Location / where to find: Lefkada west, Dragano / Athani

Paralia Gialos

The main feature of Gialos beach is a calm atmosphere, far from the crowds.

Gialos can be only accessed by a long, partially renewed asphalt road in the western side of Lefkada, so it is sometimes surprisingly abandoned, even in the summer months.

The route to Gialos beach starts in Athani village, which is a small settlement located in the southwestern hills of Lefkada. The road has been renewed barely a few years ago, because an earthquake in the year of 2015 destroyed some parts of the old road. As long as the road works took place, the road was closed for some months, but recently it is accessible. Anyway you must watch the road signs about actual road conditions.

Some parts of Gialos beach are unorganized, but during summer months you can find a beach bar and some parasols and sunbeds for rent, directly next to parking lot.

In some places on the shore of Gialos beach you may have to use water shoes, because large areas of the seabed are filled with rocks and large stones. The sea is quite shallow here, so you have to walk into the sea.

Gialos is ideal to relax, and to enjoy the pleasant sea temperatures. This beach is quiet and less crowded in most of the time, it is less popular as Kathisma or Porto Katsiki beach on the western side of Lefkada island.

Accommodations of the area

Gialos beach lies about 4 kilometers from Athani, which is the nearest settlement in the west side of Lefkada. There are some good options to stay in exclusive villas and apartments, some of these offer amazing views to the Ionian Sea and to the amazing west coast.

Horizon View Apartment (up to 7)

Elena Studios (2-3 guests)

Ble on Blu (villa / studios)

South Side (2-4 guests) Athani

Athani Summer House

Pure Blue (2-8 person)

Harmony & Horizon Villas (up to 6)

Serenity Boutique Hotel (2-3 guests)

Aloni Studios & Apartments (2-4 person)

Okeanos Luxury Villas (up to 8 guests)

Guide to Gialos beach

Lefkada GPS CoordinatesCoordinates:  38.672548, 20.555996
30 km southwest from Lefkada town
Sea colourSea water color: blue
Sand typeSand type: pebbles, rocks, coarse sand
Beaches depth iconDepth: normal
Waves Sea surface: moderate
CrowdsCrowds: usually not crowded
Facilities on the beachFacilities: small cantina, Gialos beach bar
InformationOther Information: –
AccessibilityAccessibility: by car

+ Pros

  • not crowded
  • calm atmospheres

– Cons

  • water shoe maybe needed due the stones and the rocks in the seabed
  • long and winding route leads to the beach from the mountanious Athani village
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