Feel the cosmopolitan vibe of Kathisma

Kathisma beach in Lefkada

Just the setting is enough for Kathisma to wow its visitors … and that’s before they feel its incredible energy
4 - 6 hrs
May - October


It’s not easy to stand out when it comes to beaches on Lefkada. But Kathisma, a glorious stretch of sand and fine pebbles on the island’s west coast, routinely ranks No.1 amongst its visitors. It’s not just the magical blue of the Ionian Sea, or the great vibe from the beach bars and water sports. Or even the sight of the paragliders, who launch from the green mountain backdrop and arc overhead before settling on the beach. It’s all of that together. Kathisma is where wild beauty goes to get a cosmopolitan upgrade.

Just the drive here will put you in the mood, with all that mountain greenery and the sleepy villages that Lefkada offers so generously. And as for that first sight of the beach – a panoramic swathe of beige and blue, with all the facilities you could ask for. Magical! 

The beach is more than 1km long, so there are quieter spots for something more personal towards the ends and even a cave you can explore. Something for everyone, whether you’re a family, couple or group of friends.

And if you spend the day here, you’re in for another treat. Looking west, Kathisma offers the most beautiful sunsets.

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You can reach Kathisma by car from any direction on Lefkada. The road ends at a parking area. 

From Lefkada town

  • By car or taxi: 16km (30mins)
  • By bus: A daily public bus service (KTEL) runs from Lefkada town during the summer. 

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From Agios Nikitas

  • By car or taxi: 4km (10mins)

From Vasiliki

  • By car or taxi: 26km (40mins)

From Nydri

  • By car or taxi: 30km (45mins)
  • You’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery at any time of year, but swimming and sunbathing are best from May to October.
  • If you visit in July-August, do so in the early morning when it’s cooler and quieter and you’re more likely to find space in the parking area.

May-June and September-October are the best and quietest months to visit. 

  • Autumn
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • There are plenty of sunbeds & umbrellas to relax on and beach bars for refreshments.
  • Water sports (including windsurf and Stand Up Paddleboard) and paragliding are available for hire on the beach.
  • There are lifeguards on duty during the summer months.
  • You’ll also find tavernas in the area, if you want to grab a bite.

Make sure you have everything you need for a day in the sun:


Beaches are delicate ecosystems so please help keep them in the best possible condition and leave only your footprints.

Use the bins provided or, if need be, take your rubbish with you.
Don’t remove any shells, rocks, fossils or sand from the beach.
Respect the marine life and the plants and animals on shore.
Use a refillable water bottle to try to minimise your use of plastic.
Making fires on beaches is strictly forbidden.
The water becomes very deep close to the shore so be careful with children
Follow lifeguard instructions because there can be strong currents and days when swimming is forbidden.
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