Kavos Travel Guide
The Parthenon © Nathan Hughes Hamilton
A sprawling town on the southern tip of Corfu, Kavos is the most action-packed of the island's holiday resorts and is very popular with the British under-25 crowd, intent on having a good time. The long, narrow beach is far from the best in Corfu but offers lovely views over to the Greek mainland, lots of watersports and is fine for sleeping off the night before. Those looking for a quieter holiday, but still within reach of the nightlife in Kavos, can stay in the neighbouring resort of Aghios Petros, one mile (2km) to the north.
Shopping in Kavos is mostly limited to souvenirs. For more choice, there are regular buses to Corfu Town, which has an excellent range of items on offer. Good buys include gold, leather, lace, ceramics and silver. Self-caterers will find mini-markets that supply the essentials.
Most tourists choose to eat in their apartments, but those who are looking for a night out will find a wide choice on the menu, from local delicacies, seafood, curries and traditional English pub grub.
Kavos is one of the top party destinations in Greece, and is crammed full of bars and clubs with music, dancing and karaoke. All sorts of day and night-time entertainment is available, from booze cruises, foam parties, themed club nights, and resident DJs. Most of the activity is centred on the main strip, where bars lure in early drinkers with happy hour deals.
The sea around Kavos is warm and shallow, which is ideal for swimming and watersports, which include waterskiing, donut rides, and parasailing. Popular excursions include a visit to the nearby aqua park, and boat trips around the scenic coast. Culture lovers can venture to the island's historic capital, Corfu Town, which is packed with interesting archaeological sites. Corfu's interior is also worth exploring. Unspoilt and uncrowded during all seasons, it's the perfect place to find some tranquillity.
The nightlife in Kavos is famously vibrant, and the resort is probably not ideal for families or those seeking a relaxing holiday. Kavos attracts touts from far afield, who look to steer visitors to clubs. These salesmen are very pushy but can be worth chatting up, as they offer free drinks. Visitors should watch out for pick pockets.