5 Best Kefalonia Beaches

KEFALONIA is a sandy hotspot for tourists looking to enjoy the beautiful sunshine and incredible beaches on the Greek island.

The small isle, just off the coast of mainland Greece, has a coastline perfect for relaxing by the seaside or going for swim in the clear, blue waters – but which are the best beaches to visit in Kefalonia?

1. Myrtos Beach

Myrtos Beach offers a wonderful coastline of golden sand and splendid waters
Myrtos Beach offers a wonderful coastline of golden sand and splendid waters

Located in the north of the island and 40 minutes from the nearest holiday hotspots, Myrtos Beach is an incredible place to visit to see the very best of Kefalonia’s coast.

The sandy shores stretch more than 700m across the magical blue waters of the Ionian Sea and a backdrop of green cliffs and hills.

Even during busier periods, due to being difficult to reach without a car, it is an untouched haven for beachgoers with the calm ocean offering the perfect conditions to relax in the sun and cool off when you need to.

And for those that like an added bonus of exploring, at one end of Myrtos Beach sits its own cave with which you can enter for more incredible sights.

For those looking to regularly visit Myrtos Beach, the nearby village of Divarata does have some accommodation.

However, Fiskardo to the north and Kefalonia’s capital, Argostolion, in the east are the main tourist hubs on the island and both just over 40 minutes away – so hiring a car out is near enough essential to reaching the magical Myrtos Beach.

Beach rating: 9/10

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2. Antisamos Beach

Antisamos Beach is easy to get to with the ferry port town of Sami less than five kilometres away
Antisamos Beach is easy to get to with the ferry port town of Sami less than five kilometres away (Gary Bembridge/Flickr)

While Myrtos Beach a bed of soft, white sand, Antisamos Beach is very different, with a pebbly texture to the coastline.

Yet, the waters are just as beautiful and perfect for swimming in the ocean, where you can get the best views of the island and its surroundings as luscious green hills overlook the seaside.

If you don’t fancy laying on the pebbles, there are beach bars that offer the use of sunbeds.

Meanwhile, if you are keen to take to the high seas from Antisamos, there is either a boat trip that includes underwater viewing or a range of watersport activities to get the blood pumping – from jet skis and surfing to canoeing and going on the banana boat.

Unlike Myrtos Beach, Antisamos is much easier to get to and more popular, with buses available from the nearby town of Sami, which welcomes ferries from Italy and mainland Greece.

Beach rating: 9/10

Stay near Antisamos Beach at Sami Beach Hotel from just £95 a night

3. Makris Gialos Beach

For those staying in the capital of Kefalonia, Makris Gialos Beach is a must-see
For those staying in the capital of Kefalonia, Makris Gialos Beach is a must-see (Credit: Lee Simpson/Flickr)

Just a few kilometres from Argostolion is Makris Gialos Beach, a paradise with incredible aqua blue waters and golden shores to match.

Its location is perfect for anyone staying in the Kefalonian capital or in the neighbouring holiday hotspot of Lassi.

With sunbeds dotting one half of the beach, it is a perfect place to top up your tan before heading for a swim.

With the waters so clear, you can almost see to the bottom, making it a brilliant spot for snorkelling – while for the adrenaline junkies, a host of watersports are available.

The surrounding trees give off an enclosed feel to the beach and offering wonderful scenery so you can relax with peace and beauty all around.

Beach rating: 8/10

Want to head to Makris Gialos Beach? Stay at the three-star Malibu Suites & Apartments – just a five-minute walk from the beach – from just £96 a night.

4. Skala Beach

Skala Beach is the best beach for those staying in the south of Kefalonia with its crystal blue waters
Skala Beach is the best beach for those staying in the south of Kefalonia with its crystal blue waters (Pablo Foggakis/Flickr)

Heading down south of Kefalonia – almost to the tip – is Skala Beach.

Sand and small stones mix on the long shoreline, Skala Beach is a great place for families to visit, especially those that love to snorkel, with an fascinating seabed below the surface.

Although it can get busy during the summer, it is right by a beautiful village full of shops, restaurants, hotels and even historic ruins, so you don’t have to travel from miles out to reach the seaside.

Beach rating: 7/10

Stay right opposite Skala Beach at the Tara Beach Hotel from only £68 a night.

5. Foki Beach

Set in the heart of an inlet, Foki Beach is a magical place to relax in the middle of nature
Set in the heart of an inlet, Foki Beach is a magical place to relax in the middle of nature (Pablo Foggakis/Flickr)

Ran close by Xi Beach in east and Petani Beach near Zola, Foki Beach makes the list because of the incredible views and surroundings.

Set in a cove near to the tourist hub of Fiskardo in the north of the island, Foki Beach is a curved and pebbly shoreline with room for only a handful of people.

But, either side of the beach and heading towards the opening into the Ionian Sea is an incredible landscape of green trees and hills.

Blended with the different shades of blue in the water make for beautiful setting and a dream spot to let all of your worries fade away.

To get an even better sight of the beach and the location, you can take a boat out on the water and head into the nearby cave.

Getting to Foki Beach is tricky without a car, but driving along the coast from Fiskardo offers some truly spectacular views of Kefalonia and its neighbouring island of Ithaca.

Beach rating: 7/10

Head to the coastline in the north of Kefalonia by staying at Stella Hotel Apartments from just £77 a night – it is just 850 metres from Foki Beach.

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