Although a small island, the beaches of Kefalonia are many and contrast vastly. The coastline to the north is more dramatic with steep cliffs dropping to beaches which tend to be rocky, whereas the beaches of the south are generally more sandy. Having travelled to Kefalonia many times my favourite beaches are all in the north, where the natural rugged beaches are unspoiled and the sea is a startling blue. The following are my top 5 favourite Kefalonia beaches:
Myrtos Beach is regularly voted as one of the top beaches in Greece, indeed, the world and has also won awards for cleanliness including a Blue Flag voluntary eco-label. Myrtos is one of the most photographed beaches and images have been used in travel brochures and advertising posters for Greece; it was also used as one of the film locations in ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’.
You may think images of Myrtos Beach have been enhanced, so blue does the sea seem to be, but this can be attributed to sediment from the white rocks that turn the sea a brilliant turquoise colour. Access to the beach is from a steep winding road, stop and take photos on the way down! There is parking on the beach, but in peak season cars end up on the road as well.
Take a parasol as there is no shade – you can always cool off in the sea or with an ice cream from the beach bar – and be wary of the sea as it deepens suddenly and there can be a strong undertow!
Paradise Beach is located in Agia Efimia and is one you would probably only come across if you are looking for the famed Paradise Beach Taverna which is located above it. While away an afternoon at this splendid restaurant, one of the best on Kefalonia, and swim off the calories in the small cove afterwards.
Take a snorkel and flippers and explore the sea bed, you may even spot a turtle as we did this year. This is my personal favourite beach in Kefalonia!
Alaties Beach is located in the northwest of the island above Myrtos Beach and below Fiskardo. It’s not a well-known beach and therefore unspoilt; however there is a small taverna where you can get snacks and drinks and watch the sun go down. Alaties (salty) gets its name from the salt deposits that can be seen in the pools on the higher rocks to the right of the beach.
Clamber up and you will discover a strange rocky landscape and large salty pools of water that retain the suns heat. The beach itself is small but sandy in parts with shingle.
Dafnoudi Beach is located closer to Fiskardo and is a lovely secluded beach with no amenities at all.
From the village of Antipata take the road from the taverna on the corner, after a few meters you will see a gravel footpath on the right-hand side and a sign post to the beach pointing through a wire fence. Follow the footpath through the trees and eventually it opens onto the beach. The beach has large pebbles and slopes steeply to the sea where there is a cave!
Fiskado is a pretty fishing village on the very northern most tip of Kefalonia, it is one of the few remaining villages to retain some of the Venetian architecture that was destroyed on Kefalonia after the earthquake. It is a huge touristic spot and popular with the rich and famous who moor
their yachts here. There are plenty of restaurants and shops to explore. If you need to cool off.
Fiskardo Beach is adjacent to the harbour, it has shingle and there is an olive tree giving some welcome relief from the unrelenting sun! Hire a boat for the day from Fiskardo and discover beaches not accessible by land or, if you’re feeling braver, cross over to Ithaka which is only about 30 minuets from here.
These are only a few of the Kefalonia beaches I have visited and enjoyed since I first went to the island of Kefalonia back in 2000; there are plenty more I could mention and ones I am yet to discover!
Please remember to swim safe!