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. What’s more, its status as a spot that’s largely untouched by tourists makes cheap holidays to Kos relatively easy to come by in the area.
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.
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.
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.