Sun, sea and culture at Agios Stefanos beach on Kos
One of the most photogenic beaches in Kos, Agios Stefanos manages to combine an impressive collection of talents. It’s not only a long beach of sand and fine pebbles, ideal for families and couples looking to spend an uninterrupted day by the sea. But if you’re suffering from a pang of guilt that you really should be getting out to soak up a bit more culture, you can put down your bucket and spade or book any time and amble over to freely explore the remains of a pair of 5th-6th century AD churches, on a promontory right alongside the beach.
The fragments of columns, mosaic floors, baptisteries and other features of the churches give you a feeling that you’ve uncovered a lost archaeological treasure. And at the same time, there’s a strangely cosmopolitan air to the remains – as if a magazine photo shoot is about to begin at any moment, with a backdrop of the Aegean Sea.
Situated on the long expanse of Kefalos Bay, on Kos’ southwestern shoreline, Agios Stefanos has every facility you could possibly need, from beach bars and tavernas to water sports.
And the scene is completed by the sight of the islet of Kastri within the bay, with its elegant little blue-domed church dedicated to Agios Nikolaos (patron saint of sailors) clearly visible and an impressive rocky outcrop rising from the island’s centre. You can catch a boat to the island, or even swim over, to have a look around.
From Kos Town:
- By car or taxi: 38km (45mins)
- By bus: More information
From Kefalos (the nearest village)
- By car: 4km (10min)
- By foot: 50mins (mostly along the coast)
- You can enjoy the scenery of Agios Stefanos beach at any time of year, but the temperature is ideal for swimming from May-October.
- If you are visiting in July-August, do so in the morning or afternoon.
It is best to visit in the months either side of peak season (April-May & September-October) to enjoy the beach at its quietest.
- There are all the facilities you could want to spend a full day on Agios Stefanos beach (tavernas, bars, cafes, sunbeds & umbrellas and waters ports).
- Every accommodation option is available within the area, from luxury 5* hotels to rooms to let. If you want to stay close to the beach, Kefalos village is nearby.
- There are other star beaches along Kefalos Bay, such as Paradise Beach.
- Don’t forget to bring everything you need to spend a day in the sun (hat, water bottle, sunscreen etc).
Beaches are delicate ecosystems so please help keep them in the best possible condition and leave only your footprints.