Lefkada | Ionian Islands
37.2626° N, 23.1322° E
The ultimate luxury of living in perfect harmony with nature, is what makes Lefkada's visitors return to the island time and time again. With its fringed coastline and lush slopes that stretch all the way down to the Ionian, the landscape of Lefkada is incredibly seductive, especially to visitors when they arrive for the first time. And it is
Lefkada is blessed with spectacular, world renowned beaches of fine white sand, thin pebbles and turquoise waters, backed by lush slopes that create a mesmerising backdrop. Charming houses with terracotta roofs are sprinkled along a coastline bordered by olive and cypress trees that lean gently toward the sea.
Lefkada is the only Greek island, except Evia, that is accessible by car. A 50m wide bridge stretches outwards from the island's east coast, connecting it to the mainland. There, at the east coast, you will find the more developed areas, beautiful Nydri with its cosmopolitan flair, among them.
Further inland, nestled in its mountainous spine's green slopes, Lefkada's traditional farming villages paint a picture of rural bliss.
The Venetian castle of Agia MavraThe medieval castle of Agia Mavra was built in 1300 AC to protect the island's capital against the pirates. This well-preserved castle used to house a school, water tanks, hospitals, churches and the seat for politicians, among other buildings. Inside the castle you will find the 15th century church of Agia Mavra and the ruins of the shrine of Pantokrator, as well as a canon engraved with the name of its manufacturer.
Prehistoric city of NirikosPrehistoric Nirikos was the island's first city, extending from the hilltops of Koulmos all the way down to the eastern coast. The ancient city was protected by walls, the ruins of which can now be found at the archaeological site of Nirikos, along with the ruins of two cemeteries, shrines, houses and other buildings.
Cape LefkatasLefkada took its name but the white (lefko) rocks of Cape Lefkatas. Legend has it that poetess Sapfo threw herself from these rocks after the sea demon Phaon broke her heart. The towering white rocks emerge vertically out of the electric-blue sea, creating dramatic scenery that will leave you breathless.
Dimosari waterfallsCreating scenery of awe-inspiring beauty, the waterfalls of Dimosari are perched in a gorge on the outskirts of Nidri. Leave your car at cafe Platanos and walk the path that winds through the lush forest leading to the waterfalls. Once you reach the biggest waterfall, you can cool off at the pool underneath it before you head back.
Lefkada's natural beauty makes it ideal for outdoor activities, and just driving around the island is an experience in itself. The beaches are heavenly and are often ranked among the world's best.
There are many excellent hiking paths - the trail that runs through the gorge of Melissas and the path that leads to the waterfalls of Dimosari are among the best of them. There are also many excellent diving sites, thanks to the crystal clear waters and its rich seabed.
Lovers of kitesurfing and windsurfing will find that the beach of Mili, with its warm, smooth winds and turquoise waters, is a hotspot for high-flyers. Lefkada has a long yachting tradition, so if you happen to be here in September, you can experience the annual Ionian Regatta, one of the biggest yachting events in the Mediterranean.
Lefkada also boasts several charming villages, each with its distinct character. The seaside village of Nidri is the island's most popular resort. Wander around the alleys of the Old Town, have a coffee at the picturesque port, visit the museum to see relics from the Neolithic period and the archaeological site with the Byzantine and Roman tombs, and mingle with the cheerful crowd of locals and tourists in one of the numerous bars and restaurants. Lefkada town, the main town and capital of the island, buzzes with activity.
Visit the monastery of Panagia Faneromeni, explore the Archaeological museum and the museum of Gramophones, and pick one of the many restaurants to try the island's exquisite cuisine. For a taste of true rural life, lose yourself at the beautiful inland villages of Exanthia, Karia and Eglouvi and try the local delicacies at the family-owned tavernas.
There are no ferries connecting Lefkada to the mainland, however you can get there by car or bus. The drive from Athens to Lefkada takes about 5 hrs. Alternatively, you can fly to the airport of Aktion/ Preveza and drive 30min to cross to the island.
Amidst the symphony of turquoise and whitish coasts magically blended with lush vegetated settings lay the lovely luxury villas in Lefkada. Exquisite luxury villas with a swimming pool can be found throughout the island for endless moments of relaxation while those who wish total seclusion can find their haven in one of the luxurious private villas hidden in isolated spots. Whatever the need, navigate through our handpicked list of holiday villas to rent and start packing.