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The Whitish Enchantress of the Ionian

Explore Authentic Villages, Dramatic Sceneries and Marvelous Seashores of Emerald Lefkada Wrapped in Exoticism and Mythology
Although you might cherish the Aegean, you will not resist to the allure of the Ionian. Gentle and temper with a feminine temperament, Lefkada will acquire your admiration instantly. Endowed with cerulean, sapphire and turquoise waters and verdurous sceneries, Lefkada betrays the whitewashed origin of her name. From spectacular beaches in all the shades of blue to verdant sceneries with flowing streams and peaceful villages, this Ionian island enjoys magnificent alternations of landscapes, reserved for the ones eager to discover them. Lefkada conceals millions of faces that will inspire you to explore them each and every single of them. One thing is certain; Lefkada will give you unforgettable memories. Maybe Sappho was glorified from the unimaginable views of the Ionian Sea and leaped from the barren cliffs of Cape Lefkada for the sake of love, to seal her last memories of this divine paradise. Breathtaking views to the deep blue below the whitish cliffs with pine trees hanging over the beaches will make you promise to this island that you will always return to her magical beauty. Nonetheless, the emerald island of the Ionian hides another mysterious world, absolutely authentic and genuine. Although Lefkada distinguishes for some of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean, the mountainous hinterland competes with the heavenly magnificence of its coastline. Traditional Lefkadian houses perched on the verdant mountain slopes, monuments of distinctive natural beauty with towering gorges and imposing waterfalls and colorful valley trails will definitely catch your attention. On top of that, the singing voice of Branelli, the local Lefkadians, will make you fall in love again and again with Lefkada. Distinguished for their courtesy and generosity, the local people will show you their true spirit of philoxenia! When you travel to this island, you will appreciate that reality is better that fantasy. Where the richness of the blue waters meets the evergreen forests, Lefkada is a paradise on earth dominated from imposing mountainous, divine waterfalls and authentic villages. Undoubtedly, the mysteries of Lefkada are millions and your promise to return must be eternal; will you promise to Lefkada that your vow to return will be eternal?

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The Capital of Lefkada

The Town of Lefkada is the capital of Lefkada located on the northeast side of the island. The charming city nestles around the natural harbour, which is connected to the mainland with a narrow channel. Although many buildings were destroyed from the devastating earthquake in 1953, the entire city was reconstructed with an attractive architectural value. The center of the town is very beautiful with colorful wooden houses and narrow cobblestone alleys. The marina of Lefkada provides shelter to many yachts and sailboats, as it is considered to be one of the calmest harbors in the Ionian Sea. Worth visiting sights include the Archaeological Museum of Lefkada, the Castle of Agia Mavra and the Orpheus Folklore Museum.

The Beach of Egremni

The Beach of Egremni is a long sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the southwest side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful beaches of Lefkada, Egremni beach distinguishes for its impressive cliffs and its whitish pebbles that resemble exotic sceneries. The beach is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and beach bars while the cliffs provide shade to the ones looking for seclusion and privacy.

The Beach of Porto Katsiki

The Beach of Porto Katsiki is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean distinguished for its dramatic whitish cliffs and its lush vegetation. Porto Katsiki is one of the most impressive natural sceneries of Lefkada. There are numerous sunbeds and umbrellas on the beach while the cliffs offer secluded spots for those looking for relaxation and privacy.

The Castle of Agia Mavra

The Castle of Agia Mavra, else known as Santa Maura, is an excellent medieval sample of fortified architecture located at the edge of the channel of Drepano that connects Lefkada to Mainland Greece. The castle was originally constructed from the Sicilian Giovanni Orsini in 1300 with the intention of protecting the new capital of Lefkada from pirate invasions. According to historical information, the Frankish, who conquered Lefkada in 1294, named the castle in the everlasting memory of their country namely Sainte Maure. When the island was commanded from the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Bagiazit ordered the construction of an arched bridge that connected the city with the castle. However, the bridge was destroyed from numerous earthquakes. Today, numerous cultural events are held within the premises of the castle of Agia Mavra during the summer.

The Lighthouse of Lefkada

The Lighthouse of Lefkada is one of the most beautiful spots of Lefkada located on the southern side of the island. The lighthouse was manufactured in 1861. According to mythology, the ancient Greek poet Sappho leaped to her death from Cape Lefkadas when her beloved one, Phaedon, rejected her. Access to the lighthouse is possible through a long dirt road. The lighthouse of Lefkada offers breathtaking views to the islands of Ithaca and Kefalonia.

The Village of Agios Nikitas

The Village of Agios Nikitas is a seaside village located on the northwest side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Lefkada, the lovely settlement nestles around the bay. The surrounding area is adored with enchanting sceneries of lush vegetation. Agios Nikitas has been recognized as a traditional settlement for its outstanding architecture. From the village, one can visit the beautiful beaches of Kathisma, Milos and Pefkoulia to enjoy dives in crystalline waters.

The Waterfalls of Nidri

The Waterfalls of Nidri is one of the most verdurous locations of Lefkada located on the outskirts of the village of Rahi. The entire area is renowned for its running springs, its gushing waterfalls and its verdant vegetation. Lovers of hiking will fall in love with the scenic route through the plane trees. When you arrive to the waterfall of Dimosaris, you can enjoy dives to the tiny lake formed from the waterfall.

Archaeological Sites

The Ancient City of Nirikos was the ancient capital of Lefkada that was founded in 2.000 BC. Ancient Nirikos enjoyed a significant economic prosperity due to its strategic geographical location off the western coast of Greece until its final abandonment in the 13th century. Today, traces of the fortification walls and towers, remains of an ancient theater, parts of an ancient cemetery and an aqueduct are the sole surviving remains. Ancient Nirikos is located six kilometers southeast of Lefkada Town.

The Ancient Sanctuary of Apollo is located on the southern side of the island. In ancient times, the sanctuary was famous for its Pan Hellenic festivals that were held in honor of God Apollo. From this location, Sappho allegedly leaped to her death from the barren cliffs of Cape Lefkada for the sake of her love to Faonas. Today, construction traces and architectural parts can be found on the location of Cape Lefkada.

The Archaeological Site of Ellomenos spreads from the fields of Nidri to the foot of Skaros Mountains and Magemena in Nikiana. Archaeological excavations brought to light findings dated back from the prehistoric to the roman times. The most important findings include traces of graves and tombs from the Early Hellenic period. At the top of Poros village, there are remains of a preserved tower and ruins of an ancient oil press from the 4th century BC. According to the German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld, the tomb of Odysseus was located at the edge of Vlihos peninsula.

Castles & Fortresses

The Castle of Agia Mavra, else known as Santa Maura, is an excellent medieval sample of fortified architecture located at the edge of the channel of Drepano that connects Lefkada to Mainland Greece. The castle was originally constructed from the Sicilian Giovanni Orsini in 1300 with the intention of protecting the new capital of Lefkada from pirate invasions. According to historical information, the Frankish, who conquered Lefkada in 1294, named the castle in the everlasting memory of their country namely Sainte Maure. When the island was commanded from the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Bagiazit ordered the construction of an arched bridge that connected the city with the castle. However, the bridge was destroyed from numerous earthquakes. Today, numerous cultural events are held within the premises of the castle of Agia Mavra during the summer.

Churches and Monasteries

The Church of Agia Kyriaki is a tiny church located across the harbour of Nidri. According to German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld, the traces of the prehistoric city of the bay of Vlihos were the palace of Odysseus. The church of Agia Kyriaki offers panoramic views to the surrounding areas.

The Church of Agia Mavra is one of the most important religious monuments of Lefkada located within the castle of Agia Mavra. Agia Mavra is the patron saint of Lefkada. According to tradition, the church was built from Helen Paleologian in honor of Agia Mavra who protected her once from a devastating storm. Today, the church has been fully restored. On May 3, one of the largest traditional festivals of the island in honor of the saint is held in the church of Agia Mavra.

The Church of Agios Ioannis Antzoussis is a cavernous church located above the beach of Agios Ioannis. It is the oldest church of Lefkada that was built from the Franks in the 16th century. According to tradition, Apostle Paul preached in the yard of the church in his journey to spread Christianity in the 1st century AD. Inside the church, one can admire rare byzantine icons that depict scenes from the Bible. The church of Agios Ioannis distinguishes for its stone built roof and its bell tower.

The Church of Agios Minas is one of the most impressive churches of Lefkada located at the central area of Lefkada Town. The church distinguishes for its magnificent wooden carved temple and its marvelous ecclesiastical icons. On November 11, the traditional celebration in honor of the saint is held in the church.

The Church of Pantokratoras stands at the center of Lefkada Town. Dating back to 1864, the church distinguishes for its masterpieces of unique hagiography craftsmanship and its Venetian architecture. The grave of the national poet Aristotle Valaoritis can be found at the backyard of the church.

The Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni is one of the most important religious monuments of Lefkada located above Lefkada Town. According to tradition, the monastery was constructed on the foundations an ancient sanctuary dedicated to Goddess Artemis in 1634. On the same site, the students of Apostle Paul gathered the inhabitants of the island and preached Christianity. Although the monastery was renovated in the Venetian times, it was re-constructed due to its collapse from firebreaks. Inside the monastery, one can visit an interesting ecclesiastical museum with byzantine icons and old manuscripts.

The Monastery of Panagia Odigitria is one of the oldest byzantine monuments Lefkada located in the village of Apolpena. The monastery was founded in the 15th century and distinguishes for its unique wall paintings, most of which are displayed in the Byzantine Museum of Lefkada.

Monuments

The Lighthouse of Lefkada is one of the most beautiful spots of Lefkada located on the southern side of the island. The lighthouse was manufactured in 1861. According to mythology, the ancient Greek poet Sappho leaped to her death from Cape Lefkadas when her beloved one, Phaedon, rejected her. Access to the lighthouse is possible through a long dirt road. The lighthouse of Lefkada offers breathtaking views to the islands of Ithaca and Kefalonia.

Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Lefkada is housed in the cultural center of the town. The museum exhibits findings from the beginning of the Paleolithic times to the Roman period. Findings from the excavations of German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld, who believed that Lefkada was Homer’s Ithaca, are displayed in a separate room. Exhibits include ceramic tools, copper jewelry and gems of ancient tombs.

The Ecclesiastical Museum of Lefkada is housed in the monastery of Panagia Faneromeni outside the village of Fryni. The museum exhibits objects of art from numerous convents and temples of Lefkada from the period of the Ottoman occupation up until the incorporation of the island to Greece. The majority of the exhibits are outstanding paintings of famous Eptanese and Lefkadian artists of the byzantine period. Exhibits include important ecclesiastical manuscripts, old prints, rare publications, silver works, crosses, grails and icon frames.

The Folklore Museum of Orpheus is located in the old town of Lefkada. The museum was founded from the Musical Association of Orpheus in order to maintain and preserve the rich folklore tradition of the island. Exhibits include a rich collection of objects from the everyday life of the Lefkadians.

The Kontomihio Folklore Museum of Sfakiotes is located in the village of Kavalos. The museum was established in order to exhibit rare tools and objects from the daily life of the Lefkadians.

The Lefkadian Embroidery Museum is located in the village of Karya. The museum was established from Maria Koutsohero in order to maintain and preserve the techniques of the Lefkadian art of embroidery.

The Phonograph Museum of Lefkada is located in the old town of Lefkada. The small museum was founded from a private collector. Exhibits include coins, decorative musical instruments, phonographs and records that date from 1880 to 1950.

Natural Beauties

The Cave of Papanikolis is the second biggest sea cave of the country located in the island of Meganisi. According to archaeologists, the cave was used as the hideaway of the Papanikolis submarine during the Second World War. The cave is accessible through a boat cruise from the harbour of Nidri.

The Canyon of Dimosaris is one of the most beautiful locations of Lefkada located at the foothills of Vafkeri Mount. Gushing waterfalls and exotic locations shaded from verdant sceneries of the thick forest offer a promising experience for natural explorations. Dimosaris canyon is accessible through numerous routes from the village of Nidri.

The Forest of Skaros is one of the most important habitats of the ecosystems of Lefkada located at the foothills of Skaros Mount. It is a very beautiful forest with verdurous sceneries ideal for lovers of hiking and trekking. Skaros forest is known for its rare species of oak tree. The views from the highest point will definitely reward you. Skaros forest is accessible from the village of Kolivata.

The Gorge of Melissa is located between the villages of Apolpena and Kavalos. It is a verdurous gorge with a rich flora consisting from cypress, olive, pine and plane trees and serve as a refugee for native and migratory bird species. A sign posted paved path with benches and wooden bridges is offered for hiking and trekking enthusiasts to discover sceneries of unbelievable beauty.

The Lagoon of Lefkada is one of the most important wetlands of the Ionian Islands extending between Akarnania and Lefkada. The lagoon provides a shelter to native and migratory bird species, which has been characterized as a wildlife refugee of international interest from the treaty of RAMSAR. The lagoon of Lefkada has been declared as a protected area with a high ecological value from the European Network of Natura 2000.

The Waterfalls of Nidri is one of the most verdurous locations of Lefkada located on the outskirts of the village of Rahi. The entire area is renowned for its running springs, its gushing waterfalls and its verdant vegetation. Lovers of hiking will fall in love with the scenic route through the plane trees. When you arrive to the waterfall of Dimosaris, you can enjoy dives to the tiny lake formed from the waterfall.

Promenades and Villages

Agios Nikitas is a seaside village located on the northwest side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Lefkada, the lovely settlement nestles around the bay. The surrounding area is adored with enchanting sceneries of lush vegetation. Agios Nikitas has been recognized as a traditional settlement for its outstanding architecture. From the village, one can visit the beautiful beaches of Kathisma, Milos and Pefkoulia to enjoy dives in crystalline waters.

Athani is a mountainous village located on the southwest side of the island. It is a lovely settlement with a picturesque atmosphere, distinguished for its traditional architecture. On a close proximity from Athani, one can visit the beautiful beaches of Egremni and Porto Katsiki, the lighthouse of Lefkada for its breathtaking views and the village of Dragano for its rich tradition in honey production.

Dragano is a mountainous village located on the southwest side of the island. The picturesque settlement has a traditional character with stone houses and narrow alleys. It is worth mentioning that Dragano is renowned for its honey production. Worth visiting sights include the church of Hypapante for its imposing bell tower and the oil press of Dragano that has been listed as a protected monument. On a close proximity from Dragano, one can visit the divine beaches of Egremni, Gialos and Porto Katsiki and the charming village of Athani for its magnificent sunset views.

Drymonas is a mountainous village located on the northwest side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful villages of Lefkada, Drymonas has managed to preserve its traditional identity. The sunset from Drymonas should not be missed, as the view of the surrounding area in the astonishing colours of the sunset is a great spectacle.

Eglouvi is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. Nestling on the mountainous slopes of Mnimati, the settlement has an authentic traditional atmosphere with stone houses and cobblestone tress. Eglouvi is renowned for its lentil production. Every year, the Lentil Festival is held in the village accompanied from folklore dances and music, cooked lentils and local wine. Eglouvi has been characterized as one of the most beautiful mountainous villages of the island. The lovely settlement offers fabulous views to the Ionian Sea as it lies on the highest point of Lefkada. It is worth visiting the church of Agios Donatos and the church of Prophet Elias for their spectacular views.

Exanthia is a mountainous village located on the southwest side of the island. It is a traditional settlement built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a mountain surrounded from verdurous vegetation. Exanthia has managed to combine the tranquility of the countryside with the hospitality of the local people. The sunset from Exanthia should not be missed, as the view of the surrounding area in the astonishing colours of the sunset is a great spectacle. It is worth visiting the church of Agios Stefanos for its views to the Ionian Sea.

Fryni is a mountainous village located on the northwest side of the island. The lovely settlement is built in a verdurous location ideal for lovers of hiking and walking. Agios Ioannis beach is an ideal destination for surfing enthusiasts while cycling and walking lovers can visit the area of Gyra with its windmills. It is also worth visiting the monastery of Panagia Faneromeni for its panoramic views to the Ionian Sea.

Kalamitsi is a mountainous village located on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the most traditional villages of Lefkada with lovely stone houses and charming alleys. You might even come across women dress in the traditional Lefkadian costumes. Kalamitsi is renowned for its rich tradition in the art of weaving. The sunset from Kalamitsi is considered to be one of the most phantasmagorical spectacles of the island. It is worth visiting the church of Panagia Kipon for its idyllic environment. One can also visit the village of Drymonas for its traditional character and the village of Exanthia for its beautiful sceneries.

Karia is a mountainous village located on the central part of the island. The lovely settlement distinguishes for its verdant vegetation and its natural springs. Karia has a traditional character with old stone houses, charming chapels and narrow alleys. As the village is renowned for its embroidery, it is highly recommended to visit the museum of Lefkadian embroidery that was established from Maria Koutsohero in order to maintain and preserve the techniques of the Lefkadian art of embroidery. On August 11, a representation of the traditional Lefkadian wedding takes place in the village. One can also visit the mountainous village of Eglouvi for its traditional character.

Lazarata is a mountainous village located on the northern side of the island. Built at an altitude of 440 meters, the settlement has managed to preserve its traditional character. Lazarata is a remarkable sample of the traditional architecture of the island. Beautiful stone houses, charming alleys and the cobblestone square are the main characteristics of this lovely settlement. Worth visiting sights include the churches of Agios Spyridonas and Agios Dionisios for their imposing belfries and their wood carved temples. The taverns of Lazarata are known for their delicious specialties. One can also visit the neighboring settlements of Asprogerakata for enjoying a coffee at the central square, Kavalos for its folklore museum, and Pinakohori and Spanohori for its verdurous landscapes.

Lefkada Town is the capital of Lefkada located on the northeast side of the island. The charming city nestles around the natural harbour, which is connected to the mainland with a narrow channel. Although many buildings were destroyed from the devastating earthquake in 1953, the entire city was reconstructed with an attractive architectural value. The center of the town is very beautiful with colorful wooden houses and narrow cobblestone alleys. The marina of Lefkada provides shelter to many yachts and sailboats, as it is considered to be one of the calmest harbors in the Ionian Sea. Worth visiting sights include the Archaeological Museum of Lefkada, the Castle of Agia Mavra and the Orpheus Folklore Museum.

Ligia is a seaside village located on the northeast side of the island. The center of life is the tiny harbour of the settlement. In fact, the village consists from one main street with numerous amenities including taverns, cafeterias, bars, and minimarkets. Ligia is an ideal destination for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. From Ligia, you can enjoy panoramic views of the coastline of the mainland crowned from the castle of Agios Georgios. Ligia is renowned for its delicious fresh fish taverns.

Nidri is a seaside village located on the east side of the island. The lovely settlement nestles around the natural bay. The harbour of Nidri provides shelter to numerous yachts and sailboats in the summer, as it is considered one of the safest harbors of Lefkada. Every summer, numerous cultural and religious events are held in the village. From Nidri, one can enjoy panoramic views towards the isles of Heloni, Madouri, Sparti and Skorpios. The famous waterfalls of Nidri and the Gorge of Dimosaris are ideal excursion itineraries for natural explorations. One can also visit the neighboring village of Poros for its traditional character.

Nikiana is a seaside village located on the east side of the island. Built at the foot of Skaros Mountain, the charming settlement combines the verdant sceneries of the hinterland with the azure waters of the Ionian. It is worth visiting the hermitages of Agioi Pateres for their panoramic views and the mountainous settlements of Alexandros and Kolivata for their beautiful sceneries. 

Poros is a mountainous village located on the southeast side of the island. The traditional settlement nestles on the verdant slopes of a hill with panoramic views to the Ionian Sea. It is worth visiting the church of Analipsi for its fine wall paintings, the traces of a medieval castle and an old olive press. The haven of Poros is the fishing village of Mikros Gialos, where you will find numerous beautiful beaches. Poros has been characterized as a balcony of Lefkada due to its panoramic views to the islands of Ithaca and Kefalonia. The taverns of Poros are known for their delicious specialties.

Sivota is a seaside village located on the southern side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful harbors of Lefkada distinguished for its crystalline waters and its verdurous sceneries. Sivota harbour is an ideal place for mooring yachts and sailboats, as the cove is extremely well protected from all weather conditions. The taverns of Sivota are known for their delicious fresh fish.

Sivros is a mountainous village located on the southern side of the island. It is a lovely settlement rich in water springs and verdant vegetation, an ideal destination for lovers of hiking and trekking. Hidden from the enormous plane trees, the forest of Daphne and the springs of Kerasia are some of the most beautiful attractions of Sivros. One can also visit the cave of Karouhas. Sivros offers beautiful views to the bay of Vassiliki.

Vafkeri is a mountainous village located on the central side of the island. Built at an altitude of 750 meters, the lovely settlement has an authentic atmosphere with traditional houses and cobblestone alleys. Vafkeri offers spectacular views to the isles of Heloni, Madouri, Meganisi and Skorpios. The beautiful village is rich in vegetation, an ideal destination for nature and hiking lovers.

Vassiliki is a seaside village located on the southern side of the island. It is a large village surrounded from green hills and beautiful sceneries. Endless sandy beaches with crystalline waters are offered for moments of relaxation under the sun. Vasiliki beach is considered to be one of the best windsurfing spots in the world due to its peculiar climatic conditions.

Vlihos is a seaside village located on the east side of the island. The charming settlement nestles around the natural bay, which provides shelter to yachts and sailboats in the summer. Verdurous mountainous and green valleys encircle the charming village. Vlihos is an ideal destination for those looking for relaxation and tranquility. It is worth visiting the church of Agia Kyriaki for its beautiful views.

Sunset Spots

Spot: Beach of Egremni, Southwest Lefkada

Spot: Beach of Gyra, North Lefkada

Spot: Beach of Kathisma, West Lefkada

Spot: Beach of Mylos, North Lefkada

Spot: Village of Athani, Southwest Lefkada

Spot: Village of Exanthia, Southwest Lefkada

Spot: Village of Kalamitsi, Northwest Lefkada

Excursions

Boat Trip: The Island of Ithaca is the island of Odysseus. Calm and wild, simple and genuine, romantic and poetic, mysterious and legendary, Ithaca awaits you to find your own ‘Ithaca’. Immersed in immorality through the legendary wanderings of Odysseus from Homer and highlighted as the timeless symbol of adventure and travel from Cavafy, Ithaca is a one-of-a-kind island. Verdant hills and rocky mountains surrounded from the sea in all the shades of blue, white, gray and orange rocks slate the seawaters like swords, colourful villages with elegant graciousness and aristocratic nobility, will definetely stimulate your imagination. This is Ithaca. Behind the legendary stories of Odysseus and the epics of Homer, Ithaca is the eternal symbol of love and nostalgia, synonymous to the value of ‘motherland’, worldwide known as the place of the return journey in the history of mankind. Once you travel to Ithaca, your soul will be tied forever with the eternal value of this island touched from the magic of the legendary myths.

Boat Trip: The Island of Kefalonia is a divine paradise. Rarely one has the opportunity to discover a harmonic collage of pristine beaches with imposing mountains, beautiful villages with traditional character and medieval trails with archaeological sites of historical significance blessed with rich cultural and spiritual heritage. Blessed with the true spirit of philoxenia, the genuine Kefalonians, all of them, share their excessive love for their island. Kefalonia has an undeniable personality with dramatic contrasts of indescribable beauty. Adventurous, just like its local people, with an exclusive ability to be distinguished on every single edge of the world. Kefalonia is the beginning of your journey, a place where the dream is just in front of you. So, don’t close your eyes, and start dreaming with your eyes wide open for the first time! Immersed in the whirlwinds of colours and scents with mountainous and seaside sceneries, reminiscent of the palette of Botticelli, Kefalonia will show you all the shades of blue and green that will intoxicate you. The emerald, sapphire and turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea surrounded from olive groves and vineyards emit scents that arouse even the most dormant human senses. A divine inspiration! Your journey might have ended in the mysterious world of Kefalonia; however, you will never say aurevoire to this island, as you will keep Kefalonia always deep in your heart!

Activities

Bicycling: The countryside of Lefkada is an ideal place for cycling lovers. One of the most interesting cycling routes is the round route of the Lagoon of Lefkada from the Castle of Agia Mavra towards the beaches of Gyra, Myloi and Agios Ioannis. Another beautiful route starts from Lefkada Town towards the villages of Fryni, the Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni and the villages of Tsoukalades and Agios Nikitas. It is also worth cycling around the bay of Vlihos to the whitewashed chapel of Agia Kyriaki. There are numerous bicycle rentals in the town of Lefkada and the villages of Nidri and Vasiliki where you can rent a bicycle and discover the beaches and villages of Lefkada.

Bird Watching: The flora and fauna of Lefkada is quite remarkable. The island stands for one of the most important wetlands of the Ionian Islands, the Lagoon of Lefkada, which extends between Akarnania and Lefkada. More specifically, the lagoon has been characterized as a wildlife refugee of international interest from the treaty of RAMSAR as well as a protected area with a high ecological value from the European Network of Natura 2000. Particularly in the mountainous areas of Lefkada, one will have the opportunity to encounter numerous bird species including Partridges, Blackbirds, Little Egrets, Eurasian Coots, Black Winged Stilts, Thrushes, Sparrow Hawks, Woodcocks, Crows, Wild Pigeons, Larks, Greenfinches, Magpies, Swallows, Wagtails and the Greek Hoopoe. Gyra Lagoon and Melissa Gorge are the most popular areas of Lefkada for bird watching.

Diving: The varied coastline of Lefkada offers numerous exciting explorations for diving enthusiasts. The Islands of Meganisi and Skorpios, the Wreck of Christina, the Reef of the Lighthouse of Lefkada and Poseidon’s Reef are some of the most interesting diving spots. One will find diving centers at the villages of Nikiana, Nidri and Vassiliki.

Hiking: Lefkada hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. (1) One of the most beautiful routes runs through the verdurous canyon of Dimosaris. Gushing waterfalls and exotic locations shaded from verdant sceneries of the thick forest offer a promising experience for natural explorations. Dimosaris canyon is accessible numerous the village of Nidri. (2) Another interesting trail runs through the Forest of Skaros, one of the most important habitats of the ecosystems of Lefkada located at the foothills of Skaros Mount. . It is a very beautiful forest with verdurous sceneries known for its rare species of oak tree. The views from the highest point will definitely reward you. Skaros forest is accessible from the village of Kolivata. (3) It is also worth following the route of Melissa Gorge located between the villages of Apolpena and Kavalos. It is a verdurous gorge with a rich flora consisting from cypress, olive, pine and plane trees and serve as a refugee for native and migratory bird species. A sign posted paved path with benches and wooden bridges is offered for hiking and trekking enthusiasts to discover sceneries of unbelievable beauty. (4) The trail from the village of Rahi to the waterfalls of Nidri is also really interesting. The entire area is renowned for its running springs, its gushing waterfalls and its verdant vegetation. Lovers of hiking will fall in love with the scenic route through the plane trees. When you arrive to the waterfall of Dimosaris, you can enjoy dives to the tiny lake formed from the waterfall. Discover more information from the Official Website of Lefkada.

Horse Riding: Lefkada offers invigorating experiences for lovers of horse riding. Some of the most beautiful places for riding include the valley of Vasiliki, the lake of Marantohori, the surrounding area of the church of Agios Ioannis Antzoussis and the olive groves of Lefkada Town. One will find riding schools in the town of Lefkada and the villages of Apolpena and Vassiliki.

Kayaking: The opportunity to practice kayak in Ithaca is definitely an unforgettable experience. You will have the chance to admire spectacular rocky formations and the beautiful beaches of the Ionian Sea. One will find a sea kayak center at the village of Vassiliki.

Kitesurfing: Lefkada is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of kitesurfing. The thermal winds that blow the coasts of Lefkada in the summer offer perfect weather conditions for kitesurfing. In fact, Lefkada has become a favorite destination for kitesurfers all over Europe. Agios Ioannis and Vassiliki beaches are the windiest beaches of Lefkada. Soft winds from 4 to 5 knots blow in the morning that become stronger in the afternoon and reach 14 to 19 knots in the evening. Kitesurfing usually takes place in front of the windmills of Agios Ioannis beach, where the winds are more stable. You will find kitesurfing centers at the beaches of Agios Ioannis and Vassiliki.

Mountain Biking: The rich natural diversity of Lefkada is highly suitable for mountain and road biking. Exciting trails from rural roads to specially designed cycling routes are available in various parts of the island. Blessed with verdant mountains and traditional villages, it is worth exploring Lefkada by bike. Nikiana village offers numerous rural roads ideal for mountain biking, as the village nestles at the foothills of mountain Skaros. The village of Karia is also an ideal destination for mountain biking. (1) One of the most beautiful routes starts from the valley of Vassiliki towards the villages of Sivros and Kontarena. (2) Another interesting trail starts from the village of Athani towards the villages of Hortata and Nikola. (3) It is also worth following the route that runs through Melissa Gorge in Sfakiotes village, the route that runs through the springs of Haradiatika village, the route to the the divine waterfalls of Dimosaris canyon and the verdant sceneries of the forest of Daphne in Sivros village. You will find bike rental shops at the town of Lefkada and the villages of Nidri and Vassiliki.

Paragliding: Are you eager to experience the thrill of free flying in the beautiful land of Lefkada? Live the unique experience of a real take-off, touch the clouds and stimulate your adrenaline! The perfect climate conditions of Greece are ideal for paragliding experiences, since the drier the climate the better for the development of the sport. The flying sites of Lefkada include the hills of Porto Katsiki beach, the village of Exanthia, the mountain of Skaros and the beach of Kathisma. Discover more information from Paragliding Greece Website.

Sailing: Lefkada is a paradise for sailing enthusiasts. It is the second largest island of the Ionian Sea located seven miles southwest from the harbour of Preveza at the entrance of Amvrakikos Gulf. Although the western side of Lefkada hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, there are no sheltered harbors suitable for sailboats and yachts. The marina of Lefkada Town provides an ideal anchorage while the tiny harbour of Ligia provides shelter for prevailing northwest winds. Nidri is considered to be one of the safest harbors of Lefkada and Vasiliki village provides shelter from the prevailing northwest winds. Other ideal anchorages include the bays of Sivota and Vlihos and the harbour of Nikiana.

Windsurfing: Lefkada is known for its ideal conditions for lovers of windsurfing. Vassiliki beach is considered to be one the ten best beaches for windsurfing worldwide. The thermal winds that blow the coasts of Lefkada in the summer offer perfect weather conditions for windsurfing. Vassiliki beach is ideal for freestyle and slalom while the waves of Agios Ioannis beach are also ideal for windsurfing. The winds fluctuate from four to seven on a Beaufort scale. You will find windsurfing centers at the beach of Agios Ioannis and Vassiliki.

Beaches

Agiofili is a pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. The surrounding whitish cliffs create beautiful sceneries. Agiofili beach is ideal for those looking for relaxation and tranquility. The easiest way to access the beach is by a boat from Vassiliki harbour.

Agios Ioannis is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the north side of the island. It is one of the longest beaches of Lefkada that stands out for its windy conditions, ideal for lovers of kitesurfing and windsurfing. Agios Ioannis beach is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and water sport facilities.

Agios Nikitas is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. It is a tiny beach ideal for those looking for relaxation and tranquility. You will find numerous taverns in the homonymous village.

Ammoglosa is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the north side of the island. The name of the beach derives from the weird shape that resembles a tongue.

Ammousa is a pebbled beach with emerald waters located on the south side of the island. It is one of the quietest beaches of Lefkada ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. Although it is one of the less known beaches of the island, Ammousa beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches of Lefkada. Nearby, you will find a tavern.

Athani is a sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the north side of the island. It is one of the most secluded beaches of Lefkada ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation. Athani beach distinguishes for its wild beauty.

Avali is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. It is an isolated beach ideal for those looking for tranquility and seclusion.

Egremni is a long sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the southwest side of the island. Characterized as one of the most beautiful beaches of Lefkada, Egremni beach distinguishes for its impressive cliffs and its whitish pebbles that resemble exotic sceneries. The beach is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and beach bars while the cliffs provide shade to the ones looking for seclusion and privacy.

Gialos is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the west side of the island. It is one of the longest beaches of Lefkada. Gialos beach is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and beach bars. The beach is a accessible through a narrow road from Athani village.

Kalamitsi is a pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Lefkada that stands out for its wild beauty. Kalamitsi beach has a serene atmosphere ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Kastro is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the northeast side of the island. It is a pristine beach ideal for those looking for tranquility and isolation.

Kathisma is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Lefkada distinguished for its length and its crystalline waters. The imposing mountain backdrop of Kathisma creates sceneries of unimaginable beauty. Kathisma is an organized beach with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas and beach bars.

Lagouna is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Lefkada that stands out for its verdant sceneries and its serene atmosphere. Lagouna beach is ideal for those looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Megali Petra is a sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. The beach is partially organized with sunbeds and umbrellas. Megali Petra beach distinguishes for its wild beauty ideal for lovers of nature.

Mylos is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. It is a pristine beach with an unspoilt environment ideal for those looking for seclusion and isolation.

Nidri is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the east side of the island. It is the beach of the homonymous settlement that stands out for its charming atmosphere. Nidri beach is well organized with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, beach bars and taverns. The beach offers stunning views towards the isles of Heloni, Madouri, Sparti, Skorpidi and Skorpios.

Nikiana is a pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the east side of the island. The beautiful beach stands out for its serene atmosphere ideal for those looking for seclusion and tranquility.

Pefkoulia is a sandy and pebbled beach with blue waters located on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Lefkada distinguished for its verdurous hills and its turquoise waters. One will find numerous taverns in the area.

Mikros Gialos, else known as Poros, is a sandy and pebbled beach with crystalline waters located on the south side of the island. It is a long sandy beach that has been characterized as one of the most beautiful beaches of Lefkada. Mikros Gialos beach is well organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and taverns.

Porto Katsiki is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean distinguished for its dramatic whitish cliffs and its lush vegetation. Porto Katsiki is one of the most impressive natural sceneries of Lefkada. There are numerous sunbeds and umbrellas on the beach while the cliffs offer secluded spots for those looking for relaxation and privacy.

Tsoukalades is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. It is a pristine beach ideal for those looking for tranquility and isolation.

Vasiliki is a sandy and pebbled beach with emerald waters located on the southern side of the island. Vassiliki beach is one of the best windsurfing spots in the Mediterranean. The beach is well organized with water sport facilities and windsurfing clubs.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktail Inspirations

Coffee Corners 

Boschetto: Coffee, Lefkada Town

Captain’s Corner: Coffee, Lefkada Town

Liotrivi: Coffee, Sivota

Neromylos: Coffee and Pastries, Sivros

On the Rock: Coffee, Agios Nikitas

Pirates: Coffee, Lefkada Town

Taratsa Open: Coffee, Lefkada Town

Gastronomic Delights

Anasa Tou Zorba: Ouzo and Meze, Nikiana

Filippas: Traditional Tavern, Fterno

Frini Sto Molo: Ouzo and Meze, Lefkada Town

Giannis: Seafood, Ligia

Lefkatas: Greek Cuisine, Athani

Minas: Seafood, Nikiana

Platanos: Greek Cuisine, Vafkeri

Portoni: Lefkadian Cuisine, Agios Nikitas

Rahi: Greek Cuisine, Exanthia

Sapore di Piperi: Greek Cuisine, Nidri

Seven Islands: Seafood, Ligia

Spyridoula: Seafood, Sivota

T’Aloni: Greek Cuisine, Hortata

Thymari: Greek Cuisine, Lefkada Town

Cocktail Inspirations

Baccara: Cocktails and Drinks, Lefkada Town

Copla Beach Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Kathisma

De Blanck: Cocktails and Drinks, Nidri

Gonia: Cocktails and Drinks, Agios Nikitas

Liotrivi: Cocktails and Drinks, Sivota

On the Rock: Coffee, Agios Nikitas

Pirates: Cocktails and Drinks, Lefkada Town

Sail Inn Beach Bar: Cocktails and Drinks, Nidri

Taratsa Open: Cocktails and Drinks, Lefkada Town

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include an excellent variety of agricultural products. The most famous of these include almonds, citrus, lentils, honey, olive oil and wine. You will find the best thyme honey in the villages of Athani and Dragano and the delicious lentils of Lefkada in the village of Eglouvi. As for wines, the island is known for the varieties of Barzamino, Giomatari, Keropati and Laggero. The wine variety of Barzamino was first cultivated from the Venetians, and it is considered to be one of the best varieties in Greece.

The local specialties of the island include savoro, a dish made with fish fillets floured and fried in olive oil, sofigado, a dish made with beef meat baked with olive oil, onions, rosemary and vinegar, cuttlefish with black risotto, rice pie, a pie made with rice, feta cheese and sugar, egg pie, a pie made with eggs and cheese, maridopita, a pie made with picarel fish, and oil pie, a traditional sweet made with dough filled with oil, sugar and flour powdered with cinnamon, sesame and sugar on top.

Events & Festivals

Every May, the Lefkada Marathon Race takes place on the island. The route consists from seventeen kilometers around the lagoon of Lefkada. The race is usually held on the last Sunday of May.

Every 21st of May, the Unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece is celebrated in Lefkada.

Every June, the Windsurfing Open Race takes place at the beach of Vassiliki.

Every June, the International Festival of Water Sports is held at the beach of Vassiliki. The festival attracts athletes from all over the world hosting sports events from June to July.

Every July, the Kitesurfing Open Race takes place at the beaches of Agios Ioannis and Myloi.

Every July, the Valaoritia Festival takes place in the village of Nidri. The festival is dedicated to the memory of Aristotle Valaoritis, an important poet whose origin was Lefkada. The festival hosts numerous artistic and cultural events.

Every 7th of July, the traditional celebration in honor of Agia Kyriaki takes place at the church of Agia Kyriaki in the village of Nidri.

Every August, the Art and Speech Festival of Lefkada takes place on the island. The festival is organized from the Cultural Center of Lefkada and involves numerous cultural events including music and theatrical performances, exhibitions, conferences and poetry nights.

Every August, the International Folklore Festival of Lefkada takes place on the island. Artists and bands from all over the world meet on the island to exchange their cultural and folklore traditions in the fields of dancing and music.

Every August, the Wine Festival of Lefkada takes place at the square of Fria. The festival is accompanied from traditional dance, music, food and wine.

Every August, the Barcarole Custom is held at the harbors Lefkada Town. It is one of the most impressive traditional events where the musicians and singers of the island hop into boats and light candles in order to sing and dance. The celebration of Barcarole is usually completed with impressive fireworks.

Every 7th of August, the Lentil Festival of Lefkada takes place at the church of Agios Donatos the village of Eglouvi. The women of the village cook the lentils of Eglouvi in the traditional way and serve them to the guests together with olives and salted sardines.

Every 11th of August, the representation of the traditional Lefkadian wedding takes place in the village of Karia.

Every 15th of August, the traditional celebration in honor of Virgin Mary takes place at the monastery of Panagia Faneromeni. It is one of the most important religious celebrations of Lefkada.

Every September, the Ionian Regatta Race takes place at the beach of Vassiliki.

Every autumn, the Lefkada Mountain Bike Open Race takes place around the villages of Sfakiotes. The race begins and ends at the central square of Lazarata village and the total race is 35 kilometers in length.

History & Mythology

Mythology

The name of the island derives from its white steep cliffs on the southernmost cape of Lefkada, which is linked with many myths. In fact, Cape Lefkada is believed to be a place where historical figures were released from their passions.  According to mythology, Apollo convinced his sister, Aphrodite, to jump from the cape in order to be released from her love for Adonis while poetess Sappho allegedly leaped to her death from the cliffs of Cape Lefkada because of her unrequited love for Phaedon. Moreover, German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld conducted numerous excavations on the island and concluded that Lefkada was the Homeric Ithaca, homeland of Odysseus.

History

Archaeological excavations show that the island has been inhabited since the prehistoric times. During the 7th century BC, Lefkada was colonized from the Corinthians who constructed the canal that separated the island from the mainland. In this period, Lefkada played an important role in the Persian Wars while its also aided the Battle of Salamina (480 BC) by sending three ships and the Battle of Plataea (479 BC) by sending eight hundred men to fight. During the Peloponnesian War, Lefkada helped the city state of Corinth on the side of the Sparta. The island became an ally of the Athenians in 343 BC in order to fight the Macedonians. However, Lefkada fell under the domination of the Macedonians. In the 3rd century BC, the island became a part of the Akarnania Federation, a geographical part of the mainland while it was conquered from the Roman Empire in 198 BC. Following the incorporation of the island to the province of Achaia in the Byzantine period, Lefkada was included to the Scheme of Kefalonia (6th century BC) and became part of the Dominion of Epirus. After the domination of Constantinople from the Frankish Empire in 1204, the island came under their command followed from the Sicilian Family of Orsini in 1294. In 1479, Lefkada was conquered from the Ottomans until the Venetian Family of Morozini took over in 1684. During that period, Lefkada flourished due to the development of trade. However, the Venetian domination of Lefkada ended when Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Venice in 1797, and Lefkada became part of the French with the treaty of Campo Formio. Nonetheless, the French were conquered from the allied fleet of the British, the Russians and the Ottomans in 1799. On March 1800, the Ionian State was established in Constantinople with the intention of creating the Septinsular Republic, which lasted until 1807 when the French returned to Lefkada followed from the British in 1810, whose occupation became official with the Treaty of Paris in 1815. Following the participation of the Lefkadians to the War of Independence in 1821, the island, along with the other Ionian Islands, became a member of the Greek State in May of 1864.

Travel & Transport

By Air: Preveza has a national airport with scheduled flights on an annual basis. The journey from Athens usually lasts forty five minutes to one hour. From Preveza, you can access Lefkada either by bus bus or by car. Kefalonia has an international airport with scheduled flights on an annual basis. From April to October, there are charter flights from numerous countries of Europe. From Agia Efimia and Fiskardo in Kefalonia, there are boat routes to Lefkada. Book your tickets with AirTickets.com!

By Bus: KTEL Buses operate routes from the Kiffisos Station in the city of Athens to the town of Lefkada on a daily basis. The journey usually lasts seven to eight hours. KTEL bus routes also operate from the cities of Igoumenitsa, Patra and Thessaloniki.

By Boat (82 Nautical Miles): Vassiliki in Lefkada is accessible by boat from the harbors of Fiskardo and Sami in Kefalonia and the harbour of Pisaetos in Ithaca. Book your tickets with FerriesinGreece.com !

By Car (385 Kilometers): In order to get to Lefkada, you will have to follow the National Road of Athens to Patra. After crossing the Isthmus of Corinth, you keep driving on the right side in order to get to the National Road of Corinth to Patra. Following the toll station of Rio, pass the bridge of Rio Antirio and head towards the cities of Mesolongi, Agrinio, Amfilohia, Vonitsa and Agios Nikolaos. Six kilometers from Agios Nikolaos, you will reach Lefkada.

Mysterious Greece Tips

An Excursion to the Isles of Prigiponisia

Whether your travel to Kastos Island for its tranquil atmosphere, Kalamos Island for its wild beauty or Meganisi Island for its verdurous vegetation, the Prigiponisia islands tiny islands are a true getaway escape for paradise just off the eastern coast of Lefkada!

Discover Kastos

Holding the reigns of the smallest island of the Prigiponisia Isles, Kastos seems to have been forgotten in another, bygone era. The natural scenery of Kastos is an ideal destination for sailing. The tiny isle has one charming settlement with a traditional character that spread amphitheatrically around the natural harbour of Kastos. Lovers of hiking can explore the numerous pathways that provide pleasurable walks and nature enthusiasts can enjoy dives into the crystalline waters of Ambelia, Fyki, Limni, Kamini, Kilada and Sarakiniko. Worth visiting sights include the church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos for its impressive Renaissance wall painting made from Spyridon Gazis, the cave of Fokotrypa that serves as a shelter for the Mediterranean Monk Seal Monachus-Monachus and the windmill in the area of Kastro for its imposing sunset views.

Explore Kalamos

Blessed with verdant vegetation, Kalamos is a true escape. The main settlement of the island is the seaside village of Kalamos while the other inhabited village is Episkopi. It is worth visiting the Kastromonastiro in order to admire the traces of the fortified monastery of Kalamos. Hop into a boat to discover the mysterious beauties of the island. Lovers of hiking can explore the pine forest of Kalamos for its biodiversity that serves as a shelter for dozens of bird species and lovers of nature can enjoy dives into the crystalline waters of the beaches of Agios Konstantinos, Agrapidia, Kefali, Myrties, Porto Leone and Pefki.

Experience Meganisi

Pristine beaches with crystalline waters, picturesque villages with verdurous sceneries and dozens of coves with imposing caves compose the natural scenery of Meganisi. The main settlement of the island is the harbour of Meganisi that distinguishes for its delightful atmosphere. It is worth visiting the village of Vathi for its authentic character, the village of Katomeri for its picturesque atmosphere with old stone houses and cobblestone alleys and the village of Spartohori for its beautiful harbour and its panoramic views to the isle of Skorpios and the eastern coastline of Lefkada. Meganisi distinguishes for its verdurous fjords, on the north side, including Ambelakia, Atherinos, Balos and Porto Elia. Other beautiful beaches include Agios Ioannis and Fanari. Papanikolis cave is the most important monument of Meganisi. According to archaeologists, the cave was used as the hideaway of the Papanikolis submarine during the Second World War. It is worth noting that Meganisi is one of the favorite sailing destinations of the Ionian owing to its numerous sheltered bays. Meganisi is one of the mysterious corners of the Ionian Sea!

Bird Watching on Lefkada

The flora and fauna of Lefkada is quite remarkable. The island stands for one of the most important wetlands of the Ionian Islands, the Lagoon of Lefkada, which extends between Akarnania and Lefkada. More specifically, the lagoon has been characterized as a wildlife refugee of international interest from the treaty of RAMSAR as well as a protected area with a high ecological value from the European Network of Natura 2000. Particularly in the mountainous areas of Lefkada, one will have the opportunity to encounter numerous bird species including Partridges, Blackbirds, Little Egrets, Eurasian Coots, Black Winged Stilts, Thrushes, Sparrow Hawks, Woodcocks, Crows, Wild Pigeons, Larks, Greenfinches, Magpies, Swallows, Wagtails and the Greek Hoopoe. Gyra Lagoon and Melissa Gorge are the most popular areas of Lefkada for bird watching.

Blessed from the Winds: Kitesurfing or Windsurfing?

Whether you desire to practice kitesurfing or windsurfing, Lefkada has it for you! The thermal winds that blow the coasts of Lefkada in the summer offer perfect weather conditions for both kitesurfing and windsurfing. In fact, Lefkada has become a favorite destination for kitesurfers all over Europe. Agios Ioannis and Vassiliki beaches are the windiest beaches of Lefkada. Soft winds from 4 to 5 knots blow in the morning that become stronger in the afternoon and reach 14 to 19 knots in the evening. Kitesurfing usually takes place in front of the windmills of Agios Ioannis beach, where the winds are more stable. Vassiliki beach is considered to be one the ten best beaches for windsurfing worldwide. Vassiliki beach is ideal for freestyle and slalom while the waves of Agios Ioannis beach are also ideal for windsurfing. The winds fluctuate from four to seven on a Beaufort scale. You will find kitesurfing and windsurfing centers at the beaches of Agios Ioannis and Vassiliki.

Camping on Lefkada

Are you in love with nature? Camping brings your vacations in a whole other dimension. Pitch your tent or settle your caravan and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul! Lefkada has three organized campsites at the beaches of Desimi, Episkopos, Karyotes, Kathisma, Poros and Vassiliki. It is highly recommended to protect the environment and make sure you carry all the necessary provisions with you. Keep in mind that free camping is prohibited from the State of Greece. More specifically “…tent setup or caravan parking in archaeological sites, along the coast, on the outskirts of public forests, in forests and spaces for public use in general…” The Panhellenic Camping Union will provide you with all the information you need for you camping experience in Greece.

Clouds & Rocks: Paragliding in Lefkada

Are you eager to experience the thrill of free flying in the beautiful land of Lefkada? Live the unique experience of a real take-off, touch the clouds and stimulate your adrenaline! The perfect climate conditions of Greece are ideal for paragliding experiences, since the drier the climate the better for the development of the sport. The flying sites of Lefkada include the hills of Porto Katsiki beach, the village of Exanthia, the mountain of Skaros and the beach of Kathisma. Discover more information from Paragliding Greece Website.

Challenging Driving Explorations

The countryside of Lefkada is an ideal place for driving explorations. Seventy percent of Lefkada is covered with mountains while it stands out for its narrow plateaus and its fertile valleys. Narrow and winding streets offer a unique challenge for lovers of driving. The mountainous villages of Eglouvi and Karya offer unimaginable views while the seaside route from the fishing village of Agios Nikitas to the beach of Porto Katsiki will lift your adrenaline. The road from Lefkada Town to the beach of Ammousa offers a delightful journey in verdant sceneries and impressive sea views.

Emerald, Sapphire and Turquoise Waters

Blessed with the finest of nature, Lefkada hosts some of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean. Whether you are looking for azure, cerulean, emerald, sapphire or turquoise waters, Lefkada has it for you! The western coast of the island offers the most spectacular beaches that stand out for their wild beauty. These include Agios Nikitas, Egremni, Kathisma, Kalamitsi, Mylos, Pefkoulia and Porto Katsiki. The eastern coast of the island distinguishes for its sheltered bays and fiords including the beaches of Desimi, Ligia, Mikros Gialos, Nidri and Poros. And let’s not forget the southern coast of Lefkada with the bay of Vasiliki, one of the windiest spots of the island ideal for kitesurfers and windsurfers.

Enjoy your Coffee at the Traditional Squares of Karia

The traditional squares Karia stands out for their charming atmosphere under the huge plane trees, an ideal place to enjoy your coffee!

Exclusively for Photographers

The natural diversity and the hidden hinterland of Lefkada offer numerous astonishing sceneries to capture with your eyes! But it would be a shame not to remember those beautiful landscapes, wouldn’t it? So, make sure you bring your camera with you!

Explore the Unexplored: Mysterious Lefkada

Although Lefkada distinguishes for its heavenly seashores, the hinterland of the island hides millions of surprises. The mountainous part of Lefkada will definitely capture your attention with their magnificent views to the Ionian Sea. Dimosaris gorge stands out for its dense vegetation and its water springs while Drymonas, Eglouvi, Exanthia and Karia villages are two of the most traditional mountainous villages of Lefkada that distinguish for their authentic atmosphere. One will have the opportunity to enjoy the coolness of the mountainside in the villages of Athani and Evgiros while the remote settlements of Alexandros and Rahi stand out for its tranquil atmosphere and their unimaginable views. If you wish to explore the verdurous sceneries of Lefkada, head to the villages of Agios Petros, Marantohori, Sivros and Tsoukalades. One thing is certain; making the tour of the island promises a unique experience!

From Lefkada With Love: Eglouvi Lentils

The lentils of Eglouvi are a worldwide unique product that stands out for its excellent quality. In fact, the lentils of Eglouvi are considered to be the best lentils in the world. Grown in the same way from generation to generation, Eglouvi lentils are cooked with the traditional way that stands out for its unique flavor. On August 7, the festival of lentils takes place at the church of Agios Donatos in the village of Eglouvi.

Hire a Motorboat

Hiring a boat can offer a unique opportunity to explore the magnificent coastline of Lefkada. As the most beautiful beaches of the island are inaccessible from land, you will require a boat to visit them. One will find boat rental facilities in the villages of Ligia, Nidri and Perigiali and the bay of Desimi.

Immortalize the Moment Before the 325 Steps of Egremni Beach

Make sure you bring your camera with you when you visit Egremni beach! Just before you go down the 325 steps, capture as many pictures as you can of this natural monument!

In the Echo of International Folklore Festival of Lefkada

The International Folklore Festival of Lefkada is one of the oldest cultural institutions of Greece that promotes the traditional heritage of the country. Since 1962, the festival promotes the spirit of brotherhood, friendship and peace among nations worldwide through its cultural and traditional folklore forms in the arts of dance and music. The festival takes place during the last week of August.

Ionian Regatta: One of the Biggest Yachting Events in the Mediterranean

The Ionian Regatta is one of the biggest yachting events in the Mediterranean that takes place on the third Thursday of September. Everyone is welcome to enter the race with an entry fee! Discover more information from the Official Website of the Ionian Regatta.

Lefkadian Art of Embroidery

The women of Lefkada are known for their expertise in weaving beautiful fabrics. At the village of Karia, you will find the best handmade embroidery of Lefkada known as karisianiki embroidery. It is a unique embroidery technique that holds its roots from the byzantine period. The Embroidery Museum of Maria Koutsohero was established in order to maintain and preserve the techniques of the Lefkadian art of embroidery.

Musical Tradition of Lefkada

The Philharmonic Band of Lefkada is the second oldest philharmonic association of Greece that was established in 1850. It has contributed to the musical education of the Lefkadians while it has taken part in many important events of the nation’s history including the celebration of the unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece in 1864 and the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games in 1896. Today, the Philharmonic Band of Lefkada is present in the local celebrations including the Epitaph procession on Good Friday, the opening and closing events of the International Folklore Festival and numerous liturgies and events.

Observing Like An Olympian God

Wondering where you can enjoy the best views of Lefkada? Head to the lighthouse of Cape Lefkada to enjoy one of the wildest views of the island and visit the church tower of Agia Mavra to appreciate a unique view to Lefkada Town. The chapel of Prophet Elias and the church of Agios Donatos in Eglouvi village provides panoramic views to the Ionian Sea and the monastery of Panagia Faneromeni above Lefkada Town offers astonishing views to the beaches of Agios Ioannis and Gyra and the castle of Agia Mavra. If you desire to enjoy views of the northwest side of the island, visit the monastery of Agios Georgios in the forest of Skaros in the area of Alexandros. And let’s not forget the chapel of Agia Kyriaki, which provides beautiful views of the peninsula of Vlihos!

Sailing in Lefkada

Lefkada is a paradise for sailing enthusiasts. It is the second largest island of the Ionian Sea located seven miles southwest from the harbour of Preveza at the entrance of Amvrakikos Gulf. Although the western side of Lefkada hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, there are no sheltered harbors suitable for sailboats and yachts. The marina of Lefkada Town provides an ideal anchorage while the tiny harbour of Ligia provides shelter for prevailing northwest winds. Nidri is considered to be one of the safest harbors of Lefkada and Vasiliki bay provides shelter from the prevailing northwest winds. Other ideal anchorages include the bays of Sivota and Vlihos and the harbour of Nikiana.

Wine Experiences

Even since the days of Dionysus, Greece has a long and rich wine tradition that constitutes an important element of the national cultural heritage. Blessed with perfect climate conditions, rich soil and generous sun, travellers will have the opportunity to discover millions of wine routes in the entire country. Dionysus, the god of wine and the inspirer of ecstasy and ritual madness, has managed to keep the Greek tradition of winemaking alive, reserved only for the connoisseurs. Famous wineries with award-winning fine wine varieties and wines with protected designation of origin are dotted everywhere around Greece. Lefkada most famous wine varieties include Barzamino and Vardea. One will have the opportunity to discover the traditional methods of winemaking in the wineries of the villages of Entaftha, Karia, Nidri, Ligia and Platystoma.

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Agios Nikitas Village: Shutterstock

Avali Beach: Vojislav Mandić by Panoramio

Cape Lefkada: Shutterstock

Cave of Papanikolis: Vangelis by Flickr

Egremni Beach: Shutterstock

Endless Blue: Kingodin by Panoramio

Exanthia Village: John Haley by Flickr

From Karia to Eglouvi: Tom Ort by Flickr

Gyra Windmill: Michael Fruehmann by Flickr

Melissa Gorge: Ioanna Tsakalou by Flickr

Nidri Village: Shutterstock

Nidri Waterfalls: Michael Nicht by Flickr

Oak Trees: George Coppens by Panoramio

Porto Katsiki Beach: Shutterstock

Rural Road: Shutterstock

Sivros Village: Jasdal by Panoramio

Skorpios Island: Shutterstock

Vassiliki Village: Shutterstock

View from Kavalos Village: Bendee by Panoramio

View of Porto Katsiki Beach: Visit Greece by Flickr

Wild Beauty: Shutterstock