Kefalonia’s Best Beaches
Picking the best beaches on an island that is famed for its hundreds of amazing beaches is no easy task, but there are a few that should be included on every holiday to Kefalonia. The following Kefalonia beaches will appeal to different people for different reasons – white sand and clear waters or fun, attractions packed resort beaches, luxury beaches or secluded, stunning shingle beaches. Whatever takes your fancy for the day, you should be able to find in Kefalonia.
Lassi – The beaches of Lassi would originally have been considered a part of the Lassi peninsula that encircles the Argostoli bay but now seem to have been swallowed up by the ever expanding Lassi resort. Nevertheless the following beaches, which sit very close to one another are the best Lassi has to offer. Kalamia Beach is the furthest north and offers a thin slice of white sand and a sprinkling of shingle by the water. It is a stunning setting with gorgeous views of the bay and the white cliffs that surround it. It is reached on foot down a path from the main road and offers sunbeds, umbrellas and a tiny bar that will bring drinks down to your sunbed. Gradaki Beach is all sand and clear waters and is a bit deeper than Kalamia, but is also a bit smaller. The most popular beach in Lassi is Makrys Yialos (or the ‘Long Beach’) which is just down the main road. Makrys is a beautiful Blue Flag beach that offers golden sand that seems to stretch out for miles. It has all the usual resort attractions and watersports as well as a wide selection of sunbeds and umbrellas, numerous tavernas and lots of family-friendly fun. Finally there is Platys Gialos another Blue Flag winner and one of the best beaches on the island for families. This is smaller than Makrys Gialos but is an enchanting sandy beach that is run by the council and offers safe, protected fun for the kids. There are toilets, showers, changing rooms as well as snack bars, tavernas, sunbeds and umbrellas. The waters are shallow enough for kids to paddle in (as usual you should never let them out of your sight though) and there is a nice swim for adults that takes you around the rocky headland to Makrys Yialos. In the past the beach even welcomed turtles come to lay there eggs there, though tourists quickly scared them away. (See here for more information about Kefalonia turtles.)
Skala – Skala is of course one of Kefalonia’s most popular resorts, thanks in no small part to the great beaches. The main beach at Skala is one of the best on the island and offers something for everyone. It is a long sandy Blue Flag beach and though popular, never feels too crowded because there is so much room available. The facilities are excellent for families with all the usual trimmings – sunbeds, umbrellas, snacks, drinks and food from local cafes and tavernas on the shore – as well as beautiful crustal clear shallow waters for the kids to paddle in. The setting is picturesque too, with a small but lush pine forest surrounding the beach. For something a bit more secluded and private, Skala also offers the wonderful Mounda Beach. Mounda beach is the place to go for nesting sea turtles in Kefalonia and is consequently one that they are trying to keep tourists from visiting too much. Nevertheless if you are respectful to the environment and stick to the rules it can be a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. That’s because the beach is as perfect for humans as it is for turtles offering shallow waters, gorgeous sand and a gentle incline. Clearly there are no facilities yet at the beach but this is a good thing – the less development that comes to Mounda the better. To get there simply walk for about 40 minutes along the coast from Skala Beach.
Lourdas – Lourdas beach would normally only be used by people staying in the area; anyone else will need to get there by car. If you are out exploring the island in a car however it is worth stopping off here. Lourdas beach is thankfully free of development and it offers a large stretch of silver-white sand and a sprinkling of shingle. It is quiet, relaxing and with just enough tavernas and shops to keep you busy for an hour or two.
Fiscardo – Horgota Beach is the main highlight here in Fiscardo and many people will recognize it as the site of numerous scenes in the movie of Captain Corelli. It is where Mandras is seen fishing out in his boat as well as where he leaves the island from and it is the beach at which Corelli and Pelagia part from one another. It can be reached via the Komitata road and it is worth the trip. It is a simple beach – just a strip of shingle and sand – but it is beautiful.
Poros – Poros Beach is worth visiting not for its beauty or its views but because it offers the best range of water sports on the whole island. This is the beach for a fun day out with the kids and offers everything from waterskiing to jet skiing and from sailing to canoeing, paragliding to snorkeling.
Sami – Antisamos beach is to be found a couple of miles to the south of Sami. It is one of Kefalonia’s most charming and picturesque beaches with a broad sweep of dazzling bright white pebbles and waters such a shade of clear blue they look like a giant swimming pool. The facilities are limited (a few sunbeds and a bar) but that is what adds to the charm and the seclusion of the destination.
Pylaros – Finally, the world-famous Myrtos beach. Of all the fantastic beaches in Kefalonia, Myrtos probably just about wins the beauty prize. Consistently turning up in magazine surveys of the world’s best beaches and having been voted the best beach in Greece an astonishing 12 times, Myrtos really is quite special. Perhaps that’s because of the constantly changing colors of the shimmering clear water – one minute turquoise, the next green, the next dark blue – during the day and the contrast between these colors and the smooth white pebbles at the water’s edge. Even better still, when the sun sets and drops to the horizon the water reflects back the suns rays and becomes a pool of oranges and reds, yellows and even purple. Throw in the massive mountains overlooking the beach and the steep cliffs to the side and you have a place that is truly wondrous and magical.
Blue Flag Beaches in Kefalonia – Skala, Agia Varvara/Katelios, Aragia Porou (Poros), Platys Gialos, Xi? Petani?, Myrtos.