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.
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 or for cyclists looking to conquer the hills and experience the wonderful views.
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 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.
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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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 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.