KEFALOS, is situated at the south west of the island. A resort about 35 minutes in the car from Kos Town. You will go up winding roads and past the airport, round a few roundabouts… and down a long road and… lots of goats, and finally you get there! The local bus service extends to Kefalos from Kos Town, and it is a popular stop on Island Excursion Tours. Car Hire is also a good way to see the island and Kefalos, you can spend as long as you wish there.
As you come around the corner into Kefalos the view and scenery takes your breath away.
A sleepy holiday resort and fishing village. Beautiful (sandy) beaches line the coast before getting into Kefalos, such as Paradise, Camel and Golden Beach. All famous for their water sports, and bubbles in the sea! (Which occur due to the volcanic island close by…..)
Agios Stephanos is also a popular beach, sometimes stony, and has rock pools too. There, actually on the beach are ancient ruins, that were discovered in 1932. Also from here you can hire a small boat to go over to the tiny islet of Kastri opposite. On Kastri there is a little Monastry Agios Andonis, which has been very popular for weddings in the last few years, and is always lit up at night!
Kefalos itself is a quiet resort that is still being built up, once it actually was the capital of the island, you can still walk and see the remnants off the castle up from the main village on the hill.
Perfect for a lazy holiday, but also popular for those who love water sports, walking and a relaxing more traditional Greek holiday.
To sum it up… you could say it is… an up and coming resort, with new buildings being built each year, and some still not completely finished. Simply Greece, everything you would imagine, like a backdrop of a film in certain places… A wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of life, quiet, beautiful scenery, golden beaches that either stretch out for miles, or hidden coves, down mountainous roads. Rocky cliffs, and stony paths, crystal clear waters that are ideal for snorkeling. The resort has everything you need, including a regular bus service which allows you to explore the other parts of the island too.
The top village is often where you will be taken on an island tour, this is where most of the locals live. There is a beautiful large Greek Othodox church and you can walk through winding roads and past old style Greek buildings. The windmill is also a famous attraction in Kefalos, and is very popular with photographers.
The caves that you see coming into Kefalos and indeed up in the village are interesting too. It is said that during the different occupations of the island, the locals hid out in them and also taught the Greek language which was forbidden in schools at the time. Again whilst up in the village you can find local cafes, snack bars, shops and restaurants.
Accommodation in Kefalos ranges from small furnished studios, self-catering apartments on the beach, to simple but well equipped hotels to luxurious ones. To suit all pockets. Increasing popular are the hotels on the hills too, which offer a free mini bus service into the resort and down to the little harbour or beach areas.
KAMARI BAY is home to fishing boats and small vessels. Restaurants, tavernas and little bars line the area, and it is wonderful for strolling around, having a quick dip, and stopping for a bite to eat or refreshment, again popular with the island tours too and locals.
If you are travelling with children it is highly recommended that you bring (or buy one here) a snorkel and jelly shoes (or beach shoes) as it is a great place to snorkel and for the slightly older children, you can swim out to Kastri Island and ring the bell. There are also a selection of water sports such as Pedalo’s with slides and the water is great too as it is shallow so great for the kids.
Also just a little extra information – the bank, post office, tourist information office and medical center are all located up in Kefalos village itself.
Take a look at the video kindly submitted by Allison Carey