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Mastichari

Mastichari Holidays 2017/2018

Mastichari holidays offer the optimal combination of thrills and relaxation. Both adults and children will love the rides and entertainment at the Lido Waterpark, and enjoy unwinding on one of the most beautiful stretches of white sand in all of Kos.

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Experience Mastichari

Bright painted houses rise out of striking rock cliffs in the small fishing village of Mastichari. Bathed in history, holidaymakers can spot remains of a past ancient life with ruins scattered along Mastichari's landscapes, including an early Christian basilica complete with mosaic floors.

Today this little area has slowly been built up as a tourist hotspot due to its long white sandy beaches, exotic looking seas and children's waterpark. Its restaurantsget the full benefit of facing towards the Aegean Sea, offering stunning views.

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Seaside adventures

Mastichari's beach is an extensive stretch of soft, white sand that seems to never end. Here you can hire sunbeds and umbrellas to shade yourself from the toasty Greek rays. This beach is known for its peace and tranquillity and is an ideal spot for you to unwind and forget about your troubles.

Tavernas and cafes can be spotted along the coastline so you don't need to go far to find a bite to eat. There are tons of watersports available down by the sea, but the only activities that are available as those that make minimal noise so it doesn't disrupt the quiet feel of the beach.

You can rent equipment for windsurfing and kiteboarding as well as small catamarans to take out into the waters. If you're new to these sports there are beginner courses run through Horizon Surfing Centre where you can sign up to learn the ins and outs of Mastichari's watersports.

Busy port and fishing village

Near the beach is Mastichari's own harbour, the busiest place in the village. Fishing boats are moored here as well as large commercial ferries taking trips back and forth from the island of Kalymnos. You can take a walk through the docks and check out what the locals are pulling up from their nets, and are sure to spot some unusual fish you can't find in the UK, as well as octopus.

Splash central

One of the most popular attractions here in Mastichari is the Lido Waterpark. This is a great day out for families and the young at heart, and a good way to stay cool in the summer months.

Lido Waterpark has numerous slides of all sizes as well as tube rides and kamikazes. There are also large wave pools to splash in and a children's play pool full of fun, colourful inflatable toys and towers. If your stomach is starting to rumble, Lido Waterpark's cafe and bar area serves pizzas, snacks and cold drinks to keep you going.

Greek history at your finger tips

The Hippocrates Garden Cultural Center is a great spot for any history buffs who really want to get a feeling for the area. An exact replica of an ancient Greek settlement from the 15th century BC stands here, and you can take tours of the site and learn about how the people of Mastichari used to live.

You'll also discover what it must have been like to live in an Oikos, an ancient Greek house, and feel the majesty of sitting in a replica, stone-built theatre. Walking through Hippocrates Garden transports you back in time with stories of ancient Greek gods and a captivating mythology. The borders and walkways are very well kept and beautifully laid out, perfect for a relaxed stroll.

Nearby neighbours

A great day trip out from Mastichari is to the island of Kalymnos, which is a sponge diver's paradise. Natural sponge is collected off the shores here by scuba divers and you can take tours of the factory to see how it's made.

Kalymnos is also big on rock climbing and has several cliff face ranges that bring experienced climbers from all over the world. This island is only a short ferry boat away from Mastichari, and you can hop aboard one of their daily ferry trips leaving from the harbour.