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 :–

tattoo parlours
wet T-shirt contests
night clubs
man-powered water sports (no  doughnuts or bananas being towed behind speed boats)
“organised  events”
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.