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Lefkada Island & Town

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LefkadaThe island of Lefkas, Lefkada lies off the mainland west coast in the middle of the Ionian chain of Greek islands. It is so close to the mainland that it only just qualifies as an island. It was the Corinthians who cut a canal through sandbanks in 600 BC to separate it.

Since the opening of mainland Preveza-Aktio-Lefkas airport and a swing bridge across the channel, Lefkada become very attractive and a favourite destination to holiday makers.

Lefkas means 'white' and the island's white rock makes its cliffs attractive.

  • The island has been awarded the European Blue Flag for many of its beautiful beaches. A jewel in the Mediterranean and one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, Lefkada combines blue water beaches and dense vegetation all over the island.

Gira and Ai-Giannis BeachThe low-lying east coast of Lefkas has become the island's main tourist strip with a succession of good beaches, ideal sailing conditions and interesting offshore islets.

On the west coast rugged cliffs, rocky shores, exposed beaches and colder, rougher seas are a magnet for the more adventurous. The further south you go the less accessible the beaches become, but those that make the effort are rewarded with simply stunning scenery.

The island is one of the seven Ionian Islands and it retains all the special features that give a different appeal to those islands. The houses are painted in bright colours and the atmosphere is filled with music.

  • International Folklore Festival of Lefkada is the most ancient cultural constitution of our country, in dance and music of the traditional heritage worldwide with Pan Hellenic and International recognition.

Rock on a beachFrom the language of fantasy and creativity, people of the world meet for 45 continuous years, in August, in Lefkada exchanging their precious heritage: The creations of spiritual and artistic expressions according to their tradition.

The Festival takes place on the last week of August (from a Sunday to Sunday), starting with a huge parade of peace and friendship, the evening opening celebration (1st Sunday) with the few minutes presentation of the groups, their formal presentation, during week and the magnificent ending ceremony, the exchanges of gifts and the dance of peace.

LefkadaLefkada offers a wide variety of activities and sites of interest, such as castles, monasteries, museums, marvellous beaches, water sports, horse riding, cycling, mountain bike, walking rides, daily cruises, etc.

The Island has picturesque villages such as Nidri, Vassiliki, Karia, Agios Nikitas and many more.

  • Vassiliki village has a fishing harbor surrounded by verdant vegetation, situated 18 km south of Nidri village. It is famous for its ideal conditions for windsurfing lovers due to a thermal wind that blows every day.
  • The mountainous village of Karia is located 10 km north-west of Nidri village. It is famous for the Folklore Museum, which exhibits fine embroidery work and for the representation of a traditional wedding, which takes place every 11th of August.
  • Agios Nikitas is a beautiful village, which situated 18 km north-west of Nidri village. It is at sea level along the West Coast, because the coastline is so rugged and steep. The surrounding area is beautiful, with steep hills and valleys covered in olive and pine trees leading down to beautiful beaches and crystal clear sea water.

Lefkada TownLefkada Town
Lefkada Town is the capital of the island. It is located in the north-eastern part of the island. It is the administrative, economic and cultural centre of the island and has a population of about 8000 inhabitants who are mostly living from agriculture and tourism. The capital is a small town built around a natural harbour.

Lefkada Town is linked to the mainland by a narrow channel. On the entrance of the
harbour, a small square full of verdant trees welcomes the visitors and gives to the town a cheerful and pleasant atmosphere.

LefkadaThe lively part of the capital is the central square of the harbour called Saint Spyridon, which owns its name to the 17th century church that stands on the square. Other interesting and beautiful churches can be found in the capital such as the monastery of Panagia Faneromeni. Most of these churches house fine works from the Ionian School of Painting.

Another interesting part of the capital is Ioannou Mela Street, which is full of
attractive arcades. Some worth-seeing museums are scattered around Lefkada Town, like the Archaeological Museum located in Faneromeni Street, which houses finds excavated from various archaeological sites of the island, the Gramophone Museum and the Folklore Museum.

Santa Maura Castle and Lefkada TownSaint Mavra Castle
In year 1204 the island of Lefkada was an integral part of the dominion of Epirus.

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 Saint Mavra Castle, which can still be seen standing upright at the island’s entrance.

The castle of Saint Mavra is ideally located besides the channel and is within close proximity to Chora. At the time of inception, in the medieval period, the entire neighbourhood was named Castle of Saint Mavra and historians are of the opinion that for quite sometime the name was used to indicate the whole of Lefkada Island.