Tucked away on the south-west coast of Kos, Kefalos is a resort of two halves. Down by the beach you have the newer part of the town, where purpose-built hotels and tourist-friendly restaurants line the streets, while set further back from the coast in the hills is the quaint old town. Here you will find narrow pedestrian streets, traditional whitewashed houses and a square where you can sit and people-watch with a drink.
Kefalos’ main beach is easily accessible from the resort centre and has sun loungers, a watersports centre and restaurants lining the seafront. However, Kefalos’ most famous beach is Paradise Beach, 7km down the coast. Originally named for its beautiful setting, it is now best known by the nickname Bubble Beach – volcanic gases rising from the seabed cause bubbles to form on the surface of the ocean.
Kefalos’ long fishing tradition is still clear to see even in the now-modernised version of the town! The resort has a stylish harbour that welcomes yachts and sailing boats, but is mostly used by local fishermen who go out to fish almost daily on their colourful boats. A popular local sight is the Aspri Petra Cave, which is said to be 100-400 million years old and shows evidence of prehistoric settlements on Kos.
Just off the coast of Kefalos is the tiny islet of Kastri, where you can find the church featured in the film Mamma Mia! You can get to Kastri by boat or jet-ski, but if you’re reasonably fit it’s actually close enough to swim to from the beach! Kids will love the nearby Lido Water Park which has slides, wave pools and a lazy river, and Kos Town is less than an hour away.