Vassiliki beach guide Lefkas
Photo: Fredrik Jeppsson
Vassiliki has a world class reputation for windsurfing. For much of the holiday season Vassiliki is a quiet family resort but in high summer, most notably in August, the resort also known as Vassilikos becomes a mecca for windsurfers. Vassiliki Bay is located on the south coast of Lefkas and is the second biggest holiday resort on the island after Nidri.
The windsurfing reputation of Vassiliki is based on the shallow water that reaches far out into the bay coupled with the afternoon wind, dubbed by the windsurfers as 'Eric', which triggers scores, sometimes more than a hundred windsurfers and kite boarders out onto the water — a spectacular sight.
Vassiliki beach is mainly pebble with some shingle and just a little sand, but not much. The shore is packed with windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing clubs.
Sailboats and catamarans are available for hire and Vassiliki is considered one of the best places in Greece to learn how to sail.
Vassiliki resort has several tavernas and bars and there are the usual village facilities, but no bank. There is a cash point but high demand means it can often run out at busy times.
Tavernas are clustered around the harbour which is a popular target of yachts and flotillas. There is also a ferry from Vassiliki to Kefalonia and Ithaca in the summer.
There is a campsite that attracts surfers for the Vassiliki season and Vassiliki beach hotels will offer special facilities for windsurfers.
There are daily boat trips in the high season and there is a regular daily bus service from Vassiliki to Lefkas Town in the summer, but it doesn't run on Sunday.
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