The small and pleasant Kos beach resort of Mastichari, often spelt Mastihari, is located about midway on the north coast almost directly to the north of the island airport.
The resort has a decent harbour so many visitors on island hopping holidays use Mastichari as a base from which to catch ferries to other islands in the Dodecanese and elsewhere.
The resort at Mastichari is worth more than an overnight stop however as it has a pleasant enough beach and is nicely positioned west of Marmari and about 33 kilometres from Kos Town.
Mastichari has a large and attractive beach of white sand that curves around the headland to the west of the port and is backed by a few clumps of shady tamarisk trees and several beach tavernas.
The beach at Mastichari does suffer from thick banks of seaweed although the local council is doing more to clean the beach each year. The slope down into the sea is quite steep so children must be watched.
The village centre is a small network of shop-lined alleys that are free from traffic and a promenade has been built along the shore.
The large hotel development seen in neighbouring Marmari is not in evidence here but nevertheless, Mastichari is a growing tourist destination with tasteful apartments along the seafront.
There are regular daily buses to Kos Town and there is mooring for boats in the port. Mastichari is also an excellent base for island hopping with ferries to Kalymnos and links to other islands.