Plaka Forest
Plaka Forest
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  • Jane B
    Shetland Islands, United Kingdom23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely experience
    Something I have never done before. I did find out though after been given the bread and parting the money (like an idiot) you should not feed bread to peacocks it’s highly dangerous. So please don’t buy the bread for the guy, take with you seeds, or fruits.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Tigger10136
    Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Visit but Beware the Con Man!
    If you find yourself at Plaka Forest to see the Peacocks and Cats, please don't give any money to this man. There is a charity, Kitty's of Kefalos, that go up there every day between 1100 and 1300 to feed and care for the birds and cats. Once they have gone he sets up with his collection tin for the cats. He is nothing to do with the charity and doesn't contribute to their welfare just pockets the money!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • NottsKim
    Nottingham, United Kingdom307 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely stop off
    I arrived around 10.30 which is when the charity comes to feed the cats. Lovely man, very happy to tell you all about them and how they are looked after. After reading previous reviews I took some cat food which he was very grateful for. The cats really like the wet food and treats! Beware of the old man trying to Scam you out of money. Only donate to the charity that looks after the animals. They are there feeding them every morning and wear charity T-shirts so you know it’s them.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 October 2023
  • carol c
    Chorley, United Kingdom194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plaka Forest.
    This was the 2nd time that we visited Plaka Forest. I took a box of Cat Biscuits, as last time we visited there were lots of cats. Sadly, this time there was only one cat. I gave the biscuits to a Greek Gentleman who was sat making reed baskets and was feeding the Peacocks and Peahens. He smiled and he began feeding the Cat, the birds also liked the biscuits. He showed me the baskets he was weaving, he said it was for milk, they use them to make cheese, he offered me one, so I thanked him and gave him some Euros, he was pleased. I had a walk around the forest looking at the beautiful birds, what an amazing site, they come up to you and eat put of your hand. Well worth a visit for a lovely walk.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 2024
  • jackie_severn
    Derby, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plaka Forest
    Great place to see Peacocks in the wild. In May they have babies trotting around as well. There is space to park your car but no designated car park so could get crowded in high season There are no facilities there (no toilets, no cafe and no seating) so take water/drinks with you. There is a large supermarket nearby which you will pass if you are coming from Kos side of the island. You can feed the peacocks but will need to take your own fruit. Grapes and small berries are best but grapes are definitely a favourite. Nice forest walks as well once you pass the Peacocks and go over the small bridge.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 May 2024
  • Christina T
    15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place to visit
    Hired a car and visited Plaka Forest and Antimacheia Castle the same day. Peacocks are friendly and can feed from your hand if you don’t mind being pecked. We visited in May and saw lots of peachicks. We took apple to feed the peacocks and cat biscuits for the one cat we saw. Just make sure you chop up the fruit into tiny pieces as they’ll try to gobble it whole rather than peck at it. Peacocks were more interested in the cat biscuits than the cat was. They will come running if they think you have food. Sadly people were feeding them crisps and slices of cheese. Saw a peacock flying overhead into the trees and several males displaying their feathers. Parking might be tight in peak season. Glad we visited
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 May 2024
  • Anna
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chill forest where you can feed peacocks and ducks
    Amazing pine forest with peacocks, each of which is outfitted with a tiny blue Spartan helmet, in addition to their natural plumage, for added special effect. There are also ducks, and babies, and baby ducks. When you feed the ducks bread, unlike people, they show their appreciation by wagging their tail feathers for the approximate duration it takes to swallow a piece of bread. If you go, bring berries.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 June 2024
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David D
Devon, UK25 706 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Sunday 4th October we drove to the forested area of Plaka, close to Kos Airport.

Initially the road starts off all right but soon the tarmac disappeared and we were on an unsurfaced road. This took us to the heart of the forest where there was a car park.

There was a plethora of wild cats, of all colours and peacocks wanding freely around. We were fortunate to see one the peacocks spread his tail feathers in an attempt to impress one of the peahens. We did also see an albino, white peacock.

We did crossed over a very old and rather unstable wooden footbridge. This led us to a small pond where we could small terrapins/turtles swimming there.

It was good to stroll around the forest, for a while under the shade of the mighty pine trees on a carpet of dropped pine needles and cones.

There is no entrance fee, however, people did turn up with food to feed the the animals. An animal welfare group tends to the animals.

Unlike other visitors we did not stroke or cuddle any of the cats, they are feral and could be carrying anything, better to be safe rather than sorry.

Written 5 October 2020
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NHook
United Kingdom20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Not the easiest place to find as it’s well off the beaten track. That said, it is so worth the effort to find. The cats and Peacocks live together in the forest and share a love of cat food. If your visiting make sure to visit the local shop and load up on cat food (or fish LOL). The cats are all friendly and are lovingly watched over by Kitty’s of Kefalos. A small charity that does an amazing job for so many animals. There are no collection boxes or charges to visit. We simply left €5 under the windscreen wiper to help to pay the eye watering cost of feeding the furballs.
Written 3 October 2020
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cuflo
38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Serene quiet setting in October can ‘t say how I’d feel with many tourists. Peacocks were plentiful and you are able to get close up photos easily and you’ll see them as you wander this cooling, quiet, enchanting forest. You’ll also see cats of the forest, this made me a little saddened as these kitties did not seem as healthy or happy as most of the cats we encountered on Greece. I wish I had some tuna to bring. If you visit bring some fish or donate some cat food for ur friends
Written 14 October 2022
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Ninasunlover
London, UK879 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
We had a car for the day and Google maps found us a quick route to the forest...the tarmac road does end before you arrive and it's a bit rough but worth a quick detour as it's quite a crazy sight. Peacocks everywhere, cats everywhere and turtles/terrapins in the pond over a rickety bridge. The animals are well fed but this is done by a charity- kittys of kefalos they cannot ask for donations but spend 100euro a month on food with no help from the govt.
Written 10 October 2020
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Greg M
Brentwood, UK5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Popped in during a round the island car dash on the recommendation of an ex-pat. Lovely woodland, cool and shaded forest of cedar evergreens. Great for a leg stretch or for a full picnic (if you don’t mind being mobbed by peacocks)
Th Peacock are everywhere and very bold. Around the car park area there are lots of friendly feral cats (they are “looked after” by a local and the clipped ear means they have all been spayed.) All looking for a bit of attention and some extra food, so pop into a supermarket and buy a bag of cat biscuits for a € or 2. You’ll have more friends than you can count and it will help out the local cat charity. Great place off the tourist trail for an hour or 2 visit.
Written 13 October 2022
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Allis0n8
Billericay, UK177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Lovely wood to wander around with the peacocks and cats, unfortunately no turtles now. It was mating time so you can see all the males strutting their stuff in-front of the girls. The peacocks are so tame you can feed them from your hands so take some biscuits or ask the cat lady for some!
Written 14 May 2023
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Honest Reviewer
Somerset, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Lovely place to visit and a lovely place for the animals to live. It is a registered charity Kitty's of Kefalos and a couple come daily and feed the cats. They neuter them and take them away for treatment if I'll. There is an old man who sits there nothing to do with the cats and pockets the money. He gives them cheap food they don't eat. There are about 40 cats and 70 peacocks, one white one. Lovely place. Well worth a visit if you like cats and peacocks.
Written 6 November 2021
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jackie_severn
Derby, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Great place to see Peacocks in the wild. In May they have babies trotting around as well. There is space to park your car but no designated car park so could get crowded in high season There are no facilities there (no toilets, no cafe and no seating) so take water/drinks with you.

There is a large supermarket nearby which you will pass if you are coming from Kos side of the island.

You can feed the peacocks but will need to take your own fruit. Grapes and small berries are best but grapes are definitely a favourite.

Nice forest walks as well once you pass the Peacocks and go over the small bridge.
Written 21 May 2024
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Christina T
15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Hired a car and visited Plaka Forest and Antimacheia Castle the same day. Peacocks are friendly and can feed from your hand if you don’t mind being pecked. We visited in May and saw lots of peachicks. We took apple to feed the peacocks and cat biscuits for the one cat we saw. Just make sure you chop up the fruit into tiny pieces as they’ll try to gobble it whole rather than peck at it. Peacocks were more interested in the cat biscuits than the cat was. They will come running if they think you have food. Sadly people were feeding them crisps and slices of cheese. Saw a peacock flying overhead into the trees and several males displaying their feathers. Parking might be tight in peak season. Glad we visited
Written 26 May 2024
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Anna
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Amazing pine forest with peacocks, each of which is outfitted with a tiny blue Spartan helmet, in addition to their natural plumage, for added special effect. There are also ducks, and babies, and baby ducks. When you feed the ducks bread, unlike people, they show their appreciation by wagging their tail feathers for the approximate duration it takes to swallow a piece of bread. If you go, bring berries.
Written 10 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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