There are many beaches on Kefalonia catering to all tastes, from quiet and picturesque to bustling beaches with water sports and tavernas. These are just a selection of some that are on offer.
The majority of the beaches in the south of Kefalonia are sandy and shelve gently into the sea.
Makris and Platis Yialos (Broad and Long Beach)
Both of these beaches are situated in the resort of Lassi and are amongst the most popular on the island and have been awarded the Blue Flag. They are both sandy beaches, extremely safe for children. They have a number of beach bars selling drinks, ice creams and snacks. There are plenty of sun beds and umbrellas for hire. Makris Yialos also has a selection of water sports available.
Gorgeous Avithos beach, with its reddish coloured sand, is a Blue Flag beach and is reached down a fairly steep road. There are two tavernas just back from the beach and in peak season there is a beach bar. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available to hire and with stunning views across the sea to the tiny islet of Dias its no wonder this beach gets such great reviews.
These are both long sandy beaches on the south coast with excellent views inland to Mount Einos and over the seas to the nearby island of Zakynthos.
Both beaches have sun beds and umbrellas for rent. Trapezaki has a Taverna just back from the beach and Lourdas has a number of tavernas and beach bars together with a low key watersports centre. Lourdas tends to be slightly busier as there is more accommodation for rent than in Trapezaki and has also been awarded the Blue flag, due to its superior facilities. The far end of Lourdas beach is quieter, mainly because it’s shingle as opposed to sand but also because there are no tavernas at that end.
Kaminia or Mounda Bay is on the south coast, as far east as you can go before you go around the corner to Skala. The beach is a protected nesting site for loggerhead turtles and so is not built up with hotels and apartments. This long stretch of sand rarely gets busy, and there are some sun beds and umbrellas for rent and two cantinas. It is extremely safe for children as the beach shelves very gently into the sea.
The town is a bustling tourist resort with a lively beach to match. The very long mainly sandy beach has been awarded the coveted Blue Flag award. It boasts beach bars, sun beds and umbrellas and water sports to keep you entertained. Should you wish to avoid the crowds then head to the far end for some peace and quiet.
As you make your way northwards the beaches are generally shingle or pebble beaches.
This picturesque pebble beach set just outside Sami was the setting for some of the scenes in Captain Corelli’s mandolin. There are sun beds and umbrellas for rent and a taverna. Snorkeling is excellent on this beach and there are watersports on offer. In peak season the beach is popular with visiting Italians.
You will find this pretty beach on the road from Sami to Agia Efimia. This shingle/pebbly beach is very picturesque. There is a taverna there and they have a grassy area under the trees with sunbeds for hire.
In the North of the Island there are no sandy beaches and in general there are no sun beds or umbrellas for rent. You will not find any beach bars or tavernas on the beaches due to Greek law. Please be aware though, a lot of the beaches have crystal clear waters, which are a haven for sea urchins. It is therefore advisable to wear something on your feet when exploring these beaches.
This pretty little pebble beach with its Olive trees is set in its own cove. A taverna gets around the Greek law by siting itself on the other side of the road. The crystal clear waters are ideal for snorkeling and at the far end of the bay is a cave, which you can swim into and then explore on foot.
The home of the recently excavated Archeological digs which uncovered the remains of some roman baths. This is a pretty little beach in the heart of Fiscardo.
On the outskirts of Fiscardo on route to Antipata you will find Emblissi. The beach nestles in amongst olive trees and is very sheltered from the Maistrali wind, which picks up every afternoon.
This stunning and famous beach was recently voted one of the top 10 best beaches in the World and has gained Blue Flag Status. It was also the setting for many of the scenes in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Unlike the more northern beaches Myrtos has a cantina and sun beds and umbrellas for hire. Please be aware though, the beach shelves quite steeply into the sea and there are often currents which can be quite dangerous. Ensure that you check the flag system before venturing into the sea.
The west is a mixture of different sceneries and types of beach.
This stunning beach is 2nd only to Myrtos for its beauty and again has the coveted Blue Flag Award. On the north coast of the Lixouri peninsula a very windy and steep road reaches it. The sand is coarse, with a few pebble patches, but quiet comfortable to walk on. There are a couple of tavernas on the beach and in peak season you can hire sun beds and umbrellas whilst sharing the beach with the visiting Italians that it is popular with. Unfortunately as with Myrtos it suffers from currents dependent on the weather, so please take care when swimming.
On the south coast of the Lixouri peninsula this red sandy beach has something for everyone. At one end there are beach bars, sun beds, umbrellas, water sports and of course many people, whereas at the other end it is quiet with no facilities. The beach shelves very gently into the sea making it ideal for children. The cliffs are made up of clay with skin purifying qualities, soften the clay in water and then cover yourself in the clay, allow to dry and then wash off in the sea!!
A little off the beaten track but well worth the effort to find it. This gorgeous bay with a beach taverna selling fresh fish and meat on the BBQ is the perfect place to spend the day. The beach is made up of gently shelving sand into the crystal clear waters and a small inlet allows one of the only rivers on the island to gently escape into the sea.
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