MYRTOS BEACH: Everything you need to know before you go!

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Guide to MYRTOS BEACH: Everything you need to know before you go!

Myrtos Beach on the tiny Mediterranean island of Kefalonia is undisputedly one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. This award-winning beach made famous by the Hollywood movie, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is truly the jewel in Kefalonia’s crown and a must-see when visiting the Ionian Islands! Here’s your guide to Myrtos Beach (everything you need to know before you go!).


Where is Myrtos Beach?

Myrtos Beach is located in the Pylaros region of the tiny Ionian island of Kefalonia in Greece, just under two miles away from the island’s capital of Argostoli.

Assos village in Kefalonia, a small village by a sea cove with orange topped houses and green trees

Why is Myrtos beach famous?

There are SO many reasons why Myrtos Beach is famous!

Firstly, it’s one of the most STUNNING beaches in Greece. You’ll never see crystal clear turquoise water like it, with dramatic red sand and clay cliffs that create an incredibly unique cove.

It hasn’t been voted the best Greek beach 12 times and featured in best beaches lists the world over for nothing!

Secondly, it’s quite the star in its own right on the island, getting the Hollywood treatment featuring in the Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz movie, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

Thirdly, it’s a bonafide geological masterpiece! Having been naturally sculpted to perfection by nature over millions of years.

View of Myrtos Beach from the cliff in Kefalonia with bright blue waters and sky

Is Myrtos beach worth visiting?

Absolutely! The beach is easy to get to, has all the essential services and has one of the most breathtaking views you’ll see in Kefalonia!

If you only get chance to visit this amazing beach once on your trip, do it – it’s well-worth it and one of the top things to do in Kefalonia!

View of Myrtos Beach from the cliff in Kefalonia with bright blue waters people on the beach

How do you get to Myrtos beach?

There are a few different ways you can get to the beach:

  • By taxi – the easiest and most convenient way to get to Myrtos Beach from Argostoli and Lixouri is to take a taxi which will take you around 35 minutes and cost between £20 and £25 each way. This is the best option if you’re not looking to rent a car whilst you’re visiting Kefalonia.
  • By car – if you’re renting a car whilst visiting Kefalonia, I recommend driving to the beach, especially if you are staying the other side of the island. It’s a great way to independently explore at your own pace.
  • By car transfer service – if you don’t fancy renting a car or taking a taxi to Myrtos Beach, the alternative is to book a car transfer service. A car will pick you up from Argostoli Bay and drop you off at the beach for £32. The car service will then bring you home four hours later.
  • By bus – the bus to Myrtos Beach takes just over an hour from Argostoli and costs less than £5. The only downside is that it runs just three times a week! On days it’s operating you could always take the bus in the morning and get a taxi when you’re ready to come home if you’re looking to keep costs down.
  • By boat – if you’re feeling extra fancy you can also get to the beach by boat! You can access it by sea if you have a private boat or are part of a trip.

If you’re looking for more of a flying visit, the beach is included as a stop on the Highlights of Kefalonia Tour.

You’ll also visit Agia Efimia Chandlers, Melissani Cave, Drogarati Cave and the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos – all in one fabulous day!

Beach waves crashing on Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia with people walking down the beach

Is there parking at Myrtos Beach?

There’s public parking above the beach, however make sure to get there early as in the summer months it gets filled up FAST! You can also park your car on the side of the road.

Padlocks on the cliff side above Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia

Can you swim at Myrtos beach?

Yes! The sea water is wonderfully clear so you’ll be able to swim out quite far and still see the sandy bottom perfectly.

The water is also lovely and warm between May and October and there’s often lifeguards on duty too so you’ll feel extra safe taking a dip!

A lone person stood in crashing waves from above on Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia

Are there toilets at Myrtos Beach?

Yes, there are free public toilets at the beach.

Blue ocean and sky view from Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia

Does Myrtos Beach have a beach bar?

There is a small bar at the beach which serves drinks and snacks. But if you’re looking for something more substantial, there are several traditional Greek restaurants up on the cliff, along the main road, where you can go for a meal or stock up on cold drinks.

A row of different coloured cocktails in plastic cups with straws

Is Myrtos beach busy?

Myrtos Beach is one of the most popular locations in Kefalonia and gets really busy during high season.

I recommend getting there first thing in the morning before 10am to ensure you get a good spot!

Myrtos Beach from the cliff

Is Myrtos beach sand or pebble?

Myrtos Beach is a mix of white sand and pebbles.

Pebbles and sand on Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia

How far is Myrtos beach from lassi?

It’s 20 miles from Lassi and takes up to 40 minutes in a car.

Does Myrtos beach have sunbeds?

You can rent sun loungers and umbrellas at the cost of €10 for all day use of two sun loungers and a parasol.

Just pick your sun lounger and someone will come over so you can make a payment either by cash or card.

As the beach is so popular I recommend getting there as early as possible though as sun loungers will quickly be taken up (seeing a trend in this post? 😂).

Myrtos sandy beach with rows of sun loungers and umbrellas

Are there sharks around Kefalonia?

It’s incredible rare to see sharks in Kefalonia, especially close to the shore where you’d be swimming.

If you do see one, it’ll be in much deeper waters and likely be a species that is harmless to humans.

The most commonly found shark in the Mediterranean is the basking shark and despite their very large (and slightly scary looking!) open mouths, they feed solely on plankton.

You can see wild loggerhead turtles in Argostoli Bay though!

Basking shark swimming with his mouth wide open


Have you been to Kefalonia yet? 😊

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