A nature formed peninsula next to Lefkada town hosts Gira beach, a quiet place for relaxing.
The northernmost point of Lefkada island is the home for some old windmills, sand dunes and bare landscapes. Gira is a continuation of Agios Ioannis beach 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, and turn your car right at the final junction. The second one is perhaps more simpler, you have 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.
Leaving the windmills (from Agios Ioannis) there are some dirt paths to the beach, or if you go the most northern sides, there are some parking places with a small cantina. 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.
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 kitesurfer of Lefkada come here and have fun with this spectacular sport. The primary location for kitesurf is at the windmills next to Agios Ioannis, where the kite community unpack the surf equipment. If you are curious for kitesurf, come here at 3 pm and enjoy the high speed and the interesting stunts of the surfers!
Guide to Gira beach
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: not crowded
Facilities: usually beach bar during high season
Accessibility: by car
- usually not crowded;
- calm atmosphere;
- ideal for families;
- shallow water;
- sometimes wavy and windy for a swim
Gira beach on map