White pearl of Greece
The island worth seeing is located on the west coast of Greece and offers besides azure, clear water a fascinating coastline with many beautiful sandy beaches, hidden bays and chalk-colored cliffs. Especially the southernmost tip of Cape Lefkada is famous for this. Some of the popular and hidden beaches can be visited by car, others only by boat.
Porto Katsiki is one of the most famous beaches, situated between high cliffs and accessible only by steep stairs. Beach bars and sun loungers invite you to relax and attract crowds during the peak tourist season. In contrast, sun worshippers can enjoy Egremni beach in a quiet and almost untouched nature. It is pleasantly accessible by sea, which is a bit more arduous by car and then on foot up almost 300 steps.
Quickly and easily accessible beaches popular with families are Kathisma, Pefkoulia or even Milos, which quiet seekers can easily reach by a short walk through the forest.
Windsurfers and windkiters can try the beaches of Vasiliki, Mili or Ai Giannis.
The underwater world with canyons and caves, especially in the east and south of the island, is protected by the Natura 2000 program and offers divers an unforgettable experience with its reefs and fascinating biodiversity.
Green landscape, azure sea and golden sun
Bizarre coastal landscapes, ivory sand beaches, turquoise sea - all this makes Lefkada look very similar to the tropical paradise of the Caribbean.
The mountains of Elati, with an altitude of up to 1100 meters, offer a fascinating landscape with their lush vegetation and forestation. The gorge of Dimossari with its waterfalls is worth a trip as well as the fertile plateau of Eglouvi with its famous lentil cultivation. Especially trekking, mountain biking or even horseback riding are offered as part of day trips.
In addition, Lefkada offers a biotope for numerous migratory birds and other rare animal species due to a lagoon located between it and the mainland. Especially in springtime, the whole island is in bloom and thus invites to hikes and walks in the scent of herbs, flowers as well as citrus blossoms.
But also for water sports fans who prefer sailing, windsurfing and kiting or even paragliding, Lefkada is certainly a household name, since the always good weather, the very sheltered bays and the northwest wind blowing in the early afternoon of the island are just ideal for it.
Culture and festivals
In addition to the fascinating scenery, the island offers a rich cultural heritage, such as the Archaeological Museum of the capital Lefkas or the Church Museum in Faneromeni Monastery with the church of Agios Ioannis, built in the 15th century, which is one of the landmarks of the island.
Also worth seeing is certainly the fortress of Agia Mavra, close to the city, which is provided as an enchanting backdrop for cultural events within the travel season. The windmills of Gyra are waiting to be visited, where wheat was still milled until the beginning of the 20th century.
In August, the highlight of the events takes place with the International Folklore Festival, where folklore dancers from all over the world send a message of peace and the entire town is in motion. The parade is a part of the Literature and Arts Festival, which the locals gave birth to due to their great love for the literary tradition, as Lefkada is the birthplace of some esteemed Greek poets. This attachment to literature as well as art is especially felt at this time.
For vacationers interested in literature, a visit to the Charamoglios Library or the Nikos Svoronos Library, which houses books and manuscripts of the literary figure, is a must.
Let yourself be whisked away to Lefkada to enjoy a carefree vacation surrounded by cosmopolitan flair in charming villas with private pools.