This post is loaded with photos, so let’s dive in the Ionian Sea.
I have been to Greece from beginning of August till mid September. The island I have spent most time on was Lefkada. It is called the white beauty and it is the fourth biggest island and one of the seven from the Ionian Sea. It lies between the islands of Corfu and Kefalonia and it is close to the shores of the western mainland of Greece.
This is where it is:
I had the chance to see it by car from south to north, from west to east and back. This is how I came up with the thought, that from all the beaches I have seen, there are these 7, I would take my friends to.
So let’s go to number 1.
My favorite beach in Lefkada
No 1 : Krioneri Beach
Where is it: 2 km from Lefkada town on the west coast
Can you drive by car till the beach: No
How much time you have to walk from the car: 10 min
Length of the beach: 10 meters
With beach bars & sun beads: No
With sand or pebble: sand
Do you have shade on it: yes
Suitable for children: No
Good for snorkeling: Yes, spectacular
I have discovered Krioneri 2 days before I left the island. And I owe the discovery to two Greek friends I met by chance. Here is the story:
It was September, the strong summer heat was gone, the air was mere a breeze, wonderful for all the senses, and I was planning to sleep on the beach again. I knew I would return for another night under the stars, from the moment I slept there the first time. So, I was not waiting for the right moment. Instead, I just put my tent and sleeping bag in the trunk and took off for another day of beaches, unknown, new people, new hello’s and new see you again’s.
As the evening was setting in, I drove towards Pefkoulia beach. The only beach in Lefkada that officially allows wild camping. It was pitch dark when I was looking for a spot to set the tent, but to my surprise, there were no other people in the camping. It looked deserted and silent. The rain of the last days had scared everybody. But, I see a light and hear some voices and I head towards them to see who these people are. I then see a man and a woman, in their 50’s surrounded by candle light, drinking their teas and whispering as if they did not want to disturb the sea. I say hello and they are really happy to see there is another soul on that beach, just like I was. They invite me to join them and I do it gladly. So I take my beer and sit with them for hours until we were too tired to keep our eyes open. They were from Athens and came every summer to Lefkada to this camping and to some other places they loved. Krioneri Beach was one of them. When the lady said she would never leave Lefkada without seeing this beach again, I knew it will be the first thing I want to see tomorrow. And I went.
To find it I went thought the scenic village of Agios Ioannis, with small and taverns, with turquoise waters and white sands. I arrived to the end of the road and was told I need to leave the car and walk from there. So I did. Walking, I arrived to a church, very small though, built-in the rocks and facing the sea. It was a place that invited the visitor to meditation. It was like, just passing it by, would make you feel better. Then I started climbing up a small street to reach the only house around, which looked like a sanctuary, more like a royal residence. Hidden in the woods and having the sea view all to itself. I went round it, on a path on the edge of the cliff, to find the stairs going to the small beach of Krioneri. I think this beach actually belongs to this house, as it had its own stairs connecting it with its garden. But I was happy that, at least for now, ordinary people like me, can still have access to it.
The beach alone is small, maybe accommodates 5–6 people, not more. The sea has all shades of blue and when you get in for a swim, its cold at first, because of the sweet water springs that flow into the sea. But as you swim further, the warm currents embrace you. So don’t be discouraged by the cold greeting the sea gives you. After all, “Krioneri” means ‘cold’.
If you are into snorkeling you are going to be surprised, as this paradise, not bothered by tourists, has loads to offer.
Next post will be about the next 6 beaches from my Top 7.