Agios Georgios beach is situated about 30 kilometres south of the town centre of Corfu and is remarkably beautiful, while Agios Gordios on the western coast of the island is hugely popular and boasts spectacular scenery what with its dramatic rock formations. Agios Stefanos is located around 45 kilometres to the north west of the town of Corfu with its sandy stretch and reputation for being a safe beach, protected from strong and unpleasant winds. Paleokastritsa is also situated to the north west of the Corfu town near the picturesque village of the same name.
But some of the most evocative beaches are Myrtiotissa and Kalami. Even the writer Lawrence Durrell was taken away by these beaches and called Myrtiotissa the “loveliest beach in the world.” It was Kalami beach that served as the geographical inspiration for the writer’s novel, Prospero’s Cell. Located on the west coast of the island the beach takes its name from the imposing monastery situated close to it near the village of Pelekas. Kalami beach is located about 30 kilometres from Corfu near the village of Viachatika and has a pebbly coastline.
The beaches of the island with the mythical name are just as evocative as the myths that were born in the region of the Ionian. They are set in luscious and fertile landscapes and are known for their crystal blue waters and clean, golden sand.
Near the village of Agios Ioannis about nine kilometres from the town of Vathy, is a beach of the same name with pure emerald waters. Only two kilometres from Vathy is the beach of Dexa with its golden sand and white pebbles set in the foreground of a vibrant green mountainous view. Frikes beach is situated 13 kilometres to the west of Vathy and is busy and popular and a great beach for swimming. Near the village of Frikes is the beach of Polis, another clean beach with a pebbled coastline.
Kefalonia’s beaches are equally beautiful and many of them proudly boast the European Blue Flag. The most famous and most popular of the lot is the golden coast of Myrtos, situated to the north of the town of Argostoli, near the village of Assos, with its dramatic rock cliffs. It is an organised beach with sunbeds and umbrellas for hire and a busy and social beach bar.
Antisamos beach is located about 22 kilometres from Argostoli, near the village of Sami, and has a pebbled beach front set in the foreground of luscious green hills. Emblisi Beach near the fishing village of Fiskardo is another popular resort and to the east of the village is Foki Beach, a small beach with many trees for natural shade. Two of the larger and wider beaches are Makris Gialos and Platis Gialos and it seems that these two stretches of sand were formed by nature for the pure delight of sunbathers.
On the south coast of the island, close to the airport, is a beach that stands out for its orange sand. Ammes is also a popular choice for families as the water is quite shallow. It is situated near the village of Svoronata. Other beaches in the south are Avithos, Ai Helis and Trapezaki.
Zakynthos, also known as Zante, boasts endless coastline and amazing beaches, such as the popular Laganas beach where the Caretta-Caretta sea turtles call home. The Zakynthos beaches are also widely popular for their watersport activities. These beaches are very popular because they just seem as if they are completely unspoiled and unique. The beach of Navagio, which literally means “shipwreck,” is called such for the wreck of a ship rising from the coastline. It also has unique white volcanic sand and it probably one of the most beautiful beaches in the region.
Kalamaki beach is located to the south near the village of the same name and is well-organised and a protected part of the National Marine Park, as is Laganas due to its Caretta-Caretta population. Two cosmopolitan tourist resorts are Alykes and Alykanas located to the north west and are bustling and social beaches with excellent beach bars.
On the tiny island of Kythira the beaches are divine and unspoiled. Crystal clear waters, dramatic rocky scenery and golden sands are characteristic of these beaches. Kythira beaches are especially popular for watersports.
Ideal for sailing is Kapsali beach near Chora or Kythira town centre. Kapsali is a well organised beach and of the most popular ones, together with Agia Pelagia, Palaiopoli and Platia Ammos. The beaches of Chalkos, Melidoni, Lykodimou and Agios Nikolaos are just as beautiful, but are relatively less crowded. One of the most striking beaches on the island is Fyri Ammos for its red pebbled coastline.
Lefkada or Lefkas is a popular destination for many Europeans and this is because the beaches are clean, organised and offer excellent tourist facilities. One of the most beautiful is Porto Katsiki, set in the foreground of a verdant hilly landscape, near the village of Athani. Kathisma beach, literally “seat,” is situated 14 kilometres to the east of Lefkada town, near the village of Agios Nikitas, and has the finest white sand on the island. Another pleasant beach near the fishing village of Agios Nikitas is a beach of the same name and being in a fishing village means it has excellent tavernas all nearby for hungry sunbathers. For windsurfing activities, the beach of Vassiliki is the best option, while Nidri, being the most cosmopolitan of the lot, is the best place for socialising and partying.