Kefalas is situated to the Northeast of Vamos on the Apokoronas peninsula, high up, between Georgioupolis and Almirida. It is a wonderful traditional village full of of local architecture. It has narrow winding streets and beautiful gardens hidden behind stone arches and gates. It boasts around 23 churches and there is a museum, which is open on summer evenings, and depicts a typical, ancient Cretan house complete with "Kusina" (kitchen), sleeping alcoves and "Apotheki" (outhouse). The museum is in the "plateia" (square) close to the large church and the taverna, where you can stop for drinks and a snack and chat to the locals.

On the northern side of the village it has spectacular views of the sea and the bay of Almiros. On a clear day one can see as far as Rethymnon and Heraklion and the snow topped Mount Ida.

On the southern side you can see the White Mountains and look down towards the villages of Exopoli, Likotinera and Sellia.

Kefalas owes its name to the first residents there, called the Kephalades, the leaders of the Byzantine settlers sent to Crete in 1182.

Kefalas Beach

Contrary to what you might read on some web sites, Kefalas has no beach. The village sits 330 metres above sea level and the only way to the sea is to stumble for two hours down a steep ravine on foot to Ombrosgialos Bay, where a fine taverna will keep you fed (during summer months only). However, this route is unmarked, boulder-strewn and steep so you are advised to drive out of Kefalas towards Drapanos and look for the sign to Ombrosgialos on your right just after you pass through the village of Paleiloni. There is no beach at Ombrosgialos but it is a popular spot for swimming and is rarely crowded.