The northeast of Kos is flat and fertile, with fields of watermelons and tomatoes. Beyond Lambí and the reach of the town bus, Tingáki is a little resort with lovely views over Psérimos, and still has a village feel, especially when the daytrippers have gone. Boat Beach (with a beached vessel), before Tingáki, is quiet and has a taverna.
In March and April, the nearby salt pans, Alykes, are a favourite port of call for flamingos and numerous migratory birds, while the sandy coast and estuary are loggerhead turtle nesting areas.
At the far end of the wetlands, Marmári is a popular package holiday destination, but offers a generous sandy beach and a chance to explore local byways on horseback at the Marmári Riding Centre.
Images by Anna & Michal, Asurnipal, Atli Harðarson, ich selbst, KrauS, Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium, Rikki Mitterer, Russ Garrett, Werner Bayer