Best beaches in Lefkada

Less popular with holidaymakers than its neighbours, but just as beautiful, the Greek island of Lefkada (also known as Lefkas) is set adrift from the mainland in the turquoise Ionian Sea. It’s a small but easy accessible island that is connected to Greece by a floating bridge. It’s perhaps the most naturally stunning of all the Greek islands, consider it as the Caribbean of Greece, with idyllic bays and white sandy beached backed by historical towns and lush green hills.

The coast around Lefkada varies between pebbly coves, secluded bays and expanses of golden sandy beaches, all lapped by the sapphire waters of the Ionian Sea. It is little wonder these are considered to be some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Most tourists head to the east coast with its sheltered bays and tourist resorts. Those in search of a quieter spot should stay on the west coast where the beaches become much less crowded, rocky and rugged. The stunning bays on the south of the island maybe more difficult to access, but they are most certainly worth the trip.

The island's most popular beaches are those around Nidri and Lefkada Town; they’re perfect for families with safe waters as well as being packed with activities, cafes and sun loungers. The best place on Lefkada for soft white sands is at Porto Katsiki Beach on the south west coast of the island; here you’ll find a stunning sandy beach secluded behind towering rock formations. Egremni Beach is also a popular sandy beach surrounded by dramatic cliffs and accessed via steep steps. Other notable beaches on the island include the long sandy coastline of Kathisma, Poros Beach with its lush greenery and Agios Ioannis which is popular with watersports enthusiasts.

  • Egremni beach, Lefkada, Greece Milan Baloun / 123RF

    Egremni Beach

    There is little doubt that Egremni beach is one of the finest on the island of Lefkada, which by default makes it one of the best in Greece. It is a beautiful spot with the long white sand beach backed by high limestone cliffs. However, it is the water colour that sets Egremni apart, a fantastic milky blue yet crystal clear. The 325 steps down to... read more »

  • Kathisma beach, Lefkada Alf van Beem

    Kathisma Beach

    On an island sometimes referred to as the Caribbean of Greece a beach needs to be pretty special to stand out. Kathisma, with its long stretch of white sand and turquoise waters is such a beach. Set on the "wilder" western coast of Lefkada the beach here is backed by rugged mountainous terrain and features some interesting rock formations to one... read more »