The beaches in Lefkada are something else. Framed by majestic cliffs, long stretches of sand are caressed by the mesmerizing turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea. Creating scenarions that capture the very essence of Greek dreams. It’s no surprise the beaches in Lefkada are often spoted in lists of the most exquisite shores in Europe. Sometimes they’re even feature as some of the beautiful in the whole world.!
In this post you’ll find a curated guide to the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada. I’ve detailed practical aspects, such as structure to be expected, parking options and nearby restaurants for each one. Use the index below to guide you trough the posts. You may also want to check our comprehensive Lefkada travel guide. Now, let’s unveil the very best this Ionian island has to offer!
1) Porto Katsiki
I had seen some amazing pictures of Porto Katsiki Beach while planning the trip to Lefkada. Still, I truly couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it for the first time. Katsiki is a truly majestic beach and it’s easy to understand why it consistently ranks among Greece’s finest. It’s a place you can’t miss during your stay on the island and definitely one of the most beautiful beaches we’ve seen!
Porto Katski has a surprisingly good structure, being possible to order quick meals and refreshments from the upstairs cafes and getting them delivered to you at the beach for a small fee. Nonetheless, it’s worth mentioning that it’s not possible to find sunbeds or sun umbrellas to rent at the beach. So, make sure to bring your own beach tent or sun umbrella to protect you from the sun!
This beach is nestled amidst towering cliffs and it boasts some of the most vivid turquoise waters I’ve ever laid eyes on. It’s understandably a hotspot on the island. Thus, if you are visiting during the high peak months in summer, I would recommend arriving earlier to beat the crowds and to make the most of your visit. But if you’re not much of a morning person, don’t sweat it. The beach stretches out quite a bit, so you’re likely to find a cozy spot to settle in. Just be prepared to sit close to other fellow beach-goers – it’s all part of the Eurosummer vibe!
Pack light because you will have to go down some stairs to reach the beach. And note that you can either park at one of the close and paid parking lots. Which will cost you 10€ for the whole day and 5€ if you arrive after 3 pm. Or park on the road leading to the beach for free and walk a bit longer to reach Porto Katsiki.
2) Egremini Beach
It is hard to find the right words to describe the beauty and magnitude of Egremini Beach. Its long extension and super clear blue waters makes it one of the most impressive beaches I have ever seen. The access to Egremini Beach had been closed since the earthquake in 2015 and the only way to get there was by boat. However, that changed in 2021 with the inauguration of a new road and stairs to the beach – which we could use firsthand in our trip to Lefkada. Great news, isn’t it?
Well, yes and no. On one hand, it’s of course great to be able to reach Egremini on foot now. But on the other hand, there are very few parking spaces on this road. So chances are that you are gonna park your car in the area before the paved road and walk a long way to the beach. Like we did.
I’ve got to admit, the trek from the parking lot down to the beach was no joke – and the climb back up? Even more of a workout. It took us 30 minutes to walk down the road and the 400+ stairs all the way to Egremini Beach and about 40 minutes to go the opposite way (from the beach to the parking lot). On the way back, the hike uphill was demanding and the heat was intense. By the time we got to the car we were completely exhausted.
But, while the hike is sure to stamina (and calves), the reward of that pristine beach makes every step worth it. I mean, just look at these pictures and tell me if you could ever pass the opportunity of visiting this paradise on earth?
It was undeniably a tough hike, but I would do it all again. Now with more comfortable shoes. The view from the top of the stairs is priceless and makes up for all the effort. Plus, by visiting Egremini on foot, you get to decide how long you want to stay there. Which is something you cant do if you take a boat trip. So, all in all, I’d say walking there it is totally worth it.
However, I would not recommend this hike to those who have health problems, difficulty walking long stretches, or are sensitive to extreme heat and sun. If that’s your case, you can take a boat from the port of Vasiliki or Nydri and be dropped off at the beach. There are many options for day trips being advertised in both villages.
Some of these boat trips can be found and booked in advance with our partner Getyourguide
If you decide to walk there, the good news is you will find a charming taverna on the way to the beach. There you can get light meals such as Greek Salads and Souvlakis as well as cold refreshments. A perfect pit-stop to cool down and enjoy the magnificent views over Egremini.
But that is as far as the beach structure goes, you won’t find more than a couple of people selling cold drinks at the beach. Thus, make sure to bring a beach tent or beach umbrella to protect from the sun, as well as food and refreshments for the day!
3) Agiofili Beach
Agiofili is a small beach in the south of the island surrounded by lush vegetation and featuring the clearest blue waters. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and tends to get crowded in the summer months, so make sure you arrive early to enjoy calm moments there. You can reach this beach by boat leaving from Vasiliki Bay or by foot after a 20ish minutes hike.
4) Agios Nikitas
Agios Nikitas is one of the most charming beach villages in Lefkada and home to one of the most popular beaches on the island, the Agios Nikitas Beach. It is definitely one of the best places to stay on the island. But if you choose not to stay there (like us), make sure to visit the village at least once!
The water in Agios Nikitas Beach is crystal clear, making it a perfect place to enjoy summer days as a family. Unsurprisingly, the beach is quite crowded, so make sure to arrive early to find a good spot and enjoy the place before most people get there. There are lots of restaurants and bars around the beach, so you don’t need to bring sun protection or food. And from there you can take the boat to Milos Beach, which is right around the “corner”!
5) Milos Beach
Milos Beach is a gorgeous beach and a place I definitely recommend checking during your stay in Lefkada. It is not the easiest beach to get to, but that is exactly what makes it such a fantastic hidden gem. And a perfect place to beat the crowds!
To get there, you will either need to take a boat from Agio Nikita. Wich costs 5€ per person each way and goes very regularly. Alternatively, you hike through the mountains from the same village for about 30 minutes until you reach the beach.
We chose to take the boat and thought it was a great choice. In less than 10 the boat dropped us off at this secluded beach, where we spent the whole day. It is not necessary to book the return boat in advance, as you can just hop on the next one available.
The water in Milos Beach is unbelievably blue and its shades vary from milky baby blue to crystal clear neon blue. It is unlike anything we had seen before. Since Milos is a long beach, it is usually possible to find a secluded spot to lay on and enjoy the day.
However, since natural shades are scarce, I would definitely recommend bringing sun protection such as a beach tent or sun umbrella. Also pack snacks and drinks, as there is no structure there besides a nice man walking around and selling refreshments!
Last but not least, it is worth noting that Milos is a semi-nudist beach, so please show respect. Or get in the mood and try going nude for a change. It’s Europe after all! 🙂
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6) Other beaches in Lefkada
We didn’t have enough time to hit every top-notch beach in Lefkada. And trust me, there are plenty. But we prepared a list of other amazing beaches to visit according to what we heard, saw, and read. If you have enough time, make sure to visit:
- Agios Ioannis
- Pefkoulia beach
- Avali Beach
- Kathisma Beach
- Vasiliki Beach
- Ammoussa Beach
- Mikros Gialos
- Megali Petra
It’s hard to imagine an ordinary beach in Lefkada. All of them seem to be utterly magnificent. But, that’s not all the island has to offer. There’s plenty more to see and explore and on this post you will find what’s best to do in Lefkada besides the beaches.
I sincerely hope this guide sparked the wanderlust in you to explore Lefkada’s pristine shores. If you’re already considering an island-hopping adventure across the Ionian Islands, adding Lefkada to your itinerary is a no-brainer. If you’re a fan of amazing beaches, you should definitely add Kefalonia to your bucketlist. Should you need further insights or have any queries about this enchanting island, drop a comment below.