Myrtos not only the most beautiful beach on Kefalonia, but possibly in all of Greece! We know that is a bold statement considering how many incredible beaches Greece has to offer. However, once you lay eyes on the white pebbly paradise we think you’ll agree. Here’s some tips and helpful information from our own experience at Myrtos Beach.
Our Visit to Myrtos Beach on Kefalonia
Just after 10:30am we made the winding drive down to Myrtos Beach Kefalonia. We spent the morning exploring the small village of Assos which is just a few minutes down the road. With their close proximity to each other, combining these two spots makes for the perfect day.
We visited in early June, and the parking lot was already almost full around 11am. If you’re heading to Myrtos in the summer months be sure to get there early.
After unloading our car, we walked on the white pebbles to the water. Know that we’re not being dramatic when we say that it’s one of the best beaches we’ve ever seen!
We spent the next few hours swimming in the crystal clear water, sunbathing, and enjoying the views.
How to Get to Myrtos Beach
There are different ways to get here, but renting a car is the smartest thing to do on Kefalonia. We paid just around $150 for a one week rental after comparing the different companies on the island. Be warned that in the summer that price can jump up significantly.
Don’t have a car? There is a public bus service that makes a stop at Myrtos Beach. Also, you can jump on an island tour, which stops at Myrtos Beach, Assos, and Fiskardo.
There is another fun Kefalonia tour with a wine tasting. Yet, this one only stops at the viewpoint and doesn’t take you to the actual beach.
What Makes Myrtos Beach on Kefalonia So Special?
So what is it about Myrtos Beach that makes it one of the best in Greece? Well, it starts before you even make the drive down! At the top of the winding road there is a lookout with an epic view of Myrtos Bay. This is a great spot to get photos and your first look at the spectacular Myrtos Beach.
One of the nice things about Myrtos Beach Kefalonia is that it’s actually massive. That means that it shouldn’t get too overwhelmed with people even on busy days.
The bright white stones sit in contrast to the clear turquoise waters, and make for a one of a kind tropical setting. As you may know, white and blue are the colors of Greece! So it was amazing to see the iconic colors displayed at this one of a kind beach.
If you’re bummed that there’s no sand here, don’t worry. The white pebbles just make the water completely translucent near the shore. Since we were visiting before the peak season there also weren’t any sun beds in sight.
One of its first moments of fame was being a filming location in the movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Since then, it has only grown in popularity with the rest of the Ionian islands.
Hopefully, we convinced you that visiting Mytros Beach is a must on Kefalonia. So what do you need to know before you going to one of the most amazing beaches in the Greek Islands?
5 Tips For Visiting Myrtos Beach
1. Go in the Morning or Late Afternoon
Myrtos Beach is located in the northwest of Kefalonia island. The winding roads continue along the coast until you finally make it to the drive down to the sea.
While heading to the beach first thing in the morning might not be what you normally do, we highly recommend it! Myrtos Beach is huge, but there is no shade to be found.
Even in the late morning when we went the sun was already blazing hot. If you’re heading to Myrtos Beach in the afternoon be sure to bring an umbrella or tent for shade. Late afternoon can also be a nice time to be here when the sun starts setting and the crowds are fewer.
We combined our Myrtos Beach trip with a visit to Assos and its historic castle. Be sure not to miss out on this colorful village on your trip to Kefalonia!
2. Myrtos Beach Parking Spots
There is one main public parking lot that fills up quickly. Finding a good spot for your car can also be a reason to hit Myrtos Beach early.
There is quite a lot of spaces, but remember that this is the #1 thing to do on Kefalonia! Once the main parking area if full, cars arriving after will squeeze into smaller spots or park on a sandy part of the beach.
3. Pack a Lunch and Lots of Water
When we visited in early June there was nowhere to buy any food or water at Myrtos Beach in Greece. This means if you don’t have what you need, you’ll have to jump back in your car and make the trip up to the mountain to the closest village.
There are a few restaurants and a small mini-mart in the town you can go to before you head down. We saw a small beach bar and cafe in the middle of Myrtos, but it looks like it was only opened for the peak tourist months.
Bringing our own lunch and cold drinks that we picked up from the bakery was so clutch!
4. Wear Water Shoes to Myrtos Beach
If you’ve never been to Greece before, you should know that many of the most beautiful beaches are rocky with no sand. The large rocks made it slightly difficult to get in and out of the water.
One thing that is very common all over Europe is water shoes. They are really inexpensive if you order them online before your trip. You can also find them up on the main road at the mini-markets or other places around Kefalonia. They will make a huge difference at Myrtos Beach and other swimming spots around the island.
We were also surprised (and slightly jealous) of everyone who brought floaties to relax on the water! Next time we will definitely get some inflatable toys for our visit.
5. Stop at the Viewpoints Above Myrtos Beach Kefalonia
From the top of the mountain, you will be able to see Myrtos Beach, the hairpin turns on the road down, and the beautiful green cliffs that surround it.
Is Myrtos Beach Worth Visiting?
Yes! We recommend staying close to it so you’ll have easy access in the morning. The stunning scenery and Ionian sea of Greece will be love at first sight.
If you have your own vehicle, it will be a great place to visit even during high season. It’s easy to see why Myrtos is becoming one of the most famous beaches in Greece!
Have any questions about Myrtos Beach on Kefalonia or want to share your own tips for this award-winning beach? Let us know in the comments below!
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