Located above the islands of Kefalonia and Ithaca, Lefkada island is separated from the mainland, the prefecture of Aitoloakarnania by a narrow channel; a drawbridge above the channel and a bridge above the lagoon connect the island to the mainland. Thanks to those bridges, Lefkada is the only island that can be reached by road.
The mountainous and fertile island of Lefkada is mainly covered with dense and verdant vegetation. The two highest peaks rise over 1,000 meters. The popularity of Lefkada is mostly due to its amazing landscape and to its wonderful, paradise-like beaches with endless sand, impressive turquoise waters and majestic vertical rocky cliffs.
Nine satellite islands surround Lefkada: Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos, Madouri, Skorpidi, Skorpios, Thilia, Petalou, and Kythros. Among those islets, Skorpios is the most famous for being a private island of the famous Greek shipowner Aristotelis Onasis.
Lefkada is also the birthplace of world-famous artists, like the opera singer Agnes Baltsa, the writer Angelos Sikelianos, and the author Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, mostly known as Yakumo Koizumi, the national poet of Japan. We should not also forget the less known but equally important poet Aristotelis Valaoritis, who was also born in Lefkada.
The island is generally rich in history and culture, which is shown in its many monuments, museums, and libraries. After the earthquakes of 1948 and 1953 that destroyed an important part of the island and many other Ionian Islands, the capital of Lefkada has been totally rebuilt and offers a unique architecture: wooden houses covered with a multicolored metal sheet.
Despite being one of the most beautiful and popular islands of Greece, Lefkada remains quite undeveloped and authentic with traditional villages, sea lakes, and pure nature. It is also a famous destination for windsurfing and kite surfing lovers because some of its wonderful beaches offer ideal conditions for these sports.
Lefkada is also known for its perfect sailing conditions. As you will quickly discover, Lefkada constitutes a perfect destination for peaceful, educational or sportive holidays.