Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Slalom, Race/Formula
Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Kefalonia Island is almost unknown for windsurfing. Although, a very nice wind/kitesurf spot here is placed towards the end of the gulf of Argostoli. Variko beach is located 2,5 km north of Lixouri Town and southern of Livadi Village.
Medium Months: January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Wind Type: Thermal Winds, Frontal Winds
Best Direction: N, NW
Main Direction: N, NW, NE
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft)
Main Wind Direction:
Blowing at: Midday, Afternoon
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
With NE it is gusty. Best with N/NW. Thermal wind blows every day for many hours.
In the morning the water is flat and there is no wind. As the day passes and the wind starts picking up, it is excellent for windsurf.
Because of the narrow bay, the spot is quite safe as the sea is calm and it does not get wavy.
Kid Friendly: Yes
The beach is made of dark sand and. It faces E and it is about 1 km long and wide enough. The view of the mountains from the front and over the gulf is to be appreciated.
It is not really a tourist beach. This area has experienced more by locals and fishermen because it looks more like a lake than sea.
Access to Lixouri: Lixouri is in west Kefalonia, on the east side of the Pali Peninsula, opposite Argostoli and Lassi (35 km NW of Argostoli by road and 42 km NW of the airport). It is facing east across the water, towards the main body of the island.
It is accessed via the main road from Argostoli in approx 45 mins, which follows the coastline around the Gulf of Argostoli, or via car ferry from Argostoli port every half hour in summer season and every hour in low season. The Ferry is a basic car ferry with a small cafe aboard and open deck seating.
Access to Kefalonia:
Arrival by Airplane: The airport of Kefalonia (EFL) is found at the region of Svoronata (9 km off the island’s capital, Argostoli), on the south western side of the island. There are daily flights from Athens and Thessaloniki throughout the year; the flight time from both cities is 1 hour. Also there are numerous charter flights between the island and major European cities, as UK, Netherlands and Austria, during the summer months. Additionally, during the summer there are flights between Kefalonia and other cities in Greece. The airport can be easily accessed either by private cars or by bus and taxi.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: There are daily boat connections between Kefalonia, Peloponnese and the district of Sterea Ellada.
From Astakos: There are daily boat routes from Astakos region (Sterea Ellada) to the port of Sami in Kefalonia that last approximately 2,5 hours.
From Patras: Occasionally, but not every summer, there are boat routes from Patras to the port of Sami in Kefalonia that last approximately 3,5 hours.
From Kyllini: There are daily boat routes from Kyllini (a port town in western Peloponnese) to the port of Poros, the main port of Kefalonia, that last approximately 1,5 hour. There is also a connection between Kyllini and Lixouri - Argostoli, but only during the summer months. Kefalonia is also connected with the rest of the Ionian Islands.
From Lefkada and Ithaca: There are boat routes between Vassiliki (Lefkada) and Fiscardo, Pisaetos port (Ithaca) and Fiscardo, as well as Ithaca and Sami.
From Zakynthos: The port of Pessada in southern Kefalonia operates ferries to Shinari -Zakynthos. This connection applies only during the summer months (May to October) and takes place twice a day. The journey, that lasts approximately 1 hour, is between the port of Pessada in Kefalonia and the port of Schinari in Zakynthos.
From Corfu: You can travel between Kefalonia and Corfu with a flying dolphin.
There is also a boat connection between Argostoli and Lixouri. The boat leaves every half an hour, the trip lasts 20 minutes.
Finally, in high season (from late July until early September), the port of Sami in Kefalonia receives ferries from Brindisi Italy.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: If you choose to visit Kefalonia using your car, you have three choices: You can drive to Patras (Athens-Patras 211 km), Kyllini (Athens-Kyllini 288 km) or Astakos in Aitoloakarnania (Athens-Astakos 301 km). Patras, Kyllini and Astakos can be accessed via the Athens-Patras National Highway, if you are travelling from Peloponnese, Athens or east-central Greece. If you are driving from northern Greece you need to take Egnatia Highway towards Igoumenitsa and then drive southwards. If you are driving through the Athens-Patras highway and you want to take the ferry from Astakos, you need to pass the bridge of Rio-Antirio and continue through Mesolongi towards Astakos.
Once you reach Patras, Kyllini or Astakos you take the ferry to Kefalonia. The journey’s time depends on the departure point.
Arrival by Bus: There are daily departures from Athens to Kefalonia, from Kifissos Terminal Station in Athens. The bus will go from Athens to Kefalonia (through Kyllini or Patras) and will reach its final destination, Argostoli, within about 6,5 hours. Kefalonia features the ports of Sami, Poros or Argostoli.
Buses: Kefalonia’s road network is good and so is its public transportation system. The main Long Distance Bus Terminal (KTEL) is in Argostoli and from there you can get information about itineraries and prices. The bus itineraries cover almost the entire island and the tickets are not expensive. There are 4 daily rides between Argostoli and Sami and 2 between Argostoli and Fiscardo.
Taxi Servise: A taxi can be used for short or longer distances. The main taxi station is in Argostoli, on Vlavianou Square. However, you can also hail for a cab in the main streets or central places. The fares are fixed between the capital city and the most popular destinations, but you can also check before you get onboard. In the main taxi stations you will also find a board with indicative fares for every destination.
Rent a Car or a Motobike: Kefalonia is the biggest of the Ionian Islands. There are many attractions, secluded beaches and monuments waiting to be explored, thus a car or a motorbike is always the most practical and convenient way to get around. There are numerous car rental agencies on the island. However if you are planning on visiting the island during summer months, it’s better to make a reservation in advance.
The terrain of the island is mountainous, with many purely agricultural areas, which means that tractors or other vehicles might appear out of nowhere or even animals or pedestrians. Needless to say that you should be extra careful and experienced, especially if you are riding a motorcycle or a scooter.