Although Kefalos is more well-known for its cultural events today, with the festivities of Agia Paraskevi on July 26th and those dedicated to Ai Giannis on August 29th dominating, the area has a rich history worthy of exploration.
The village was built on the site of the island’s older capital city, Astypalea, and is divided into two main sectors: the traditional narrow-alleyed settlement atop the hill with its central square and mill, and the seaside area known as “Kamari”, with its restaurant and accommodation options. Among the archeological finds that Kefalos is known for are the impressive Castle of the Knights and the paleo-Christian churches in the area of Agios Stefanos.
In Kefalos, one can also visit the White Stone Cave, where the first traces of life on the island were found, as well as the natural cave called Drakotrypa.
The beaches surrounding the village have crystal-clear turquoise waters, calm on most summer days, and offer a variety of water sports, while the area is a perfect base for exploring by canoe or bicycle the small nearby island of Kastri with its picturesque church of Agios Nikolaos.