No visit to Lefkada would be complete without soaking up the sun at Egremni beach. The truth is that this super-photogenic place which is hugged by vertical limestone cliffs and lapped by aquamarine waters that look almost too good to be real, will grab your full attention the moment you set eyes on it. Egremni beach beckons beachgoers who seek the tranquillity of being one with nature and a big part of the appeal is its impeccable scenery combined with its glistening, champagne-hued sand. The beach itself stretches for 2.5 km and despite its popularity, has somehow managed to remain pristine.
Access by land
The beach is located on the south-western coast of the island and it's a 30-minute drive from the city of Lefkada. For more than 6 years the only way to reach Egremni was by boat, but from 2021 the beach is again accessible on foot. The road which leads to the wild virgin beach of Egremni begins some kilometres south from Athani. There is a parking area above the beach. You may also leave your car on the road but be careful because the road is not so wide. To go to the beach, you have to go down a flight of stairs (it will take you about 10 minutes) but the prize you receive when you finish down it, is beyond your imagination.
Car rental: Eurorentals
A Short Trip to Paradise- One day cruise to Egremni
If you want to venture a bit further, we’d highly recommend a one day cruise. Urania sail offers a wonderful 8h tailor-made experience with a small group of passengers (10 persons max). The full-day cruise includes sailing, diving into the crystal-clear, milky-blue waters of Egremni and Porto Katsiki, snorkelling and taking underwater photos with their camera, sunbathing on white sand beaches and of course a mouth-watering lunch on board.
Urania Sail, Harbour of Nidri
Dining with a view close to Egremni beach
Ionio tavern is a family-style spot which fires up some of the most delicious dishes in Lefkada. On the terrace of Ionio tavern, you'll enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the reddening sun sinking into the Ionian sea as you dig into mouthwatering, homemade pies, rustic rooster with pasta, rabbit stew and vergado. Good wine pairing with the tasting menu.
Without doubt Lefkatas restaurant offers some of the most extravagant views of the Ionian sea. The menu merges deep-rooted Lefkadian tradition with regional ingredients and fresh morning catches from the sea. What should you eat here? Of course the famous lentils of Egklouvi, delicious marinade anchovies, seafood pasta, charcoal sardines and traditional pies.
Where to stay near Egremni beach?
Flanked by the sea and idyllic rolling countryside, this iconic two-storey villa is both private and peaceful. The living room and the fully equipped kitchen are decorated in shades of blue, cream and white while the elegant furnishings and the fine fabrics add up to a pampered atmosphere. With neutral and muted colours, the two bedrooms are a softly lit den of quietude that manage to create an airy ambience alongside a unique cosiness. Most striking, perhaps, is the villas' pool which appears to flow directly into the ultramarine sea. Feast your eyes on views of the the marvellous Ionian sea or enjoy a cocktail by the pool.
6 guests | 2 bedrooms | 5 beds | 3 bathrooms
This stunning villa manages to fuse its original design elements with clean and modern lines creating the perfect escape from the outside world. Upstairs, the eclectic bedroom is decorated with soft colours and earthy finishes and its king-size bed guarantees a luxurious sleeping experience. Furthermore, there are two balconies; the interior balcony which is kitted out with a desk, giving you plenty of space to work from and the exterior balcony that opens up to sweeping views of the sea. You can also indulge in a sensory experience at the bathroom, which has a hydro massage column, and chromotherapy feature. Downstairs, there is the spacious living room styled in luminous earthy colours, the fully stocked kitchen, the bathroom and the marvellous ground floor bedroom. The large terrace with the white furniture and the chaise long provides scenic views of the Ionian sea.
6 guests | 2 bedrooms | 4 beds | 2 bathrooms
Porto Katsiki studios and apartments offer far more than just a place to lay your head. The design incorporates plenty of rustic materials, such as wood-covered ceilings, wooden furniture and natural fabrics that lend a homey, down-to-earth quality to the home and bring the countryside into the interior. The bedroom is painted in subdued cream hues, paired with pops of soft pink while decorative pieces like red pillows warm up the room and give the space even more of a romantic feel. The studio also features a kitchen with a dining area, a cosy living room with a fireplace and a spacious balcony offering panoramic sea views.
2 guests | 1 bedroom | 1 bed | 1 bathroom
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