TRAVEL GUIDE TO LEFKADA
The Ionian island Lefkada is the nearest one to the western side of the Greece mainland and it can even be reached by car, via a bridge! It is one of the most popular Ionian destinations, full of amazing beaches with turquoise waters, monasteries, museums, and seafront or mountainous villages with a unique charm.
Thanks to its exotic natural landscape and scenic beaches, Lefkada is also known as the "Caribbean of Greece'!
Our travel guide offers everything you need to know about Lefkada! Discover the best things to do on the island, its most fantastic beaches, remarkable sights, top hotels, and restaurants, as well as a wide selection of breathtaking photos!
The nearest airport to Lefkada is Aktion National Airport. No ferry connections to Lefkada are available from the mainland and the only way to reach it is by car or bus. But ferry connections to Ithaki, Kefalonia & Meganisi have been established. Exploit them for some island hopping!
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Also known as the "Caribbean of Greece", Lefkada stands out for its exotic ambiance and breathtaking natural landscape!
The main reason why the island is wildly famous is its beaches! You might have seen many pictures of the iconic seashores of Lefkada, but, trust us, the reality far exceeds any expectations! Sandy and shingly, with mesmerizing turquoise waters, surrounded by wild nature, the beaches will amaze you!
Let us set the scene… Dramatic cliff backdrops, white sand and pebbles glistening in the Ionian sun, crystal clear, turquoise waters and a wild natural landscape join forces to create some of the best beaches you’ve ever seen!
The most popular and most-photographed of them are Porto Katsiki, Egremni, Milos and Kathisma.
If you’re after more isolated beaches, though, head to Mylos, Kalamitsi and Kaminia to chill out and relax away from the crowds.
Speaking of beaches, water sports is one of the best things to do there! Windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving and every beach-related activity is a must. Alternatively, charter a boat and sail to the little islets nearby, such as the legendary Skorpios islet.
Apart from its beaches, Lefkada rewards the visitor with amazing seaside villages, such as Nidri and Agios Nikitas. You will also find many naturally beautiful spots, such as Dimosari waterfalls, delicious food and a whole heap of exciting activities!
Lefkada Town is where the heart of the island beats! Stroll around its narrow alleys, sit at the traditional taverns to taste local delicacies, visit the Venetian Agia Mavra Castle, museums and 18th-century churches… and immerse yourself into the island’s culture!
Moving away from Lefkada Town, you’ll discover some of its most important landmarks, including the lighthouse at Cape Lefkada, the beautiful Faneromeni monastery (ideal location to watch the sunset) and the lesser-known Melissa gorge.
Exploring Lefkada is an unforgettable experience!
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HOTELS & ACCOMMODATIONS
As one of the biggest destinations to visit in the Ionian Sea, Lefkada is full of modern accommodation facilities to stay in, including hotels, apartments, and studios with swimming pools and other amazing facilities. The island's capital town, Nydri, and Nikiana are some of the most popular areas to stay in.
Some of the most popular hotels are San Nicolas Resort, Sea Mansion, Porto Ligia Hotel, Thea Thalatta & Heliotropia Houses.
HOW TO GET THERE & MOVE AROUND?
Since Lefkada is linked to the Greek mainland with a bridge, it is more convenient to reach it by bus or by car. Lefkada is also linked with the islands of Ithaki, Kefalonia and Meganisi. The closest airport, Aktaion, is located near Preveza, a lovely town on the Greek mainland, in Epirus
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HIGHLIGHTS: BEST OF LEFKADA
Discover the highlights of Lefkada! From sightseeing to activities and from tours to restaurants, we give you the best recommendations for the ultimate holiday experience! You can also view the best things to do.
Famous for its exotic waters and the wild landscape, Porto Katsiki is the most impressive beach in Lefkada. It is found on the southern side of the island.
Located on the western side, Egremni is an impressive coast with light blue waters and sandy shore. Its name actually means cliffs and it is among the most famous beaches on the island.
The long and beautiful beach of Kathisma is found on the western side of the island. It has sandy shore, exotic blue waters and part of the beach is organized.
Due to the strong winds that blow in summer, Lefkada is a great island for kite surfing & windsurfing . The best spots on the island are Agios Ioannis and Vassiliki.
Agios Nikitas is a picturesque village on the western side of Lefkada. The small beach in front of the village has exotic waters, while boat trips to secluded beaches depart from its port.
Sivota is a cozy seaside village located on the southern side of the island. It is surrounded by lush greenery and the waterfront is lined up with cafeterias and fish taverns.
In a short drive from Nydri, there is a region with great natural beauty. The waterfalls of Nydri are accessed through a short hike among green trees.
At the entrance of the Town, there is a strong Medieval Castle surrounded by the waters of a sea lake. This is the Castle of Santa Maura, constructed by the Venetians.
The lagoons, which surround the historic town of Lefkada, support a unique ecology consisting of various forms of life. There are two Lagoons near the town of Lefkada.