Lassi beach guide Kefalonia
Lassi was one of the first resorts on Kefalonia to be developed for tourism and it's now both the largest and the most commercial resort on the island.
Just two kilometres north of Argostoli, Lassi is regarded as the beach resort of the nearby capital. It is a good fit for both of them as Argostoli has no beach and Lassi has no village centre.
Also, Argostoli is only five minutes away from Lassi by taxi or car. So Lassi is not only a popular tourist resort for tourists but a weekend getaway beach for Greeks.
Lassi is strung out along the main coast road for a kilometre or more and it is little more than a ribbon of tavernas, bars, souvenir shops, mini-markets and car hire outlets. This isn't a Greek village at all; it is purely a beach resort shopping strip and it shuts like a clam out of season.
Lassi has plenty of tavernas, a similar number of bars and even nightclub which opens to the early hours. There are two main Lassi beach strips — Platys Gialos and Makrys Gialos.
Both beaches are very sandy with a shallow dip into the sea and both get very busy in the afternoons. There are also good public beaches at the main hotels of Mediterranee and White Rocks.
Platys Yialos has sunbeds, showers and changing rooms and there is a snack bar by the beach. The beach near the White Rocks Hotel has been commandeered by hotel guests but it is a public beach called Torkopothiro and access is through the hotel grounds.
It's much the same at with the Mediterranee Hotel which 'appears' to own the beach but it is public and you can walk through the hotel grounds to get to it, or reach it from the rocky outcrop at the end of the beach.
Apart from the large hotels, accommodation in Lassi is mostly small apartment blocks screened behind shrubbery and pines and built between the main road and the main beach.
This area is on the side of a hill so it can be a very steep walk back up from the beach if you have accommodation along the Lassi main road.
There is an occasional bus service in the summer but it's mostly taxis or car hire for getting around Lassi. A taxi into Argostoli is a popular option or it can be walked in about 20 minutes.
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