Agios Ioannis beach
Lefkada is known by its beaches with unreal milky blue colour of the sea, white gravel and high cliffs. All these beaches are on the west coast of Lefkada, but we must mention that most of them are difficult to reach and that they are often wavy. However, the beaches on the west coast are the ones to which lefkada ows its popularity and they are the reason why Lefkada is visited.
On the east coast are less impressive beaches, without turquoise sea, narrow and reachable, with a transparent water which is suitable for divers. Those are the beaches because of which you wouldn't come to Lefkada, but they are the ones which could be useful when you get tired of visitig the most popular beaches.
Arriving to the island you will step into the capital city Lefkas. Lefkas has an impressive marina and therefore it hasn't local beach, but only 2km away or a 20-minute walk to the west from the city, you will come across the large lagoon and a long beach around it.
This beach consists of three parts: Gira, Mili and Agios Ioannis.
Gira is actually a sandbar which is located on the outside of the lagoon. There are one tavern and a beach bar with sunbeds and parasols. Furthere more, to the west is beach Myli which is named after windmills that exist there (greek word "myli" means windmill). Today there are four windmills total, but initially there were 12. They grinded flour until the early 20th century. Today they are out of function and one of them is turned to a coffee bar. In front of the windmills are sunbeds and parasols and more liveliy atmosphere is during the season.
After the Myli beach is a long beach Agios Ioannis. As there are built many accommodation facilities, hotels and villas behind it, Agios Ioannis became a real touristic place, but without too much content. There is a tavern on the beach and only one part of it it's arranged. At the end of the beach, on the hill, it is a small church dedicated to a St. John, after which this area was named. As we mentioned, the beach is long, mostly wide and in the water are stone slabs or ordinary stones. Only in some parts there is a gravel which provides a good entrance into the water. the coas is mostly cowerd with small pebbles.
These three beaches are actually a part of the same beach which because its lenght of about 3km has three names for a different parts. The beach Agios Ioannis has a beautiful turquoise colour of the sea, but there are less visitors swimming because of the wind which is almost constant, especially in the aftrenoon. That is the reason why this beach is so popular among the surfers, therefore, you could enjoy wathcing the skills of the experienced surfers all day long. Besides the windsurfing, the kitsurfing is also popular and every September here is held a great competiton in this sport.
Agios Ioannis is a good choice as a place for summer vacation because it's close to the capital city and because of all contents that provides. The beach is usable for swimming, and some of the most popular beaches on the west coast are near. The beach is easily reachable by car, it is located next to the road along which there is a lot of parking space.