Compact, scenic and surrounded by rock, Masouri is popular among climbers, walkers and rest-seekers.
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.
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.