Kos is one of the southern most islands in the Dodecanese group. Kos offers many choices for ways that you can enjoy your holiday. From relaxing in from the sea to getting out and about and exploring Kos and other islands that are close by.
Kefalos is located at the southern tip of Kos island, about 40 kms away from Kos town and 22 kms from the airport (20 minute driving distance). It is ideal for a quiet holiday when you really want to relax. There are long stretches of beaches which vary from shale to fine sand, and the most amazing sea for swimming and enjoying summer sports, windsurfing and many other activities. In Kefalos you will find a mix of traditional Greek and International eating places, cafes and bars lining the beach and the long straight road leading to the harbour.
Kefalos old Village
The early Christian Basilica of Agios Stefanos is located right on the coast, on the left, near the bottom of the hill as you come into the Kefalos area. The Basilica is built on a small promontory with the ruins of the buildings literally melting into the rocks that they were built on. It looks across to the island of Kastri and the beach of Agios Stefanos.
Agios Mamas church
Don’t miss the chance to visit Agios Mamas, a small chapel perched on a lookout south of Mount Latra, the highest point of the peninsula. The view of the sea is beautiful. Inside is an icon of St. Mamas – the protector of herds and animals – but the church is closed except during the festival on 28 and 29 August.
Agios Ioannis monastery
On the southern side of Kos island, at the end of the asphalt road is the lovely Monastery of Agios Ioannis (Saint John). Only 7 km from Kefalos, this monastery is known for its traditional architecture painted in blue and white colours. It is built on a hill above Kefalos, this monastery is surrounded by lush greenery and offers amazing views to the sea. A large plane tree throws its shadow on the church and some wooden benches have been put around the church for visitors to relax and enjoy the scenery. The church inside is small but gives a solemn atmosphere. Beautiful icons and amazing frescoes decorate the walls, while a golden chandelier hangs from the roof. A few metres aside the church, there is an old, half-ruined bell tower. The monastery celebrates on August 29th and lots of pilgrims flock there on its feast day to pay their respects to the saint.
It is a nice sandy beach, about 5 kilometers long, well organized and very popular. The sea is crystal-clear and very clean with a small port for small fishing and excursion boats. On the beach you can find numerous water sports and restaurants, serving locally caught fish!