Linked to the mainland by a swing bridge, offering the advantage of an island with easy access to beautiful parts of the Greek coast.
Lefkada, meaning 'White Island', takes its name from the chalk cliffs in the south of the island. The capital, Lefkada Town, traditional yet cosmopolitan, lies at the end of a causeway linking the island to the mainland. On the eastern side of the island lies the tiny island of Skorpios - home of the Onassis family.
Who holidays in Lefkada?
Holidays in Lefkada offer the opportunity to relax on one of its popular yet not overcrowded beaches or participate in a range of watersports. Lefkada holidays are a haven for cyclists looking to conquer the hills and experience the wonderful views.
The island's interior is green and mountainous with one main road running round the coastline past its many spectacular beaches. The two main resorts, Nidri and Vassiliki, are both famous sailing centres. Nidri, for dinghies and yachts and Vassiliki for windsurfers. Lefkada is a quiet island with plenty of Greek character - ideal for those seeking relaxing holidays away from it all.
Agiofili: This small sandy cove is only accessible by boat and is part of the Bay of Vasiliki, although the rocks on each end make you feel as if you are in a secluded paradise.
Agios Nikitas: This long stretch of sandy beach on the west side of Lefkada is fronted by a small town with restaurants, tavernas, rooms, and a nearby campsite.
Pefkoulia: Pefkoulia is a very long sandy beach on the west side on Lefkada and located north of the fishing village of Agios Nikitas. Considered as one of the best beaches of the island where the sea has a wonderful turquoise colour. At the bottom of the road are a parking lot and a few tavernas.
Egremni: Egremni is a large, wide, sandy beach open to the western sea. It can be reached by boat from Nidri, Vasiliki or Lefkada.
For breakfast through to dinner stroll down to the harbor front to find a choice of tavernas serving menus for all tastes. In the main street there is a nightclub and the bars also put on entertainment and live music.
- Spectacular beaches
- Selection of tavernas and traditional restaurants
- Immerse yourself on a traditional Greek island
The of Lefkada is very popular for emroideries and hand made traditional lace items.
Things To Do
Windsurfing in Vasiliki: Vasiliki has a reputation for being one of the best windsurfing spots in Greece. You can hire windsurfing equipment and other water sports facilities are available.
Day cruises: The boats leave from Nidri and go to the small islets of Meganisi, Sparti, Skorpidi, and Skorpios. There are some Bronze Age Tombs south of Nidri that were excavated by Wilhelm Dorpfeld in the early part of the century.
Lefkada Holidays Excursions
Island Discovery: Find the hidden delights of this lovely island with our guided tour.
Lefkas Evening: Spend a pleasant evening in our capital. Time for shopping or a meal or both if you like.
Forgotten Islands: Visit the island that most people miss and have a relaxing day on the boat.
Island Hopping: A day to chill out on the beach learn a little local history and let your hair down on the return trip.
Seven Islands: Cruise to the most magnificent beaches on Lefkada and visit Ithaca and Kefalonia.
Mainland Adventure: Learn about the Oracle of the dead and explore the magical waters of the ancient river Styx.
Things To See
The Archaeological Museum: in Lefkada Town. The collection at the Archaeological Museum includes finds from the pre-historic era, (2nd millennium B.C.) up to Roman times. Of particular interest are the finds from excavations by the German archaeologist Dorpfeld.
The Museum of Gramophones: The museum exhibits, as its name indicates a collection of gramophones but also various other objects related to the everyday life of the islanders such as jewels, coins, embroideries, photographs and traditional musical instruments. It is located in the capital of Lefkada.
The Agios Ioannis Antzoussis church: Situated 3 kilometres west of Lefkada Town, this church is the oldest church of the island. It was built by the Franks on the top of a rock on the site where an older church used to stand. Some said that Apostle Paul stopped here on his way to Rome, to spread Christianity.
Orpheus Society Folk Art Museum: Traditional Lefkadian textiles, the Lefkadian loom and traditional costumes are just some of the exhibits at the museum of the Orpheus Society which, apart from a museum also runs a choir, a musical school, a theatrical department and a radio station.
By Boat: There are two ferry boat services operating from Lefkas:
- The ferryboat 'Meganissi': shuttles between Nidri and the little ports of Spilia (Spartohori) and Vathy (Vathi), on the Island of Meganisi. The journey time is approximately 20 minutes and carries cars and foot passengers.
- The ferryboat 'Captain Aristides': operates a service to the Islands of Kefalonia (Fiscardo) and Ithaka (Frikes) to the south of Lefkas. In the low season, the ferry operates from Nidri. During June and the high season it departs from Vassiliki on the south coast of Lefkas.
By bus: The KTEL service down the East Coast between Lefkada Town and Nidri is fairly frequent and popular. Getting to the West Coast and inland villages can be more difficult as often there is only one bus per day. (Very few buses run during the 'Siesta' (between approx. 14.00 and 18.00), and services are limited on Sundays and Bank Holidays.) The Main Bus Station in Lefkada Town is located on Golemi Street, on the harbour front road.
By Taxi: Taxis are reasonable if two or three people are sharing a trip to a site.
By Car: Hire a fully comprehensively insured car from our representatives in Lefkada.
The weather in Lefkada is typically Mediterranean, characterised by a hot and sunny climate during summer time and mild winters with high rainfalls. The level of humidity tends to be quite high in Lefkada, even during the peak of summer.
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