Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
With 300 days of sun every year, seemingly endless sand and pebble beaches, a plethora of sports and cultural activities, Kos is the perfect vacation paradise. As the third largest island of the Dodecanese, it is 43-kilometer long and just 4 km away from the coast of Turkey.
Mastichari spot is suitable for both beginners and expert kite/windsurfers.
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: N, W, NW
Main Direction: E, NNW
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Onshore, Side Onshore
Blowing at: Midday, Afternoon
Best winds during summer. Meltemi wind NW, thermal, starts around noon and stops exactly with sunset. Every day mostly 4,5-6 Bft. Best time to go is June to August, which is high season, with 80-90% wind. Off-season no regular winds.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Crystal-clear water, warm and shallow, choppy to small waves conditions most of the time.
Bathers Period: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Kid Friendly: Yes
The endless shore on the Aegean coast with Kalymnos and Pserimos on the horizon, surrounded by untouched natural beauty, is the ideal place to sit back and relax. At sunrise or sunset when the wind has calmed and the only sound you hear comes from the waves at your feet. Its crystal clear water, and its fine, white sand give this Mediterranean beach an exotic, tropical feel.
For some, it is the island’s most stunning beach, for others, the island’s most picture-perfect sunset watching spot.
Access to Mastichari:
The spot is located on the northern coast of Kos, 10 km from the Island’s International Airport, 19 km from Kos City, 7 km from Antimachia and 3 km from the picturesque fishing village of Mastichari. It is a continuation of Marmari beach.
To get here you can drive westwards out of Kos town following the signs for the beach at Mastichari. Before reaching the village and after the waterpark, turn right just after the two grand resorts.
If you do not have your own vehicle, you can get there by taxi or bus from the town of Kos or through Antimachia and Mastichari.
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.