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Holidays in Kefalos
A vibrant seaside town in southern Kos, Kefalos is divided into two distinct areas. By the coast you have a long, white-gold bay lined with beachfront restaurants and water sports centres, and a little inland set in a hillside is the delightful old town, with buckets of Greek charm and historic architecture. There are plenty of attractions nearby, from Bronze Age-era caves to a modern water park.
Early summer for plenty of sunshine before the sand gets too hot.
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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Resorts Near Kefalos
Take a walk through Kefalos’ hillside old town, with quaint streets and a local museum overlooking the glittering coast. A little further away lies Monastery of Aghios Ionnis, an emblem of the town with its traditional blue and white exteriors. When you need a rest, relax on the silky golden sand of Kefalos beach, a picturesque part of the town with a fantastic water sports centre and lots of lovely waterfront restaurants, which are ideal for spending the evenings in. If you’re looking for thing for kids to do, take them to the nearby Lido Waterpark for a day on the waterslides and wave pool.
Kefalos’ golden arc of sand wraps around a bay of crystalline water that looks a deep turquoise from afar. The beach comes to a head in a rocky peninsula that shelters the beach from the wind, and creates a beautiful backdrop for a day of sunbathing. The beach is fully-stocked with sun beds, and has a line of seafront restaurants and cafes for grabbing an ice cream or lunch by the water. There are plenty of good beach activities in Kefalos, with a water sports centre offering parasailing, water skiing and speedy banana boat rides.
A little inland from the coast is the old part of Kefalos, loved for its traditional Greek charm and historic architecture. Narrow, shady streets wind between whitewashed buildings and into tree-lined squares, home to a little folklore museum that details the life and history of Kefalos. Take a stroll down to the Monastery of Aghios Ionnis, just outside the town, with its eye-catching white and blue visage and ornate interior. After a day of sightseeing, the best place to go in Kefalos is the waterfront, where you can find a local restaurant or upbeat bar to spend the evening in.
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: Kefalos is full of historic sights, with its famous monastery Aghios Ionnis and the ancient Aspri Petra Cave nearby.
Beach lovers: One of Kos’ prettiest beaches, Kefalos’ golden bay is a beautiful place to relax or get stuck into the local water sports.
Couples: Between the idyllic beach, charming old town and an easy-going Greek nightlife, Kefalos is ideal for a quiet couples’ holiday.
Language: The language spoken in Kefalos is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Kefalos is the Euro (€)
Local time: Kefalos is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Kos Island International Airport (KGS).
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Kefalos 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 26°C.
Best time to visit: Early summer for plenty of sunshine before the sand gets too hot.
Kos experiences long, warm summers with a mix of Mediterranean and semi-tropical climates. This means that the 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, often reaching the low 30s.
By bus: A regular bus service connects Kefalos to nearby towns like Kos Town. The buses are cheap and easy for day trips, as well as transport to the local beaches.
By quad bike: Quad bikes are a popular option for getting around in Kos’ resorts. They are affordable and great for short journeys.
By car: Driving is a good option for visitors interested in exploring Kos in your own time. There are plenty of car hire companies around, and the roads are generally easy to navigate. Most places in Kos can be reached in around an hour by car.
Fish festival: Kefalos is proud of its fishing village roots, and every September locals gather on the town’s beautiful harbour to celebrate the annual Fish Festival. Visitors are welcomed to watch fishermen pull in the catch and serve it fresh on the beach, and afterwards, everyone gets stuck into Greek dancing and music.
Wine festival: If you’ve ever wondered what Greek wines are like, the Wine Festival in nearby Mastihari is your chance to find out. Held in August, the event is like a traditional Greek party, with music, dancing and food to accompany the tasting. Mastihari is around half an hour’s bus ride from Kefalos.