The lesser known island of Lefkas is linked to the mainland by a floating swing bridge, offering all the advantages of an island plus easy access to some beautiful parts of the colourful Greek coast.
Lefkas (Lefkada) is a quiet island, not short on beauty or culture, and an off-the radar solution for anyone seeking a relaxing coastal holiday away from it all. Holidays to Lefkas provide plenty of Greek character, and as well as stunning beaches, has some wonderful scenery, much loved by walkers and cyclists. Visit Lefkas and you’ll soon fall for the charms of the mountain peaks, fragrant pine forests and cascading waterfalls, like those at Dimosari, on the outskirts of Nidri.
Lefkas, 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 and on the eastern side, lies the tiny private island of Skorpios – once owned by the Onassis family and where the Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis married Jackie Kennedy.
The island's lush interior is green and mountainous with one main road running around the coastline past its many superb beaches. The two main resorts, Nidri and Vassiliki, are the most well-known. The former fishing village of Nidri, with its sandy shores, colourful harbour front and traditional tavernas attracts visitors wishing to hire dinghies and yachts. Enjoy the sailing here as well as a wide range of other water sports in this attractive and cosmopolitan resort that appeals to visitors of all ages. Explore too the southern village of Vassiliki, which holds a big attraction for windsurfers. Share centre stage among the waves and have a go at this exhilarating sport yourself, or head backstage and settle down to simply enjoy the spectacle out in the bay.
Quaff some Vertzami wine, a rare red grape mainly grown in Lefkas, taste tradition in delightful local tavernas invitingly sprinkled throughout the Ionian Islands and appreciate the local ingredients in each mouth-watering dish. You’ll need your fill to find the energy for exploring the many other glorious beaches, like spectacular Porto Katsiki and pretty, less crowded Milas. For large sandy expanses of beach heaven, head out to Kathisma and Pefkoulia, where you’ll find a plethora of facilities which all ages will appreciate.
The sea is a constant companion for island life and why limit yourself to one island, when it’s so easy to travel around? Take a ferry to Kefalonia; the largest of the Ionian Islands is only one hour from Vassiliki and you’ll sail into fashionable Fiscardo’s pretty harbour. Lefkas to Parga on the mainland, is a great twin centre or island hopping option. Just two hours by car, driving back over the floating bridge and you can be in stunningly beautiful Parga, for heart stopping scenery topped off with a castle. Or why not try laid-back Sivota for its pretty as a picture harbour setting and beaches with trees that often reach the water’s edge? Pack a picnic and take a boat out to reach the hidden coves and beaches.
Blissful days can be filled by reaching any of the ten satellite islands cascading out from Lefkas. Hop on a boat from the harbour quays at either Nidri or Vassiliki and in no time at all you can be relaxing on Meganissi, a small wooded island, just south of Lefkas. Forget the cares of the world for a while and lose yourself in magnificent views on this sleepy island with uncrowded, white pebble beaches backed by pine and cypress trees. Spend a lazy Sunday with the Lefkadians who pop over to Meganissi for a leisurely waterfront fish lunch at the small port of Vathy.
Despite its small size, fabulous beaches, sophisticated capital and easy accessibility, Lefkas has retained its traditions and character and remains one of the Ionian’s most unspoiled destinations.
Make the most of your trip Things to see & do
Our favourites in Lefkada
Agiofili: This small sandy cove is only accessible by boat and is part of the Bay of Vassiliki, 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 Lefkas is fronted by a small town with restaurants, tavernas and a nearby campsite.
Pefkoulia: Pefkoulia is a very long sandy beach on the west side of Lefkas and is located north of the fishing village of Agios Nikitas. Considered as one of the best beaches of the island with the sea being a wonderful turquoise colour. At the bottom of the road is a parking area and a handful of tavernas.
Egremni: Egremni is a large, wide, sandy beach open to the western sea. It can be reached by boat from Nidri, Vassiliki or Lefkas.
The weather in Lefkas 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 Lefkas, even during the peak of summer.
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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 ferryboat 'Captain Aristides': operates a service to the Islands of Kefalonia (Fiscardo) and Ithaka (Frikes) to the south of Lefkas.
By bus: The KTEL service down the east coast between Lefkada Town and Nidri is fairly frequent and popular. The Main Bus Station in Lefkada Town is located on Golemi Street, on the harbour front road.
By Taxi: Taxis are reasonably priced when two or three people are sharing.
By Car: Hire a fully comprehensively insured car from our representatives in Lefkas.