Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Here’s another long beach with an onshore Meltemi -although this one’s overrun with tourists. In this spot you will find very good wind & kitesurf weather conditions with wind-speeds of 17-21 knots on about 216 days per year.
Mastichari beach gives the impression that you are in some exotic place. It is located near little port of the village, called Limeniskos Masticharion that offers daily connections to the island of Kalymnos. Also it is situated 7 km north of Kos airport. The peaceful fishing village on the west coast of Kos, is a small, compact place with just 4 streets to get around.
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: N, NNE, W, WNW, NW, NNW
Main Direction: N, NNW, E
Wind Factor: 17-21 knots (5 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Onshore
The main wind directions are east and north northwest and these are directions that work well here. The best winds are during the summer with an 80-90% chance.
More detail: On July and December you will find Mastichari beach's weather at its best: 21-22 days per month with wind-speeds of 16-22 knots from eastern directions. Average daily highs will be found between 17°C and 25°C beneath some clouds in these months.
A visit between February and April or between August and November also makes a good wind/kitesurf holiday around Mastichari beach, but you probably will find acceptable conditions only on 15-20 days per month. Weather then will most likely be 14-22 knots from eastern directions. Average daily highs will be found between 16°C and 26°C beneath mainly blue skies in these months.
You can also consider travelling to Mastichari Beach in in May or June, if you are satisfied with up to 14 wind/kitesurf days per month. Average conditions in these months will be found at 14-18 knots from eastern directions. Average daily highs will be found between 20°C and 23°C beneath mainly blue skies in these months.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
The water quality is crystal clear and conditions are choppy to small waves most of the time. You should find some scraps of sunbed-free sand at the southern end though.
Bathers Period: June, July, August, September
Kid Friendly: Yes
Mastichari has a long sandy beach that its white sand and emerald waters give this place the ultimate exotic atmosphere. A long tuft of trees lie on the surrounding area and provide an excellent spot for some cool shade. It is hazard and obstacle free.
The beach does get busy with tourists during the months of June, July and August so there may well be surfing restrictions in place. If you move further along the beach there are naturists.
Access to Mastichari Port:
Mastichari is located on the northern coast of Kos, 7 km from the Island’s International Airport, 22 km from Kos City, and 5 km from Antimachia.
Access from the town of Kos is easy by public buses, running frequently (Kos-Antimachia-Mastichari and back to Kos), by taxi and by rented or private car and motorbikes. From Mastichari you may catch the boat to Kalymnos; the boats depart regularly every day.
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.