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Lassi is for beach lovers. Your choice of beach starts at Platis Yialos - the wide sandy beach below White Rocks A Class Hotel. Platis Yialos is sandy with clean water and is annually awarded the Blue Flag for its clean waters. The local council runs the catering facilities and offers changing cubicles, showers and toilets which are all free. The cafe has an awning for taking snacks and drinks in the shade. On the beach you can hire umbrellas and sun-beds. This beach is usually fairly busy even in low season and attracts local residents who play volleyball and bat and ball. From Platis Yialos you can see the narrow strip of beach known as the Turk's Foot or Torkopothiro. This is sometimes called the White Rocks private beach but as there are no private beaches on Kefalonia you can gain access by walking through the hotel grounds, past the swimming pool. The swimming pool and beach furniture are for hotel guests only but the beach is free to all. Above the beach at Platis Yialos you will find the Corner Bar which is part of the White Rocks Hotel and open to all. This is a lovely spot with gorgeous views for a cocktail while you watch the sunset
Walking over the rocks from Platis Yialos there is another sandy stretch of beach called Makris Yialos - long beach. On Makris you will find 2 water sports operators and a selection of beach cafes offering snacks and shade and a variety of different music. Makris Yialos can get very busy and in high season if you do not want to hire an umbrella and sun-bed, it is wise to get to the beach early to secure a parking space for your beach-mat on a sandy patch between the bed rentals. The bars stay open in the evening and sometimes have beach parties which start after mid-night and are advertised locally. There are 2 bars on the beach: The Costa Costa which is the largest and Stavento Beach Bar which is next to Albatros Water-sports. At this end of the beach above the water-sports centre is The Staircase snack bar next to the Makris Yialos taverna both of which have lovely sea views from their balconies. If you prefer to sunbathe in peace then book a sunbed at the far end of Makris Yialos at Antonio & Tommy's beach where you will not be disturbed by music from the beach bars.
Makris and Platis Yialos can both be accessed by car fairly close to the beach and Makris Yialos has another couple of entrances by flights of steps as well as some steps coming down from a few villas that perch above the beach. For disabled access the beach at Platis Yialos is recommended as your car can park very close to the sand but as it gets busy it is best to arrive early or later in the evening.
Another bay in Lassi is the sandy stretch of beach which goes from Paleo Stafido near the hotel Enalion Suites along to the Mediterranee Hotel. Access to Paleo Stafido is by road and you can walk round the entire bay. You can also start at the Mediterranee Hotel and go to the beach either by taking the hotel lift down to beach level which is great for anyone with walking difficulties or by a pathway to the left of the hotel after the car par which is open to the public and has a flight of steps down to the sandy beach next to the hotel's snack bar. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available for hire here and the beach has showers. You can also reach the beach by steps down from the hotel's swimming pool which is for private use of hotel guests only. The hotel's self-service snack bar by the beach is open to all. The Paleo Stafida beach has a cantina serving snacks close by. On the beach there are umbrellas and sunbeds to hire although the sunbeds are set out in rows rather close together.
Gradakia offers a selection of sandy beach with cantina and sunbeds and a rock pool accessed by scrambling down the rocks into the pool-like sea area enclosed by rocks which makes great snorkelling territory. You can drive down quite close to the beach here.
Further along the coast is the Kalamia sandy beach which is at the start of the coastal road stretching from Lassi to Argostoli. Along this road are some more tiny pebble and sand bays. Mid-way between Lassi and Argostoli town is the local camp-site with beach in front near the swallow holes of Katavothres.
Apart from the beach, life in Lassi centres around eating and drinking. There is a good selection of tavernas and restaurants in Lassi as well as some bars. Supermarkets stock everything you could need for a self-catering holiday
Most people who don't know Lassi just see the strip of shops and tavernas en route to Argostoli and the area has been labelled as commercialised. But if you take the time to walk along the parallel lanes between the main road and the beaches, you will see that very little has changed over the years and there are olive groves, orchards and even a small pine forest by the beach.
The area is good for couples and families whose ideal holiday is spent centred around the beach with a local taverna meal in the evening. There is usually some low key entertainment in the form of a Greek night or live band playing in one or more of the Lassi tavernas throughout the summer and the bars stay open late with sound-proofed doors to keep the sleeping neighbours happy.
It's just a short taxi ride or 25 to 45 minutes' walk into the lively Greek town and port of Argostoli so Lassi makes an ideal base for exploring the rest of the island as well as visiting the capital and transfer time is only 15 minutes by taxi from the airport.