Lefkada

Lefkada at a glance

With easy access, high mountains, stunning and award-winning beaches, remarkable countryside villages and a green hinterland, Lefkada gains a distinct position among the most popular summer destinations of the Ionian Sea and beyond. Here you will find organized beaches, bustling nightlife resorts, lively anchorages with dozens of recreational craft. It has impressive coasts with white sand and clear blue waters, the most famous of which are Porto Katsiki, Egremni and Kathisma.

Lefkada or Agia Mavra (Saint Mavra) as it was called earlier, is the only island in which you can come in and out for free, during all day, thanks to the floating bridge (over a canal 28m wide) which connects the island with the Greek mainland. The island is located near the northwest end of Acarnania. It is the fourth island in population in Eptanissa (the seven Greek islands of the Ionian Sea). The main island has an area of 302 sq. km. Together with Meganissi and the little islands of Kalamos and Kastro, it forms separate administrative department.
Old historians noted that, in antiquity, Lefkada was a peninsula of Acarnania (coast of Epirus). When the Corinthians captured Lefkada, they opened a canal and turned it into an island. But this view does not seem to be too strong, because Lefkada has always been an island, others contend.
With the excavations that took place near Nidri, we’ve come to the conclusion that Lefkada is Homers’ Ithaki.
The climate of Lefkada is mild and Mediterranean, with plenty of rains in the winter time. The economy of the island is mainly agricultural and the most important cultivation are olive groves and vineyards. Then come garden produces, fruits, cereals, and pulses. An important source of income today is tourism and the foreign exchange of immigrants abroad. Fishing is an important work of the people, as well as handicraft (embroidery of Karia, woven materials, etc.). Also, the production of salt is important. Some famous products of Lefkada are salami, lentils from Englouvi and honey from Athani.

A landscape of wild beauty, with paradise waters that challenge you for diving!

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History of Lefkada

The remnants of human life in Lefkada are placed in the Neolithic Era. Its first inhabitants were the Televoans and Lelegians. Excavation finds at Nidri and elsewhere, led the German archaeologist Wilhelm Darpfeld to the conclusion that Lefkada is Homer’s Ithaka, the homeland of the crafty Odysseus. Darpfeld supported the theory with great passion and formulated it to his book “Alt Ithaka”. He himself lived a great part of his life on the island and when he died he was buried there, for that was his wish.
The presence of Lefkada during historic times has been great and dynamic. The Corinthians conquered Lefkada in 7th century BC. In the 6th century BC., Lefkada took part in the wars against the Persians. During the Peloponnesian War, it was an ally of Sparta and fought against the Athenians and Thebans. In 197 BC., the island was conquered by the Romans. Later on (1204-1293), it formed part of the kingdom of Epirus.
Afterward, it came into the possession of Orsini (1293-1331), who fortified it with a fortress that still exists. Then successively, it felt into the hands of the Antegavians, Gratiano Giorgi (1331-1362) and the Toscans (1362-1479). In 1479, it was conquered by the Turks. In 1684, it was taken by the Venetians, in 1797 by the Republican Frenchmen, in 1799 by the Russians and Turks and in 1807 by the imperial Frenchmen. In 1810, it felt into the hands of the British and in 1864, it was united with Greece, together with the rest of the Ionian islands.
Lefkada is a small and not rich place, but its cultural tradition is its great glory. It is worth mentioning two indicative names of Greek letters: Greek national poets Aristoteles Valaoritis and Angelos Sikelianos, both of them born and raised in Lefkada.

Morphology of Lefkada

The coast of Lefkada is characterized by a great dismemberment. Inlets and deep bays, such as those of Agios Nikitas, Agios loannis, Drepanos or Alexandros, Vlichos, Desimi, Rouda, Sivota, Vassiliki and the capes of Jouana, Yirapetra, Lispopirgos and Lefkata or Doucato Cape, together with the peninsula of Agia Kiriaki, form lacy seashores and make Lefkada beautiful.
At the eastern sea of the island are the very beautiful and ethereal islands and rocky islets of Skorpios and Sparti (owned by the Onassis family), Meganissi (Tafos), Thilia, Skopridi, Madouri (the island of Greek national poet Aristoteles Valaoritis), Heloni, Tsokari, Petalou, Kithros, Arkoudi, rock in the blue Ionian Sea.
To the west, is the rocky islet of Sessoula. From the point of view of its terrain, Lefkada is a miniature of Greece. Mountains, flat lands and valleys make up a harmonious landscape. The higher mountains of the island are Staurota (1.141m), Elati (1.126m), Epano Pirgos (1.079m), Meganoros (1.012m), Ai Donatos (880m), Lainaki (805m), Skari (650m), Megalo Vouno (615m), Achrada and Sikero (500m).

Museums

Phonograph Museum in Lefkada

It is worth a closer look at that unique museum in Greece. A really great collection of phonographs, cameras, bank notes, old photographs, paintings and many more that will make you not to want to leave and to get to know even more about the history of Lefkas.

Archaeological museum

The cultural center of Lefkas houses the archaeological museum. Since 1999 it opened its doors for visitors to admire the findings from the Stone Age up to the Roman era.

It is divided into four rooms. On the first room, there are finds from the daily life of the inhabitants. The second room contains finds from the Geometric. The third room contains findings that are relative to tombs. And in the fourth room are exposed Paleolithic tools and more. It is worth a visit.

Lefkada Sights

Lagoon of Lefkas

The lagoon in the city of Lefkas, one of the most beautiful spots on the island, is an important wetland.

Ancient city Nirikos – Lefkas

The Ancient City of Nirikos is an attraction of Lefkada that marks the great history of the island, which is lost in the archaic years. In the area of Kalligoni, just outside the capital of Lefkada, there are the ruins of the Ancient City of Nerikos, which was abandoned around 1300, and then the continuous earthquakes almost destroyed it.

Scorpios

Once upon a time, a great Greek, a tycoon with impoverished wealth, envisioned his paradise in a land island. The place where he swam, relaxed, fell in love and entertained until morning. Today, the lights are re-lit on Scorpio, the yachts again bring high guests, kings and princes.

Cape Lefkata – Akrotiri Lefkata

The cape is one of the most famous rocks of antiquity, probably the Homeric “Lefkas Petris” (Homer Odyssey, ca 11-14), with white rocks at a height of 60 meters above the waves of the Ionian Sea.

Waterfalls

This wonderful sight that welcomes nature and ecotourist lovers is a short distance from Nydri, about 4 km away and it is very easy for the visitor to find them.

Best Beaches

Lefkada has some of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in Greece. Beaches such as Gyra, Agios Nikitas, Kathisma, Egremnous,Nidri, Porto-Katsiki, Vassiliki,  Sivota and Kalamitsi, are some of the most popular, but you can visit more if you have a boat or join one of the cruises towards the nearby islets, such as Meganisi, Kalamos, and Kasto, which have virgin beaches with magnificent scenery.

Sports

Lefkada has some of the best places in Greece that are suitable for windsurfing. These places are the Gulf of Fleva, Vassiliki (which is considered among the 10 best places in the world for windsurfing) and Nidri.

Lefkada is ideal for trekking and jogging, and many more sport activities.

Night Life

The visitor can find restaurants, taverns discos, pubs and bars in the city and in many villages.

How to get to Lefkada

Lefkada belongs to the Ionian Islands complex, but is located very close to mainland Greece and is connected to it with a floating, mobile bridge 50 meters long.

Go to Lefkada

Lefkada belongs to the Ionian Islands complex, but is located very close to mainland Greece and is connected to it with a floating, mobile bridge 50 meters long.

By Air

The island of Lefkada does not have an airport, but there is the Aktion International Airport in Preveza, which is just 20 kilometers from the city of Lefkada. Access to it can be by bus or by taxi. There are daily flights connecting Athens – Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, with Aktion and take about 45 minutes. Aktion airport is also linked to Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, and Sitia, Crete. During the high tourist season, from April to October, there are charter flights linking Aktion with various European countries: England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria. If you book your air ticket well in advance, you can get very low prices. You can book flights to Lefkada (Preveza) from the search engine on pointgreece.com.

If you are looking for airline tickets and flights to Lefkada(Preveza airport) enter the dates of arrival and departure in the box, and the online reservation program will show you suggestions and prices for your flight where you can make your reservation directly and securely.

By road

Lefkada-Athens distance is 385 km. You can go by car via the bridge connecting Lefkada with Aitoloakarnania without having to transfer the car to the ferry boat. Alternatively, if you do not want to drive, you can reach KTEL buses departing from major Greek cities, Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Ioannina From Athens it is daily and the journey takes about 5 hours, while the connection with Thessaloniki is 2 times a week and the trip takes about 7 hours. The underwater tunnel of Preveza-Aktion and the Rio-Antirrio bridge have greatly facilitated access to the island of Lefkada.

By ship

The ports of Igoumenitsa and Patras are the two largest ports that are gateways to the Ionian Sea. From Nydri and Vassiliki there are daily ferry boats connecting Lefkada with Kefalonia, Ithaca and the smaller islands of Scorpios, Sparta, Meganissi, Madouri, Princess, Skorpidi. Once or twice a week it is connected with Patras by ship and by air with Athens through Aktion. You can book cruise tickets for Lefkada by the search engine of pointgreece.com.

Getting around Lefkada

Bus

The central bus stop in Lefkada is in the marina, on Golemi Street, in the capital. Tickets are very cheap. Buses travel to the eastern part of the island very often, while less frequent routes to the west coast. The bus destinations are: Nydri, Vassiliki, Poros, Agios Nikitas, Katohori, Karyotes, Karaviatika and others.

Cab

In Lefkada, taxi services are available to serve you in the safest and fastest way, around the clock. There are taxis in the capital and the most popular tourist resorts, but it is just as easy to find a taxi on the main streets of the island. There is also a radio taxi service. For most popular destinations, the charge is fixed, while for some others there is a minimum charge to which is added extra depending on the kilometers and the area you want to go.

Car

The car is the most ideal way to explore the island of Lefkada, as it is quite large. You can simply, quickly and cheaply rent a car using the online car rental service of pointgreece.com.

Boats

There are small boats, boats that can take you to various beaches of Lefkada or the nearby islands of Scorpios, Sparta, Meganisi, Madouri, Princess, Skorpidi.

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Lefkada town

The city of Lefkada, a "gatekeeper" for those who approach the island by road through the mobile bridge, the Castle of Agia Mavra, the modern marina, the two-story colorful houses, the interesting churches and the vibrant life give the first positive impression.

What to do

A walk in the city of Lefkada is one of the first things to do on the island. Visit the fortress of Agia Mavra, Archaeological Museum. Take a bike and explore the island. Nydri is ideal for diving and water sports. Visit the nearby islands of Kalamos and Kastos and the waterfalls of Nydri.

Food & Beverages

Like all the Ionian islands, Lefkada, thanks to its climate, has a large production of excellent quality agricultural products: olive oil, citrus, thyme honey, grapes and excellent quality wines.

Places to be

Maps & Location

Police

    Lefkada 2645 0 29375
    
Vasiliki 2645 0 31218
    
Karya 2645 0 41208
    
Vlychos 2645 0 95207
    
Tourist Police of Lefkada 2645 0 29379

Port Authorities

    Port Authority of Lefkada 2645 0 22322
    
Nydri Port Authority 2645 0 92509

Other useful services

    Post Office 2645 0 24225
    
OTE 2645 0 2118
    
Fire Department 2645 0 22199
    
Tourist Information 2645 0 23000
    
Archaeological Museum 2645 0 23678
    
Olympic Airlines 2645 0 22881
    
KTEL 2645 0 22364
    
Taxi 2645 0 22218

Municipalities

    Lefkada 2645 0 23354
    
Karya 2645 0 41213
    
Apollonia 2645 0 31131

Hospitals-First Aid

    Lefkada Hospital 2645 0 25371
    
Health Center of Lefkada 2645 0 31065
    
Health Center of Vlychou 2645 0 95204
    
Vassiliki Health Center 2645 0 31065
    
Health Center of Nydri 2645 0 92228

Like all the Ionian islands, Lefkada, thanks to its climate, has a large production of excellent quality agricultural products: olive oil, citrus, thyme honey, grapes and excellent quality wines. As for wine, what is produced by the Vartsami variety is considered one of the best in Greece. In addition to wine, you can taste some of the aromatic liqueurs such as Rosol, Mint and Rose, as well as non-alcoholic beverages from bitter almonds, cuma.

The cuisine of Lefkada does not differ from traditional Mediterranean cuisine but has some particular features from Venetian cuisine, as is the case in all the Ionian islands, which have been for years under the Venetian rule. So, you can try a great variety of seafood and meat dishes as well as delicious desserts. More specifically, try:

    Sausages, especially spicy.
    Saboros: fish cooked with garlic, onion and rosemary.
    Aliada, a seafood dish with fresh fish.
    Sweet snacks: mandolato and pastelli.
    Traditional oil house.

Of course, you can also find every taste of traditional Greek cuisine, mezedes or main dishes: tzatziki, moussaka, shrimp salad, calamarias, stew, souvlaki and round. Lefkada’s options are too many and you can find ouzeries, taverns, fish taverns, luxury restaurants.

Beaches worth visiting in Lefkada

Porto Katsiki

It is the most popular beach in Lefkada and is located on the southwest coast of the island, 40 km from the capital. It has often been described as the best beach in Greece and attracts a lot of people during the summer. It is a sandy beach with crystal clear waters, surrounded by rocks, accessible by 80 steps. You can either go by car and leave it on top of the hill, either by boat from the port of Nydri or from Basilica.

Katisma

Kathisma beach is located on the east coast of the island, 14 km from the capital. It is an exotic beach, with white sand, turquoise water and one of the most beloved on the island. It is well organized with sun loungers, umbrellas and sports activities.

Nydri

In Nidri village, you can visit the homonymous beach, offering all sorts of amenities for guests. There are many hotels, bars and restaurants, as well as water activities. It is one of the most cosmopolitan beaches on the eastern coast, 17 km from the capital. The beach is ideal for sunbathing or swimming in the clear waters.

Vassiliki

You will find it south of the capital, at a distance of 38 kilometers in the village of Vasiliki. It is well known to windsurfers, who prefer it because of favorable winds. There are windsurfing and sailing clubs that offer equipment and training to those interested. The beach is unique, with pebbles and is ideal for people of all ages. In the area you can find many accommodations, bars, restaurants and shops.

‘St. John – Agios Ioanis

If you prefer more quietness and you do not want cosmic beaches, choose the beach of Agios Ioannis, which is just 2 km from the capital. It is an exotic coast with turquoise waters and fine sand. It is the second most popular coast for windsurfing and kite surfing.

Agios Nikitas

The small, picturesque beach of Agios Nikitas is located in the homonymous village, 12 km west of the capital. You will be enchanted by the beauty of the site and you can eat fresh fish in one of the fish taverns on the coast.

Egremni

It is another steep but beautiful beach in Lefkada. It is located between hills and is only accessible by descending the 250 steps that connect it to the top of the hill. Due to its location it is very quiet, without a lot of people and is suitable for family getaways. You can rent umbrellas and sun loungers. It is located on the west coast at a distance of 30 kilometers from the center of the island and is definitely worth a visit.

Peukoulia

It is also an equally popular beach, near the village of Agios Nikitas, on the west coast. It is bustling because it is one of the most beautiful beaches, with crystal clear waters, which are ideal for swimming.

Egremni beach - Παραλία Εγκρεμνοί Λευκάδας

West Coast

Egremni beach

Egremni is an exciting beach below the cliffs, about 38 km from the town of Lefkada and 4 km from the village of Athani.

After the earthquake of 2015, the beach changed, while the famous trail and stairs on the rocks were damaged and, until recently, at least, they had not been restored. However, Egremni remains accessible by boat, again offering the chance of a unique experience.

Central Lefkada

ELATI (Mountain)

Elati (or Stavrota) is a mountain with a maximum altitude of 1,182 meters. It covers most of the island. The peak of Elati is located south of the village of Egluvi. Lower altitudes dominate olives and cypresses. The German archaeologist, Wilhelm Derpfeld, who claimed that Homer’s Ithaca corresponds to today’s Lefkada, believed that Mount Neiritos referred to the Odyssey is Elati.

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Kalamitsi Beach

One of the most beautiful and fascinating pieces of the ever-dazzling coastline of Lefkada.

WEST Coast

The island of Lefkada boasts stunning beaches, famous for its crystal clear waters and lovely sandy beaches. On the west coast of the island 16 km from the capital, you will find one of them! The famous “Katisma” beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, as well as the entire Ionian Sea. Kathisma beach is the continuation of Agios Nikitas beach.

Lefkada Bridge - Wooden bridge

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Bridge of lovers, called the wooden bridge built above the canal, located just off the pedestrian street with the café-bar next to the city’s harbor.

From here begin and end everything. The walks, the nights, the romance …

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Lefkada East coast

It is a route that will give us the opportunity to get through the cheerful landscape of the eastern side of the island in the rugged landscape of the hinterland with beautiful, picturesque villages and lush vegetation.
The road is very good, the view magnificent and the sights that one can enjoy a lot.
Always our starting point is the city of Lefkada. We head to Nydri. After the crossing determined by the holy temple of Agios Minas, choosing the road that leads us to the eastern side of the island, we find the church of Panagia Megalovrisiotissa (Zoodohos Pigi) in about one kilometer to our right.

SOUTH coast

Cliff jumping

Cliff Jumping at the Agiofili Beach

 

Lefkada lighthouse - Lighthouse Doukato (Lefkada) - ΦΑΡΟΣ ΔΟΥΚΑΤΟ

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Lighthouse Doukato

This lighthouse was constructed in 1861. Access to the lighthouse is easy as it is located on the walls of the castle of Agia Mavra on the edge of the bridge of the Lefkada canal.

Direction

The capital and main port of the island, the city of Lefkada is located in the northern part of the island, and is one of its busiest destinations.

Passing the bridge connecting Lefkada Town with the mainland of Central Greece, you can see the capital of the island. If you follow Angelos Sikelianou Street running along the southern coastline, you will see the old two-storey buildings with the neoclassical influences adorning the waterfront.

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Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni

It is the oldest Byzantine, Christian monument that is preserved in Lefkada. It is located near the village of Apolpena, 2 kilometers south of the capital. The value of the monastery is very big for the Christian community. It is believed to have been built at the end of the 14th century. It is kept in a very good condition and inside you can admire unique frescoes.

Nydri Lefkada - Nidri village - Nydri Waterfalls - Νυδρί Λευκάδας

East coast

Nydri

Nydri is considered to be the largest tourist resort on the island. It is ideal for diving and water sports, while there is also the pulse of the nightlife of the island. From its harbor, ships sail to Meganissi, Ithaca, Kefalonia and Central Greece.

Oil Mill Lefkada - Eλαιοτριβεία στη Λευκάδα

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Oil Mill

The elegant mill is located on the center of the island, 15 km from the Lefkada town and 2 km away from the village of Karya where you can find taverns, mini markets and bars,  and 15 to 20 min by car from every beach on the island.

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The Castle of Santa Maura

It was built around 1300 A.D. and is one of the most majestic buildings of the medieval age. It is located at the entrance of the island and was a protective fortification from the attacks of pirates and other enemies until 1684.

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Syvota

The majestic Syvota is located in the southern part of the prefecture of Thesprotia and is only 12 km from Igoumenitsa. Syvota is a seaside settlement built in a closed sea bay that has formed small islands around it like Agios Nikolaos and Black Mountain.

Syvota and Plataria have a marina and have the ability to accommodate small boats.

The landscape is idyllic and reminiscent of a fjord. The lacy coastline has it all, from sandy beaches with turquoise waters to hidden, unknown coves.

Waterfalls of Nydri - Καταρράκτες στο Νυδρί (Ελλάδα)

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Waterfalls of Nydri

The waterfalls of Dimosari are just 4 kilometers from the sea and it is next to the most tourist and cosmopolitan part of the island of Nydri, yet the tranquility of the landscape is unique.

You will pass a short green path and you will reach a place with dense vegetation, plane trees and running water between the rocks that make up an oasis of greenery and coolness.

Meganissi Island - Μεγανήσι

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Meganissi is a verdant island just opposite Lefkada, a short distance away. It is full of olives, pines and steep caves. The most famous cave is the cave of Papanikoli on the southwest coast of the island, with a depth of 30 meters.

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Lagoon

The Lagoon is located in the city of Lefkada and has been designated as a wetland with particular ecological importance. It is a station for many rare birds including swans, herons, ducks, geese, gulls and calimanas. The landscape is truly breathtaking and worth visiting.

Archeological Museum - Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο της Λευκάδας

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Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum is located in the capital of Lefkada Town, at Faneromeni Street and is housed in the Cultural Center of the Municipality. The museum has a rich collection of archaeological finds that cover a long period of time. The collection includes tools, jewelry, ceramics and bronze items.

Monasteries and Churches

The Monastery of Faneromeni is located under Fryni, just 3km outside of Lefkas. It is the most historic and oldest monastery of the island, which has now become very famous. Every year the monastery is visited by thousands of visitors. It is also the patron saint of Lefkas.at story on the island of Lefkas have the churches, that each one has a unique history.

The temple of Pantokrator is a private church and belongs to the Valaoritis’ descendants. It has separate hagiographies from famous hagiographers of that era. Also, there is the tomb of the poet Valaoritis and other celebrities of the island.

The church of Santa Mavra will meet before the floating bridge of Lefkas in the castle. The castle has taken its name from the church that is now in it. Also for a long time in history, the island was called Santa Mavra.

The church of St. Spyridon at the central square of the city built in the late 17th century and is private.

The church of Agia Kyriaki is one of the most picturesque churches. It is located across from the secular Nidri dipped in green. You will visit the church by renting a small boat.

The church of St. Nikolas located in the city center. It is a very old church, built in 1867 and has been tested by major earthquakes. It was the richest temple in the city with unique art entries, picture, and temple.

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