the stunning beaches of katakolon
The coastline of Ilia, the Cote d’Azur of the peloponnese, is a beach stretching hundreds of kilometers. Each beach has its own special character and beauty, inviting you to get to know them all in search of your own blue paradise.
Plakes (meaning big stones functioning as wave breakers)
Shallow waters, big pebbles and a canteen. The closest beach for cruise ship passengers who prefer not to walk that extra mile.
Within walking distance from Katakolon port, approximately 1 km, you will discover Banana beach-bar.
A summer paradise ideal for the whole family. Shallow waters and golden sand where you can relax, take a tan while having your drink and listening to pleasant music. The ideal beach for those who would like to combine a dip with a nice stroll for a glimpse of the local summer life.
(1.98 km – approx. 4 mins from Katakolon)
Behind the picturesque harbor of Katakolo is the beach of Agios Andreas, with its small coves, sharp rocks, blue green waters and pine trees that come right down to the sea making it a unique landscape. The beach of Agios Andreas charms the visitor and especially divers, since its sea-floor has been described as magical. Watch the locals to see how and where they get into the sea in order to avoid the stones. This beach is nice for families with young children too as the rocks in front of the beach form the boundaries of a natural swimming pool.
This was the location of ancient Pheia, the harbor of ancient Olympia. In the past many locals found ancient coins and remains of amphorae attached to the rocks.
At the Kastro beach seafront bar, a sea breeze will accompany you as you enjoy delicious snacks.
(2 km – approx. 5 mins from Katakolon)
In the same bay, one can find Matzakoura beach with the little island opposite which turns this beach into a natural swimming pool because of its secluded setting. The mud rocks on the beach are perfect for a natural beauty treatment since the mud deposited on them contains sulphur. Have fun rubbing each other with this gift from nature (don’t forget to take funny pictures). It’s the perfect place to read, interrupted by an occasional dip in the sea.
(4.41 km – approx. 8 mins from Katakolon)
Around this natural bay, a lot of Greeks from the area have their summer residences. During the months of July and August, you can enjoy your coffee at the café-restaurant situated right next to the beach.
(5.62 km – approx. 10 mins from Katakolon)
Distinguishing features of both the small and large Leventochori beaches are the coarse, dark sand and the rocks. The waters here are very shallow and that makes this beach ideal for families with young children. During the months of July and August, there is a little canteen, and free sun beds and umbrellas to enjoy your coffee literally on the beach.
(9.64 km – approx. 13 mins from Katakolon)
The fine sand, shallow blue waters and the green background of the hill that rises above, characterize the beach of Skafidia. This is the beach where a lot of retired Greeks and foreigners alike enjoy themselves in the morning. Close by, there is a bar-restaurant (open July-August) where you can enjoy your coffee or the local delicacies after a swim.
(10.28 km – approx. 13 mins from Katakolon)
A reference point in the area is the luxury resort belonging to the Aldemar hotel chain, which has organized one of the best commercial beaches. Please note that they charge you for using the sun beds and umbrellas even if you order a coffee. On all the other beaches sun beds are usually free of charge (if, of course, you buy consumption).
(11.73 km – approx. 15 mins from Katakolon)
The beach near the village of Agios Ilias, with its exotic beauty, is known to many as the California of Ilia due to its hot white sand and blue sea. During the months of July and August there is a nice little tavern on the beach (Talaiporia tavern). Here you can enjoy your ouzo with a plate of appetizers.
There is even a school for kite surfing. Waters here are quite shallow and, therefore, ideal for beginners. Also working during the winter months, however with more extreme conditions and high wave. Ideal for wave riding; the spot for the winter has been quite well known to surfers for many years.