Best 10 Beaches in Ionian islands, Greece

Best 10 Beaches in Ionian islands, Greece

Information about the Beaches in Ionian islands, in Greece but also information about beaches in many islands of the group: The Ionian islands are located on the western side of mainland Greece, forming the sea borders with Italy. These Greek islands get popular for their green landscape and the wonderful Ionian beaches with crystal water.

Corfu and Zakynthos are the most popular islands of the Ionian Sea, while over the last years Kefalonia and Lefkada are also developing. Navagio in Zakynthos, Myrtos in Kefalonia, Agios Gordis in Corfu and Porto Katsiki in Lefkada are the most photographed sandy beaches in the Ionian Sea and some of them are among the most famous beaches in Greece. Particularly, Lefkada is famous for the exotic blue water of the western coasts, while the islands of Paxi-Antipaxi also have gorgeous bays.

The rest of the Ionian islands, such as Ithaca and Kythira, do not have such impressive beaches, however, they attract visitors with their relaxing family atmosphere. Due to the many islands in close distance to each other, the Ionian Sea is also great for sailing.

List with the best 10 beaches in the Ionian Sea

In contrary to the wild landscape of the Cyclades islands, the Ionian beaches are usually surrounded by green cliffs and have fantastic blue-green water. Either organized or not, the beach of the Ionian Sea attracts millions of visitors every summer. Here are the best beaches of Ionian: Myrtos beach in Kefalonia, Navagio beach in Zakynthos, Porto Katsiki beach in Lefkada, Paleokastritsa beach in Corfu, and more.

Navagio beach – Zakynthos

Often featuring in magazines and travel guides as among the most beautiful beaches in the world, Navagio beach in Zakynthos is located on the northern side of the island and can be reached only by boat.

Navagio - Zakynthos
Navagio – Zakynthos

Such boat trips to Navagio beach and the Blue Caves depart from various ports of Zakynthos, like Zante Town and Laganas. Navagio beach, meaning the Shipwreck, took its name from an old shipwreck that lies today on the shore. The bay distinguishes for the white sand and the fantastic water.

Myrtos beach – Kefalonia island

Myrtos beach is the most famous beach of Kefalonia island and among the most photographed places in the world. This large beach is surrounded by wild cliffs and gives a fantastic place to enjoy a day under the sun, for both romantic couples or families with kids.

Myrtos beach - Kefalonia island
Myrtos beach – Kefalonia island

Myrtos distinguishes for the white pebbles on the shore and the exotic water. At one side of the beach, there is a small cave to explore.

Porto Katsiki – Lefkada

The name of the beach means the port of the goats. Porto Katsiki in Lefkada is the most famous beach on the island. It distinguishes for the wild cliff that surrounds the beach and for the fantastic blue water.

Porto Katsiki - Lefkada
Porto Katsiki – Lefkada

Porto Katsiki is located on the southwestern side of the island and can be reached through few steps that get down from the parking area. There are also boats to Porto Katsiki from Nydri port.

Paleokastritsa – Corfu island

Paleokastritsa is the most famous beach in Corfu island. This place gets very popular in high season but apart from the main beach, it also has nice small coves for a more secluded swim.

Paleokastritsa Beach - Corfu
Paleokastritsa Beach – Corfu

From the small port of Paleokastritsa, boats are departing to explore caves and remote beaches in the region. On top of the hill is the famous Monastery of Paleokastritsa.

Egremni beach – Lefkada

Egremni is a fantastic large beach in Lefkada with exotic blue water and soft sand on the shore.

Egremni Beach - Lefkada
Egremni Beach – Lefkada

The view of Egremni from the cliff above is really impressive and visitors have to get down many steps to reach the beach. Part of the beach is organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and a beach bar, but the largest part of Egremni is unorganized and great for relaxing moments.

Antisamos beach –  Kefalonia island

The second most famous beach in Kefalonia, Antisamos is located on the eastern side of the island. With green surrounding hills and blue-green water, Antisamos is a fantastic place to relax in Kefalonia.

Antisamos beach -  Kefalonia island
Antisamos beach –  Kefalonia island

Part of the beach is organized with sunbeds, umbrellas, a beach bar and a watersports center with fun games. Antisamos became world-famous when scenes of the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin were shot there.

Gerakas beach –  Zakynthos

Located on the southern side of Zakynthos, Gerakas is a large beach with sandy shore and crystal water. Part of the beach is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas.

Gerakas Beach - Zakynthos
Gerakas Beach – Zakynthos

This place is most famous as a breeding location of the Caretta-Caretta sea turtles that come here to lay their eggs in the soft sand. This is why there are special measures to protect these turtles from tourists and development.

Agios Gordios beach – Corfu island

Located on the western side of Corfu, Agios Gordis is a large bay surrounded by green cliffs. This greenery has given a special blue-green color to the seawater. The sandy shore is a fantastic place to enjoy a day under the sun.

Agios Gordios beach - Corfu island
Agios Gordios beach – Corfu island

Many hotels and apartments are found on the hills above the beach, which is partly organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and beach cafeterias.

Kathisma beach – Lefkada

Kathisma is among the longest and most beautiful beaches of Lefkada island. It amazes visitors with the soft white sand and the exotic waters.

Kathisma Beach - Lefkada
Kathisma Beach – Lefkada

The largest part of the beach is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, while one side is nudism-friendly. There are many chances for watersports and other sports in Kathisma Lefkada, even for paragliding.

Agios Ioannis beach – Lefkada

Located very close to Lefkada Town, Agios Ioannis is the most popular windsurfing and kitesurfing spot on the island.

Agios Ioannis beach - Lefkada
Agios Ioannis beach – Lefkada

With long sandy beach and crystal waters, Agios Ioannis has a nice wind after midday that is ideal for wind sports. Many watersports centers along the beach offer windsurfing and kitesurfing courses and rent the proper equipment.

Are you looking for a hotel near one of the most beautiful beaches of Ionian? Check our proposed Ionian hotels.


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