GIRA BEACH (GYRA)
Location / where to find: next to Lefkada town
Paralia Gira, Gyra beach
Where the Mother Nature formed an interesting peninsula-like geographical shape with a shallow lagoon in the north side of Lefkada, there you can find Gira beach, a calm place to relax.
The northernmost point of Lefkada island is a home for some old windmills, sand dunes and bare landscapes. Gira beach (same as Gyra beach, just the spelling is different) is a continuation of the turquoise coloured Agios Ioannis beach from the windmills, and lasts until the eastern side of the peninsula.
The access of Gira beach is very easy, it can be reached two different ways as well. Firstly, just follow the asphalt road which leads from Lefkada town to Agios Ioannis, just follow the road next to the ruined windmills. Drive further a few hundred meters from the windmills, when you will see a beach bar next to the road, after a large road bend.
The second option to access Gira beach (Gyra) is perhaps more easier, just drive in the direction of the pontoon bridge from the capitol, but do not turn onto it. Just follow the road and after a few hundred meters you will arrive.
Why visit Gyra beach?
Gira beach has organized and unorganized parts also, so you can choose the one you like better. After leaving the windmills (from the direction of Agios Ioannis) there are some dirt paths to the beach, or you go further to east, where you can find the organized parts with a small parking lot with a cantina.
Gyra beach bar
Visitors of Gira like the calm atmospheres and the crystal clear Ionian Sea, which is usually shallow here. There are some rocky pads under the surface, so you have to take care yourself. In the center of Gira beach is situated a small beach bar ‘Blue Sea’ with some parasols and beds for rent, where you can buy some refreshing drinks and food.
Close to the best kitesurf spot in Lefkada
In the afternoons between Agios Ioannis and Gira the beach life is driven by kitesurfers, when the special wind arrives from the west.
Almost every kitesurfers in Lefkada visit this place and have fun with this spectacular sport. The primary location for kitesurf in Lefkada is at the windmills next to Agios Ioannis, where the kite community unpack the surf equipment. If you would like to visit the place and you are curious about this interesting extreme sport, come here at 3-4 pm and enjoy the high speed and the exciting stunts of the surfers!
Guide to Gira beach (Gyra)
Coordinates: 38.849562, 20.697084
2 km southwest from Lefkada town
Sea water color: blue
Sand type: pebbles, some rocks
Depth: shallow / normal
Sea surface: moderate
Crowds: usually not crowded
Facilities: beach bars (Blue Sea beach bar, Gyra cantina) during high season
Accessibility: by car, by bicycle from Lefkada town
- calm atmospheres;
- shallow waters;
- sometimes wavy and windy for a swim
- at some places there are large rocks in the water