For a quiet 2019 / 2020 beach holiday within easy reach of a bustling Greek town, Marmari is an exceptional choice. Tucked away on the north coast of the island of Kos, Marmari is a small, authentically Greek holiday village, just metres from one of the island’s most outstanding beaches. Only 15km from the island’s main town of Kos, this secluded location is an ideal base for exploring the heritage and culture of Kos. Birthplace of the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, the island has a strong cultural identity just waiting to be explored.
Relax on the beach or take a walk further along the coast to the sand dunes. Shop for souvenirs in Kos Town, take a boat trip along the coast or ride the waves just offshore. Have a go at some Greek dancing or head into Kos Town to take in the local landmarks and lively nightlife. Wherever the mood takes you, a holiday to Marmari is sure to delight.
The top attraction on a holiday to Marmari has to be one of the most picturesque beaches on the island. A 2km stretch of white sand, the beach curves along the north coast, and there’s always room to spare. Hire a sun lounger, play volleyball, enjoy a horse ride along the beach or take advantage of the swift breeze and try your hand at some windsurfing. There are also boat trips around the island’s coast, and along the waterfront you’ll find pubs, cafés and tavernas where you can sample local food and unwind with a cocktail.
Part of Marmari’s drawing power is its location. Just 15km away is Kos Town, the hub of the island’s cultural heritage and home to the Plane Tree of Hippocrates, Roman mosaics, the archaeological museum and the folklore museum. The village of Mastichari is also not far away and is well worth a visit for the Lido Waterpark, which boasts an astounding array of water slides and rapids, as well as a hydrotherapy spa and fish spa.
There are a few options to choose from with cuisine on a holiday to Marmari. The beachfront has a selection of cafés, tavernas and restaurants that serve up some incredible freshly caught fish and seafood dishes. The local speciality is saganaki, prawns cooked with ouzo and feta cheese. Alternatively, hidden away in the back streets of the village are some great little wonders serving up slow-cooked lamb.
Biggys on the Beach is a popular little pub/café that serves a range of Greek and Mediterranean dishes, as well as grilled options - with a side of friendly chat and helpful advice for exploring the island. Nestled in a garden of palm trees is Mythos Taverna, home to a full cocktail menu, outdoor seating and live sports. Or further into the village there is Spatzennest, where you can find classic Greek recipes along with Italian and American options. Alternatively, a short trip into Kos Town will open up a whole host of drinking and dining options.
The gorgeous white stretch of sand at Marmari Beach is wonderfully organised and family-friendly. Adventurous parents and youngsters can take advantage of the beach’s windsurfing school, and the volleyball and football areas are great for a spot of fun family competition as part of a Marmari holiday. The gentle slope of the shore offers plenty of paddling and swimming opportunities for the little ones too. There are also opportunities for bicycle hire or horse-riding along the beach. Many of the hotels in the resort, such as the Blue Jay Hotel and the Sandy Beach Hotel are equipped with children’s pools and play areas.
The nearby village of Mastichari is also home to an exciting waterpark, where the whole family can enjoy a variety of attractions including an interactive kid’s area, water slides, flumes, rapids, water polo, wave pool, fish spa and hydromassage.
Action & Adventure
The flat land of the beach at Marmari means that there is always a reliable amount of wind and waves, making it a prime location for windsurfing and sailing. There is an on-beach windsurfing school for all abilities, as well as beach volleyball and football courts. There are also bicycle hire options for a bit of adventurous roaming about the area.
The location of Marmari means that adventure is never far away. Just 15km away is the town of Kos, with its own Lambi beach and range of exciting water sports. Windsurfing is also available here, with the additional options of jet-skiing, paragliding and pedaloes. Also nearby is the village of Mastichari and the Lido Waterpark with its waterslides, flumes, fast and slow rapids, games like water polo and a fun wave pool.
Marmari is home to one of the most beautiful beaches on Kos. White sands stretch along the coast for 2km, merging with the natural beauty of the sand dunes and shady trees. The main section of the beach caters well to tourists and sunbathers, with sun loungers and picnic tables available with or without umbrellas, and the sands are well looked after, cleaned and raked daily. A few hundred metres further along the coast, more secluded spots await, surrounded by the natural beauty of the island. There are a few cafés, restaurants and taverns along the waterfront for beachside refreshment, and volleyball and football courts for active beachgoers on a Marmari holiday.
The flat land of the beach means that the breeze picks up enough for water sports - windsurfing is especially popular on this stretch. Alternatively, take a boat trip along the coast and see the island’s splendour from the water. The village of Mastichari lies not far away, also with its own soft golden sandy beach, lapped by the crystal waves of the Aegean Sea.
There isn’t much by way of nightlife in Marmari itself, being a peaceful resort that grew out of a fishing village. But there are a few places to sit and enjoy a laid-back pint or cocktail along the seafront. The best option is to take a short trip to nearby Kos Town, where the streets light up at night, before returning to the tranquillity of Marmari.
Long nights are a familiar experience in the town of Kos. There are plenty of spots along the beach for an early evening cocktail, such as Bluebird Psalidi, a local colonial-style cocktail bar. Further into the town itself, there are an array of drinks to be found at unbeatable prices, with many of the pubs and bars offering happy hours. More options await in Odos Ifestou and Apellou, the old parts of town, and nearer the port is the famous ‘bar mile’, with two roads of pubs and bars. There are several contemporary nightclubs, complete with strobe lights, lasers and dancing, and more with live music and DJs. On the beach at Lambi, the nightclub Heaven offers an exclusive atmosphere with a tropical garden and swimming pool.
A holiday to Marmari offers a wonderfully relaxed setting for romance. The white sandy beach is perfect for lazing the day away in each other’s company, and a short wander along the coast will reveal more secluded beauty spots. Enjoy a romantic cocktail among the palm trees and outdoor seating at Mythos Taverna, or indulge in the local seafood cuisine. Have some couples’ fun with traditional Greek dancing in one of the tavernas in the village, or head into Kos Town to sample the local culture and dance the night away.
Take a trip to Kos Town and visit the cultural heritage sights or trawl the cobbled streets for a spot of couples’ shopping. A range of leather goods, jewellery and clothing can be found in the town’s boutique shops. Or treat yourselves to the indoor market on a Saturday, where the stalls stock hand-made soap and local honey.
A holiday to Marmari puts you in the perfect location to experience the rich cultural heritage of the island of Kos. 3km inland is the village of Pyli, half in ruins and home to the remains of a Byzantine castle of the Knights of St. John. Also in Pyli, the tomb of local hero Charmylos has 12 crypts and treasures to explore. The village is also home to the Agios Ioannis festival where locals try to out-leap flames, throw a personal item onto the bonfire to have their fortunes read, and dance around the fire.
15km away in Kos Town, there are a wealth of heritage sites including many ancient ruins, roman mosaics, and the Plane Tree of Hippocrates - allegedly the site where the father of modern medicine would take shelter from the sun to teach his students. It is also home to the Hippocrates Festival between July and August, which features cultural events including theatrical shows, local music and opportunities to join in with sculpting and street dancing.