Agios Ioannis beach
Lefkada is known for its beaches with the 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 make Lefkada popular and they are the reason why Lefkada is visited.
On the east coast are less impressive beaches, with no turquoise sea, narrow and reachable, with a transparent water which is suitable for divers. Those are not the beaches which would make you come to Lefkada, but they are the ones which could be useful when you get tired of visiting popular beaches.
Arriving at the island you will step into the capital city Lefkas. Lefkas has an impressive marina and therefore doesn't have a 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.
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 is one tavern and a beach bar with sunbeds and parasols. There are two small beaches at the south, with the remains of an old abandoned factory at the back. One is Kastro (meaning castle), named after Agia Mavra castle that is right behind the beach, and the other one is located at the end of the sandbar and is called Ammoglossa (meaning a sand tongue).
Furthermore, to the west is beach Myli which is named after windmills that exist there (Greek word "myli" means windmill). Today there are four windmills in 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 into a coffee bar. In front of the windmills are sunbeds and parasols and the more lively atmosphere is during the season.
After the Myli beach is a long beach Agios Ioannis. As there are 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 is 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 coast is mostly covered with small pebbles.
These three beaches are actually a part of the same beach, which length is about 3km and it has three different names for different parts. The beach Agios Ioannis has a beautiful turquoise colour of the sea, but there are fewer visitors swimming because of the wind which is almost constant, especially in the afternoon. That is the reason why this beach is so popular among the surfers, therefore, you could enjoy watching the skills of the experienced surfers all day long. Besides the windsurfing, the kitesurfing is also popular and every September here is held a great competition 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 provide. 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.