Surrounded by swirls of foliage, with dots of wild thyme and lavender completing the pretty image, Mastichari’s a real looker. Wander around various botanical gardens and ancient buildings, and you’ll soon get a feel for the old Greek ways. There’s a gorgeous vineyard and glowing beach, too.
An island escape
Mastichari lies right by a thriving harbour with fast ferries to the nearby island of Kalymnos. It’s just 20 minutes away, so it’s well worth a ferry ride. The island’s steep volcanic peaks have recently seen it become a favoured place for mountain climbing, plus there are breathtaking caves to marvel at.