The resort of Lassi is blessed with some of the best sandy beaches on
Kefalonia. One drawback is these beaches are more commercialised than
others on the island.
Makris Gialos and Platis Gialos are both lovely sweeping golden sandy
beaches with beautifully clear cobalt blue water and separated by a split
of land which has a perpendicular rock face at the end in the shape of a
whales tail called Tourkopodaro (Turks Foot). This unusual slightly arched
shaped piece of land is a small beach in itself with water both sides of
it. Both larger beaches have been awarded the European blue flag for
This area is one of the most popular Kefalonian beaches and can becomes
very busy in the summer months. Sunbeds and shades are lined in regimented
rows with hardly any room to move without standing on someone else's towel
!, this maybe a drawback for some who prefer the quieter beaches, nether
the less these beaches are popular but obviously are not every visitors
cup of tea. .
Makris Gialos which means long beach is located just a short stroll from
the main road and is possibly the most popular of the Lassi beaches. There
is a little shade in the morning provided by a steep slope behind Makris
Gialos, also there are a few trees which can give a little shade later in
the day. There are some fairly steep steps which lead down to the beach
from the road, so maybe not idea for people with walking difficulties?
This beach is long, however quite thin, it can look overcrowded at times
with beach furniture crammed next to each other to accommodate the beach
lovers needs. You will find bars and tavernas for refreshments and also
Platys Gialos, which means wide beach is very similar to Makris Gialos but
a little smaller with showers and changing rooms.
Two smaller less commercialized beaches near to Lassi are Gradakia Beach
and Kalamia Beach. Kalamia is the most northerly of the beaches. A narrow
sweep of sand and shingle situated in a very pretty little bay, with
shallow water and excellent for snorkeling. You can reach the beach from
the main road via a track. Here you will find sunbeds, shades and a small
bar for refreshments.
Gradakia Beach, this is a delightful small deep inlet, not so busy as
Makris Gialos and Platis Gialos, but lovely sand and calm clear seas. You
will find sun loungers and shades with more space to sunbathe. A bar
provides all facilities required.