Porto Katsiki beach
Porto Katsiki beach is located in the southwest of Lefkada. It is about 40km away from the capital city, and 15km away from Vasiliki. This beach could be seen on every postcard of Lefkada, and it's among the most beautiful beaches in Greece, but also in the world. This beach is a trademark of the island and the reason why many tourists come to visit Lefkada.
The beach could be reached by boat from Nidri and Vasiliki or by the road. You could rent a private boat with a captain from Vasiliki and Nidri and for 50-80e you could visit the beach. There are numerous organised excursions to the beach from Vasiliki and Nidri. A trip to the beach Porto Katsiki is usually within the trip to the beaches Egremni and Agiofili. This excursion costs 15-20e from Vasiliki and 20-25e from Nidri. There are also large boats riding from Nidri, and except these three beaches, they are riding to the nerby islands (Kefalonia, Ithaca, Scorpios...) and these excursions cost 20-35e per person.
Before you decide for any of these options, you should first pay attention to a several things. If you are renting a private boat, first check if there is a wind and if it's wavy and pre-arrange with the captain what will happen with the money on the occasion that you won't 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 metioned 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 Egrmni and the crowd is unbearable. Bargain over the price of the excursion is a common thing on Lefkada.
If you go by a car to the beach, you could expect a long, slow drive through the narrow roads with curves. At some places two cars passing one next to another is hardly possible. Fortunately, there are several parking spaces next to the beach where you could park your car. The price of parking for whole day costs 3-5e. Next to the parking there are a few canteens where you could buy a food or drinks. We suggest that you do the buying before going down the stairs, because even if there are about 50 steps, going up and down at the temperature of 40 degrees it's not pleasant at all. It is possilbe to order a food on the beach from the canteens next to the parking. The prices in the canteens on the beach Porto Katsiki are higher than in the city, so we suggest that you bring the food and drinks with you. Even if there are sunbeds and parasols on the beach, they are mostly reserved, therefore it's better to bring your own equipment. By the middle of the day larger part of the beach is under the shadow of the rocks in the back, and after that a parasol is necessary. The most beautiful part of the day on the Porto Katsiki beach is the one before the sunset and the very sunset. In that period there is no crowd, and the sky blushes and gets all shades from yellow to purpule colour, so the only thing left for you is to enjoy.
There are gravels and small stones ath the beach, andexcept being beautiful and round, they could pinch, especially when you are going out of the water, so the water sandals are desirable. There is no shoal, and the depth is right afer meter or two, so you should pay attention to children and non-swimmers. The waves are common, they could be large, and there are no lifeguards so caution is necessary.
Porto Katsiki is not a small becah, but being relatively easy to approach (no walikng and no a lot of steps) it's visited and in the season it could be crowded. In high season it would be the best to come here early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Going to the beach Porto Katsiki and Egremni it's demanding because of a long road with curves, so you should be prepared to listen to the drivers complaining about the ride.
Don't forget that there is only one gas station on the west coast (nearby Agios Nikitas)! Before coming here, fill the tank.
Watch a video clip from this fantastic beach on our YouTube channel.