In 1976, we had a hard time to find this beach, that we later learned was called Kathisma beach. The dirt road was not easy to drive, but to find such a desert beach was a great reward. On two km of beach, there were 3 or 4 families of wild campers. In the early morning, families of local peasants came on motor tricycles, had a quick dip into the sea and went away. That was the paradise.
The second photo was taken in 1977 and the landscape had not much changed, may be 5-6 families instead of 3-4!
It happened that I did not came back until 1997 (enlarge the third photo). The trail was now a nice tarred road, there was a big bar at the northern end, a few houses had been built. Cars were parked along the northern end of the beach but the southern end remained almost desert.
In 2001, I had the opportunity for another visit and I was curious to learn how it would have become. Haha, cars were parked along the road for almost one km. Several rows of cars were parked on the whole length of the beach. A second huge bar had been built at the southern end. Last but not least, in the middle of the beach, there was an open air dancing that produced such a loud music that even at the farthest end it remained too loud!
When we will come back, that will be in the low season!
Favorite thing: A new road (it had been probably finished by the end of the 90s) has been carved along the coast and makes much easier to drive southwards. It allows to discover beaches that used to be reached by boat only. It has been built with EU funding as several other roads on Lefkas and the result is a general improvement of the connections between the different parts of the island.
Favorite thing: In Lefkas, as well as in other parts of Greece, you often happen to have a great glimpse on a small secluded beach, low underneath but do not find any way to reach it. If you are patient enough and try each trail or even each path, you sometimes find the right way. This beach looked great and we had to find the way to reach it. And we did it.
The photo was taken in 1976 from the road that climbs to the central plateau of the island. It shows at the bottom of the valley, the sea side village and resort of Nidri.
The closest small island is Nisis Madhouri
A little further, three islands:
On the left, the smallest is Nisis Skorpidi, privately owned by the famous ship owner's family, the Livanos.
In the center (and a little further) Nisis Sparti.
On the right, the largest is Nisis Skorpios, the island privately owned by another famous ship owner's family, the Onassis.
Further away, Nisida Meganisi is very indented and looks as if it were several islands.
In the background, the mountains of Acarnania, on the continent.
Fondest memory: This is on Skorpios island that were shot in 1975 the worldwide famous nude photos of Jacky Kennedy, then freshly widowed from Aristote Onassis.
I quote from Recipeland:
" When a paparazzo photographed Kennedy Onassis nude on a Greek island, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt bought the photos and published them in the August 1975 issue, much to her and the Kennedy family's embarrassment. The pictures taken with powerful telephoto lenses were somewhat fuzzy. But the pictures clearly show Jackie's breasts, her buttocks and pubic hair."
I had not seen these photos for a long time and I wanted to check them but amazingly, though they have been so widely spread in the 70s, Google does not seem to find them on the web, even as reproduction of the cover of Hustler! Strange, isn't it! Are there forbidden searches on Google ?
I finally found them, not using Google, on OOps Celebs!. They are in very low quality but that does not matter as that was just to know what we are talking about!
The following Google link gives an aerial view of Skorpios
Favorite thing: The village of Kalamitsi is not far from Drimonas (about 3 km) but it is closer to the sea. However, it remains in the heights, hidden in a suspended valley and with very little view on the sea. In older times, that prevented the hidden villages from being plundered by pirates coming from the sea.
Favorite thing: To go further south along the west coast, you have to drive back to a small crossroad (there used to be no road sign) and climb the hill by a narrow road with three steep bends, almost hairpin bends. After that, the road becomes wider and you will have glimpse on another long beach. It should be Potissies beach.
Favorite thing: Even if Lefkas has now much more tarred roads than it used to have, there remains many dirt roads, even dirt tracks and this is a good thing as it slows down a little bit the tourist's pollution. Wandering on the smallest trails often allows to discover beautiful landscapes.
Ligia or Lighia is a small town, 8 km south to Lefkas, stretching along the sea shore and along the coastal road leading to Nidri and the south of the island.
It is also the main fishing port of the island with a dozen boats that moor in the small port (second photo). In the background, the southern entrance of the channel that begins in Lefkas
The photos were taken from the villa that we had rented in Lighia.
Favorite thing: If you enlarge the first photo, you will see five windmills, which means that the place is often windy! They were almost abandoned but are now undergoing repairs and are used either as summer houses or as bars. At least one of them has got new wings.
In the North West of Lefkas, several inland villages have almost kept their typical look such as Drimonas and Kalamitsi
The first photo, taken in Drimonas shows the houses spread on terraces, shaded by olive trees. At the bottom of the village, the church.
The second photo shows the bell hanging at the fronton of the church.
Favorite thing: You can drive several kilometers on the road that follows the shore. The whole shore is a long beach, half small pebbles, half sand. There is plenty of space and it is a heaven for wind surfers. From time to time, there is a path leading from the road to the shore, 100 m away. After about 3 km, the road is a dead end, before the cape (Akrotiri Aghios Ioannis) shown in the background of the third photo.
Favorite thing: Ormos Aghios Nikitas (Saint Nicholas Bay) is protected by another cape, which unsurprisingly is called Akrotiri Aghios Nikitas (Saint Nicholas Cape) while the village hidden at the bottom of the bay is, as you will guess, Aghios Nikitas!
The three photos of this tip were taken from the road that leads from Kariotes to Katouna, a mountain village.
The first photo shows the entrance into the channel, dug across the swamps, that leads to Lefkas and the open Ionian sea. It allows to connect directly the Ionian sea with Ormos Dhrepànou, the bay of Drepanos. The village underneath is Kariotes (Kariotai). Lighia is on the right, out of frame.
The second photo was taken from the same spot but on the right and shows Lighia with the jetty of its port.
The third photo was taken a little further, closer from Katouna and shows better the harbor of Lighia.
The three photos of this tip were taken from the middle of Ormos Dhrepànou.
The first photo is a general view. On the far left, the large structure is a hotel that opens directly on the beach.
The second photo shows the jetty with behind the houses along the road. The four villas of Aris apartments are higher, clung to the hill.
The third photo is a close up on the villas, three on the left, one on the right.
From the south, I have only two photos of Kathisma beach. The first one was taken in 1977 and shows the 6-7 family of campers spread every 100 meters.
The second, in 2001, shows the thousand cars tightly parked on every available space.