Secluded, authentic and low-key
The golden beach is perfect for setting up camp for the day, with warm, glass-smooth water. There are some watersports on offer courtesy of the local hotels, although they are the non-motorised variety – think leisurely pedalos and some windsurfing when the breeze picks up.
The hub of Mastihari’s social life is scattered along the waterfront and in the pedestrianised village centre; expect some low-key restaurants and a handful of friendly local bars.
The flight to Kos is around 3 hours 45 minutes from the UK.
Transfer time from Kos airport to Mastihari is approximately 20 minutes.
Kos has a long holiday season, with pool-perfect temperatures kicking in from around May and staying put well into October. Rain is a rarity, so expect (and dress for) long hours of sunshine. July and August are the hottest months, where temperatures stick firm in the low 30s.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.