We loved this beach despite the trauma of parking above! The morning was damp after a thunderstorm, and we also thought we were being tactical in eating lunch up in the village of Athani first, given we wouldn't want to climb back up those 350 steps more than once in a day. However lunch took rather too long and it was getting on for 2pm when we got to Egremni and we were driving a people carrier as there were 6 of us. Very very thankfully, we squeezed into a gap at the side of the road on very rough and precarious surface, only just leaving sufficient space for vehicles to get past. There is a turning area down in the more official parking area, but passing other vehicles going in the other direction when vehicles are parked all the way down on both sides is not really an option so getting down to turn would have been a nightmare and trying to reverse uphill would not have been fun, especially with cars continuing to queue up behind. This is one popular beach! Thankfully by the time we left it was quieter and we could get down to the turning space after some waiting for a gap in car movements.
However that stunning aquamarine sea was worth the stress and the climb. We have travelled all over the world and seldom seen a sea colour like it - it just made you want to jump in. There are waves and it got deep quite quickly so it's not ideal for young children, but once you got through the waves you could happily lie in the sea for ages as it was quite calm a few metres out and a comfortable temperature.
We purchased a round of drinks on the beach and took our rubbish back up with us, also stopping at the bar at the top of the steps for another round as a breather!
So do go - just try and get there as early as possible and take your picnic lunch with you, then stop at Athani village on the way home for a meal with a view at one of the lovely tavernas.
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