The beaches of Kefalonia are some of the most photographed and famous in the world. The iconic Myrtos Beach, immortalised in Captain Corelli’s mandolin, is probably the most famous but there are so many to choose from. Within 30 minutes of Fiskardo there are enough beaches to visit for a fortnight. The water is crystal clear and they all have stunning views.
All the beaches in the north are pebbly to some degree so it is worth getting some swimming shoes (they can be purchased locally) to make getting into and out of the sea a little easier and a lot more dignified!
Some of the beaches have a taverna or Kiosk selling food and drinks but many don’t. So remember to stay well hydrated and make sure you slap on that sun cream.
The following beaches are within a 45 minute drive from our villas and most are within a 15 minute drive.
Foki Beach is a protected bay with a shady olive grove, a cave to swim to and explore as well as a taverna. It is a great place to lounge for the day. The Cyprus forest coming down to the water’s edge is stunning and plays with the different lights during the day.
Agia Jerusalem beach is a pebble beach with crystal clear water making for great paddling, swimming and if you like to snorkel it's worth swimming out to the rocks where you will find much more marine life than in the bay itself. In high season sun-beds are usually available for hire on the beach and there is a taverna very close by serving traditional Greek food.
Alaties beach is small but perfectly formed where you can lap up the sunshine either on the beach itself or on the surrounding rocks. There’s good parking available and a beach bar serving food all day and into the evening where you can watch the sun set with a cocktail in hand.
Emblissi beach just outside of Fiskardo is easily accessible, has great swimming and views across to the islands of Lefkas and Meganisi. There is good parking although it does get busy in July and August. A small kiosk sells snacks and ice-cream, and is open during high season.
Kimilia beach is a hidden gem accessible only by boat or by foot by following a winding forest path. We recommend you take food and as there are no facilities at the beach.
Dafnoudi beach with its crystal clear water is worth the 10-15 minute hike down from where you park. Of course you can also access the beach by boat. We recommend you take food and water as there are no facilities at the beach.
Myrtos beach is about 30 mins drive south of Fiskardo. It is one of the most photographed beaches in the world and featured in the “sea mine” scene in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. In high season there are sun beds to rent and also a beach bar. The beach is surrounded by spectacular white cliffs and can become a heat trap so take plenty of water and listen to advice from the lifeguards regarding the swimming conditions as the sea floor drops off sharply close to the shoreline and can result in strong rip tides.
Agia Kyriaki beach is located close to the picturesque village of Agonas approximately forty minutes drive from Fiskardo. It is a long sandy beach with sun beds and palm umbrellas for hire and good swimming. Near the beach, overlooking a small fishing harbour there is a taverna which specialises in fresh fish as well as other traditional Greek food.
Anti Samos beach is just outside the town of Sami and about 45 minutes from Fiskardo by car. It’s a very popular large pebble beach offering a variety of water sports as well as plenty of sun beds for those wishing to lounge. There are three tavernas so an all day stay is entirely possible.
The secret beaches of Erisos
There are a few hidden beaches near Fiskardo that you can either find by boat or for those ‘in the know’ via small roads unknown to the typical traveller. We will happily point you in the right direction when you are here, just ask one of the IPS team after checking into one of our villas but be aware that the small roads are rarely used, can be unpaved and therefore tricky to navigate. Make sure you have water and food as there are no facilities at these beaches and we suggest that you check your car rental agreement carefully before setting out.