Lefkada Agia Mavra Castle

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The imposing medieval castle of Agia Mavra in Lefkada is the first sight visitors encounter before even reaching the island. Sitting on a peninsula between Lefkada and the Greek mainland, the fortification building dominates the entrance of the island. It occupies an area of 25.000 sqm and has been besieged 12 times throughout its existence.

In 1204, the island of Lefkada was an integral part of the Despotate of Epirus. However, in 1294, Lefkada was captured by the French and was bestowed as a wedding gift to the Count of Orsini.

With the passage of time, the Count of Orsini built the foundations of the Agia Mavra Castle, which can still be seen standing upright at the island's entrance. It was he who built strong fortifications in order to protect the islands from pirates and other enemies.
At the time of its 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.
In its heyday, the castle's interior had cisterns, quarters and administrative buildings.

The castle of Agia Mavra is ideally located close to Lefkada Town and is an excellent example of fortress architecture. It has undergone extensive renovation and has been very well preserved to this day. The elegant Agia Mavra Church is located here, and it comes alive during the summer season with a plethora of cultural events that draw many visitors.

How to get there

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 Airport (in Preveza) or your hotel. There's also the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 690 707 8138, 0030 26450 26555, or 0030 699 477 6364. Alternatively, you can book your taxi online.

Car rental: There's the option of renting a car in Lefkada and picking it up directly from Aktion Aiport (in Preveza) or your hotel. Using a rental car 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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