Kefalonia is known for its beaches and beauty, as many have a blue flag. Most famous, with a blue flag, a nice beach bar and water sports are the well-known Myrtos, Skala, Katelios, Platis and Makris Gialos in Lassi. Equally beautiful are the beaches of the Livathos area, such as Avithos, Ammes, Trapezaki, Lourdas, Karavados and Klimatsias in Spartia, Lixouri, the famous Petans and Xi with the reddish sandy beach. Beautiful beaches can be found in the northern part of the island.
Ai Helis Myrtos Makris Gialos Platis Gialos Emplisi Antisamos Avithos Petani Skala beach Foki Alaties Asos beach Xi
Kefalonia island is one of the most beautiful islands in the Ionian Sea. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece as well. It’s also the best summer destination for crazy fun!
Sandy and pebble Kefalonia beaches, both small and large, well organized, with water sports and beach bars, all with crystal clear turquoise waters, satisfy every taste, while the olives, pine and cypress forests offer a completely relaxing scenery.
Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands, is a frequent choice of Greek and foreign visitors for a summer vacation. Organized or not the unique beaches of Kefalonia promise to pleasantly surprise visitors.
It is located in Pylaros, 2,5km from Divarata, 8km from Agia Efimia and about 30km from Argostoli. The beach offers a canteen, toilets, lifeguard, sunbeds and beach umbrellas. It earns a blue flag every year and it is in the top ten beaches in Europe.
Just 10 km from Ayia Efimia on the western side of the island’s shores is ostensibly the best beach in Greece – ‘Myrtos’. You could spend hours both in and out of the turquoise water if visiting for the day, but for the best viewpoint and photoshoot, you really need to be above on the road heading north towards Assos where you have plenty of opportunities to stop and be suitably impressed by this amazing sight. But be careful if you are a weak swimmer or if you have small children. The beach shelves steeply and the current is very strong.
One of the best natural beauty spots on the island, a spectacular view appears before you in the form of a peninsula and the enchanting hamlet of Assos. The restored architecture of the finest quality and style surrounded by older houses, amid the ruins of an age gone by. The swell of the harbor protects the elegance of the tiny square named ‘Paris’ and dedicated to the French who helped with funds to rebuild after 1953. To the right of the peninsula are two small sandy coves with more stretching along the coast to the left and all are only accessible by boat.
Kefalonia Beaches Map
Top Beaches of Kefalonia
The most famous beach in Kefalonia is Myrtos. Myrtos is a beautiful beach in the northeastern part of Kefalonia. It is considered one of the best in the Mediterranean. Quite large beach, with imposing beauty, combines sand and pebbles. To the right and to the left rises steep rocks.
Antisamos is also located in the northeastern part of the island, with a beautiful, peculiar landscape. Three kilometers from the village of Sami, turning to Antisamos, you see the landscape below. A sea of fantastic combinations of colors, from blue and deep blue to green. And the green of the trees all around to cool your eyes.
In the province of Paliki, there is the Petani beach. A blue flag beach. Magnificent landscape: turquoise waters with a green background of trees. Mainly pebbles and little sand. Here you can enjoy a fantastic sunset.
Beach Xi is located in the western part of Kefallonia, near Lixouri. The most characteristic of this beach is the red sand and the white rock that surrounds it. The beach of Xi is situated a few kilometers south of the town of Lixouri. Access is very easy and the car park is very spacious. It is a very long beach and it is famous for the color of its sand which is red! The water is very shallow at a distance of many meters and the seabed is covered with thin sand. In Xi, there is a canteen, a café and you may rent umbrellas and deck chairs.
Alaties is a small beach on the western side of north Kefalonia.
The beach is not long and it is surrounded by white rocks. It has pebbles, but some times may not be very clean because of the open sea that brings in tar.
Alaties means “a salty place”. This name comes from the complex of rocks nearby, in the concavities of which, the sea salt dries. Moreover, where the concavities are bigger, the water that is contained is very healing. There is also a nice tavern in Alaties, good for lunch or even for a dinner under the stars.
Please bear in mind that Alaties are not very suitable for scuba diving, because, outside the gulf, there are underwater currents.
Avithos is a long sandy beach across Dias little island. It is well organized offering sunbeds and beach umbrellas and a canteen and by the beach, there are a couple of restaurants.
Foki is a beach located at the outskirts of Fiscardo, on the road to Tselentata. Foki is a big gulf with a view to Ithaca and is surrounded by a cypress forest as well as olive trees which reach the beach.
The mouth of the gulf is bedded with pebbles and on the right side, there is a path which leads to successive rocky planes. The sea is safe and the sea bed is shallow (5-15 meters), even though it is covered by seaweed. However, the brave ones will be rewarded swimming towards the cave near the exit of the gulf.
A few years ago, Foki was a beach suitable for free camping, but nowadays there are no tents. The beach offers no extra facilities, but at a very close distance, there is a nice restaurant. The car park is quite spacious, even though during the high season, there might be some difficulty. Fiscardo is very close anyway (300 – 700 meters), so Foki is also accessible on foot.
Makris Giaolos is a long sandy Blue Flag beach in Lassi offering clear crystal blue waters, safety measures, and excellent organization. On the beach, there are two snack-bars and a Water Sports center.
The famous Petani Beach is located on the western side of Paliki’s Peninsula. Reaching Vilatoria village stop on the road above overlooking the bay…it is a fantastic sight. The beach offers white sand, crystal clear waters and an absolutely tranquil environment. It is a well organized public beach and you will also find taverns and accommodation in the area. The name ‘Petano’ stems from a Homeric word which means “the place with adequate water throughout the year”.
Emplisi is probably the most crowded beach of north Kefalonia since it is very close to Fiscardo (just 1,5 km). It’s not a sandy beach like Makris Gialos and most of the beaches at the southern part of the island. It’s a rocky beach that is preferred by the locals. Cypresses and olive trees come close to the seashore. The water is crystal clear and the seabed is shallow (3-8 meters deep), covered with sand.
There is a road to the beach, and there is enough space for a car park. Very close to Emplisi there is a hotel with a pool bar as well as a nice restaurant.
The village of Skala among other thing is famous for its fantastic beach. It’s one of the largest sandy beaches of the island.