The 10 Best Beaches in Kefalonia, Greece
Kefalonia is the biggest of all of the Greek Ionian Islands, so there are so many beautiful beaches to explore. This guide to the best beaches in Kefalonia will help you decide which ones you want to prioritise the most. Is it a sandy beach? A beach with water sports or adventurous activities? How about the best beaches for swimming, snorkelling or just plain old relaxing in picturesque surroundings. Read on for your ultimate guide to Kefalonia Beaches.
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Quick reference guide
1) Mytros Beach
If you’ve seen pictures of Kefalonia beaches, the chances are it was a photograph of Mytros Beach. Located on the West of the Island, Mytros beach is beautiful, with vantage points from both sides at the top of the white cliffs above. This famous beach looks to have glorious white sands from a distance, but it’s a pebble beach. However, the natural curves of the cliff tops and the exciting shapes of the rock formations make this one of the best beaches in Kefalonia.
What is it best for: water sports facilities, swimming, snorkelling and even paragliding! There is also a small cave that you can swim into on the left side of the beach.
What facilities does it have: toilets, changing rooms and rentable sun loungers and parasols
Good to know: grab drinks and snacks at the supermarkets before driving down as there are limited facilities on the beach. Don’t forget to pack your water shoes for comfort.
2) Skala Beach
If golden sands are what you’re looking for, then head to Skala beach in the South of the Island. This long stretch of beach has calm waters and a great selection of day beds, hammocks and sun loungers to select.
What is it best for: swimming and relaxing on the comfortable, snorkelling and even paragliding! There is also a small cave that you can swim into on the left side of the beach.
What facilities does it have: toilets, changing rooms, showers, hammocks, day beds, sun loungers and parasols for rent.
Good to know: the sun will start to go behind the buildings/mountains from about 6 pm or so. If you arrive later in the afternoon, you may not need to pay for a lounger.
3) Xi Beach
Xi Beach is one of the best sandy beaches in Kefalonia with infamous red sands. This blue flag beach is located close to the port of Lixouri, which is easily accessible by ferry from Argostoli. There are many beach clubs and facilities at this beach so it is certainly one you can spend an enjoyable day.
What is it best for: swimming, water sports facilities and sunbathing.
What facilities does it have: supermarket, changing rooms, toilets, showers, rentable sun loungers and parasols and several beach bar restaurants to buy drinks or food.
Good to know: grab drinks and snacks at the supermarkets before driving down as there are limited facilities on the beach.
4) Petani Beach
On the northwest of the Lixouri part of the Island, you will find Petani Beach, which has blue flag status. Look out for the mountain goats as you approach and be prepared for more breath-taking views. The beach combines soft sand and pebble but is still one of the best Kefalonia beaches.
What is it best for: swimming, snorkeling water sports facilities and sunbathing.
What facilities does it have: changing rooms, toilets, showers, rentable sun loungers and parasols and two beach bar restaurants to buy drinks or food.
Good to know: The rocky cove to the right only has white pebbles but is more secluded and a better place to snorkel.
5) Antisamos Beach
If you’re heading to the Melissani cave, then also factor in a visit to the beautiful Antisamos Beach, which is only 10km further south. Not only is this one of the Greek Islands most popular beaches, it has free sun loungers and table service from not one but two beach bars! However, the lovely white sand makes a perfect sunbed if you choose to find your spot on this blue flag beach.
What is it best for: swimming, sunbathing and eating and drinking.
What facilities does it have: changing rooms, toilets, showers, free sun loungers and parasols and two beach bar restaurants to buy drinks or food from.
Good to know: you cannot take your food and drink if you use the sun loungers, and you will be expected to buy at least one drink if you use them.
6) Makris Gialos
Located in the popular tourist area of Lassi, Makris Gialos beach has beautiful golden sands and clear, calm waters. This area is perfect for a relaxing day with the sand between your toes.
What is it best for: water sports facilities, swimming, sunbathing and eating and drinking.
What facilities does it have: changing rooms, toilets, showers, sun loungers and parasols and two beach bar restaurants to buy drinks or food from.
Good to know: located in a popular area close to Argostoli, this beach can get busy, and there isn’t much shade, so hiring or taking an umbrella is recommended.
7) Platis Gialos
Platis Gialos is the sister beach to Makris Gialos and therefore shares the same beautiful golden sand, but it is slightly smaller and less busy.
What is it best for: volleyball, swimming, sunbathing.
What facilities does it have: changing rooms, toilets, showers, sun loungers and parasols to rent and a cafe.
Good to know: you can swim to this sandy beach from Makris Gialos and vice versa. Parking is limited so head there early.
8) Assos Beach
While Assos beach is small and compact, the beautiful coloured houses make this a magical stop-off as you’re exploring the Island. There are two main parts, a small cove with azure waters to swim in and the beach in the centre of the tavernas.
What is it best for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.
What facilities does it have: sun loungers and parasols to rent and several tavernas closeby.
Good to know: the waters are that clear you can see fish as you walk by.
9) Alaties Beach
Located northwest of this Ionian island, Alaties beach is a great secluded spot with fantastic snorkelling. The emerald waters are so clear; you barely need a snorkel mask and there are so many fish! This small beach is primarily pebbles, but there is white sand at the back.
What is it best for: swimming, snorkeling and rock climbing
What facilities does it have: a taverna close by
Good to know: head here for an unobscured front-row seat on the sunset over the sea in a secluded spot on the rocks.
10) Paliostafida Beach
Paliostafida Beach another one of the sandy beaches in Kefalonia. Conveniently located in Lassi it is within walking distance of the main strip of restaurants and bars. The beach is quiet and calm and makes a nice place to stay for a few hours.
What is it best for: swimming and sun bathing
What facilities does it have: a cafe and rentable sunloungers and parasols, toilets and showers
Good to know: the sun will start to go behind a mountain in late afternoon so don’t get there too late
Best Beaches In Kefalonia in Summary
This guide to Kefalonia beaches has given you various locations that span the largest Island in Greece. If you’re looking to relax for the day, head to Xi beach of Antisamos. Looking for water sports or paragliding, then head to Myrtos beach, which is also great for snorkeling. If you want crystal clear waters, then most of these stunning beaches will tick that list.
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Which beach is your favourite? I’d love to know how you find them. Let me know in the comments.
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