Mastihari or Mastichari is a village on the north-west coast of the island of Kos. It supports a small fleet of fishing boats whose catches supply the local tavernas and restaurants.
The village itself caters primarily for people that enjoy its quiet ambience and general laid back feel. It has been variously been described as “fashionably unfashionable” and “attractive for what it does not offer”.
What it does not offer :–
wet T-shirt contests
man-powered water sports (no doughnuts or bananas being towed behind speed boats)
loutish behaviour from inebriated groups of “revellers”
branches of fast-food chains.
Money – banks, bureau-de-change
Although there are no bank branches in the village, there are several bureau-de-change and a couple of cash machines – notably one in the parade of shops on the road to/from Antimachea.
What Mastihari offers – a laid back, friendly atmosphere that is condusive to rest and recouperation.
It is a place for people who lean towards a philosophy of “live to eat” rather than “food is fuel”.
Reading books, people watching, conversation and gentle exercise tend to be the favoured pastimes.
The main beach never feels crowded. It is given over to sun loungers for approximately only one-third of its length. These peter out towards a beach based watersports business (all wind powered).
The north-west facing aspect means there is invariably a cooling breeze from the land or sea. One gets the feeling of getting a healthy tan rather than being browned in a tightly packed rotisserie.
The village is largely pedestrianised and flat. For the most part the pavements have ramped access.
The tavernas, restaurants, bars and shops tend to be run by long-established local families and is of a scale whereby everyone knows everyone else by name. This makes for a safe environment that is attractive for families with children, unaccompanied ladies and people who use wheelchairs and other physical mobility aids.
No pushy sales people
The nearest thing to bar-reps, PRs or other “sales people” one is likely experience is the occasional visit to restaurants by hearing and speech impaired islanders who offer an assortment of novelty items. They carry ID cards and have the permission of restaurant owners.