Beaches In Kefalonia

Kefalonia has a remarkable range of lovely beaches to offer from long sweeps of golden sand to tiny pebbled bays and coves. What they all have in common is crystal clear water and little or no tide.

There are some wonderful little hidden inlets for those that explore (particularly by boat) and other long tree lined sweeps of white pebbles with water-sports, sun-loungers and the ever enticing turquoise sea perfect for swimming & snorkeling.
Myrtos Beach Myrtos beach is the trademark of Kefalonia Island and is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches of the entire Ionian Islands. Located north of Argostoli (the island's capital), this impressive beach has a fine golden sand and wonderful turquoise waters (as if someone has thrown bleach in the blue sea); the whole place is surrounded by impressive and majestic vertical rocky cliffs. This pure paradise is one of the most photographed places in Greece and attracts thousands of visitors every summer. A snack-bar, sun beds and umbrellas rentals are available on the beach.
Antisamos Beach Antisamos beach is one of the best beaches of Kefalonia and is located nearby to the village of Sami, 22 kilometres from the capital of the island. It is a beautiful and attractive pebble beach with turquoise waters, surrounded by impressive verdant hills. Thousands of visitors are attracted every summer by the natural beauty of the place. Antisamos Beach also offers a snack bar.
Emblisi Beach Emblisi is very close to the fishing village of Fiskardo. This beach is also quite popular. It's quite small with white pebbles which aren't very comfortable to sit or lie on so some sort of mat could come in handy here. Perhaps the best thing about this beach is the interesting rock structures either side of the beach. The horizontal layers of the rock can be clearly made out and they act as a unique sunbathing opportunity. The bay is almost square in its layout and popular with families. There is plenty of parking and a snack bar.
Lourdas Lourdas has a long white coarse sand and pebble beach and is one of the most beautiful beaches of Kefalonia. It offers crystalline waters, sun beds, umbrellas, taverns and a few shops. The surroundings are wonderful and the massive figure of Mount Ainos can be seen in the background. There are many tavernas, plenty of parking and even an internet café.
Makris Yialos Beach Makris Yialos is located near Argostoli. This is a very good beach for sunbathing with a larger beach that can get very busy and has a fenced off area for sunloungers. There is also a good beach bar, a couple of good restaurants serving traditional Greek food, and watersports facilities available.
Platis Yialos Beach Platis Yialos is close to Makris and as its name suggests substantially smaller. As you approach it by road you can see interesting caves in the sandstone. The beach itself is smallish and flat with some lovely rocks to the side. It is less developed than Makris and quieter
Ammes Ammes is located in the south-west part of the island, in the area of Svoronata, a couple of kilometres from the capital of Kefalonia. The area is situated a few minutes from the island's airport but is peaceful and full of verdant vegetation. The village of Svoronata is located a couple of kilometres from here and offers tavernas and cafes. The nice sandy beach of Ammes is surrounded by many accommodations and offers a snack-bar.
Pessada Beach There is a port at Pessada but this is well away around the headland and does not affect either of these two lovely bays. Park up near the road (there is little carpark to speak of) you walk down some nicely carved stone steps amid a riot of greenery. At the bottom there is a lovely little bay, with soft sand and clear water with plenty of rocks dotted about in the bay. To the right there is another even nicer bay just around the headland.
Skala Beach Skala beach is admittedly dramatic, with several kilometres of soft, white sand. The resort and village are well maintained and clean and the beach cleaned regularly during the summer. Skala beach is a busy resort with a wide range of tavernas, shops, swimming pools, fairly quiet bars and the usual range of tourist amenities. There is ample parking.
Trapezaki Trapezaki beach is clean, with a taverna serving lunches. It is divided into two sections, with sunbeds and umbrellas available to rent in the high season. The sand shelves slightly and is great for families with small children.
Agios Thomas Beach Agios Thomas consists of two sandy beaches which are the nearest beaches from the village of Karavados. The first beach is a small sandy beach located just below the tavern where the road stops.

The second beach is larger and reachable through a rocky slab where a comfortable snack-bar can be found, offering some shade and a beautiful view over the small bay of the area.
Spartia Beach

The sheltered bay of Spartia is situated at the bottom of a flowery hillside and is protected by large outcrops of rock. Spartia beach is made up of fine sand, coming from the limestone cliffs behind and is very popular with the locals and in high season often becomes crowded with Greeks and Italians. 

To the left of the beach is a small jetty and harbour where local fishermen moor their small boats and just above the beach is a shady parking area and a couple of tavernas. Also a note of interest is large turtles can often be seen swimming in the bay.

Katelios Beach

The small resort of Katelios has a narrow strip of sandy beach which widens as it extends towards the southern headland. It is kept clean and well maintained during the summer months. 

There are generally a few sunbeds and umbrellas available. Additional shade is provided by the large waterfront trees and the selection of beach bars and tavernas which line the road directly behind the beach.

Alaties Beach

A short drive from the Manganos crossroads, this tiny sandy beach is surrounded by smooth rock platforms on which to sunbathe. There are rock pools in the area where salt remains after evaporation of the seawater. The beach is reached by some steps below the taverna and you will find a couple of changing rooms which are quite useful as the beach is quite small.

Aghia Jerusalem Off the beaten track, further South of Alaties, is a little bay of sand and shingle with a taverna which opens in high season. It is quite a long and winding road down to Aghia Jerusalem through lovely villages of crumbling Venetian houses which were not completely destroyed by the 1953 earthquake. This beach is not very well known and is a romantic spot to watch the sunset.
Dafnoudi Beach

A secluded pebble beach, accessible by walking through a short gorge at the end of the village of old Antipata and is also frequented by motor boats visiting from Fiskardo.

Foki Bay

A deep inlet on the east coast, only a five minutes drive from Fiskardo towards Tselentata. A pretty bay surrounded by olive and pine trees, with a taverna on the opposite side of the road.

Mounda Bay

From the village of Ratzakli, take the road down to the long sandy beaches of Potamakia and Kaminia with warm shallow water. The bay at Mounda stretches for miles out towards Cape Mounda and it is here that the caretta caretta turtles return from great distances to lay their eggs. Learn the Turtle Code before visiting this beach and if you bring your own beach umbrella, make sure you use it as near to the shoreline as possible so as not to disturb any turtle's nests. The water is usually warm here and it is so shallow that it is quite a walk out to just get in past your knees. There is a small cantina with sun beds for hire. Great for families.

Ai Helis

A secluded bay on the south coast, close to the village of Svoronata, Ai Helis has unusual soft grey sand and shallow waters. Enclosed by steep imposing rocks it is safe for children and popular with families. Facilities include sunbeds, umbrellas and a cantina. A popular beach for sports, organised volley ball tournaments take place in high season. Access is via a long steep track or steps. There is free parking nearby.


A long sandy south facing beach Avithos has fine golden sand and clear waters. A short drive from Svoronata, Avithos is popular with couples, families and turtles. There is a cantina, sunbeds, umbrellas and two tavernas nearby. Surrounded by impressive grassy cliffs access is via a steep road and steps. There is a small parking area.

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