Lefkada Architecture

The beautiful capital of the island, Lefkada Town, constitutes a characteristic architecture developed during the years of Venetian occupation. Part of the island's cultural heritage lies in the traditional settlements of Sivota and Agios Nikitas with numerous buildings, colorful houses, and historical monuments. The architecture of Lefkada is different in the capital and the villages.

There are many villages around the island that charm every visitor with their simplicity and austerity, showing huge respect for the island's traditions. These houses are built with local materials like stone and wood, totally harmonized with the natural landscape. The non-tourist villages show a unique character with a nice collection of two-story houses surrounded by olive trees, colorful shutters, and wooden balconies.

The devastating earthquake in 1953 caused much damage in the Ionian Islands, including Lefkada. The earthquakes and the loose ground on which the Old Town of Lefkada was built created the need for a new way of building that should make houses resistant to violent vibrations. Wood is an ideal material for anti-seismic constructions, explaining the extensive use of it across the town. This structural system and seismic constructions are unique in Greece and continuously spark the interest of European engineers and architects.

Moreover, on Lefkada island, you will find an abundance of churches and historic monasteries. The trademark of the island is the lighthouse on the southernmost side, after Porto Katsiki.

Visitors can enjoy their stay in many of the traditional hotels that have respected traditional architecture.