Kefalos is a beautiful, typical Greek town on the far south-western tip of Kos. Bathing in Mediterranean sunshine, this town is more relaxed than the party towns of Kardamena and Kos Town, but still has lots going on. With a long, golden sandy beach and clear water, families and couples on a romantic getaway can spend days enjoying the tranquility here, and try out new watersports for an adrenaline boost. Explore the streets of Kefalos with its whitewashed houses and blue doors, and find a street café to indulge in some delicious local foods. With a fun and laid-back nightlife, enjoy friendly bars, candlelit dinners, and cocktails on the beach.
Kefalos holidays are best taken in June, July and August for hot, dry weather and warm seas.
Kos Island International Airport (KGS).
Experience Kefalos’ picture-postcard golden bay, the famous Aspri Petra Caves and fun days out at Lido Waterpark when you book a Thomas Cook holiday to Kefalos.
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This Greek town sits on the southern peninsula of Kos with spectacular views and beautiful beaches. Although the warm sand is tempting every day, there are so many things to do and around the town that you’ll want to spend at least a little bit of time away from the beach. Wander the winding streets of the town itself where every house is whitewashed, and every door is a pure Mediterranean blue. There are several ancient ruins very close to Kefalos, and many more further along the island. With fantastic seafood, lots of watersports, heaps of history, and the golden beach, you and your family will never run out of things to do.
Kefalos’ golden arc of sand wraps around a bay of clear water that looks a deep turquoise from afar. The beach comes to a head in a rocky peninsula that shelters from the wind, and creates a beautiful backdrop for a day of sunbathing. Hire an umbrella and sunlounger and watch the banana boats tear up and down in the distance. With beach bars and cafés alone the sand, you don’t have to stray far for a Greek snack, and children will love playing in the warm, shallow water,
The old part of town cannot be missed so remember to take your camera. Narrow, shady streets wind between whitewashed buildings and into tree-lined squares, home to a little folklore museum that details the life and history. Take a stroll down to the Monastery of Aghios Ionnis, just outside the town, with its eye-catching white and blue paint job outside, and ornate interior. The nearby Basilica of Agios Stefanos still retains its pillars and sections of mosaic that once stretched much further. Holidays to Kefalos aren’t complete without seein something that was crafted thousands of years ago.
One of the best-known attractions in Kefalos is the Aspri Petra Cave, or White Stone Cave. The caves gaze out across the sea from over 200 metres above sea level, with distinctive white granite in dramatic peaks and cliffs. The caves are believed to date back to the Bronze Age and are a must visit for history buffs. If you’re on holiday with kids, the popular Lido Waterpark is just 30 minutes’ bus ride away. The park has dozens of water slides, a wave pool and lazy river, plus a kids’ area and playground. You can also have a game of beach volleyball or get some lunch by the pool.
Sightseers: The island of Kos has been inhabited for well over 2,000 years and Kefalos is full of historic sights. With its famous monastery Aghios Ionnis and the ancient Aspri Petra Cave nearby, anybody who likes history will love exploring this fascinating part of Kos.
Beach lovers: Kefalos holidays are based around one of Kos’ most beautiful beaches. Golden bay in Kefalos is a wonderful place to relax or get stuck into the local watersports.
Couples: Tuck into the local cuisine under candlelight with the sound of the Aegean Sea lapping the shore nearby. Between the idyllic beach, charming old town, and an easy-going Greek nightlife, Kefalos is ideal for a romantic holiday with your partner.
Language: The language spoken here is Greek, although English is also widely spoken in the main tourist hot spots.
Currency: The currency used is the Euro (€).
Local time: Kefalos is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Kos Airport. Transfers to Kefalos take 30 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Kefalos is 4 hours.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Kefalos.
Temperature: Average of 27°C in July.
Best time to visit: Early summer for plenty of sunshine and very little rain. Kos has a Mediterranean climate which offers dry heat and sub-tropical temperatures. Summers start heating up around May, and maintain a mid-20s (°C) average for up to six months. July and August are the hottest months, sometimes reaching the low 30s with a water temperature of around 25 (°C).
By bus: A regular bus service connects this beautiful Greek town to others nearby, like Kos Town and Kardamena. Buses are a cheap way of going from town to town and you’ll feel more like a local.
By quad bike: Have some serious fun and hire yourself a quad bike. These are a popular option for getting around in Kos’ resorts and further afield as the sun is shining and you can explore on your own time.
By car: Hiring a car is a great way for a family to get around and the roads are generally easy to navigate. Because the island isn’t too big, most places in Kos can be reached in around an hour by car and you can take hiking shoes, beach towels and everything else you might need for the perfect day out.
Fish festival: Kefalos is an historic fishing town and while it may do a roaring tourist trade now, the locals are still very proud of their fishing traditions. Watch the fisherman lay out their nets on the harbour every day, and join in the celebrations with ouzo and fresh fish in late September each year at the fish festival.
Wine festival: Greece produces fantastic wine and the locals will be all too happy to get you to fall in love with it. Each August a wine festival is held in Mastichari on the north-western coastline.
Hippokrateia Festival: Throughout July and August each year Kos celebrates the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, who was born here over 2,000 years ago. This festival is rich with culture, theatre performances, Ancient Greek plays, and lots of dancing.