We could make any manner of assertions about Mastihari. However, we feel it is summed-up well by the following description:-
The village itself caters primarily for people that enjoy its quite ambience and general laid back feel. It has been variously been described as “fashionably unfashionable” and “attractive by dint of what it does not offer”.
What there is not – tattoo parlours, wet T-shirt contests, night clubs, man-powered water sports (no doughnuts or bananas
being towed behind speed boats), “organised events”, loutish behaviour from inebriated groups of “revellers”, branches of
Whilst there are no bank branches in the village, there are several bureau-de-change and an ATM.
What Mastihari offers – a laid back, friendly atmosphere that’s condusive to rest and recouperation. It’s a place for people who err towards a philosophy of “live to eat” rather than “food is fuel”. Reading books, people watching, conversation and gentle exercise tend to be the favoured pastimes. The beach never seems to be crowded and is given over to sun loungers for approximately only one third of its length. These peter out towards a beach based watersports business (all wind powered). The north west facing aspect means there’s invariably a cooling breeze from the land or sea. One gets the feeling of getting a healthy tan rather than being browned in a tightly packed rotisserie.
The village is largely pedestrianised and flat. For the most part the pavements have ramped access. The tavernas, restaurants, bars and shops tend to be run by long established local families and is of a scale whereby everyone knows everyone else by name. This makes for a safe environment that is attractive for families with children, unaccompanied ladies and people who use wheelchairs and other physical mobility aids.
This is taken from observations published at www.mastihari.com. There are a couple of Facebook groups focused on Mastihari. One of our favourites being Mastichari #mastiharikos.