The Paliki peninsula has one main settlement called Lixouri and many villages surround it – there is also a good number of excellent beaches and it is a very picturesque part of Kefalonia.

Arial shot of Lixouri
Arial shot of Lixouri

Lixouri is the largest settlement on the Paliki peninsular and the 2nd largest town in Kefalonia. It can be accessed by the regular ferry service that connects it to Argostoli or by taking the road round the bay, which is an excellent way to see some of the beautiful beaches in the area.

The town itself boasts an excellent selection of tavernas, bars and shops – there is also a marina and a small beach – everything you will need whilst on your holiday.

You will also find some culture here in the form of the Lakovatios Library of Lixouri where you can view a vast collection of books, many from as early as the 16th century. On the first floor of the building there is a collection of antique paintings, furniture and decorations.

South end of the Paliki peninsular

Just south of Lixouri is Lepeda beach – it is an east facing sandy beach from which you can see across to Lassi and some of the rocky bays nearby.

At the southernmost end of the peninsular is Xi beach – a long, skinny, sandy beach which faces south and has beautiful golden sand. It has shallow waters and cafe-bars – perfect for a family day out.

A 10 minute drive from Xi beach is Kefalonia’s only water park which is situated next to the Ionian sea hotel. A huge outdoor pool and water-slides are sure to keep the kids entertained.

North end of the Paliki peninsular

To the northeast of Lixouri is the west facing Petani beach. It is a popular beach in its own bay with some lovely cafe-bars to keep you fed and watered. The beach itself is a bit pebbly and there are some underwater rocks near to the shoreline so be careful – swim shoes may be necessary here.

Further north is the small stony beach of Vouti. It is accessed down a single track road and it is advisable to arrive early during busy summer periods as parking is limited. The sea depth does increase quite quickly and there are some underwater rocks you may have to contend with. There is a snack bar to keep you refreshed all day.

Just to the east of Vouti beach is the beach at Agia Kiriaki. It is quite a drive down and for this reason it tends to be one of the quieter beaches in the area. It is a lovely long sandy beach with a snack bar at each end. Again – as is common in the area, there are some submerged rocks.

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