Kefalas is a small village in Apokoronas region, 30 km east of Chania town, Crete. The village was founded in 11th century by Byzantine settlers sent to colonize Crete. The name comes from the Kephalades, the leaders of the settlers.

Kefalas is built on the slopes of Drapanos peninsula and boasts magnificent view to Bay of Georgioupolis, Lefka Ori (the White Mountain) and Rethymno (in a clear day). Some of the houses are new, other tastefully renovated and some are still abandoned and partially ruined. The central village streets are narrow and only medium size cars can pass through. In the center there is a small square and a cafe. There are also a few shops and taverns. Kefalas is also known as the village of the churches. There are at least 8 publicly accessible churches and many more in private yards. The abundance of churches is due to an rule operating in Ottoman times - the land will not be confiscated if there is a church on it.
At the outskirts of the village there are numerous villas and holiday homes for rent.

Kefalas does not have a beach and is actually away from the sea. The nearest beach is Ombrosgialos Bay which is a rocky cove with concrete pier. Locals come here to sunbath on the pier and swim in the crystal blue sea.

highlights: village with many churches and magnificent views, village in Chania Region, Crete, Greece

Photos from Kefalas
Sunset over the hills
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