went for a quick week in greece . eneded up there cos we wanted something simple and quick not long haul flying from liverpool .
looked into kos and found this cool little fishing village called mastichari with its sandy beach , no package holidays , lots of space to breathe …. here are the roads leading to mastichari ,
ARRIVING AT MASTICHARI VIA BUS FROM AIRPORT
the harbour area
its all about the beach for me , and its got a nice one here away from the crowds and pebble beaches . some days its calm , some slightly choppy due to the breeze . always good for swimming tho . on some days with the tides a little seaweed can naturally wash ashore , but its an “all natural beach” and they leave bits on the shoreline . but the beach is absolutely spotless , like the town .
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some guest houses on the beach with the footpath that runs the length of the bay , and a neat breeze coming in off the ocean which is a godsend at times .
a souvenir shop where the proceeds go to help all the local homeless cats of which there are a lot , this lady looks after 40 cats alone so please support her much needed simple business
a young childrens playground on the beach
there isnt much in mastihari but just enough . we had great food everywhere , especially meat eaters . theres a dozen or so restaurants and several laid back bars including the following :
MASTICHARI TASTER [BEACH / STREETS ETC]
aplo beach cafe /bar [opens later at night]
harama [our fav restaurant for greek food and the only one with proper chips not processed ones , and superb service from alec and thimios it must be said]
jacket with tzatziki @ harama
chicken gyros @ harama
garlic bread @ harama
tzatziki salad @ harama
courgette croquettes in soft egg batter @ harama
spit roast lamb mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm freekin yumtastic @ harama
beef stifado [casserole] @ harama
veggie biana [? sp] @ harama
the number one bar [if you like 60's-80's pop go here] . we left ruined one night as we’d been on it for ages and the cocktails finished us . cant even remember half of it … not good !!!
horizon bar [excellent cocktails]
tam tam beach bar and rest a short distance away , eastwards past harbour area
kennys , run by a top guy called stamatis . good food and really cheap here too , and he has the iciest sub zero cold beer mugs in town ;-)
borsalino bar with a pool table
all the above places where serving mythos bottled 330 beers approx 2 euro , and great cocktails @ 5-6 euro .
there are no clubs , a few late bars but no loud music after midnight in the village . theres a bakery , a nude beach lol , and tons of street cats who we fed most nights including a couple of cheeky groups of kittens … one set about 3 weeks , one set about 5 weeks who live on the harbour near where the older street cats eat out of the long line of bins . as a rule the shy ones who look like they have had a tuff life we fed while clean tame ones wearing collars and well groomed where generally just scavenging and are peoples pets . so we gave to the street cats mostly especially mothers and kittens , be it scraps off our plates cos you get tons of meat in greece , or food we bought from the supermarket for 70c a tin or a couple of euro for packs of cat biscuits . show some love people !
there where some non motorised watersports like kite surfing , stand up paddle, canoes , surf boards etc available on a big long beach , clear blue ocean and almos white sand that is finer in the dunes area rather than near the port . you can get lessons to if required from the surf schools .
there are a few tourist shops , a few supermarkets , the lido waterpark , some boat trips from the port like 3 island tours or day trips to turkey , and thats kinda it in mastichari , simple life no mass tourism ! a few motorbike rentals and car hire places are in town , its 16 euro for a 50cc and about 10 more for a 125cc . we went mostly for a relaxing break away but always love a bike so did a couple of little sightseeing things too . there are plenty of greek ruins , rock formations , mountains , volcanos etc to see . so we had some of the volcanic hot pools at therme beach on the south eastern corner of kos that where discovered in 1934 . it took about 45 mins to drive there , hardly any traffic really . the pool is red hot so you have to find your sweet post where it meets the ocean and work your way in to it . too hot for me and most people . also have footwear the adjacent pebbles are scorching too , plus you have to walk down a fairly step gravel path down to the beach/pools ! you can see hot bubbles in the pool , and there are some smells of the volcanic sulphur water which allegedly has healing properties for joints and skin .
at therme beach , as with anywhere where there are tourists there are drinks and jewellery sellers , and a few sunbeds . also theres an abandoned old house on the shore . as for the shite on the end of the cove , well it was a bit tacky in all honesty it just didnt need that cafe thing with the music playing phil collins urghh . nor does it need the donkey rides up and down the hill for 7.50 euro , it was cruel on the donkeys – dont use them and give the donkeys a life for gods sake . likewise use the cafe at the top car park and put that unnecessary grot located on the beach out of business too – take back the beach LOL ! there is no admission fee for the pools its a public space .
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we also went to kos town , you can spend all day walking round absolutely loads of shops , bars and restaurants , plus a whole stack of bars and clubs that open till sunrise in some cases along ‘bar street’ . it was very tourist aimed capital and a lot of it is all based around the central harbour with boats coming and going all day .
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we had an brilliant meal at the thai in kos town called ‘sawasdee’ . run by a greek autralian guy and his thai wife who is one of the chefs . made a welcome change from 24-7 greek !
we also went to zia , the village in the mountains . you can see top views in the afternoon down to the salt flats , walk the numerous shops , see the stunning sunset across the ocean , and have drinks and a meal afterwards at one of many places to eat . it can get busy sunset time as coach people do day trips there .
there is also a really well made “natural park” there if you want to do some nature and wildlife walking on the well laid out trails where you can see animals like water turtles , peacocks , guinea , turkeys , deer , grouse , rabbits , goose , ducks etc .
further up the steep hill the views are even better as you pass thru the tiny old streets leading up to the church up the top . there where dozens of very young chicks in pens with the hens , and slightly bigger chicks all over the roads further up in the old streets .
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petrol is expensive here , more expensive than the uk , but bikes dont use much
the weather was 32-35 all week in third week of june , every day glorious sunshine zero rain . its all condensed into about 3 small flat streets you can negotiate in a few minutes walk . a simple village that mass tourism hasnt destroyed and it works hard to keep it that way by the looks of it , its worlds away from the kardemena 18-30 madness !! the owner of our apartments even baked us a cake ;-)
along with the excellent beach , it also gets the sunsets . and we saw various spectacular shows !
this one was taken at tam tam – an hour long grey cloud came in about 5pm with a low level sea mist that drifted up a valley on the island opposite . when the sun dropped it looked like another planet
BYE KOS , IT WAS GREAT …. AIRPORT TAKE OFF …. WE OUTTA HERE >>>>>
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