Egremni beach is 40km away from the capital city Lefkas and 20km from Vasiliki. It is one of the beaches Lefkada is known for and it is one of the reasons you will come to visit this island.
Egremni is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, and it is also listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Until 2015 this beach was able to reach by going down 350 famous steps, but after the earthquake, you can approach it only from the sea, by boat. Authorities have promised to repair the road, but due to very unstable soil, repairing the damage and breaking a new road would be too expensive, therefore the road is not repaired yet. In the fall of 2016 the work has begun, but it will not be completed until the summer of 2017.
After a long drive during the summer of 2016, you probably came across the big sign for danger and closed road. However, you could pass the sign and drive about 700m more where actually a landslide is. It is possible to park your car there or leave it on the road, but it would be more difficult to turn over your car on the way back, because the road is not wide, and there is a cliff next to it. 300m away there’s a viewpoint which you could reach after passing the landslide. That requires comfortable shoes. If you want to continue further more you have to be in good shape, because first you will come across the remains of the steps which are partially broken and then 200m from the beach there are no more steps, instead there is a abyss with a huge landslide. There is placed a rope by which it is possible to go down to the beach and back. It takes about half an hour from the parking place to the beach. This road is dangerous, unsafe and smaller or larger landslides are constant, so we don’t recommend coming this way. However if you decide going to this adventure, it is necessary to bring a water and parasol with you, because the shadow below the rocks is unsafe due to often landslides - constant rolling stones down the cliff and cracking are not pleasant to hear or see while laying on the beach.
Now (2017), after the reconstructions, the road is officially closed.
Another option, the safer one, is to come by boat. You could rent a private boat from Vasiliki and Nidri and for 50-80e you could visit the beach together with the captain. There are numerous excursions to this beach, both from Nidri or Vasiliki. Visiting Egremni beach is usually a part of the trip to the beaches Porto Katsiki and Agiofili. This excursion costs 15-20e from Vasiliki and 20-25e from Nidri. There are also larger boats from Nidri, which, except from these three beaches, can take you to several islands nearby (Kefalonia, Ithaca, Scorpios…) and these excursions cost 20-35e per person. Before you choose any of these options, you should first pay attention to several things. If you are renting a private boat, first check if there is wind and if it’s wavy you should prearrange with the captain what will happen with the money on the occasion that you won’t be able to disembark because of the strong wind. If you take one of the other two options, check how long will you stay on the mentioned beaches and if you are just passing by or you will be disembarked. It could happen that you see a specific beach 200m away and just move on or come by just for a 30-40 minutes, which could only take you to go up and down the boat. Be well informed about the details to avoid unpleasant surprises. Keep in mind that ships are crowded, and that often several ships come at the same time at Porto Katsiki or Egremni and the crowd is unbearable. To bargain over the price of the excursion is a common thing on Lefkada.
Coast of the Egremni beach is cowered with gravel, so the water sandals are desirable for a pleasant entry into the water or out of it. A depth is large after a meter or two, therefore it’s necessary to pay attention to the children and non-swimmers. The waves are constant and sometimes very powerful and up to 3m high, so in combination with a relatively sharp depth could be very dangerous. drowning occur, therefore you should be very careful. Sudden large waves are common and if you put your things (towels, cell phones..) near the water, they could be taken away by it. The waves surprise and tantalize the best swimmers. Do not let children out of the sight, because there is no lifeguards.
There are no contents on the beach, so it’s necessary to bring food, water and parasol with you. It’s not safe looking for the shadow below the rocks.
The visit to the Egremni beach would be a great experience. This endless blue, white rocks and gravel, milky-blue sea, large and foamy waves and powerful sound of the sea will be engraved in your memory forever.
Don’t forget that there is only one gas station on the west coast (nearby Agios Nikitas)! Before coming here, fuel the tank.
Watch a video clip from this beach on our YouTube channel.