Lefkada (Leukada, Leucada, Lefkas, Leukas, Leucas, Levkas, Λευκάδα in Greek, Santa Mavra, or Santa Maura)
Lefkada is one of the Ionian Islands (as it is in the Ionian Sea) and situated on the west coast of Greece. Lefkada, meaning “White,” takes its name from the white rock cliffs to the south of the island. Lefkada has many amazingly beautiful beaches, some of which are famous throughout Greece, Europe, and the world.
Lefkada also has a large variety of different beaches. The beaches on the west side of the island are for those that know to swim well and are more adventurous since they are in open sea. The beaches on the east side of the island are better for families with small children, those that don’t know how to swim well, and the elderly as they are calm waters (no waves), less deep, and warmer waters, since this side of the island is facing the Mainland. Nonetheless, the beaches on the west side of the island are more spectacular in color and offer more awe-inspiring views. We have rated the best beaches in Lefkada and narrowed it down to the top 5 beaches you must see:
5. Kastro Beach (Castle Beach)
Right Side of Kastro Beach (Facing the Sea)
Kastro Beach is located on the north-eastern side of the island. It is quite near to Lefkada Town (about 2 min. by car) and can be found between Ammoglossa Beach and Gyra Beach. It is also in close proximity to the castle (Kastro in Greek), but not next to it, so be careful if asking for directions that the two are not confused. Kastro Beach is easily accessible by a paved road and has free parking available next to the beach. Many locals go to this beach with their bicycles due to its close proximity to Lefkada Town. There are buses from Lefkada Town to Kastro Beach, but you can also go on foot (about 15 – 20 min. walk from Lefkada Town).
Kastro Beach is a very long white sandy beach with crystal clear blue waters. It is neither very deep nor shallow. If you are a good swimmer and decide to swim a large distance from shore, be careful of the currents.
This is a more natural beach as there are no sunbeds or umbrellas, nor any other facilities such as restaurants, bars, or cantinas on the beach. Accommodation can be found nearby in Lefkada Town.
Left Side of Kastro Beach (Facing the Sea)
Front View of Kastro Beach and the Sea
Sunset at Kathisma
Kathisma, meaning “seat” in Greek, is a beach located in the northwest region of Lefkada, near the village of Agios Nikitas (about 2 km away). There is a paved road all the way to the beach and a parking lot next to the beach where you can park for free or along the side of the road. There are buses from Lefkada Town right to Kathisma.
Kathisma is a very long and wide sandy white beach with crystal clear turquoise waters and impressive cliffs surrounding the area nearby. The water is deep and drops off quickly, which may be dangerous for small kids or those who don’t know how to swim well, especially because big waves may sometimes occur.
Sunbeds, umbrellas, restaurants, beach bars, and showers are all available here. There is a range of watersports offered, such as paragliding (this is the main spot for this sport in Lefkada). There are also various types of accommodation near the beach. Due to these amenities, Kathisma can get quite busy and crowded. We recommend going later in the day to avoid the crowds and to enjoy swimming with breathtaking views of the sunset directly in front of you.
Sunsetting at Kathisma
3. Milos Beach (Windmill Beach)
Milos Beach is also located in the northwest area of Lefkada, very close to the village of Agias Nikitas. If you decide to drive there, you can park the car in the parking lot in Agios Nikitas (which is free) and look for the wooden sign for the pathway from Agias Nikitas to Milos Beach, which is just before the harbour. To reach the beach you must walk 15 minutes along a dirt path over a hill and through some trees. The pathway at some points can get steep, but is not an extremely difficult walk. The views from the pathway are stunning as you can see the whole beach of Milos from above. Near the path is a windmill (called Milos in Greek), hence the name of the beach. For those less outdoorsy or who have many small children, you can reach the beach by a small speed boat from Agias Nikitas during the summer months. If you do not have or wish to rent a car, there are buses to Agias Nikitas from Lefkada Town.
Milos Beach is a large white sandy beach with crystal clear turquoise blue green waters. The water is deep and drops off quickly, therefore it may be dangerous for kids or those who don’t know how to swim well due to the fact that the sea can have big waves and be rough sometimes. To the far right of the beach (as you go down the path) there may be nude sunbathers.
There are no sunbeds, umbrellas, nor canteen at this beach, creating a more natural setting. There are villas/rooms to rent located on a cliff above the beach.
2. Porto Katsiki
Porto Katsiki (From the Cliff Above)
Porto Katsiki is a beach located on the south-western side of the island, near Athani village and quite close to Egremni Beach. The translation of “Porto Katsiki” from Greek to English means “Port of the Goat.” The beach was given this name as years ago only a goat could reach this area. Today, Porto Katsiki is one of the most well known beaches in Greece, is consistently considered one of the best beaches in Europe, as well as one of the best beaches in the world.
There is now a paved road to Porto Katsiki, however the last 5 km section of the road there is narrow and can sometimes get congested during the middle of the day in August (high season). This beach has parking lots (one is paid while the other is free) or you can park along the side of the road. There is a well made, wide staircase to descend to reach the beach which is not difficult for the average person. Unfortunately no buses of the Lefkada Prefecture go to this beach. Alternatively, there are boats available from Nydri or Vasiliki to take tourists directly to Porto Katsiki.
Porto Katsiki is a large beach with white pebbles and crystal clear water of striking turquoise blue green color. Although the pebbles are fairly large, they are comfortable to lie on. The water is deep and drops off quickly. The sea here can frequently experience large intense waves, so take care if you are not a good swimmer or with small children. The sunset views are magnificant here.
There are sunbeds and umbrellas for rent if you choose. Canteens are located above the beach, not on the beach. There is no accommodation available next to Porto Katsiki or very nearby. Camping on the beach is forbidden.
Porto Katsiki and Stairs (From the Cliff Above)
1. Egremni (or Eggremni)
Egremni (From the Cliff Above)
Egremni is a beach located in the southwest of Lefkada, quite close to Porto Katsiki and shortly after the village of Athani. Although less known than Porto Katsiki, it is also considered one of the best beaches in Greece and Europe, as well as one of the best beaches in the world. It is definitely one of our favourite beaches and our pick for the best beach in Lefkada.
The road to Egremni in one section is unpaved and narrow, therefore it can sometimes get congested during the middle of the day in high season (August). This beach has no parking lot, so you park on the side of the road. Unfortunately to reach the beach you have to descend down 347 steep wooden steps, however it is well worth it. The staircase is sturdy, but it is recommended to have good shoes. Thus, this is how the beach gets its name as “Egremni” in Greek actually means “Cliff.” For those that have walking difficulties, many small children, a severe fear of heights, or do not wish to take the stairs, there are boats available from Nydri and Vasiliki that will take you directly to Egremni Beach. The Lefkada Prefecture does not offer buses to this beach.
Egremni is a very large white sandy beach stretching more than 2.5 km, making it one of the longest beaches in Lefkada and difficult to get crowded. The water is crystal clear and of striking turquoise blue green color. The water is deep here and drops off quickly. It can frequently experience large intense waves, so be cautious if you are not a good swimmer or with small children. The sunsets are absolutely incredible here with the warm colors reflecting off of the sea.
There are a few sunbeds and umbrellas for rent and a cantina that you can buy refreshments and snacks. No accommodation is available on or very close to Egremni.
Egremni Beach and Stairs
Tips Before Going to the Beach
• Some beaches are remote so you need to make sure you have adequate gas before you go if you decide to drive there.
• Wear sunscreen to avoid getting burnt as the sun can be quite intense, especially in the middle of the day, and take plenty of water with you.
• You may wish to purchase a beach matt and sun umbrella instead of renting a sunbed and umbrella each time you go to the beach since it can become quite expensive – they are available at mini-markets in all towns and villages.
• Depending on the season, month, and time of day, there may be few facilities available so keep that in mind if you plan on buying food, drinks, or other things at the beach. Also, there may not be a place to change or washroom facililites on the beach or as closeby as you desire.
• Check bus information in advance of wanting to go the beach as bus schedules vary depending on the day and time of year (there are less buses available on weekends) and not all beaches have buses that go there. Please refer to the Lefkada Prefecture for details.
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