The Castle of Agia Mavra in Lefkada: In the year 1204 the island of Lefkada was an integral part of the dominion of Hepiros. However, in the year 1294, Lefkada was captured by the French and was bestowed as a gift to John who was at that time the Count of Orsini.
With the passage of time, he built the foundations of the Aghia Mavra Castle, which can still be seen standing upright at the island's entrance. The castle of Agia Mavra is ideally located close to Chora and it is an excellent example of fortress architecture. At the time of inception, in the medieval period, the entire neighborhood was named Castle of Agia Mavra and historians believe that for quite some time the name was used to indicate the whole of Lefkada island.
This magnificent castle was built in the 14th century. It has undergone extensive renovation and has been very well preserved to this day. It was built by the erstwhile rulers of Sicily with the primary goal of protecting the old town. An elegant church dedicated to Agia Mavra is located here, and it comes alive during the summer season with a plethora of cultural events that draw many visitors. In its heydays, the castle's interior had cisterns, quarters and administrative buildings. The Frankish knights named the castle in the everlasting memory of the country of origin.
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The Castle of Agia Mavra is located outside Lefkada Town, just 2.8 km away from the central bus station.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Lefkada transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from Aktion/Preveza airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 694 4348 010, 0030 26450 26555 9292or book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Lefkada with as little as 14 euros per day and pick it up directly from the Aktion/Preveza airport or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the Castle of Agia Mavra and many other places of interest in Lefkada at their own pace.
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