5 = Superb! Best we visited. Worth going far out of our way to swim there again
4 = Very good. We would go out of our way to swim there again
3 = Good. We would choose it for swimming among other beaches if we were in the area
2 = Average. We could go for swimming again if we happened to be in the area
1 = Just OK. The beach was fine for swimming and sunbathing one time
0 = Disappointing. We will not return to this beach
Note that these are our simple (and unscientific) observations based on our subjective experience during our visit
While this was one of the best beaches in Lefkada, the crowds have been overwhelming. Despite its size, the beach is now almost completely covered in parasols, and parking is all but impossible in the summer months.
Kathisma has been over-built with bars, restaurants, hotels, and apartments at a very fast pace the last five years, and it has acquired a reputation as a "party" beach with plenty of noise pollution blasting from the bar megaphones, and the vehicles that crawl the narrow steep road in vain search for a parking spot.
Our original report from 2000 indicated that Kathisma was voted to the top 10 greek beaches by visitors who voted at a popular magazine poll. Sadly, popularity does not always indicate quality.
If you like noise and crowds, Kathisma is not a bad beach to swim at. If you want more peace and quiete, a good choice would be Egremni and if you like a more spectacular scenery Porto Katsiki would be a better choice a little further south.
Beach Report by Chris
Beach Location Lefkada
Beach Name Kathisma
Year Last Visited 2000-2005
rating 4=Very Good (would go out of our way to swim there again)
Sea Floor Small Pebbles
Clothing Topless is not common
Access Good = Paved road all the way to the beach. Parking near the beach
5 = the sea water was some the best for swimming. We would go way out of our
way to swim there again
4 = sea water was excellent and inviting for swimming. We would go out of our way to swim there again
3 = very nice and clean sea. We would go swimming there again if we were in the area
2 = nice sea, we had a nice swim but we did not notice anything special about the water
1 = the sea water was not very inviting at the time we visited. We did more sunbathing than swimming
0 = the water did not seem suitable for swimming
Note that these are our simple (and unscientific) observations based on our subjective experience during our visit. We enjoy the water when it is crystal clear, and cool instead of warm. We don' like visible floating particles of any kind or algae settled on the beach.