Kavos is the last place you’d think of when planning a romantic Greek getaway. You won’t find sun-kissed white rooftops looking onto a crystal blue sea. Instead, you’ll find an abundance of nightclubs, cheap alcohol, and t-shirts with outrageous slogans.
Upon arrival, it’ll come as no surprise as to why Brits choose to go there for a boozy holiday. However, that doesn’t mean couples should completely disregard this affordable sunny getaway.
It’s not marketed as romantic and it’s not the most traditional village in Corfu. However, if you plan your trip well and know where to look, it can be the perfect couples holiday for you and your partner.
1. Know Before You Go
The partying doesn’t last all year round in Kavos. Peak season starts in June and lasts until September. If you want to avoid the crowds, it’s best to avoid going at this time of year.
In May, right before the action kicks off, it’ll feel like you and your partner will have the entire beach to yourselves. You’ll have no problem navigating through the strip all the while enjoying the scorching Greek sun. It’ll almost be unrecognisable to scenes you might have seen on ‘Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents.’
2. Enjoy a Cocktail at the Fountain
If you’re looking for a few drinks in a relaxed atmosphere, look no further than the Fountain. While you are spoiled for choice when it comes to pubs, most places cater to those looking for something strong before hitting the clubs.
The Fountain is the perfect place to watch the madness of the strip unfold while enjoying a cold, refreshing beverage. Snacks are also served, and the special club sandwich with a San Francisco cocktail make the perfect combination for a late lunch. Of course, there are alcoholic milkshakes and more delicious cocktails worth trying as well.
3. Indulge in Traditional Greek Food
Most restaurants along the strip cater for British tourists. While you might like the sounds of fry up, part of the fun of being on holiday is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying local cuisine. There are two restaurants in Kavos that are perfect if you want an authentic Greek dining experience.
You’ll easily find a three-course meal for just 10 euros in most restaurants. If you’re looking to have a cheap but enjoyable meal, Aristos Taverna wouldn’t be a terrible choice. There’s a broad selection of sea-food, Corfiot and Greek dishes available.
Pastitsada is a dish associated with Corfu and a delicious one to try at this restaurant. Served with penne pasta and beef in a rich tomatoey sauce, it’s guaranteed to be your new favourite meal. Accompanied by a jug of freshly made lemonade, it’ll be a struggle leaving room for dessert.
If you’re looking for something special, Roussos is by far the most romantic restaurant in Kavos. It’s not likely you’ll be spending 10 euros for dinner there, but it’s worth every penny. It’s colourful, charming and the portion sizes are adequate.
Skipping dessert here would simply be a mistake. The bougatsa is freshly baked and a perfect choice after enjoying stifado as a main course. With tasty food and a fantastic view, you’ll not be in a hurry to finish your meal.
4. Go to a Greek Night
If you want an exciting, cultural experience, a Greek night is exactly what you’re looking for. There will be fire, plate smashing, and dancing on tables. You’ll learn some interesting facts about Greece’s history from the symbolism of their traditional clothes to the supposed origin of plate smashing. It’s guaranteed to be a date night like no other and one you won’t want to miss.
Multiple restaurants and hotels host these events. Morfeas Hotel claims their Greek night will be the highlight of your holiday and they certainly live up to their words. Better yet, you don’t need to be a guest at the hotel to go along. You’ll be chanting opa all night long and will only be disappointed when it comes to an end.
5. Find the Secret Beach
Arkoudilas beach (also known as the secret beach) is an absolute must if you’re holidaying in Kavos. Funnily enough, it’s not too hard to find as it’s well signposted. This worst kept secret isn’t somewhere many seem to venture to as it’s a 45-minute walk from the strip.
Tranquillity is guaranteed, and you can relax to the sound of waves caressing the shore. If you’re lucky, you might even spot turtles resting on the sand. The views are unspoiled by tourists and compared to the main beach, it is much cleaner.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also hike to the Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It sits on top of a steep hill which isn’t suited to flip-flops. It’s not a leisurely stroll, but it’s one worth taking to admire the stunning views below.
6. Go on a Boat Tour
When visiting any Greek island, it would be a wasted opportunity if you didn’t take a boat trip to another island. This is no exception when visiting Corfu. Leaving from the jetty on the main beach, you can either book a tour to Paxos and Antipaxos or to the Blue Lagoon.
Paxos and Antipaxos are among the 10 most beautiful islands in the world according to those who live there. The sea caves and the pastel coloured houses and churches are just a few sights you’ll be able to marvel at. There’s a photo opportunity around waiting around every corner on the small fishing port of Gaios which you’ll visit on your trip.
It takes under an hour to get there and you can relax to Greek music and take in the views. Some locals think of Kavos as being Greece’s Blackpool. With this in mind, a boat trip is a perfect opportunity to explore more traditional Greek villages.