The best beaches in Kefalonia, Greece

Looking for the best beach to visit in Kefalonia? You won’t have to look far - Kefalonia is dotted head to toe with beautiful sands and seas. These are some of our favourites, and the reasons why:

MYRTOS BEACH

This is one of Europe’s most photographed beaches for good reason. From above, Myrtos beach is the postcard-perfect white sand, blue sea, hidden gem. A drive down the hairpin-bend roads to reach is is well worth it - though expect to find more pebbles than sand once you arrive. Myrtos beach stretches one and a half miles and offers plenty of space to place your towel or to hire a sun-lounger. We recommend you arrive here early as the sun-loungers fill up quickly, especially during summer months. Walk, or swim, to one end of the beach to cool down in natural mountain caves. There is a small café on the beach selling coffees and snacks.

Best for: The perfect ‘Greek beach’ photograph for your Instagram.

Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Grece

Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Grece

ANTISAMOS BEACH

The drive to Antisamos is an adventure in itself, via winding roads lined with flowering bougainvillea and Jasmine trees. Be sure to turn the AC off and open the windows to take in the fragrant smell of naturally growing thyme en-route; you’ll likely want to stop the car a few times anyway, to take photos from the mountain-side viewpoints overlooking endless sea-views. Antisamos beach is home to upmarket beach-bars offering sun-beds to visitors, in return for drinking and dining with them. You can choose to take your food and drinks at the sun beds themselves, or to retreat to their cool terrace for a break from the sun. Oh, and you can also choose whether to spend a few Euros on a coca cola or €500+ on a bottle of champagne. All of this and we haven’t even mentioned the sea views! Expect the typical bright blues and greens that are so synonymous with Greek beaches, yet here they’re framed in a mountainous cove and splattered with luxury yachts anchoring down for the day.

Best for: Upscale beach-bar hospitality.

Antisamos beach, Kefalonia, Greece

Antisamos beach, Kefalonia, Greece

XI BEACH

Xi beach is located close to Lixouri, on the west of Kefalonia. The beach itself is formed from red clay, giving it a red-orangey colour. Clay is said to have healing properties so you’ll no doubt see plenty of people covered head to toe in it - give it a try yourself (there are showers near the car park to wash it all off with). There are a few bars and cafés along Xi Beach, as well as a child-care centre and a mini supermarket.

GETTING TO LIXOURI, KEFALONIA.

From Argostioli, you can take the 30 minute ferry to Lixouri. A short drive from Lixouri Port and you’re at Xi beach. Tickets for the Argostoli to Lixouri ferry cost less than €10 for a car and two passengers. The ferry runs daily - every 30 minutes in summer and once an hour in winter - though, while there is a timetable, we suggest just showing up and getting on the next available sail - timetables are not strictly abided by. Foot passengers can also walk on and pay on-board.

Best for: An alternate Greek beach experience.

Xi red clay beach, Kefalonia, Greece

Xi red clay beach, Kefalonia, Greece

PESSADA BEACH

Pessada Beach is just 9KM from Kefalonia Airport but don’t let that put you off, it feels as far away as from an airport as being on a desert island. The steps down to Pessada Beach start directly from its small car park, and lead down - and down, and down - to a hidden Kefalonian beach cove. This small beach cove is a paradise, but you’ll likely be sharing it with a few others. If you’re really lucky you may have it to yourselves, or, from Pessada Beach you can also walk along the rocky coastline to find a spot just for you.

Best for: Feeling like you’re marooned on a desert island (but with the added bonus of being able to easily leave when you like!).

Pessada Beach, Kefalonia, Greece

Pessada Beach, Kefalonia, Greece