Holidays In Masouri
Masouri Holidays at a Glance
At a glance: Compact, scenic and surrounded by rock, Masouri is popular among climbers, walkers and rest-seekers. While easily satisfying the demands of today’s holidaymakers, Masouri is nonetheless authentically Greek. Here you’ll enjoy one of the island’s best beaches, a lively summer night scene, and amazing natural views if you venture from the seashore inland. Within easy reach of the capital, and in sight of the pretty islet of Telendos, Masouri is a great choice for an easy-going week or two in the sun.
Who holidays here:
With an abundance of natural advantages, Masouri attracts energetic types, such as climbers, walkers and watersport enthusiasts. But those seeking a gentler pace and a relaxing break with a perfect sandy beach and clean sea for swimming, will not be disappointed with their stay in this picturesque resort on the tranquil island of Kalymnos.
Key Facts - Masouri
- Dialing Code00 30
- Time Difference+2 GMT
- Flight Duration3 - 4 hours (approx)
The village of Masouri is situated just 9 kms from the island capital of Pothia, along the west coast of Kalymnos. It’s reputation for having one of the best beaches and clean seawater has helped to make it a favourite tourist spot on the island. Yet, visitor numbers are still low in comparison to the larger and better known islands of the Aegean, and in spite of some modern development, there is still an authentic feel to its traditions and way of life. Many climbers head to Masouri to explore the challenges posed by the rocky mountains which surround the village and to enjoy the views over the bay reflected in the windows of the whitewashed dwellings dotting the way up the hillside.
The town benefits from all the necessary up-to-date facilities of 21st century life, such as banks, shops, rental agencies and hotels and, in the summer season, it buzzes with life well into the night. Nonetheless it has a traditional layout of authentic old buildings including dwellings, churches and traditional tavernas and is a pleasant place for a stroll.
The beautiful, sandy beach attracts holidaymakers from all over the island for its friendly atmosphere and well organised supply of sunbeds and parasols. A wide range of watersports are on offer with canoes and other equipment for hire, and a snack bar at the beach provides refreshments when the need arises. Neighbouring village, Myrties is also blessed with a beautiful beach, though not quite as large and sandy as at Masouri. The two resorts are connected by a busy strip of restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and mini-markets a level up from the beach.
From Masouri, trips to the capital Pothia are easily achievable on local buses which leave regularly from beside the beach. For a day out with a difference, a ten-minute boat trip from Myrties will ferry you to the picturesque islet of Telendos and its verdant shady covering of pine and cypress trees.
Pothia: The islands capital is a picturesque and full of colourful houses piled high on the hills around its harbour which is in the shape of an amphitheatre.
Folkore Museum of Kalymnos: A place you must visit in order to see and learn about the rich history of the island, its people and their customs.
Mountain Top Fortress at Hora: The island's ancient capital and was established as a fortress in the Byzantine period and was occupied until the 18th century. Now, just nine chapels remain standing.
The Citadel of the Knights: It is on a steep rock just inland from Pothia. It was built by the Knights of St John and the chapel of the Virgin, within its walls, is on the site of an ancient temple. The citadel overlooks three ruined windmills and has great views of both Pothia and the central part of the island.
Diving: The island's main activity, an integral part of the Kalymnian way of life available both at diving centres and at the local school for divers.
Windsurfing: Experience the excellent wind surfing around the island. Windsurfs are available for hire.
Sailing: Set sail from the island by chartering the yacht of your dreams, bareboat or with a skipper and discover the Greek Archipelagos.
Fishing: Try out the local fishing methods by embarking on a small wooden fishing boat or by joining an organised fishing trip.
Trekking A variety of walks will allow young and old alike to enjoy the impressive scenery and the profusion of wild herbs and flowers which cover the mountain side.
Eating/Drinking During Masouri Holidays
Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.
Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.
Getting Around on Masouri Holidays
Taxis: Taxis are metered and are in plentiful supply in the resorts.
Interurban Buses: There are various bus companies linking all major towns, with daily routes at specified intervals.
Urban Buses: These operate frequently during daytime and in certain tourist areas, summer timetables are extended until midnight.
Bicycles: Bikes are available for hire in most resorts.
Masouri Holidays Shopping
Popular items purchased by those who take holidays in Kalymnos include:-
- Natural Sponges - (Kalymnos is well known all over the world for its fine sponges)
- Local hand woven fabrics
Holidays in Masouri - Beaches
Therma and Gefira: The 'Town' beaches. Both close to Pothia.
Wlihadia: The main resort to the south of the island. It has a beautiful bay, great for swimming and there are an abundance of traditional tavernas.
Kantouni/Linaria: Both of these resorts have beautiful sandy beaches.
Melitsachas: Wonderful small beach facing the neighbouring island of Telendos.
Myrties: Small but pleasant shingle beach. From the jetty you can jump on the little ferry boats across to the island of Telendos.
Telendos: Extremely hot in the height of the season but worth a day trip. Main beach is Chohlakas.
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