Places to Visit around Kefalos

Strictly speaking Kefalos is the traditional Greek whitewashed village that sits on the hillside overlooking Kamari Bay but the name has come to be used for the beachside resort.

The ‘old town’ of Kefalos is the place for sightseeing. There’s a lovely Byzantine church, built amidst the ruins of an ancient temple, the remains of an amphitheatre, as well as another temple, built during the Hellenistic period. And when you need a break, you can stop off for a coffee in one of many tavernas. There’s also a bank with an English cash machine.

The resort at Kamari with its laid back atmosphere has a good selection of tavernas and bars.

Kamari beach is a long stretch of sand and shingle with good safe swimming. The two sandy parts of the beach are near Andreas’s. There’s paragliding, windsurfing, pedalos and fast fun rides on the water for all the family. If you’re looking for the picture-postcard stretch of sand, the next bay is the aptly named Paradise Beach and Bubble Beach. The water is effervescent! It’s just down the road or you can take a water taxi from Kamari. If you really want to get away from it all, hire a bicycle or walk the 3 kilometres Limnionas.

Take a dip in the sea or just watch the local fishing boats come and go. There’s a taverna where you can tuck in to some delicious grilled mullet, swordfish, snappers or whatever else has been caught that day.

There’s another quiet beach with just one taverna at Theologis at short drive from Kefalos. This is one of the two places on Kos to see a fabulous sunset.

Things to do during your holiday in Kos

Take a boat trip to the volcanic island of Nissyros

The small harbour is a few hundred meters from Andreas’s. From her you can take a boat trip to the volcanic island of Nissyros. It’s a peaceful place, with a picturesque harbour, quaint villages and some beautiful landscapes. Where else will have the opportunity to walk into a volcano?

There are lesser-known places to see such as where British service men were hidden during the occupation of Kos in the Second World War, the remains of Hypocrites birthplace or the sunken forest. A large forest that you do not see until you are in it!

There’s much, much more to see and do in Kefalos. We can’t list them all.


Kos is a small island. Hire a car for the day and you can see the whole island. Better still hire it for a few days and stop on the way.

Kos Town is the place to shop or take a ferry to Turkey to buy fake designer gear and leather goods at low, low prices. Visit the Crusader Castle, Roman Ruins and The Plane Tree where Hypocrites lectured his students. A short distance away you can take a dip in the hot bubbling sea. Gases from the volcano on Nissyros vent into the sea at Therma. On the road from Kos Town call at Escaplion, the hospital where Hypocrites, the father of modern medicine worked and wrote the Hippocratic oath used by doctors to this day.

Tigaki has a beautiful long sandy beach with some enormous sun beds. Nearby, but high in the mountains is the village of Zia with its market selling local produce and crafts. This is the other place to see a breathtaking sunset.

Beach with lots of water sports

Mastichari has a sandy beach with lots of water sports. From her you can get the ferry to Kalymnos where they dive for natural sponges. They are obviously for sale.

The young people flock to Kardemena for the nightlife. There is a beautiful beach to while away the daylight hours and plenty of bars and clubs for the night owls. Nearby there’s another Crusader Castle.

There’s a lot to see and do. Why not stay an extra week!