Paralia Melidoni is a secluded beach with pristine sand, clear water and terrific views located on the island of Cythera (Kythira), once part of the Ionian Islands, in Greece. If you are afraid of driving next to cliffs and narrow roads reconsider beforehand.
Located in the municipality of Kythira, the road to the beach is pretty challenging. It’s a rough road with concrete, gravel and sand parts. Preferably a 4wd vehicle. The island's capital, also called “Kythira” or “Chora” in Greek, is located on the south. The beach lies in the southwest of the island.
The road is pretty narrow, impassable for 2 cars at the same time, and very steep. Starting from Kasimatianika, the road is 5.1km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 378 meters. The average gradient is 7.41%. At the entrance of the beach there is a car parking. There is a decent beach bar with umbrellas and beds.
Pic: Nikos Papanagiotou