If you’re looking for the ideal destination for a beach holiday in Greece, Marmari offers the ideal blend of culture, heritage and attractions to keep you entertained both on and off the beach. Marmari is located 15 kilometres to the west of Kos Island town, and is four kilometres north of the village of Pyli. With a gorgeously long sandy beach and excellent facilities, Marmari has everything that you’re looking for in a sun, sea and sand holiday. All the amenities you need are close at hand, including parasols, watersports facilities and sun loungers. With the beautiful beach within easy reach, you can spend your holidays swimming, sunbathing, playing ball games on the sand and trying your hand at any number of adventurous watersports. Marmari is also a very well-connected town with excellent public transport links, making it easy to access the other nearby towns and villages.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Greek
- Time Zone: GMT +2
- Average flight time: 4h 5m
When to go
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The top attraction in Marmari is, of course, the beautiful beach. The beach at Marmari is something of a superstar, with a straight long expanse of sand that reaches for two kilometres. There are sand dunes at one side, a number of sun umbrellas and sun loungers, making this a great place to enjoy watersports. You can rent watersports equipment at Marmari Windsurfing Centre, as well as have lessons, whether you’re an experienced rider or a complete beginner.The other top attractions in the city include going for a horse-back ride across the sands, with horses available to ride from the Salt Lake Stables. For a wider range of attractions, Marmari makes an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area. The island’s main cultural centre and travel hub, Kos Town, is just 15 minutes’ drive from Marmari. This area is rich with heritage and culture, including a medieval castle, baths and an amphitheatre originating from Roman times. If you’re craving some shopping during your time in Marmari, visit Eleftherias Square in Kos Town to explore the quaint shops and market stalls at your leisure.
Wine and Dine
As with the rest of Kos, dining is a big part of life in Marmari. Eating at a leisurely pace is a distinctive part of Greek lifestyle, as is the use of fresh local produce and high quality ingredients. You can find restaurants and cafés throughout Marmari where you can sample the best of Greek cuisine. There are also a good many restaurants in Marmari and the wider Kos area that have taken traditional Greek gastronomy and put a fresh spin on it with Western European tastes. In Kos, the locals love mezedakia, which is similar to Spanish tapas with numerous small dishes placed on the table at once. A parea, or sociable and happy table setting, is a huge part of dining in Kos. This involves serving traditional Greek dishes such as fish, meats and salad on large platters to be enjoyed with a group of friends or family. It’s important to note that in Greece, tavernas and restaurants usually opt for this style of service rather than a series of courses, so if you order several dishes they are likely to be brought out all at once.
There’s plenty to do in Marmari for all the family, whether you’re a more active family or are looking for the ultimate in fuss-free, relaxing beach holidays. In addition to Marmari’s own beautiful beach, at the nearby beaches of Tingaki and Mastihari, you can enjoy a number of exciting watersports including windsurfing and kitesurfing. Kos Town also plays host to some of the most beautiful beaches in the area, a bustling nightlife scene and plenty of cultural attractions to enjoy. These include the Kos Archaeological Musuem, which is ideal for teaching your kids more about the heritage of Kos and wider Greece. Other great historic attractions to visit as a family include the Neratzia Castle, the ruins of an important landmark in the local history.
Action and Adventure
Kos is an ideal holiday destination for watersports lovers and is one of the most popular Mediterranean watersports resorts. You can hire watersports equipment and get tuition from the Marmari Windsurf centre. The warm sun and vibrant waters here make the ideal setting for active watersports including swimming, kitesurfing, windsurfing and sailing. The wind conditions at Marmari are excellent for water sports, with the northern wind, named the Meltemi, blowing on the shore across the sandy beaches. If you’re looking forward to some active watersports, it’s best to visit between May to October, with the peak wind season taking place between late June right through to September. Fifteen kilometres away at Kos Town, you can visit the grand castle or ancient ruins, and spend the day exploring, or venture four kilometres to Pyli to go hiking or trekking in the beautiful countryside surroundings. If you’re willing to travel a bit further afield, you can explore the rest that Kos has to offer including a thrilling day at the Lido water park or sightseeing on a boat trip around the gorgeous coastline.
Life's a Beach
Marmari’s beach seems to stretch on as far as the eye can see, with crystal-clear waters that glimmer in the sun. Marmari offers a slice of a sun, sea and sand paradise, where you can lounge around in the sun, play sports on the sand or paddle in the warm waters with your kids. Other gorgeous beaches nearby include Mastihari and Tingaki, which have a good selection of beach-side bars, a vibrant party-style atmosphere and great watersports amenities. The coastline in and around Marmari is lovely, with warm soft sands that are frequently maintained as well as clean waters. At Marmari itself, the beach gently descends into the sea along the shoreline, making it ideal for those holidaying with their children and elderly holidaymakers. One of the best things about Marmari beach is that it is excellently tended to, with staff raking the sand and removing litter each and every day. In spite of the numerous hotels close by, if you head to the dunes at the side of the beach you can avoid big crowds and enjoy a peaceful day out on the beach.
If you’re looking for a buzzing nightlife scene, you won’t find it in Marmari. The town’s nightlife scene is focussed on spending long evenings dining and chatting at the seaside bars and enjoying refreshing cocktails. The most active nightlife in Marmari involves traditional Greek dancing in one of the town’s tavernas, which is an ideal compromise for those who don’t want to sit still all evening, but aren’t keen on loud music and dancing in clubs.
Marmari is a wonderful choice of holiday destination if you’re considering Kos for a couples’ holiday in 2017. Marmari is a tranquil haven from which you can explore the rest of the beautiful island, giving you a peaceful retreat to return to at the end of each day. If you’re looking to relax and unwind with your loved one, you can bask in the sun on Marmari beach or head slightly further afield to Mastihari or Tingaki beaches to enjoy some watersports. Marmari and the surrounding area has a number of authentic family-run restaurants and cafés that line the coast, specialising in fresh local food that bursts with flavour. The delicious food and scenic surroundings make this a great place to treat your better half to plenty of romantic dinners by candlelight, but you are within easy reach of the buzzing nightlife scene in Kos Town if you want to spice up your nightlife.
As with the rest of the Greek islands, the ambience in Kos is renowned for being laid-back and friendly. The locals here pride themselves on their welcoming attitude to tourists and it’s easy to make new friends both among the tourists and local people. In much of Greece, the locals speak English, although Greek is the official language. Marmari and the wider Kos area radiates history and culture, with many popular attractions within easy reach. These include the Plane Tree of Hippocrates, which is said to be the place where the pioneer of medicine taught his craft. Other culturally enriching attractions include the medieval castle, amphitheatre and Roman baths. If you can, you may wish to time your holiday to coincide with the local festivals, which are well worth travelling from Marmari to enjoy. If you’re a bit of a wine buff and can visit in August, you’ll be able to take part in the annual wine festival held in the village of Mastichari in the north west of Kos. This festival features only locally produced wine, with Greek dancing and live music for entertainment. If you’re looking for a real party atmosphere, the island of Kos’ Hippocratia Festival is held every summer between July and September, and honours Hippocrates with a selection of cultural events including art displays, music concerts and dramatic performances that tell you more about the island’s rich and diverse heritage.