Best Beaches in Kefalonia
Kefalonia beaches are among the best in the world. Think beautiful, unspoiled turquoise waters, dramatic landscapes, powdery-soft white sand and an abundance of marine life just waiting to be explored. Beach holidays to Kefalonia are truly breathtaking – when you’re not relaxing on the sand taking in the epic views, have a refreshing swim in the island’s clear Ionian waters, enjoy a snorkelling session or hire equipment for watersports. Here’s our guide to some of the best beaches in Kefalonia.
Positioned on the north east coast of Kefalonia close to the attractions, restaurants and shops of Sami Port, Antisamos is an ideal beach for a day trip if you feel like having a day on the sands away from your Villa Katrina. Known as one of the best Kefalonia beaches for swimming, expect azure waters that are crystal clear and ideal for taking a dip and snorkelling. The beach is famous for being featured in the movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, and is very popular with visitors from all over Europe and locals, especially in the summer months. Getting here early is well worth it. That said, the beach is very well organised in terms of umbrella and sun lounger availability.
Situated around 12km from the island’s capital of Argostoli, Avithos beach is surrounded by lush greenery and staggering mountainous backdrops. Sink your toes into the soft, golden sand and place your towel on one of the best sandy beaches in Kefalonia. It’s an ideal place for young children given its soft sands and clear and shallow waters for paddling and playing. While the kids are kept busy, you can sit back and relax with a summer’s breeze in your hair and gorgeous views of Zakynthos and Dias. Parasols and loungers can be hired for the day, and there are plenty of nearby tavernas selling lunch, nibbles and drinks.
At 850 metres long and with Blue Flag status, Petani beach is one of the best beaches in Kefalonia. Sitting on the Paliki peninsula with soft white sand, calm waters and lush green surroundings, it is easy to see why this beach has so many visitors and keen photographers frequenting its shores. Get ready for jaw-dropping blue waters that look out of this world, while making perfect conditions for snorkelling and swimming. Children will love the soft sand scattered with pebbles and shells. Close to the beach are a few tavernas selling food and light refreshments. You’ll also find showers and toilets just a few steps away from the shore. Our top tip is to get there early for a morning swim, before making your way up to the surrounding villages and monasteries for some local exploration as the beach gets more crowded.
This is one of the most popular Kefalonia beaches, and it isn’t difficult to see why. It’s likely you’ve seen this stunning coastline on travel magazines and tourism board images of Kefalonia. In reality, the views, beautiful blue sea and soft golden sands are even more spectacular. Nestled between the mountains of Agia Dynati and Kalon Oros, this stunning beach is located around 30km from Argostoli, Kefalonia’s capital. Place your towel on the sands and soak up the majestic scenery while your family play in the water. There is a snack bar available, as well as sun loungers and umbrellas, but it is advised that you bring food with you, as it is more remote than other beaches on the island.
Due to its higher clay content, the sand on this memorable Kefalonia beach is a gorgeous red hue, making for beautiful holiday photos. You can also use the sand as a natural exfoliant and give your skin a free spa treatment! There’s plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas on the beach, as well as lively bars and cafes playing music and serving up a range of food and drinks. Water sports lovers are well catered for with various facilities on offer, including jet-skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding and banana boating.
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