This rowdy beach resort on the southern tip of Corfu is a hedonist’s dream destination. It’s a prime summer package hotspot for young Brits hell-bent on drinking and partying their holiday away in the sunshine.
If you want a taste of the authentic Corfu, this isn’t it, but if you want a home from home, with fantastic weather, an enormous beach, azure waters, a good range of accommodation, cheap booze and top tunes, don’t search any longer – Kavos is the place.
Getting there/getting around Kavos
Most visitors often don’t feel inclined to stray much further than their hotel and the beach, which are never more than a 15-minute walk apart.
But if you are feeling adventurous, probably the most popular way of getting about is on a moped. They’re cheap to hire but be sure to get a crash helmet and some protective clothing too. Otherwise, there’s a cheap local bus service and it’s about half an hour to the island’s capital, Corfu Town.
The sandy beach at Kavos is about eight kilometres long, with safe waters and tons of watersports – try jet skis, pedalos or banana boats. The beach is lined with bars and restaurants, too, so it’s always only a short walk for a bite to eat.
Despite the reputation of the resort as a whole, it actually tends to be very quiet and relaxed during the day, mainly because most people haven’t surfaced yet due to a heavy night, or they’re sleeping their hangover off on the beach.
Kavos isn’t big on sights, unfortunately, and you’ll have to get on the bus if you want a more cultural day or half-day.
If you fancy a stroll, Cape Aspro Kavos, just below the town, is good for an evening walk and on a clear day you can see across to the neighbouring island of Paxos.
Kavos family attractions
Kavos is all geared up for holidays full of heavy drinking and partying, making it a pretty bad option for a family holiday. The beach is nice but the noise levels at night when the partygoers are in full swing mean you may not get a decent night’s sleep. Agios Petros is about a mile away and provides a quieter alternative for those who still want to enjoy the long beach at Kavos.
Another good family destination in Corfu is the less-developed Agios Gordios on the west coast, which has more of a fishing village feel.
Day trips from Kavos
Lovely Corfu Town is definitely worth a visit for its stunning Venetian architecture and the Campiello, or old town, which has a fort, a cricket green and numerous shops, bars and restaurants. There’s an Archaeological Museum and a Byzantine Museum for history buffs, too.
Alternatively, spend a day wandering on the Kanoni Peninsula, five kilometres south of Corfu Town, which is scattered with ancient ruins, or get back to nature with a trip to Issos, where the sandy beach is a nesting site for endangered loggerhead turtles.
Kavos caters predominantly for British holidaymakers, so tons of restaurants have English menus and you can easily get yourself an all-day breakfast or pie and chips.
If you are prepared to search out the local restaurants, then island specialities include sofrito (veal with garlic, vinegar and parsley), pastitsada (beef with macaroni, cloves, garlic, tomatoes and cheese) or burdeto (fish with paprika and cayenne).
You won’t have a problem finding somewhere for a drink and a dance in Kavos. The beach is lined with bars and clubs that stay open until dawn. Most have happy hours, but if not, touts will always offer you free drinks to get you inside their particular bar.
If you’re missing your local boozer, there are lots of English-style pubs, too, where you can enjoy a decent pint and catch up on the football scores.
Kavos is not a good place to shop, unless you’re interested in buying a bucket and spade. All the shops tend to sell tacky souvenirs and naughty postcards, so if you want to go and buy some good local products, hop on the bus to Corfu Town.
Honey, olive oil, olive wood salad bowls, ornaments and toys and beautiful ceramics are all good buys.