This is a quiet and tranquil little corner of Kefalonia on the north-west side of the Paliki peninsula. The beach and the hilltop village are rather historical as they are the disputed home of Odysseus, the famed hero from Greek Mythology. It’s a really lovely area and beach. Crystal clear water, a shallow sandy beach, and 2 fantastic tavernas serving local dishes and fresh fish from the little harbour.
At one end of the beach, there is the beautiful church of St. Spyridon, often featured in postcards of Kefalonia. A festival takes place there every year, on 11th of August, when the wonders of St. Spyridon are celebrated.
The most beautiful beach on the island ( we think) and somewhere that really must be checked out. Even the drive down to the cove is spectacular! A large white sand and pebble beach with the most aqua blue water you will ever see! The best time to go is early afternoon – enjoy some time on the beach and in the sea, then slowly ease into the Greek way of life with a beachside traditional meal at our friend’s taverna and watch the spectacular sunset across the Ionian sea towards Italy… It doesn’t get much better…
The unique red sand of Xi beach is well worth a visit and almost everyone smears themselves in the famous local clay (reputably has medicinal properties) and bakes in the sun like a lizard, before diving into the sea. Xi offers some fantastic bars and night life and hosts quite a funky crowd in the summer months. During the day you can also book water skiing or ringos and blast around the bay screaming your heads off.
A short stroll south along the beach from Paliki beach club will take you to Lepeda beach. This quiet sandy beach is a locals favourite. There’s a lovely little beach cafe and taverna serving ice-cold frappes or a chilled glass of wine… whatever takes your fancy. It’s also a great choice for an evening family meal – try some yummy fried squid, tzatziki and a Greek salad.
Tucked away on the south-west corner of the peninsular is Vatsa beach. A tranquil river flows to the sea through a small, secluded valley bordered by pine and olive trees. Local fishermen moor their brightly coloured boats and a golden sandy beach borders the horse-shoe bay which stretches eastwards towards Kounopetra.
It’s also home to the famous Spiaggia Taverna. An amazing open-air taverna situated virtually on the beach, where the atmosphere is casual and relaxed with feet firmly in sand. The taverna offers first-class fish and seafood caught daily by the local fishermen. The fruit and vegetables used are also grown in the grounds of the taverna. Visitors travel from all over Greece and abroad to visit Spyro and his restaurant.
As part of a beach club holiday, we offer an amazing day excursion using the dinghies from our Lixouri Bay Beach Club in Kefalonia. It’s kind of like Swallows and Amazons but without the raincoats. Set the sails on our fleet of RS dinghies and after a leisurely hop across the bay discover the hidden cove known as “Pirates Cove”. Only accessible by boat or SUP it’s a real hideaway with crystal clear water and fabulous views across the gulf. A little bit of paradise.
The fab little town we like to call home where the pace of life is set to slow. Lixouri is a lively Greek island town and port, with a cosmopolitan main square and traditional shops and houses with gardens full of flowers. If you join us for a Learn to Sail holiday, then you’ll end up in Lixouri for sure. The bustling town square is the hub of all the goings-on with plenty of restaurants and tavernas to choose from, not to mention the best ice cream parlour on the island! Our Learn to Sail yacht base is 2 minutes walk from the square. Paliki Beach Club is also a 10-15 minutes walk south and Lixouri Bay Beach Club is a 5 minute drive north.
A short trip on the ferry from Lixouri will take you to the island’s capital, Argostoli. There’s plenty going on here with restaurants and tavernas along the quayside as well as a wealth of shops throughout the cosmopolitan town. Guests on our Learn to Sail holidays normally spend a night or two here as part of their week of sailing.