PORTO KATSIKI BEACH

Location / where to find: Lefkada west coast

Paralia Porto Katsiki

Porto Katsiki beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada with huge vertical cliffs and breathtaking panoramic views. Porto Katsiki is a natural wonder, one of the symbols of Lefkada, which is listed by travel guides among the best beaches in Lefkada, and even one of the best in Greece!

Thousands of photos and videos were made at this magical place, and added a lot to increase the popularity of Lefkada island’s amazing beaches. Now let’s see why not miss Porto Katsiki on a holiday in Lefkada!

Where to find Porto Katsiki beach and how to access

This breathtaking Greek beach is located in the southwestern side of Lefkada, far away from most of the villages. For example the capital of the island, Lefkada town lies about 44 kilometers away from Porto Katsiki, but Nidri (36 km) or Agios Nikitas (30 km) are also further away. The nearest villages are Athani in the mountains (11 km), and the charming fishing village Vasiliki (14 km) in the south. The good news is that despite its distance, Porto Katsiki beach can be visited by two ways, on the road and by boat.

Porto Katsiki by car

The primary access to the beach is a long and winding asphalt road, which leads in the west mountains of Lefkada. The mountains are covered by lush vegetation, where grow millions of pine trees on the slopes of the surrounding hills. The route to Porto Katsiki offer a great insight into the beauties and wildness of the island, where the nature is almost untouched.

The road is quite narrow somewhere, but its quality is much better than the route to Kavalikefta / Megali Petra beaches from Kalamitsi. At the end of the road you will meet some large paid parking sites, but during high season months these places fill up quickly.

Porto Katsiki beach by boat trips and excursions

If you are looking for a boat trip to Porto Katsiki, take a look for boat excursions in the ports of Nidri and Vasiliki. From these villages there are several daily trips which visit Porto Katsiki beach. Boat excursions depart in the morning hours, and visit not only this beautiful gem at the west coast of Lefkada, but also other great beaches such as Egremni. It may be important, that most of these excursion boats don’t dock ashore during high season, and passengers can only admire Porto Katsiki from the sea.

What to find here

On the top of the high cliffs, next the parking lots there are a few beach bars which offer cold drinks and fast food for guests. In these places were built some shaded terraces for the magnificient panoramic views of Porto Katsiki, it is worth stop here for a minute and take some pictures.

And now get ready for some stairs, because from the top of the cliffs a narrow stair leads down to the beach, with more than 80 steps! Don’t worry, a walk to Porto Katsiki is much easier and less exhausting than the famous stairs of Egremni.

Best of Porto Katsiki

The bay of Porto Katsiki is characterized by white coarse sand and pebbles, with deep blue waters. Behind the narrow beach you can see the iconic vertical cliff, with lush vegetation on its top.

During summer months usually sunbeds and parasols can be rented, but the prices of rent may be significantly higher, than elsewhere in Lefkada. The surface of the sea is varied here, because Porto Katsiki is one of the western beaches of Lefkada, which are famous for the stunning big waves. In this periods swimming is recommended only for experienced persons, and respect the incredible power of waves. When the waves of the sea are large, swimming is prohibited and every person should stay out of water.

In front of the beach there is a small peninsula, which offered exceptional panoramic views to Porto Katsiki several years ago. Unfortunately the stairs which lead there was ruined by an earthquake of 2015, and now it’s not possible to go through. At the bottom of the cliffs you can discover some sea caves, but some of them are closed due to the risk of collapse.

If you visit Porto Katsiki beach by boat from Nidri or Vasiliki port, you will meet the interesting southern side of Lefkada. Daily excursion boats sail past the picturesque lighthouse of Lefkada (Cape Doukato), and the vertical cliffs of the west coastline.

Incredible cliffs and interesting rocky forms make Porto Katsiki an iconic feature, a real gem of Lefkada

If you are interested in the best beaches of Lefkada and the most impressive natural forms in Greece, just visit the amazing Porto Katsiki beach. Enjoy the wonder of Lefkada island!

Accommodations near to Porto Katsiki beach

The most famous beach of Lefkada is situated far away from most of the most popular tourist resorts of the island. In the west mountains there are some recommended villas with great user reviews. If you are looking for apartments or studios, take a look to the accommodations of Athani (10 km) or the area of Vasiliki (14 km).

Apartments, studios in Athani village

Porto Katsiki Blu (up to 7)

Aloni Studios & Apartments (2-4 guests)

Elena Studios (2-3 guests)

South Side (2-4 guests)

Athani Summer House (2-6 person)

Pure Blue (up to 2-8)

Horizon View Apartment (up to 7)

Secret Hill (up to 3)

Serenity Boutique Hotel (2-3 guests)

Villas near to Porto Katsiki

Okeanos Luxury Villas (up to 8)

Harmony and Horizon Villas (up to 6)

Urania Luxury Villas (up to 6-8 guests)

Sun & Stone Villas (up to 6)

Porto Katsiki beach guide / info box

Lefkada GPS CoordinatesCoordinates:  38.602709, 20.550083
42 km southwest from Lefkada town
Sea colourSea water color: blue, turquoise
Sand typeSand type: pebbles, rocks, coarse sand
Beaches depth iconDepth: deepens quickly
Waves Sea surface: moderate
CrowdsCrowds: usually crowded
Facilities on the beachFacilities: beach bars, paid parking lot, parasols and sunbeds for rent, toilet
InformationOther Information: staying on the this beach is at your own risk, due to the danger of falling stones
AccessibilityAccessibility: by car, by daily boat trips from Nidri and Vasiliki

+ Pros

  • amazing water colours, breathtaking natural scenery
  • unique panoramic views
  • one of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada, and even in Greece
  • can be visited by car and by boat both

– Cons

  • crowded during summer months, especially in August
  • deepens quick
  • expensive services (parking, sunbed rent if available)
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