Situated on the southern tip of Corfu, Kavos is known as the island’s clubbing capital. Kavos is commonly thought of as a 24/7 party capital. But that’s not really giving it its fair dues as a holiday destination that also offers a good deal of culture and historic heritage, world class attractions in the surrounding area and a wide selection of outdoor activities and sports. You can enjoy a good choice of water based activities here, including speed boat trips, or a visit to the Aqualand water park with your family to keep your kids happy. While Kavos was formerly popular as a lads’ holiday destination, the nightlife has changed and evolved significantly, so it now caters to all types of holidaymaker. Culture vultures will love Kavos’ proximity to Corfu Town – which is just an hour’s drive away – and the beautiful stretch of coastline. Whether you’re planning a family holiday in the summer months or are looking to enjoy some winter sun with your significant other, Kavos has a good mix of nightlife establishments, cultural attractions and scenic natural beauty that will guarantee a memorable 2018 holiday!
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- Average flight time: 3h 35m
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The vibrant city of Corfu is situated in the south of Corfu, and has been attracting visitors from across the world since the 1980s with its gorgeous beaches and bustling nightlife scene. Kavos is celebrated for its fast pace of life and enthusiastic personality, making it the ideal place to enjoy an upbeat holiday with plenty of action and days out. You can embrace the exciting culture of this world class holiday destination by packing your glad rags and heading out clubbing, or opt for a more laid-back break by exploring the scenic villages surrounding Kavos. Shopaholics will enjoy browsing the many shops and markets in the area for souvenirs and high quality clothing and sports equipment, or you can pick out a special piece of jewellery for your significant other.
Wine and Dine
A holiday in Kavos is a prime opportunity to enjoy some of the best traditional Corfu dishes in scenic surroundings, prepared by locals through time honoured recipes passed down from generation to generation. The food and drink in Kavos is representative of wider Greek cuisine, with traditional starters including melitzanosalata, taramasalata and tzatziki. You’ll also find creams made with egg fish and tzatziki and eggplants, the most popular version being made with garlic, cucumber and yoghurt. Avgolemono is a sauce used mainly with meats and soups, and you’ll also come across lots of small meatballs prepared with courgettes, fish, spices or mixed vegetables. Greek people love to eat fresh salad, often prepared with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, feta cheese, black olives and olive oil. Greek people love to eat meat served as souvlakia, or meat kebabas, and the tender giouvetsi, which is slow cooked lamb with rice.
The people of Kavos are exceptionally warm and welcoming, really going that extra mile to make sure that families have a great time on holiday in Kavos. Family holidays here are great for tight-knit families that love spending quality time together, dining out at traditional tavernas, exploring the local attractions and really immersing themselves in the authentic culture of Greece. Family holidays in Kavos provide visitors with the opportunity to lounge around in the sun on one of the idyllic beaches, cycle around the quaint villages and visit the family oriented attractions nearby. As a self-contained resort, Kavos is designed with the needs of families in mind. As a relatively quiet tourist resort, family activities in Kavos revolve around dining at local restaurants and tavernas, and enjoying plenty of time outdoors in the beautiful sun-drenched weather. Greek culture is very traditional and respectful, so it’s naturally wholesome and family friendly, with plenty of restaurants and cafés on hand to cater to kids with a vibrant atmosphere and kids’ menus.
Action and Adventure
For holidaymakers seeking action and adventure, the best place to head is Kavos’ coastline. This stretch of beach is renowned for its great selection of water sports, with a number of tour operators offering boat tours, diving excursions and tuition in all types of water sports. Whether you’re a water sports novice or have racked up several hundred hours of experience, the scenic Kavos coastline and waters are the perfect setting for your next holiday adventure. If you prefer to stay on dry land, the beach is still a great setting for all types of outdoor pursuit. You can run or walk on the beach, play sports on the sand including football or volleyball, or go for a horse-back ride along the coastline. In the wider area, you’ll find an abundance of hiking and trekking routes to enjoy, regardless of your fitness level. For an iconic active experience on your Kavos holiday, walk the Corfu Trail. This long distance walking route was established in 2001 and spans 220 kilometres, starting just to the south of Kavos. The trail quickly leads to olive gloves and lush forest, then travels past the ruined Monastery of Arkoudillas, and straight down to the coast. The next stage is the most challenging part of the hike travelling up a set of cliffs, through some well kept fields to Spartera, and then reaching a number of olive grove tracks and open countryside to Lefkimmi.
Kavos Beach is the most popular beach in the south of Corfu, a bustling resort that attracts visitors from across the country, as well as international tourists. Situated 50 kilometres to the south of Corfu Town, Kavos is considered to be one of the most popular beaches on the island. The large beach here features soft sand and a good selection of tourist facilities such as sundecks and parasols. The area is totally safe for children thanks to the shallow, clean waters, and you’re never far away from excellent amenities including hotels, shops, beach bars and snack shops. The eight kilometres of sand here are ideal for spending the day lounging in the sunshine, or taking a dip in the cooling waters of the sea. If you’re in the mood for action and adventure, head out a little further into the waters to enjoy water sports including jet skiing, banana rides and diving. If you’re more of an adrenaline junkie beach fan, you can go bungee jumping or cage catapulting at the waterside instead.
It’s a well-known fact that Kavos is a party destination mainly designed with the needs of 18 to 30-year-olds in mind. Kavos was formerly known as a bit of a haven for lads’ holidays and stag dos, but has since evolved to offer a well-balanced nightlife scene that caters to all tastes. In years gone by, Kavos was a traditional quiet fishing village and it still retains a good deal of that authentic character in its small bars. Kavos doesn’t have a multitude of bars and nightclubs, which has helped the selection of bars here keep on their toes to keep up with discerning tourists. The nightclubs and bars that are popular, however, are open throughout the night and pump out dance classics and up-to-date electronic music as you spend the night on the dancefloor. You can head to the main strip to find the main popular bars in Kavos, as well as a number of sports bars including Scorers and the huge Barn Bar. If you’re looking forward to throwing some shapes on the dancefloor, head to Snobs, or if you’re looking to really pump up the volume pay a visit to Eidelweiss to really set the night on fire.
Kavos is ideally suited to couples that enjoy diving in and experiencing the culture of a region first hand. For many couples, the main draw of Kavos is the scenic beauty and good range of dining establishments, ideal for spending quality time at candlelit dinners or going on moonlit strolls. Many of the establishments in Kavos are well designed to the needs of international tourists from Ireland, Britain and wider Europe, so you’ll always be able to easily find a place to enjoy a romantic dinner together. Owing to its status as a party destination, Kavos has a number of nightclubs and bars that stay open until the early hours, so younger couples will have plenty of nightlife venues to choose between. If you’re a cultured couple looking for historic attractions to visit, the most popular culturally enriching attractions nearby in Corfu Town are the two forts: the New Fortress and the Old Fortress. Here, you’ll learn about the long heritage of the forts in their battlements, dungeons and cellars, as well as a museum next door that has some fascinating exhibits.
Kavos, like the rest of Corfu, is really big on parties and festivals. The culture of Kavos is best described as vivacious, fun loving and life embracing, making it the perfect place to reconnect with your loved ones and embrace a different way of life. If you’re lucky enough to visit at the time of the Celebration of Saint Prokopios, you’ll really get a sense of the personality of this vibrant area. Elsewhere in Kavos, you get to enjoy bustling parades and live performances from the Philharmonic Orchestra. If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience that really sums up the culture of Kavos, join a boat trip around the coastline to dance on the boat deck to the latest dance hits and enjoy an intoxicating mix of delicious cocktails, glittering waters and sun-drenched weather.