Lefkas is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece with a varied coastal landscape from huge bays to tall cliffs, pebbly coves to sandy stretches. Due to its idyllic shores, it has in recent times become popular with tourists who come island hopping, to windsurf or simply sunbathe on their Greek island holidays. Read on for a list of the best Lefkas beaches to visit during your stay.
The most famous of the Lefkas beaches, Porto Katsiki is considered one of the best in the Mediterranean – and that's really saying something. Located on the southwest coast, the impressively tall white cliffs and turquoise waters make for incredible photo opportunities.
15 kilometres southwest of Lefkas Town, Kathisma has fine sands and a small selection of parasols and sun loungers ready to be claimed by early risers on their Lefkas holidays. The charm of Kathisma is arguably found in its popularity with young people, which means there is always a buzz of vitality to the area.
At the edge of this beach you'll find the quaint church of Agios Ioannis Antzousis, perched on a rocky promontory. By day its whitewashed walls gleam in the sun and at night a walkway up to the church is lit with fairy lights. The beach itself is hugely popular with windsurfers and water-skiers. As it lies just five minutes by road from the capital, many visitors fit it in as part of their travels.
The town beach of Agios Nikitas has a vibrant atmosphere rare in Lefkas. A fishing village by trade, Agios Nikitas is a charming resort that is witnessing strong year-on-year growth in the number of tourists visiting. 20 minutes by road from the capital city, this beach will have you rested up and ready for a fresh seafood dinner before you can say "Agios Nikitas".
Left almost entirely unspoilt, this beach in the southwest of the island makes the most of the idyllic surroundings in this part of the island and offers its visitors a tranquil seaside experience. This area is totally secluded, so you're in for the best rest and relaxation Lefkas, also know as Lefkada, has to offer.
Another of the popular watersports locations in Lefkas, Agiofili is a pebbled beach that mostly attracts families to play on its golden shores. The shingle means no sandy picnics, but as you dip into the water, the seabed becomes soft sand.
A gorgeous beach just 30 kilometres from Lefkas Town, Poros Mikros shares its name with the authentic Greek village of Poros just up the road. A taverna and a couple of snack bars have attached themselves to the strip, but outside these small outlets the beach is very much an escape from civilisation, leaving you to take advantage of the peace and quiet.
Possibly the most visited beach resort in Lefkas, Vassiliki is big with tourists, locals and especially windsurfers, who are drawn to the island every year to catch the great waves. Its southern location means it catches the breezes perfectly, cooling the crowds gathered in the sunshine and making watersports all the more exhilarating.
Dotted with boulders, Kalamitsi beach is like an alien landscape, hidden away on the west coast of Lefkas. You can choose to throw down your towel on the sand or sit on a sun lounger under an umbrella out of the midday heat. It's not obvious to find, however the sounds of the waves will guide you through the olive groves, and although it's a bit of a walk, the final destination is worth it.