Kefalas is built in a privileged position offering the view of both the White Mountains and the sea. The village was probably named after the Kefalades, a wealthy family of aristocrats during the Byzantine period.
The architectural character of the village is quite well preserved. The church of the Holy Cross (16th century) is the oldest building in the village and the younger churches of Virgin Mary, St. Anthony, Michael Archangel – works of famous craftsmen of Kefalas – are indicative examples of the folk architecture that prevailed during the 19th century.
Obrosgialos is a beautiful rocky beach, located in the northwest of the village. It is highly recommended that you visit that beach in which there is a small picturesque tavern where you can taste delicious traditional recipes.
Kefalas is the birthplace of Captain Matthew, one of the greatest fighters at the battle of Crete who contributed significantly to the liberation of the island. All members of his family were fighters of Apokoronas and Captain Matthew himself participated in all Revolutions of the second half of the 19th century in Crete. He died in 1901 and he was buried with great honors as a practicing General.