Location / where to find: Lefkada west, Agios Nikitas
Paralia Kathisma, Katisma
The northwest side of Lefkada is characterized by incredible blue sea colours, hills with lush vegetation and amazing panoramic views. This is also the location of the beautiful Kathisma, one of the best beaches in Lefkada, which is well known for its exceptional conditions. Kathisma beach offer well organized areas, great beach bars and taverns, and of course many services, surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery. Visit Kathisma beach and you will understand quickly, why is this magical place so popular among Lefkada beaches!
Kathisma beach access
Kathisma beach is located on a long and fertile coastline next to Agios Nikitas, and it can be reached easy. Kathisma is situated only 3 kilometres from the popular tourist resort on the west side of Lefkada, and can be accessed via asphalt road. The road conditions are good, but watch out for the last hairpin bends, which are quite narrow before you arrive to Kathisma.
At the beach there are a lot of free parking places next to the beach and some paid parking with some shade also, but due to the high number of visitors the free places fill up quickly during high season months, especially on weekends.
The scenery of the Kathisma beach is beautiful, because the area consists of green slopes with lush mediterranean vegetation, pine trees, olive groves and vivid flowers of Lefkada.
In Kathisma beach you can find exclusive coffee and cocktail bars such as Copla beach bar or Monato, taverns with friendly staff (Giovanni’s Grill House Restaurant, Libre, Akrogiali) and some apartments for rent, so this place is one of the most developed beaches on the western side of Lefkada island.
On the beach there are a dozens of blue, white or green coloured parasols and sunbeds which can be rented by visitors. If you take your own parasol with you, there are some places on both sides of Kathisma beach.
Kathisma – member of the best beaches in Lefkada
Kathisma beach combines well the full organized areas with the stunning natural surroundings. In the last decade this beach has become one of the most popular beaches of Lefkada, with thousands of visitors every year.
If you walk around Kathisma, in the northern and in the southern parts you can find some interesting rocky formations, showing spectacular views to the beach.
Kathisma beach waves
Sometimes significant waves are arriving to Kathisma beach from west, and most of the visitors really enjoy this unique experience. If there are big waves in Lefkada for a few days, the sea colours at Kathisma will be amazing, called the fantastic ‘Lefkada blue’.
The waves of Kathisma are fantastic, and make some really fun moments on a holiday. But sometimes these waves can be dangerous also – the lifeguard indicates a red flag to its tower, and the swimming is prohibited.
If you are looking for the large waves on the west coast of Lefkada, there is an important info: the famous waves of the west coast are not always present, sometimes you need some luck to meet them, because the sea surface is often calm.
Kathisma is also ranked one of the best beaches in Lefkada island, and beloved by many due to its easy access and beautiful natural environment.
Paragliding over Kathisma beach
Kathisma beach is a very popular destination for paragliding in Lefkada. In the background mountains there are two different take off places. The highest point for the paraglide take off is located in Exanthia village, more precisely Rachi tavern, which is famous from its magical sunsets also.
The other place for take off is a lower hill, slightly closer to the beach. Flight times and prices for paragliding are also different. From Exanthia village duration take about 15 minutes and prices are higher, from the lower hill flight time takes about 3-4 minutes and cheaper. If you want to try paragliding over Kathisma, just find the hut of the paragliders in the car park, or catch one after they landed on the shore.
The experience of paragliding in Lefkada is fantastic, especially in nice sunny weather!
Where to stay in the area of Kathisma beach
Kathisma beach is well organized place, where you can find some apartments and villas for a holiday. On the west hills, in a 3-4 kilometers distance there are several great accommodations awaiting guests, this area is well known for exclusive villas with pools. The other option to stay is Agios Nikitas, which is a popular tourist resort just 3 kilometers away from Kathisma.
Recommended apartments, studios close to Kathisma
Nikolas & Sofia Studios (up 3 person)
Rania Apartments (up to 4 guests)
Agnantio Apartments (2-4 person)
Evi’s Studios (2-3 guests)
La Casa D’Irene (2 guests)
Melikiron Luxury Apartments (2-4 guests)
Ninfas Del Mar (2-4 person)
Kathisma beach guide
Coordinates: 38.777219, 20.600441
14 km southwest from Lefkada town
Sea water color: blue, turquoise
Sand type: sand, pebbles
Sea surface: moderate, sometimes big waves
Crowds: crowded (especially on weekends / during high season)
Facilities: taverns, beach bars, parasols & sunbeds for rent, free parking lot, paid parking lot (shaded), changing rooms, showers, lifeguard, paragliding
Other Information: –
Accessibility: by car
- spectacular natural scenery
- amazing water colours
- well organized
- close to Agios Nikitas village
- during high season afternoons parking may difficult
- one of the most crowded beaches in Lefkada island