One of the oldest Christian monuments of the island, the Hermitage of Agii Pateres in Lefkada is a must-visit for any person traveling between the villages of Alexandros and Nikiana, regardless of religious beliefs! The main cave-like structure will leave you in awe from the first second since its entrance seems to be held up by a single wooden tree trunk! It has a stone-built design, a couple of wooden windows, and a narrow interior space.
Located atop the mountain of Skaros, this monastery is said to have its origins set back in 325 AD when three monks built this structure and decided to settle down. Since then, a few more buildings have been created, and a handful of monks and nuns have spent their lives inside the settlement of Agii Pateres! Nowadays, the cave building houses a handful of wooden designs and plenty of Orthodox icons, and one may also spot a bell tower. On top of that, the hermitage celebrates every 7th Sunday after the week of Easter!
How to get there
The Hermitage of Agii Pateres is located near Nikiana village.
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 Hermitage of Agii Pateres and many other places of interest in Lefkada at their own pace.