Have just returned from a weeks stay in Kefalos, Kos. There where very few trips that where suitable for a family of 4 including 2 children aged 5 and 13. We booked the 'Lazy day/fishing trip' at the excursions booking office loacated next door to our hotel. Cost of 25 euros for adults and 12.50 euros for the under 12s. We where collected on time...more
Definately hire a quad to see the island. We hired them for two days and managed to get around almost the whole island in that time. Therma, which is located at the very top right hand corner of the island past Kos town would have been a nightmare journey on the bus and i'm not entirely sure a bus would take us past Kos town, but it took us about...more
We reserved this visit until we had a hire car - only 1.5 Km from the harbour, but all up hill. Therein lies it's advantage - the best views of Kamari Bay and the Kefalos beach resort. We took the recommendations of others and went in search of the old man and his small bakery come cafe. After much exploring of back streets I looked up a small...more
We drove there ourselves (same place as Paradise beach and signposted from the main road, parking is free). If you’re looking for the Bubbles bit, then either look for all the people stood in the sea looking down, or else use the Paradise Hotel as the marker and it is straight out from there. We saw plenty of bubbles, but if you think it’s going to...more
This was our local beach just 3 minutes walk from the Zeus Hotel. It's a long beach and you can choose your stretch. When we were there in Sept. it was pretty quiet, so plenty of choice. We paid 5 Euros for 2 loungers with umbrella, although others said you could find them for 3 Euros. The advantage of coming in September is that the sea has had...more
Good, fresh seafood is (surprisingly) not so easy to find on Kos. The restaurant in Limionas is a notable exception: their fish comes directly from the local fishermen and is cooked masterfully. The restaurant is located in a fairly remote spot by the seaside with a great view and a chance to see beautiful sunsets. There's also a short sandy beach...more
Scorpios is a couple down from the Aussie eatery and if you fancy a curry they do the most exceptional ones we have ever had. The staff are very friendly and the service is quick, they have a vast menu to suit all tastes. It is very clean and always busy. Everything right down to their pilau rice is better than I have ever tasted back at home and...more
This one is about 10Km / 15 min car drive out of kefalos to Ag. Theologos across the other side of the Island.A very friendly restaraunt, popular in the evening for the great sunsets. Traditional Greek place with good food, situated right on the beach road in Ag. Theologos, which is a favourite for surfers They do a great starters plate for two...more
We ate at the Restaurant-Bar Santa Barbara, which is on the harbour road overlooking Kamari Bay. The only genuine Italian place we found - the pizzas were excellent and large (7 Euros) and the two daughters who waitress are such laugh as they sing and dance their way around the tables. Vegetarian Pizzamore
Following the recommendations we had seen elsewhere, we ate here on our first night, and then returned on our last night. The location is unbeatable, as it?s one of only a couple of restaurants located right on the beach. As you sit at your table you look out over the sand and hear the waves lapping at the shore, instead of the noise of scooters...more
Popeye's is situated next to the Survivors nightclub and the prices are the equivalent of the wetherspoons in England!! The drinks are the best priced on the island and the atmosphere is great. Annabelle will usually be serving your drinks and she is the most lovely natured, friendly girl we have met on the island. They have two free pool tables,...more
Although this isn't a night club it is what i would call a lively bar, with great atmosphere. Also in the day i think they do snacks. You can stay here till late and lots of the locals hang around here. Some good music and nice cocktails, well worth a look. No dress code, we saw a women in there in her wedding dress having just got married that...more
There are numerous good bars that are open along the coast road that cater for the evening trade. All this is fairly low key and there are certainly no larger louts in this resport. There are also a couple of night clubs, but with 2 young children we did not go near them!It is not a resort chosen for it's nightlife through - if this is what you...more
Some means of (preferably motorised) transport is a must if you want to see a bit more than just your hotel, the main road and the town beach. There are about a handful places in Kefalos where you can rent scooters, dune buggies, ATVs, and cars: Manolis, Trust, Katerina's are the most prominent ones. All of them are on the main road within walking...more
Hired a Suzuki Jimney from them for 2 days from their site near the Oasis Supermarket in Kefalos (they also have a branch nearer the harbour). We wanted a Samurai, but they didn’t recommend this with young children as the rear seats are too high relative to the sides. They also said the Jimney has power steering and ABS. Seemed genuine bunches who...more
If you head up to Zia there is a whole road dedicated either side to shopping. There are some local crafts, pure olive oils and herbs, hand made items, plenty to choose from. Whilst your in Zia make sure you have lunch in one of the roof top terraces where there are the most spectacular views over the island. Some of the stuff is much the same as...more
There are the usual selection of poor quality postcard images and bog standard calanders in all shops.My tip is to look out for the range by George Meris, which stands out head-and-shoulders above all the rest. You will find them mainly in photographers and specialist shops. The Calanders and postcards by this photographer are simply stunning.The...more
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We were in kefalos last year and hired a quad. We were drivign to mastichari and this huge black thing landed on my boyfriends neck. It stung him and he literally had to grab it with his hand to get it off. His neck swelled slightly but we just put some antihistemine cream on it and it was fine, but hesaid it was very painful, so be careful.more
Everyone from old grannies to young kids seem to be racing around on motorbikes or scooters. It's a very poular form of transport on Kos, but beware - their driving standards are not what is expected in the UK.It's not unusual to see 3 or even 4 persons on a scooter. We also saw young lads racing each other down the road on their scooters.Although...more
If your going to Kos with one of the big tour companies there will be the enevitable 'Welcome Meeting' when you arrive. As far as I can tell, the main purpose of this is to give you a load of rules to make the Hotel's life easier, and of course, to SELL you overpriced trips and tours!
Typical prices for Kosmar Tours were:
Discover Kos 35 Euro
Greek Night 35 Euro
Waterpark 22 Euro
Lazy Day Cruise 29 Euro
Nissyros 27 Euro
Kos Town Shopping 12 Euro
(Children 2-12 half price).
Fun Alternatives: Many of these tours can be bought at up to a third off the price by going to an agent in the resort. Independent car hire will always be cheaper, and consider using the bus for visits rather than overpriced excursions that offer little more than a coach transfer.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You do not want to come away without mosquito repellent.....i did as i normally never get bitten but here i got BITTEN TO DEATH all over my arms....not a good look and very itchy so remember it!!
We took the recommendations from elsewhere and went in search of the old man and his small bakery come café.
After much exploring of back streets I looked up a small street and saw a man stood outside a shop and sure enough it was him. As we approached he launched into his patter of “vanille, chocolate, mocha gateaux, éclairs...” and beckoned us into his cafe.
We stepped into his empty café and it was like stepping back 40 years in time. The shop probably hasn’t changed much in that time. We ordered coffee and cake with a biscuit for our youngest child. He delighted in bringing two biscuits, explaining that the second was a present from him.
Soon enough aided and abetted by us, he had enticed another couple in, and then a third couple. Even while he is taking your money he is still darting out of the café to speak to those passing, not wanting to miss an opportunity! Priceless.
The obligatory handshakes were given as we left, and he was pleased to pose for a photo with our two girls.
When arriving at the airport to check in to go home, we found we had to queue outside the building as there were so many people there trying to get in and it was HOT. Also you can not take in opened bottles of drink so remember to not open it till you get in or chuck it away before you go in. I am not sure why they do this.more
There is a small building in the centre of town, next to the childrens play park. You can't enter it, but just approach the window at the front.They can supply you with a bus time table.Much to our surprise, they also gave us a glossy 100 page soft back book called 'Greek Islands Dodecanese' that contains details of itineraries, history,...more