the be the spot where the founder of medicine taught his students.

If you're looking for somewhere to pick up your souvenirs, Kos Town is the best place for all your shopping needs. The Eleftherias Square has an indoor and outdoor market where you can scour the stalls for your perfect gift. There are also over 150 restaurants to choose from when you start to get peckish.

Another day trip out from Marmari is the village of Pyli, just three kilometres away. This little ruined village is home to a Byzantine castle and a semi-circular tomb of their local hero Charmylos. Pyli also has a nice selection of traditional Greek tavernas, perfect for lunch in the central square.