Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Slalom
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Marmari is located on the North West coast of the Island of Kos in Greece; an island well known for its super reliable wind conditions in the summer months. Marmari is a great location for a Greece tranquil holiday away from the more developed area around Kos Town, with a natural, unspoilt environment with sand dunes and gently shelving entrance to the sea and as it is more exposed than some other beaches, it is very popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers.
A Mediterranean climate leads to dry hot summer days with cooling sea breezes and mild winters with some rain. Average temperatures between May-September hover around 27°C and 24°C for the water.
Medium Months: May, September
Wind Type: Thermal Winds, Local Winds
Best Direction: W, WNW, NW
Main Direction: N, NW
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Side Shore, Side Onshore
Blowing at: Midday, Afternoon
Wave Tack: Starboard (from the right)
The islands of Kalymnos and Pserimos act as both Venturi generators and swell shields to the sandy beach at Marmari. This local Meltemi northerly wind providing side onshore winds and the local thermal winds providing side shore conditions from the right. Typically wind strength in the summer months ranges from 2-4 Bft (4-16 knots) in the morning, to 3-5 Bft (7-21 knots) in the afternoon, coming from ideal for slalom or freestyle and the wind blows until sunset. Best time to go is June to August, which is high season, with 80-90% wind. Off-season no regular winds.
A shorty is sufficient for all the seasons except winter when a full wetsuit is necessary.
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
The water is flat with a little chop and small waves, but with strong afternoon winds, expect 1,5 m or higher towards the end of day. The predominant side onshore wind direction makes it possible to ride the shoreline all the way along the beach. A 50 m long sandbank provides shallow access into the water and protection, so it is ideal for beginners. No large rocks or reefs. There is little current, so it is easy to get back to shore. The conditions in Marmari are suitable for all skill levels.
Be careful of swimmers especially in the peak months of June-August. Also, since 2011 kiting is prohibited in front of the wide beach which now became a swimming zone.
Kid Friendly: Yes
A 50 m long sandbank. A spot with trees, away from the more developed area around Kos Town, with a natural, unspoilt environment with sand dunes and gently shelving entrance to the sea. It is an excellent resort for families. There is a permitted kite-zone downwind where the beach is only about 10 m wide.
Access to Marmari:
As there is a well paved road all the way to the beach, access is easy on the local bus or by car or scooter: On the northern coast of Kos, just 17 km west of Kos Town. In Marmari you take the road along the coast to the west. At the end of the road there you'll find the spot.
The distance from the airport is 13 km.
Access to Kos: Kos is the island of Hippocrates (father of medicine), the third largest in the Dodecanese after Rhodes and Karpathos, lying close to the Asia Minor coast, between Nisyros and Kalymnos Island. As this is a popular island, it is fairly easy to travel to Kos.
Arrival by Airplane: The Hippocrates International Airport of Kos (KGS) is located at south-western part of the island, in a distance of 27 km from the capital, quite close to Antimachia. It is connected with Rhodes, Heraklion, Kalymnos and Limnos Islands. During the summer season the airport gets very busy. There are 2-3 daily flights from Athens to Kos. Flight duration is approximately 50 minutes. During the same period there are many direct charter and international flights from other countries, mostly European countries. If you make a reservation enough time earlier, you can find a cheap ticket.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: The central port of Kos is located in the capital of the island. From Piraeus Port there is daily connection with Dodecanese Islands by ferry boats. The trip lasts from 12 up to 16 hours, depending on your destination. The boat of line connects the islands Patmos, Kalymnos, Nisyros and Rhodes daily. During summer there is daily coastal connection with Bontroum, in Turkey. Also, there is less frequent connection with Karpathos, Symi, Kastelorizo, Cyclades Islands, Thessaloniki, Kavala, Alexandroupoli, Crete, Chalki, Chios and Mytilene. During the high tourist period, are organized daily excursions with dolphins or small boats for the nearby islands: Fourni, Ikaria, Lipsi, Leros, Agathonisi, Tilos and Astypalea. The itineraries can change, depending on the tourist movement, and for this you should you be informed in the port.
Local transportations: The island of Kos has an adequate road network for the movement of the visitors.
Car Rentals: Renting a car is suitable for long distanced and isolated areas. Having a car gives you the opportunity to visit places you could not see by bus. For the visitor who wants to rent a car or motorcycle there are many car rental offices.
Bicycle Rentals: Due to the terrain but also because of the existence of the many bicycle paths in the city, an extremely popular mean of transportation in the city of Kos is the bike. On the island there are many companies that rent bicycles.
Bus: In Kos the bus service is very well organized. You can reach a lot of regions of the island, with cheap tickets. In the capital of the island you can use the municipal bus, but you can reach the most distant regions using the KTEL. The itineraries are enough frequent and the central station of buses is found in the centre, at Cleopatra Street. Some of the villages that you can visit are Mastichari, Agios Stefanos, Tigaki, Kefalos, Pyli, Asklipieion and Saint Fokas.
Taxi: The taxi is another alternative transportation way, faster and more expensive. In Kos you can find easily a taxi, in the centre or in other regions, either at the taxi-stations, or by phone with the service of radio-taxi. The charge for the most popular destinations is predetermined, and for the others there is a taxi-meter.