Once you reach the entrance, you will probably find the gate closed. Don't despair! You can open it by yourselves as any Greek would do. In the north there are the scenic bays of Petani and Atheras.Once a smugglers' cove in the north of the Pali peninsula, Atheras bay can be reached by road from Atheras village in the north of the peninsular. The beach is a mix of sand a shingle and the little blue painted church of Saint Spiridon is perched up above some rocks to the west of the bay making this a picturesque setting for lunch in one of the beach-side tavernas. Lixouri's answer to Myrtos! This wonderful white pebble bay of Petani has similarities with its more famous neighbour. The sea colour changes from aquamarine to cobalt blue making a strong contrast to the rocky white cliffs nearby. Situated below a lighthouse in the south-west of the Pali peninsula is the beach of Lagadakia. This small pebbly beach can become quite busy even though there are no facilities available. Sown by the Kounopetra (moving rock), the sandy beaches are called Aghios Nikolaos and Vrahinari (also known as Akrotiri) and are divided by a rocky outcrop. There is a taverna at Vatsa bay and a kantina on the beach of Aghios Nikolaos. At the far end of Vatsa bay is one of Kefalonia's two rivers which flows into the sea with a wooden jetty alongside for the colourful fishing caiques. At the other end of the bay is the sandy stretch of Vrahinari beach with tiny cantina offering drinks and sunbeds for hire. At Vatsa bay is the Spiagia taverna which is located direcctly on the beach and sand and serves great fish and meat dishes within it's natrual surroundings. The beach at Xi with it's clear shallow water is ideal for children and non-swimmers. This long sandy beach of reddish colour is the most famous beach on the southern part of Lixouri peninsula. If you scrape some of the clay from the rocks here and mix it with water to form mud, you can cover your whole body and enjoy the cleansing/healing powers that the locals claim it has. Watersports, inflatable climbing games and boat hire are all available. Livadi is the last port of call before heading off to the otheer parts of Kefalonia and now has a large stretch of beach which is totally unspoilt.