Marmari lies along the north coast of Kos about 15 kilometres from Kos Town and a walkable distance from the neighbouring holiday beach at Tingaki. It's mostly good, soft sand with a just few stones and some shingle dotted here and there. Marmari beach is gently shelving along the shoreline so it is a fine holiday beach for families with children.
Seaweed blown in by the northerly winds can be a problem all along this part of the Kos coast. Wind can be a problem on the north-facing Marmari beach and seas can get choppy with big breakers on the windiest days although these are relatively infrequent in the summer months.
Several all-inclusive holiday complexes have been built along the shoreline and although there is little in the way of Greek village character there are miles of beach to enjoy.
Blocks of tavernas stand at the back of Marmari beach and the staff working in the tavernas and cafes that offer sunbeds have a reputation for cleaning the beach each day, raking the sand and clearing up any litter that has been left by holidaymakers.
The beach is long, flat, deep and sandy with small dunes behind. The water is also shallow so this is a good beach for family holidays.
Despite a wealth of hotels nearby the beach is big enough to soak up the crowds and quiet spots can always be found in the dunes. The islands of Pserimos and Kalymnos are easily visible offshore.
Just inland from Marmari, about five kilometres from the shore, is the attractive village of Pyli where there are more tavernas and cafes to enjoy and many holidaymakers pay a visit.
There are frequent buses to Marmari beach from Kos Town and boat moorings can be found in the small Marmari port.
An attractive beach of flat white sand has a forest of sunbeds and a line of beach tavernas. Behind lies a warren of neat shopping streets lined with small shops and good cafes.
The Kamari Bay is a long stretch of shingle and sand with the Kastari islet prominent offshore. A sedate family resort, the shingle and sand turns to stons under the sea.
Kardamena is a busy tourist resort that wouldn't look out of place on Spain's costas. Wide sandy beaches sweep out either side of a resort that's popular with clubbing youngsters.
Tigaki beach is a long stretch of good white sand, narrow in places but backed by low dunes and it's possible to wade a good way offshore so it's fine for families with children.
Pserimos is a tiny islet found between the larger islands of Kos and Kalymnos and popular with day trippers . It is just a few kilometres from Kos and close to the coast of Turkey.
Kos Town was once considered one of the most beautiful coastal centres of the ancient world and fortunately, the ruins of many ancient buildings are open to the public today.
Holiday visitors to Kos looking for a more local Greek experience can hop aboard boats heading for the nearby islets of Pserimos or Nisyros- sure to add variety to any Kos holiday.
Hippocrates worked on the island of Kos and that here is found one of the most interesting archaeological sites, his ancient Asklepeion sanatorium where modern medicine began.