Kalamitsi beach guide Lefkas
Photo: Claudia Schulte
South of Kathisma are several beaches that can be reached by walking south along the shoreline. All of them are relatively remote and without facilities but make a fine route for walkers.
The highlight along this stretch of coast is the village of Kalamitsi where attractive stone houses are surrounded by almond and olive groves.
The village has a trio of beaches nearby and enjoys beautiful sunsets. On the way to or from the beach it is worth a detour to the little church of Panaghia ton Kypon.
Of note are tiny coves at Giadoros and Theotokos, a mixture of sand and shingle shaded by pine trees, and the beach at Stos Pilous where several small coves are linked in a chain of beaches that are normally deserted.
Along with neighbouring Drimokinas, Kalamitsi was once a much larger settlement and many homes are now empty, though both villages have a taverna and cafe.
There are 13 old stone windmills nearby and as many chapels in the surrounding hills. There is also a small and attractive beach about three kilometres from Kalamitsi village down a dirt track.
The sharp sand beach is noted for the large rocks along the shoreline and there is a cantina and a few sunbeds in high summer.
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Set on a pine-clad hill above the capital town of Lefkada, the Monastery of Faneromeni, dedicated to the Virgin Mary (Panagia) has panoramic views over the whole area.
The fortress of Santa Maura may have suffered earthquake, fire and bombs but it still stands guard on the island of Lefkas where a narrow bridge links the island to mainland Greece.
Meganissi lies six kilometres south of the major Lefkas holiday resort of Nidri and excursion boats attract plenty of day trippers to taste the delights of this sleepy offshore idyll.