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Best beach with a town/village in walking distance?

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Best beach with a town/village in walking distance?

I've read the town beaches aren't as nice, so where is best to stay with the nicest beach/hotel but walking distance to restaurants in the evening or a morning stroll? I'll be 7 months pregnant and with a 2 year old. We don't really like anything touristy and want to eat traditional food. Thanks :)

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1. Re: Best beach with a town/village in walking distance?


Has the best choice of restaurants and bars and is a nice village with lots of pedestrian side streets, it has a selection of beaches, some quite small but you can walk around and pick what suits you, it's flat and also has a harbour if you want to wathc the boats etc.


This has probably the best beach on the Island, it also has restuarants and bars but the choice is less and

they are generally along the main road.

Both will offer you a good selection of Greek restaurants, and unlike Kos town they don't suffer the hoards of tourists from the cruise ships that Kos Town has.

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2. Re: Best beach with a town/village in walking distance?

You won't beat Kardamena A village that's not too big. On the flat. A fit person could walk without stopping from it's Eastern end to the Western in 1/2 hr.

It has some lovely bars where you could sit in the day or evening to watch the world go by.

Good evening entertainment albeit background music, bingo a quiz or karaoke.

Budget or more expensive restaurants that serve good local or Northern European meals.

A good selection of beaches where you could laze and have a waiter bring you a cooling drink.

Or a beach where you could be the only person there for hundreds of metres.

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3. Re: Best beach with a town/village in walking distance?

PS. Don't go for AI. Most of these resort complexes are way out of the village.

There is a well stocked supermarket in the village, plus many smaller shops, a butchers and a fishmongers selling all you'd need, for a S/C holiday in one of the many reasonably priced family run hotels/houses.

Some don't have their own pools, but those that do don't mind you using them, as long as you buy even just a drink.

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4. Re: Best beach with a town/village in walking distance?

If your looking for village charm and a great beach then look at Mastihari, it's ideal for those looking for somewhere quiet and chilled where Kardamena is a bit livelier

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5. Re: Best beach with a town/village in walking distance?

Mastihari will be perfect for you. It has an exceptionally long sandy beach, beautiful sunsets and a choice of tavernas and cafe bars. It's about 10 minutes in a taxi from the airport but no aircraft noise.

There are no lager louts or late, late nights as the village quietens down around 12.30ish so perfect for your two year old.

There are little touristy shops for beach things, boards, floats, sandals, sun glasses, buckets and spades, a bakery, there's also a bigger supermarket for these things but with a bigger choice. There are local food and fruit shops and a fruit van which comes regularly. There are two pools for the use of anyone staying in the village (for the price of a drink) and the sea. My 4 year old grandson loved the sea.

There is a working harbour with fishing boats, trip boats and small passenger ferries for Pserimos (worth a visit) and Kalymnos. There's also a regular bus service to Kos town which takes about 30 mins.

If you want to find out more about Mastihari visit Mastihari Uncovered.


They also have rooms in the village.

I always book through the Greycat Company in Derbyshire. They can get you flights and rooms or you can get your own flights and book rooms through the company. Call Kevin Green on 01509 670581 and look on the site


They know their rooms and if you explain your needs Kevin will advise you.

If you want to stay in an hotel, there a smallish one (compared to AI) a two minute stroll from the village centre called The Mastihari Bay and it's on different booking sites.


You can also book this hotel through Kathryn Angelise who is English and lives in the village. She has a website and a Facebook page. This is her site and she has been resident here for many years so know everything there is to know.


Finally, here's a piece of drone footage over the beach and the village. You can see the length of the beach at 0.45 and at 2 minutes, you'll see the Mastihari Bay Hotel and how close it is to the village but there are lots of village rooms and apartments in the village.

I've been going since 1992 and obviously think it's perfect but I'm sure lots of other posters will advise you of their favourites.


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6. Re: Best beach with a town/village in walking distance?

Wow thank you all for your replies and suggestions it sounds great :) will start researching (again!)

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