Kavos is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde resort, in the sense that after the schools go back in the first week of September it completely changes. Far more older tourists (i.e. over 30) turn up, prices noticeably drop and there are plenty of special offers to be found as stores try to clear out their remaining stock, as the end of the season looms. The downside of that is they will run out of some items, or might not have your size. It won't be as scorchingly hot and when it rains here you definitely know that it's raining. We averaged 28 to 30 degrees when we were here in mid-September, with two out of the seven days being cloudy/rainy.
If you are turned on by Manc, Scouse or Geordie/Mackem accents then you are going to love this place, and the vast majority of people here were Brits. For some reason the Greeks seem to really like Brits and they are great hosts, we generally found them to be very generous and honest and if you take an interest in their language/traditions/food they really appreciate it.
All the food we had was good, freshly cooked, portions are very generous and they serve the food within minutes. Whereas a meal in the UK tends to be a small amount of meat/fish and large quantities of vegetables, on Corfu island we found it to be the other way round. There was usually an enormous slab of fish/meat which took up virtually the whole plate, then small amounts of chips/rice/salad balanced along the side of it. Even the local dishes such as stifado, pastitsada or sofrito tend to be made with enormous chunks of meat, roughly the size of a woman's fist, cooked for many hours until beautifully tender. Be aware that fillet steak on a Greek menu probably means pork fillet.
As Kavos is at the southern end of Corfu island it doesn't have the benefit of a central location, but it's quite a small island and Kavos does have the benefit of being cheap. The transfer from the airport took a little over an hour. A "small" cooked breakfast can be found at half a dozen places for one Euro fifty, a pint of beer or a cup of tea for two Euros seems to be universal in Kavos, 24 cans of lager cost twelve Euros and 6 x 1 litre bottles of mineral water was one and a half Euros. Initially it seemed a bit strange for the cup of tea to cost more than the cooked breakfast, but that's the way it seems to work around here.
In late season you could find a two-course evening meal for six or seven Euros in Kavos, so we generally ended up having a cooked breakfast around midday and then another cooked meal around 8pm.
The Greek kebabs (gyros) were a little different to what we have in the UK. Even if you think that you are getting a doner kebab, it is extremely unlikely to be lamb and will almost certainly be pork or chicken. They roll the pitta around the contents, and Greeks like to have chips in their kebabs. As well as the standard UK kebab fillings you will also be offered a choice of tzatziki or mayonnaise. The best kebab house we found in Kavos was Nikos, and this is where a lot of the PRs buy themselves kebabs.
We only had two negative experiences in the whole week. Roussos overcharged us for three different items on our bill, and short-changed somebody at another table with change for 40 Euros after they had paid with a 50 Euro note. Why they would risk such a long-established reputation I have no idea, but please don't try to tell me that overcharging of three separate items on the bill is accidental. I would still go back there, however, as the food is absolutely gorgeous, but I will be checking the bill carefully and also checking my change.
One place that I will NOT be going back to is Big Max Diner. There were half a dozen places in Kavos offering a "small" breakfast (which was big enough for us, and wasn't particularly small) for one Euro fifty, but Big Max Diner was offering a breakfast with jumbo sausage for two Euros fifty. For some reason I fancied a jumbo sausage that morning, so decided that I was prepared to pay nearly twice as much for my breakfast.
Anyway, when the breakfast turned up it had a normal sized sausage, I wasn't rude but I pointed out that it wasn't a jumbo sausage. After trying to tell me that it was a jumbo sausage he then told me "If you don't like it you can go! What do you expect for two Euros fifty, anyway?". There are three answers to that. Firstly, I expect to be served what the board outside says I will be served. Secondly, I don't want to pay two Euros fifty and only receive what other places are selling for one Euro fifty. Thirdly, if I am polite and respectful to you, I expect you to be polite to me.
I realise that these guys might have had three months of working 16-hour-days at this point, but things like that can spoil your whole holiday. To balance out these two negative experiences we had dozens of great experiences, and we really love the Greek people and their outlook on life. We enjoyed our holiday in Marmaris in Turkey but this holiday in Greece was definitely better, and we will certainly be coming back again. PRs are a great source of useful information, so don't be afraid to ask them plenty of random questions when they are trying to entice you into the bar or restaurant that they represent; both Yiannis of The Real Greek Souvlaki Bar and Amanda of Restaurant Olympia, for example, provided an enormous amount of useful advice.
You will deffinitely be bitten by insects, so take plenty of insect repellent and something to soothe bites (aftershave worked surprisingly well to stop the itching). They only provided one toilet roll for a week, but we took some out with us anyway, we also took some towels and a pillow with us.
Staying in an apartment suited us much better than having a hotel room, we felt far more in control and although we didn't cook anything ourselves, we still saved a lot of money by sitting out on our veranda, drinking cheap cans of lager from the "supermarket", nibbling on paprika-flavoured TUC biscuits and watching the world go by.
We paid GBP 222 ( GBP 111 each) for a week including flights/transfers/accommodation, if we didn't do any excursions we could have easily survived on about 400 Euros for the week, but with excursions we spent about 590 Euros for two people. In total the holiday cost us about GBP 800 if you include UK airport parking. Bargain!
What to say about Kavos?? To be honest I was dreading going here on a girls holiday. I had heard pretty negative things about it and was very anxious about my impending trip but I actually really enjoyed it. It's not the nicest place to go on your holidays but if your looking for somewhere nice I don't imagine you would be choosing a place renowned for it's nightlife. Corfu itself is a lovely place and I have had many a beautiful sightseeing holiday in Greece but I would not recommend Kavos for this. This place is for staying up all night and sleeping all day.
By night Kavos is thriving, the place literally consists of a strip of bars and clubs with people standing outside trying to ply you with alcohol. The drinks are really cheap here which was a surprise as based on previous experience, places that are renowned for drinking tend to overcharge because they know people will pay. Kavos isn't like this, it is dirt cheap! A typical drinks deal between four of us involved us each paying five euro and we each got two cocktails, two shots and two fishbowls to share. They also do cocktails in pints (the names of which are unrepeatable) which contain 9 different spirits. The downside is that business is very competitive and you do get hounded by the PRs whilst I appreciate this is how they earn a living I don't think they should be picking people up and dragging them into bars or pinching girls handbags and cameras to make them follow them in, I think this is going a bit too far. We tried lots of the bars throughout our stay but we always ended up in The Rolling Stone bar, this was our favourite and has a super nice DJ who will play what you want, including the incredibly unfashionable hand jive for a certain friend of mine! The strangest thing about Kavos is that there is an agreement between the bars and the police that music will be turned off at 1am, this obviously doesn't occur and when the police drive down the strip all the bars temporarily turn off the music. Quite funny to observe.
I recommend Kavos for the night life but I do not suggest you leave your hotel in the daytime. It's a complete different experience. My friends and I had a venture to the beach and we instantly regretted it. The place smells foul and looks dirty, you don't notice at night but the place is very unclean, possibly the after effects of the previous night. The beach is also a mess and in our opinion you certainly couldn't sunbathe down there without the risk of contracting some sort of disease. A lot of the hotels look very run down. We were lucky and our hotel was lovely, we stayed at the Olympion Village and can't fault it. If you're staying in Kavos I would highly recommend you stay here. We went half board and so didn't eat out often but I would recommend you try 'The Drunken Squid' It's a great restaurant that serves great food and the portions are huge! It's a bit weird that it's a Chinese AND a Mexican restaurant but Hey! you're in Kavos!
In May 2006, I moved out to Kavos armed with a one way ticket and £50. And I have to say it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I ended up staying right through to the end of season in September before moving on to Ibiza. I absolutley loved Kavos, every part of it and every minute I was there.
Kavos is definatley focused on the 18-30 age range as the main strip is just filled with bars, any kind of bar you can imagine. From, a Rolling Stones tribute bar, an Irish bar, 24 hour bars that face the beach where you can sit by a fire and get a kebab straight off the BBQ!
There are a lot of touts outside the bars, shouting offers at you, trying anything to get you in their bar. A little trick I learnt and I told the odd tourist was tell them your a worker. As soon as you say that they will leave you alone and you will be able to walk down the strip without being ambushed. But if it wasn't for this job I would have not made any money while living out there.
The focus of Kavos is always but on the manic nightlife. However, through the day you can get yourself of into the sea on one of the boats, to see a little scenery or to begin the party early. There are plenty of places to hire quads and bikes so you can venture off. The island has plenty of little beaches scattered about, some are absolutley beautiful and not too far from Kavos.
YES Kavos is for the child in you,
YES Kavos is all about the night life and the parties,
Yes Kavos doesn't have many things for families to do.
BUT Kavos is on the island of Corfu which is an absolutley beautiful island of Greece.
You do not have to travel very far up the island to see the amazing views that Corfu has to offer, from the beaches to the family resorts and the water park.
The people who live on Corfu island are extremely kind and friendly, always a smiling face, a 'yasu' and a wave.
I recommend Kavos for the party and Corfu for the family. I had the time of my life whilst I had my extended trip in Kavos.
heyyy going to kavos 28th june 2010 for 2 weeeks with 6 other edinubrgh girls flying from newcastle :) anyone else around at this time? does anyone have any info on the Ekati apartments?Thanks :D
Kavos...... probably the worst holiday i have ever encountered. It was small, wasp-infested and grimey. The place had bars full of repeats of Only Fools And Horses on all day, everyday. Why? I wanted to get away from Britain, not put up with UK Gold TV all day. A complete shambles. Ignorance-r-us. I have been to Greece before and been impressed with their culture but here i saw none of it. One star rating for the weather alone.
Kavos 09; I'm still in Mourning.
This holiday was the most amazing ever; So amazing in fact that the two of us that went this year has grown to eight ready for Kavos 2010.
Were not going until July & we are all literally rambling on about it everyday! :)
KAVOS IS FOR THE IMMATURE PART IN EVERYONE; it's a beautiful place if your not too hungover to go and find out.
The people there are lovely; during peak season everyone is English with a mix of londoners; brummies & geordies everywhere! :)
Miami seaview is the best hotel but definantly not for families; it is for the loudest people who live off being absoloutly off their faces all of the time.
BUZZ BAR IS DEFINATLY THE BEST; go to sex for a foam party and then go to afters & enjoy a cocktail on the beach around the fire. If you wake up in a boat somewhere; this is normal & just stay calm ;)
See you there Kavos 2010 - 23rd July for 2 weeks! x
hello me and my girlfriend went to kavos last week and our overall impresion was good but not for couples.. All we have to say is about Terrys Taverna which was the only restaurant in kavos without offers but with excellent actually amazing food, fabulous staff, great service and with very fair price.. we went there for the majority of our holidays and u shouldnt miss out its absolutely amazing!!!!
I went to Kavos on a club 18-30s holiday and it really was a holiday to remember for good and bad reasons.
We had booked it looking for a lively place, where there was plenty to do at night, but also pretty scenic things to do in the day. We definitely got the lively part. We stayed in a hotel on the main strip, nievety made us think it would not be too noisey, but it definitely was. We got drunk most nights and learnt to sleep all day by the pool, when we could so that we could stay up all night. There was no way you could sleep until about 5 in the morning as it was so noisey.
Our hotel room was cleaned every day and was so basic that it really could not get messy or dirty. The pool though was a different story, each day the owner just seemed to top it up with loads more chlorine, which did not smell nice and was not good for us. We got plenty of gnat bites and both came back with impetigo. The doctors back home were shocked with how bad we got it, and blamed it on staying in a very dirty place.
Scenery wise, the beach was disgusting, covered in litter, so no good there, and without renting a car we could not see any pretty areas of the island so that was a little dissappointing.
Overall, it really depends what sort of holiday you are after as to whether you will enjoy Kavos. If you are not worried about dirt or noise and want a clubbing holiday then this is definitely for you. If you are after something a bit different then try another part of the island, as Im sure it has much more to offer.
OK......i always read reviews before i go anywhere on holiday as i like to have an idea of what i am gonna get. Everything you are about to read is the absolute truth as i saw it!!
I went to Kavos with 4 girlies on the 5th June 2009. On arrival the town looked grubby and dirty and appeared to be only one street covered in bars. As we were on an 18-30 hol this was gr8 for us but i would not reccommend this resort for families!!
We got shown to our hotel, the afrodite apartments by our rep and it became apparent that we had chosen well. The hotel was clean, friendly with a gorgeous pool area and pool bar. The staff were all brilliant especially our rep Lewis who looked after us and was always around!! They do however charge 2 euros for a sun bed by the pool every day but you get a free bottle of water with this.
What i would say if you are going on an 18-30 holiday is that they do give you the hard sell!! We arrived at 7am and had our welcome talk straight away where lewis proceeded to try and sell us all the entertainment package for the week. This cost 190 euros each and as we were so tired we ended up paying for it, just to get him out of our room!!
Im not entirely sure it was worth it but the boat trip is definitely worth doing, as is the water park and on the last night a silent disco. I wasn't even up for doing the silent disco but it was so professionally done that it ended up being the best night of the whole holiday!!! Such a laugh!!
We had a wkd time and i would definitely go back to kavos. The main strip can be quite annoying with every bar having roughly 3 PR's outside trying to get you in, but haggle with them to get some really good offers on free shots etc!!
I took 500 euros and it wasnt really enough. The resort is quite expensive and drinks are usually 5 euros a pop. Food is roughly 8 euros for a meal. I would definitely reccommend desperados if you are looking for good value and brilliant mexican/american food!! Brilliant!!
i went to kavos 13 till 21st of june all i can is it was pooxit smelt reps r full of them selves , the drinks r shite i spent 855 euro n wasnt drunk once the trips were crap x
My friend Caroline and I are both nearly 30 and this was Caroline's first ever girly holiday.
We booked this holiday allocate on arrival specifying anywhere but not Kavos, we'd heard all the stories and just didn't want to be anywhere near there. You can imagine our disappointment when we arrived at Corfu airport to find we were in Kavos. When the coach drove down the main strip and stopped outside the hotel about half way down we were praying it wasn't ours but just our luck it was.
First person we met was Aris who was working the night reception for our arrival, he was lovely and carried our cases into reception and then up to our room. The room's are basic but were cleaned every day. As it was nearly 7am we stayed up and had breakfast which was coffee or tea, orange juice and couple of slices of toast and jam which is alright until places open on the strip to go and get a full english for 3 euros!!
When our rep Mairead (or Marmite as everyone called her!!) arrived a few hours later we asked her if they could move us but as we were AOA that basically meant we'd agreed to stay anywhere they put us but she was really helpful in telling us about the rest of the island so we could try and make the most of the holiday.
We decided to hire a car for 3 days from the rental place next door on Marmite's advice (she wouldn't let us hire a car from her as she feels Avis the company that Thomas Cook use are far too expensive) so that we could get out of Kavos and explore the rest of the island. We booked the car for the next day and went for a wander around to get our bearings, it didn't seem as bad as I first expected but then it was early morning.
We went and had a meal in the evening and decided to try and have a early night as we hadn't slept much since our arrival, went to bed about 9.30ish and dropped off no problem, woke about 12ish to loud banging music. Couldn't get back to sleep until gone 3am and the music was still just as loud then but tiredness took over!!
Got the car first thing in the morning and set off for a day out, first to drive up to Corfu town, managed to miss the turning for the main coast road and ended up driving over a mountain road!!! Very scary in places but worth it for the fabulous views!! Managed to get to Corfu town but was feeling quite brave by this point so decided to carry on up to Sidari which was lovely and at that point we were gutted we weren't staying there.
It was late by the time we got back so just had a few drinks in hotel bar and went up to bed, we were that tired we both slept straight through the noise!!!
In the morning we decided to go and find a nice beach as Kavos beach is horrible to say the least!!
Maria the receptionist (quiet cool at first but lovely once you get talking to her) told us to try Gardenos Beach which is about 10km from Kavos but very quiet and secluded (http://www.greekhotel.com/ionian/corfu/ gardenos/beach/gardenos-beach-corfu.htm), apart from the beaches I've experienced in Thailand this has to be the best beach I've ever relaxed on. There are three traditional tavernas along the top if you want to have something to eat or just grab some water or ice cream.
In the evening we decided to go to Corfu town again as we were told that the old town was best for shopping after 5pm, when the sun goes down and all the old streets are lit up it's beautiful and we got most of our souvenirs. Again we were that tired when we got back we both slept no problem!!
We decided to go back to the beach the next day as it was the last day with the car, weather was a little overcast and the sea a bit choppy but still nice to just sit back and relax. In the evening it hammered it down for about an hour, luckily we'd just got into a taverna for something to eat before it started and it stopped before we came out however there is no drainage system in Kavos and the water was 3 or 4 inches deep along the road all the way back to the hotel!!
After paddling back and changing trousers and shoes we went down to Tango Bar which is part of the hotel to have a few drinks only to find Marmite, a couple of other reps and about 20 people who were all on the rep bar crawl!! She'd felt sorry for us on the first day and was asking how we were getting on and they invited us to join them all for free for the crawl round Kavos (they normally charge about 15-20euros per person). We ended up having a WICKED night!!! Getting in about 6am!!!!
After that we were well up for partying the rest of the holiday!!! The next 2 nights when Tango bar shut we just sat on the wall outside people watching and chatting to random people walking past!!! I think at the end of both nights we had about 8-10 people sat with us who had just stopped for a chat!!!!
Most of the staff in the hotel were absolutely lovely, Yanis who works in the bar and cleans the pool every day, Patrick Tango Bar's resident DJ, Ellie who works on reception, Jenny who own's the hotel and spends all night cleaning up after everyone though hardly speaks a word of english, Kelly the PR girl outside the bar and even the girl who runs the pool bar who's name I can't remember but make fantastic tuna mayo salad baguettes!!!! The only people I didn't like are Theo and Margarita who are Jenny's son and daughter, they could be really rude and shouted at the staff whenever they came to talk to us (which they did a lot!!) to get back to work!!
We've met some really nice people who we'll definitely keep in contact with and on the last night I was nearly in tears cause I didn't want to come home!!!!! Jenny even offered to let us have a room for free for a second week but by then I'd spent up and couldn't afford to!!!
I'll definitely consider going back there again!!!
went to kavos last yr in may for a week for a girls holiday had a wicked time, the reps wer great and the hotel wasnt that bad. when my holiday was ova decided to go bk to work for abit, was only bk there for a month but made some g8 mates wit in that time. workin as a PR was 1 of the hardest jobs ive had but it was great. got to know alot of the locals and learnt some of the lingo!!!! a bouns bout being a worker was you got food and drinks half price or got a certain % knocked off. 1 of the best bars to go to is ROCKYS wit out a doubt, the music is g8 and u got VENUE club rite across the road. there are plenty otha bars which are just as good youve got loads to pick from lol, ne1 going there you will have a brill time, abit of advise be friedly to the PR's and they'll get you some gd deals on ur drinks (money saver!!!) 1 more thing AVOID fire bar u will c y!
The best place to go!! Me and my three mates went there in September for a week, it was a girly holiday for my 21st Birthday. It was the best week and Birthday of my life!! We were mashed every night and i couldn't remember my birthday really but i was told it was great!! The drinks are proper cheap and the bars are wicked. I would recommend Twins and Rolling Stones, they were the best places to go!! Everyone out there are really friendly and me and my mates are already planning to go back in August for two weeks!! The beach aint all that but you can go to any of the hotels pools for free!! Make sure you go there youwill love it!!!!!
Last year was my first girlie holiday abroad. 4 of us went to Kavos for a week in June. We stayed at Sailors Beach club, a lovely spacious apartment near Players Lounge. There were 2 rooms with 2 beds in each and also a bathroom in each, also with a decent sized kitchen. The pool was lovely and opened right on to the beach, with Yiannis watersports right in front of it. (A speedboat which pulls you along in dinghis - a lot of fun!!) The daily routine was something like this, Get up at 10, sunbathe and lounge around all day by the pool, go for something to eat around 5/6, come home for a nap, get showered etc and go out about 10.30/11ish.
There isnt really any need to go out earlier as people are still eating or getting ready and the strip is dead early on. We normally made our way to Edelweiss then off to Empire (now known as Buzz) then to Atlantis for the early hours, its open till 6am. We didnt really go many other places as we knew the bar staff and the PRs etc. All in all a lovely week well spent.....
So much so that we went back in September, and July this year. However this year we experimented more and went to a few more bars.
After i came home on July 29th, I booked a flight back out for the following week and worked there for 6weeks.
I stayed in workers apartments(10euros a night if you are on your own) behind Edelweiss which were quite small but very nice. I worked at
Edelweiss - a great place to start off your night
JCs - at the very beginning of the strip opposite Legends, quiet bar but very friendly.
Be Free - Good on a busy night because everyone buzzes off each other but I wouldnt advise going in otherwise!
Rolling Stone - Legendary bar! Didnt particularly like working for it but loved going in after work!Headf***ers are lethal here, 9 spirits inc. Absinthe. The front bar played a bit of everything mainly cheese and the back bar played indie.
Pleasures - Near the Barn, to be honest it was quiet a lot of the time (the whole strip was really this year) but i thoroughly enjoyed working here. We were treated like a family and although the pay wasnt very good i loved every minute. The bar for a tourists perspective, I never liked the look of it but along with everyone who went in for the first time, I went back every single night.
Other good bars include, Bonkers, Memphis (although the toilets in there are revolting), Venue (especially with artists such as SlipMatt)
During the day (if I wasnt sleeping!) I'd laze at the caravel pool which had music, a bar, food, and it was free to go there.
With regards to the smell, yes it totally stank, especially when it had been raining but you can get used to it, its not all the time either.
The weather was mainly lovely but in the September months there is a lot of rain, this isnt always a bad thing as the lightning is phenomenal to watch, if a little scary!
In a taxi, it can take around 40 mins to get from the airport (they drive like maniacs!) and the buses can take about an hour/hour and a half.
Hope this helps, if there is anything else you need to know, just ask me and ill be happy to help!
Oh by the way! yes I know the PRs are pushy but they are only doing their job!! I thought "just leave me alone" when I was on holiday but when the situation is turned around, you really appreciate the lovely people who are nice to you. Also I forgot to mention the prices. Every single bar has a promotion on drinks and on the whole the drinks are safe. Avoid London Bar, and Sexy Bastards (previously called Fire Bar) these places put methylated spirits in the drinks
on arriving in Kavos at about 5am me and my 7mates first impression was what the fuck have we come to?! it looked like a shanti town. there were people fucked out of their faces everywhere. we were taken to a room to the side of the trabukos reception and sat in a circle by a very suspicious shifty lookin rep called craig. first things first we made our first mistake we booked up with 18-30 for five different things. cost 170 euro each. but was worth it really in the end.you only live once. there were 3 girls (including me) and 5 boys in our group. us girls stayed up on the first day to take a look around our new home for the next two weeks and we were less than impressed at 8.30am the place is dead except for the shop owners scrubbing their shops, but we were offered a free shot which we sadly declined!
first night was a pub crawl and lets just say i was just a tiny bit smashed after the first night i slipped into the ways of kavos quite easily. you go out at night at about 10pm get completely wrecked on an average of about 30euro. would highly recommend the Buzz bar and the crash bar, MC LIpton is wicked. go to Atlantis to chill out for a while stagger back to your room sleep, get up at about 12pm go to the pool sit there all day baking in the sun jumpin in he pool frolicking in the sea etc etc. then go out and do it all again! one thing i will say is keep out the way of them fucking touts they do your head in when all you want to do is make your way to the bar you already know you are going to and you have some bloke come put his arm round you and try to convince you to come into their bar which is dead and looks well crap. one word barcrawl thats all you gotta say and they should leave you alone.or failing that just walk alone coz they only target groups of people.
3 things i would recommend that doesnt involve drinking is paragliding expensive but well good and a boat to the blue lagoon.and aqualand if you wanna feel like a kid again!
the beach is ok in kavos but there are people who do have sex on the beach i know this for a fact!!!!!( with my boyfriend not some random bloke!) girls watch out in kavos its over run with horny blokes/boys! must say i found it quite boring during the day just lounging in the sun but there are plenty of small shops where you can pick up some nice things.if you're willing to spend beer money on nice things!
ive been back nearly a week from Kavos and im still recovering but it was definitely worth it, everyone is there to have a good time didnt get any trouble whatsoever and the reps are brilliant in their own little ways there are a few with a face like a slapped arse but i wont go in to that!
all in all i would recommend Kavos to anyone who is out for a laugh. but if you dont like alcohol and loud music 24-7 this is not the place for you! would go back in a flash, well after my liver has recovered!
Kavos is a town on the Greek island Corfu. Originally a small fishing village, it has grown into a resort filled with bars and clubs. It is located an hour away from Corfu city by bus. It is a popular holiday destination for young people, especially for Club 18-30 holidays.