Camping Vassiliki Beach has the advantage of being a family run campsite in the village of Vassiliki, located in the south of the Ionian island of Lefkada (Lefkas) in Greece. It is a fairly small campsite set amongst olive and plane trees, which provide much needed shade and keeps the campsite relatively cool even in the height of the Greek summers. It is only 100m from the pebble beach and a short stroll from the village centre. It is very popular with windsurfers (there is a rack for sails on site) but also families, cyclists, walkers and people touring the Greek islands enjoy the hospitality the site offers. Many visitors come back year after year and become part of the campsite ‘family’. The owner’s approach is very friendly, helpful and typically Greek; you can be sure of a very warm welcome.
The site is open from April to October and you can easily find a suitable pitch during the early and late season but it is advisable to contact the owners for a reservation during the peak period. The site becomes very busy particularly from early July to the middle of August.
We have a large motor home but getting to Greece is no problem; we take the ferry from Italy to mainland Greece with Anek lines (www.anek.gr) making use of the camping on board facility (but you need to book early if you want to this). You can leave from Venice, Ancona or Bari and sail to Igoumenitsa. The route from Igoumenitsa to Lefkada is straightforward, passing by Preveza airport and through the underwater tunnel (8 Euros toll charge), across the floating bridge to Lefkada Town and then south to Vassiliki. From Igoumenitsa to Vassiliki is 90 miles but it takes about three hours as the roads are good but not fast.
There are no allocated pitches and there are lots of trees so if you have a high vehicle you have to be careful when you are manoeuvring. There are plenty of quiet spots and electricity connection points and taps for filling up with fresh water (the island has a plentiful supply of drinkable water) are positioned all round the site. The shower and toilet blocks are adequate although not updated recently. There are sinks with hot water for washing clothes and a separate area for washing dishes. There are also fridges for food storage for those campers without their own facilities.
There is a supermarket directly opposite the front entrance of the site supplying all provisions and a butchers and bakery close by. The village has many restaurants clustered around a picturesque harbour giving plenty of choice for eating out in the evenings but the restaurant on site is open during the peak season offering home cooked Greek cuisine at a very reasonable cost.
The village of Vassiliki is quite small and quaint with a few ‘tourist’ shops and several bars and restaurants. There is a frequent ferry service to other Ionian Islands including Cephalonia and a tourist boat takes visitors to a local picturesque beach every day. There are many tracks and lanes around the olive groves and surrounding hills for those who like walking, running or cycling but these are best experienced early in the morning before the heat of the Greek day builds. The views over the bay of Vassiliki from the vantage points these provide and the welcome and cold frappe at local cafes are worth making the effort for.
Camping Vassiliki Beach, 31082, Vassiliki, (Lefkas), Greece
Telephone 0030 26450 31308
Sat Nav coordinates 38°37’51”N 20°36’23”E
ACSI card accepted as identity document
ACSI discount 15/4 – 11/6 and 10/9 – 30/9 (16 Euros)
Guide price – 25.50 Euros in high season for a motor home, two adults and electricity
Nearest public transport – local service bus stop 200m (to Nidri and Lefkada Town)
Nearest restaurant – on site or short walk to town
Directions – South from Lefkada Town, turn right on approach to Vassiliki and then right at crossroads, campsite 200m on left (signposted)