Unique for its Red and Orange Sandy Beach
Hidden away on the outskirts of Lixouri, the second largest town of Kefalonia, is Lepeda beach, which is one of the most impressive and beautiful beaches on the island. Lepeda, which is within walking distance ( 2km ) of Lixouri, is unique for its red and orange sandy beach which stretches for about 120 meters and about 10 meters wide in places. From the beach you can see the gulf of Argostoli, St Theodori lighthouse and Mount Aenos.
The beach, which is on the opposite side of the bay to Lassie, can be found at the end of a scenic winding coast road leading out of Lixouri. At the end of the road, a steep curved ramp leads down and onto the beach where you will be greeted by the red and orange sandy beach with impressive rocks in a strange formation, which add to this unique landscape. The water here is clear and flat, which is good for swimming and safe for children. The beach has a small shop selling drinks and snacks, and it is also possible to hire a sun beds and sunshades.
Near Lepeda, is the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthimos and Agia Paraskevi, which dates back to 1560. The blind monk Anthimos was born in Lixouri in 1727. He passed away in 1781 at the age of 54 at the Monastery of Lepeda where he was buried at the entrance of the cave church. His relics were transferred to the monastery of Panagia Portaiitissa in Astypalaia and he has been the protector of Kefalonia ever since.
Although the beachside monastery was destroyed during the 1953 earthquake, some of the monastery was salvaged and preserved and a new church was built by the old site close to the sea. The old church of the monastery is built into a cave and according to local folklore the water dripping from the wall of the cave are remedy for eye infections.