A quiet place

In resort terms, Marmari is a bit of a mouse. It’s tucked itself quietly away on the north coast of Kos, with the emphasis squarely on relaxation. The place is a bit of a one-street wonder – the main drag on the seafront lines up the shops, bars and tavernas. And, while it may not be shouting about it, the resort has one of the best beaches on the island.

Unspoilt beach

Marmari’s beach is the pride and joy of the locals, who give the sand a thorough clean and rake-over each morning. The stretch gently shelves into the sea – the water can get a bit choppy, which suits the windsurfers. The best bit is that, even in high season, this spot rarely gets crowded so you won’t miss out on a sunlounger.

Close to Kos Town

Just 15 minutes’ drive and you’re in Kos Town. It’s a lively, cosmopolitan capital with a lot going on. Down at the front, you’ve got a Medieval castle and just up the hill there’s a stash of Roman ruins. Back in town, Eleftherias Square makes a great pit stop for cold beer or coffee at the pavement café and you’re in prime position for the shops around here, too. If you’re staying for the evening, you can round things off with a seafood supper at the harbour.

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