Kefalos holidays 2020
If you’re thinking ‘Greece’ for your 2020 cheap summer holiday, think Kefalos. Around 40km to the south west of Kos Town, Kefalos is a stunning traditional Greek village. It’s perched high up on a hill and offers magnificent views out across the Mediterranean. Said to be the first village built on the island of Kos itself, there is no shortage of history, culture, and beauty to take in here.
Kefalos is really a village of two halves. There is the coastal half, the long, white and gold beaches, the restaurants, the excitement and the adventure of the water sports centres. And then there is the charming old town itself, the other half, the cosy, quiet, gorgeously delightful half that oozes tradition and is full of stunning architecture.
Whether one half appeals, or you fancy a bit of both, there’s plenty to discover. Whatever you choose, your Kefalos holiday is sure to bring you happiness, memories, and joy.
Kefalos at a glance
Discover the best beaches
Kamari Beach is said to be one of the best beaches in Kos and luckily you'll be close to it
Must-visit historical sites
In Kefalos you'll find remains of a castle as well as loads of old, picturesque buildings
Perfect for watersports
Whilst on Kamari Beach, try your luck at watersports, windsurfing in particular
Sample the local food
Stop off at one of Kefalos' tavernas on Harbour Road for a traditional Greek meal
Rest & relaxation
Great weather, a wonderful beach and a laid-back atmosphere - what more could you want?
Popular with couples
If you enjoy a laid-back atmosphere, this just might be the place for the two of you!
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Things to do in Kefalos
When you are thinking about enjoying a holiday in Kefalos, you’re going to want to know what there is to do there. Far from being ‘just’ a idyllic little village at the top of a hill, there are a surprising number of activities that you can join in with, making this Kefalos holiday great from the start.
For those who are keen to find out more about the area’s wine making, pay a visit to the Volcania Winery in Kefalos. Here the knowledgeable staff will be able to give you so much information about the wine they make (and wine in general) that you’ll come away feeling quite the expert. Of course there are opportunities to partake in wine tastings and vineyard tours, as well as being able to buy wine to take back home with you.
The Aghios Mammas church is a must see on your Kefalos holiday. It’s a beautiful building in its own right, but its location, set right out on the southernmost tip of Kos, is haunting, and something that, once seen, won’t ever be forgotten. Neither will Agios Ioannis Theologos. This is where you can see the most spectacular of all Greek sunsets. As for the church itself, there is a festival each year on 29th August that honours St John (the Ioannis of the name).
From Kefalos there are a number of different day trips that you can take if you want to explore a little further afield. One of the most popular is a boat trip to the island of Nisyros, where you can see a volcano, and actually walk around the edge of the crater. The sulphur and the smoke really make this a very atmospheric day out. Don’t forget that legend suggests that it was the Greek God Poseidon who created Nisyros when he threw a stone into the sea in anger – and the scenery certainly does evoke that idea. Choose from either an afternoon or an evening trip to really make the most of the amazing views that can be found in this area, and when you have finished enjoy dinner in the town of Mandraki – make sure you try the local speciality, Soumada, an almond based liqueur.
When it comes to beaches, Kefalos has got it right. There are numerous sandy shores to choose from, each one offering something different for sun-seeking holidaymakers. Paradise Beach is the place to go for water sports, for example. Magic, Polemi, Sunny, Markos, Lagada, Camel and Agios Stefanos beaches are more family friendly, or great for when you just want to lie in the sun with a good book or some favourite tunes.
The beaches are all easily accessible, with most having smooth asphalted roads leading to them, so buggies and wheelchairs are capable of making the journey as well as those on foot. Since the majority of the beaches are run by locals, you can discover plenty about the history of Kefalos simply by buying an ice cream or paying for a sunbed – the villagers are friendly, and they love to tell you all about their home.
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