Where to start? There is so much that is interesting on the island; places to see and things to learn. In the next pages I have tried to give an insight into life as it was latterly and the traditions that are still very much alive and well and which are unlikely to change in the near future.
Alongside that, a brief overview of a couple of the neighbouring islands and places on Kos is probably useful so that you can decide if it is actually worth getting off your sunbed!
One of the beauties of the area as a whole is that there really is something for everyone from the Water park to Roman Ruins; Bar Street to Byzantine villages; quad bikes to donkeys; Greek coffee to Freddo Cappucino; worry beads to IPods - quite an eclectic mix.
I am of course diversifying from Mastihari here but hopefully the following pages will help you to get more from your holiday which is the whole point of it.
Whilst my site concentrates on Mastihari, there are times when I find it difficult not to include something about other parts of the island which are so beautiful so I thought a quick journey in photos from one end to the other may give you a better idea of what to expect if you decide to come here.
Starting by looking down onto Kamari Bay and Kefalos
Agios Yiannis - a beautifully situated church with traditional cafenio and amazing views.
Agios Theologos - not called Wave Beach for nothing!
There is an excellent taverna there too so allow plenty of time for your visit!
Limnionas - a small fishing harbour on the North side of the island just below Kefalos
Kefalos - a lovely old village
Have look here for some photos and info - Kefalos
Plaka - close to the airport with wild peacocks wandering around. It is wonderfully cool in summer
The old traditional house in Antimachia
The beautifully restored windmill in Antimachia where you can buy flour which has been ground in the mill. Also delicious local biscuits made from the flour!
Spring is the most beautiful time of the year to be on the island
Honey is an important industry on the island
Heading down to island to Old Pyli -a beautiful old Byzantine village
The view from Zia across the islands
For more about the villages in the mountains have a look at - Mountain Villages
Flamingos in winter at the salt flats in Tingaki. Just one type of bird that over-winters there.
Bee eater - the epitome of summer
The Asclepion - the most stunning historical site on the island and not to be missed
Kos town - all sorts to see and do, including a museum, the Casa Romana, the Castle of Neratzia and historical ruins everywhere! . I love it.
Kos town marina
Agios Fokas - the very end of the island, just past the thermal springs
And some sunsets shots which are one of the delights of being here - never the same 2 days running