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Kefalas (Κεφαλάς) is a village and a community on the island of Crete, Greece, 282m above sea level. It is in Vamos municipal unit in the Apokoronas region. The community consists of the villages Kefalas, Drapanos and Palailoni.


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 Κρήτη - Χανιά - Δήμος Βάμου Αγιος Αντώνιος (18αι.) στην πλατεία του Κεφαλά

Agios Antonios Church, 18th cent.

Kefalas owes its name to the first residents there, called the Kephalades, the leaders of the Byzantine settlers sent to Crete in 1182. It is about five minutes by car from the village of Vamos itself and about 10 minutes to Almyrida beach on the northwest coast of the island. A picturesque village right on the northeast edge of the Drapanos peninsula, built facing the sea with interesting architecture, Kefalas is well preserved. It is of interest to visitors with its village streets, sea views and tavernas. Eight churches can be found here. The views from Kefalas to the Bay of Georgioupolis and the Cretan White Mountains are spectacular and on a clear day Rethymno can be seen. Kefalas is largely unspoiled by tourism and the old traditional way of life still remains, although many new houses and developments have sprung up around the village for tourists.

The village Palailoni is 1 km north of Kefalas. Many old, traditional buildings still remain on the main street which is lined with large eucalyptus trees.

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