Lefkada is said to be one of the most beautiful islands in the whole of Greece, and that’s not surprising because there are pretty villages, lush green mountains and charming, friendly people. That’s not all, it’s here you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of the Mediterranean, with crystal clear blue water lapping onto the white sandy beaches, you’ll think you’ve found a little piece of heaven. Here is a guide to the best beaches in Lefkada for you to enjoy.
Best beaches on Lefkada Island
1. Vassiliki Beach
Vassiliki beach is a stretch of part pebble, part sandy beach 37 km from Lefkada town and it’s flanked by gorgeous green hills, rising up out of the water. The windy conditions make this beach ideal for windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. The beach is easily reached by foot if you’re staying in town. Vassiliki Beach is organised with plenty of cafes and restaurants, and it’s a great beach for families to spend the day there.
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2. Agiofili Beach
Close to Vassiliki village, Agiofili beach is one for nature lovers. There isn’t much to do but admire the sparkling turquoise water and the views out to the sea. The beach is pebbly and can get crowded, so it’s best to arrive in the morning. Visitors can take a 20 minute walk from Vassiliki to reach Agiofili, or by boat from Vassiliki. The water is dazzling, so it’s a great location for snorkelling and swimming. This beach is not organised, so you’ll need to make sure you take water and food along.
3. Porto Katsiki Beach
Porto Katsiki is close to the village of Athani and, of all the beaches on Lefkada, this is one of the most stunning, with impressive white cliffs and gem blue waters. It’s easy to reach, by boat, from Vassiliki and Nidri, or by car and there are steps leading down to the pebbly beach. It can get crowded with people arriving on private yachts and tourist boats, but parts are quieter with the cliffs providing a welcome shade. It’s partly organised and food and drinks can be ordered from nearby tavernas and cafes. It’s suitable for families, however, the water is deep, so extra care should be taken with children.
4. Egremni Beach
Egremni is on the southwest coast, 40 km from Lefkada town. If you’re seeking tranquillity, Egremni beach is a relaxing place to spend the day, with breathtaking views all around. There is a footpath that leads down to the beach, but the best and safest way to get there is by boat. It’s one of the longest beaches on Lefkada, so it won’t ever feel crowded. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available and there is a beach bar that serves food and drinks. It has small white pebbles which are comfortable to lie on, but due to the deep water and undercurrents, it’s not suitable for children. This beach is also popular with naturists.
5. Kathisma Beach
Close to Agios Nikitas, Kathisma is a long sandy beach with mountains behind and a brilliant blue sea that reaches out to the horizon. This beach has something for everyone, paragliding, swimming or simply relaxing in the warmth of the sun. It’s organised with sunbeds and umbrellas, bars and restaurants, and it’s easily accessible by car, bus or on foot. It’s popular with families, solo travellers and naturists and can get busy, but it’s long enough to be able to find a peaceful spot all to yourself.
6. Ai Yiannis Beach
Close to Lefkada town, Ai Yiannis is a 4.5 km long stretch of sand and fine pebbles, surrounded by green vegetation and blue-green sea. It’s perfect for those who come to take advantage of the windy weather for windsurfing and kitesurfing. It’s not suitable for children to go swimming as the sea can get rough, but it’s organised with sunbeds and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants. It’s accessible on foot and there is parking near the beach.
7. Agios Nikitas Beach
Agios Nikitas beach is just 10 km from Lefkada town and is similar to Porto Katsiki beach, but it doesn’t get as busy. Swim in the blue Ionian sea and you’ll see the delightful village houses, amidst the green cliffs and mountains in the distance. It’s a small, finely pebbled beach, with tavernas and cafes and the relaxing atmosphere means it’s a super place for families. Agios Nikitas beach is easily accessible on foot from the village.
8. Milos Beach
One of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkas situated next to Agios Nikitas beach. It is a sandy beach with turquoise waters completely unspoilt. There are two ways to get there; you can either walk, there is a path starting from Agios Nikitas village (it is a steep walk at some points) or during July and August take a boat from Agios Nikitas village.
9. Pefkoulia Beach
A favourite among visitors is Pefkoulia for its turquoise ocean and mostly sandy beach and the shade that’s provided by the pine trees fringing the edges. Located near Agios Nikitas village, it’s easily accessible by car. Pefkoulia doesn’t get too crowded, and there are restaurants and cafes, parking and sunbeds. It’s family-friendly and there is an area for naturists.
10. Megali Petra Beach
Wind your way, on foot, towards the stunning shoreline and take in the amazing colours of green and blue, until you reach the unspoilt small-pebbled beach of Megali Petra, near Kalamitsi. It’s difficult to reach by car because of the steep and narrow roads which is why this beach doesn’t get crowded. There are no facilities, so you’ll need to take water and food if you plan a visit here.
11. Nidri Beach
Crystal clear water, a tree-lined sandy beach and close to the town of Nidri, makes this beach a popular one with families, young travellers and locals alike. It’s the best-organised beach on Lefkada, with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants, and watersports centres.
12. Poros Mikros Gialos beach
Mikros Gialos Beach (also known as Poros Beach) is a lush cove located in the southeast of the island, around halfway between Vasiliki and Nidri. The beach is easy to find (just follow signs for Poros Village) and offers a plethora of organised sunbeds and parasols on which to relax under the hot, Greek sunshine. The highlights of Mikros Gialos Beach include the stunning turquoise waters and the verdant landscapes surrounding the cove, which make it ideal for relaxing dips in the water and gentle snorkelling. Mikros Gialos can get pretty crowded during the height of the summer season, so it’s recommended to arrive early to ensure you find a space in the car park and a bed on the beach.
13. Kalamitsi beach
Kalamitsi beach on the west of the island is a wild cove tucked away below the town of Kalamitsi and is perfect for those who want a quieter option while visiting in summer. The beach features crystal-clear water and warm golden sand, with a few rugged rock formations strewn across the cove. While there are now a few sunbeds and parasols, it is not a fully organised beach, so you can just turn up with a towel and find a spot on the sand. This beach is best for simple days of sunbathing and swimming and soaking up the Greek island atmosphere.
14. Nikiana beach
The beach at Nikiana is situated at the northern side of the town and is a fairly shallow stretch of sand with plenty of trees to offer natural shade. While there is not a lot of parking here, it is easily accessible on foot from most of the local apartments. The water is clear and azure, and thanks to its calm nature is ideal for children and families. The settlement of Nikiana features bars, markets, shops and tavernas, so you could easily spend all day here enjoying both the beach and the town.
Lefkada has many stunningly beautiful beaches on offer, so whichever one you choose to visit, you can be sure that you’ll be in paradise, at least for the day.