To get to Lefkada, you don't need to take a boat. Instead you go by car or bus, quickly crossing over the narrow channel separating the coast of Aitoloakarnania and the island.
It is said that once upon a time Lefkada was united with mainland Greece. Some say the Leleges, its first inhabitants, transformed it into an island; others maintain that the Corinthians dug a trench across the isthmus.
Lefkada is a mountainous island, covered with dense vegetation to the east and south. Its eastern coast slopes gently down to the sea, which is sheltered from the wind and dotted with thickly wooded islets. The most famous of these are Skorpios, Madouri and Sparti. ?n contrast, the west coast is steep, with a few stunted pine trees and lined with spectacular stretches of endless golden beach.
The capital of the island is also called Lefkada. A tranquil, picturesque town built on a natural harbour, it is composed of distinctive, multicoloured wooden houses, whose upper floors are covered with sheet metal.
It is from here you'll set off - over good roads - to explore the island.
Before abandoning the town, you may wish to visit the castle of Santa Maura, right next to the channel. It was founded in 1300 by John Orsini, a Frankish knight who held Lefkada as a fief.
If you follow the eastern coast road, passing through villages bordered on one side by the sea and on the other by lush greenery - villages like Ligia and Nikiana - you will come to Nidri, one of the most popular holiday spots on the island. Nidri was the home of the German archaeologist, Dorpfeld, who maintained that Lefkada was in fact none other than Homer's Ithaki.
Sights worth seeing in the area are the ruins of the prehistoric city and some circular graves. Your next stop on your way around the Island is Poros and the lovely pebbled beach of Mikro Yialo. Vassiliki is Lefkada's southernmost seaside settlement. Here you can swim from the village's long, flat beach or hop aboard a caique that will take you in 30 minutes to Cape Lefkata.
Lefkata or Sappho's Leap, is the most sourherly cape on the island. Here, too, they say that the poet Sappho took her life, flinging herself from the white cliffs, a hopeless victim of her unrequited love for Phaona.
Your tour of the island finishes with a visit to Agios Nikitas, a traditional, picturesque fishing hamlet on the west coast of Lefkada, and a stop at the island village of Karia, known for its handmade traditional embroideries. Both before and after Agios Nikitas you can take a dip in the sparkling waters of one of the most beautifui beaches of Lefkada. Its fine white sand stretches as far as the eye can see. From Nidri, you can take a short ferryboat ride to Meganissi, 12 nautical miles southeast of Lefkada.
According to historians, Meganissi has been settled since Homer's time. It has three villages, sea caves, wonderful beaches and clean waters.
Sightseeing in Lefkada island
, 26 kilometres west of Lefkada town, a miniature earthly paradise with its crystal clear waters, enchanting coves and lush greenery growing right up to the sea.
, near Paleokastritsa, a Byzantine fortress, dating from the l3th century.
, 13 kilometres west of the town, a lovely village set on a rocky hill, whose summit - according to the Corfiots say - is the best place to watch
the sun go down.
:: Kumquat liquer
:: Mandolato nougat
:: White Wine
:: Local cheese
- September Lefkada Festival
Ports of entry/exit
:: Port of Lefkada
Yacht supply station
:: Port of Kerkira
- Gouvia (274 berth Marina)
Area Code 26610
Medical Assistance +30.26610.45811-5, +30.26610.36044
Information G.N.T.O. +30.26610.37520
Road Assistance (E.L.P.A.) +30.26610.39504
Olympic Airlines (Athens): 210/9292111, 9666666
Olympic Airlines (Lefkada): 26610/386994/6
Patras Port Authority: 2610/341002
Lefkada Port Authority: 26610/32655
Igoumenitsa Port Authority: 26650/22235
Bus Terminal (Athens): 210 5124910-1, 5132601
Bus Terminal (Lefkada, urban transport): 26610/32158
Bus Terminal (Lefkada, inter-island transport): 26610/39862/31595
Bus Terminal Salonica: 2310/536260