Lefkada Town

Lefkada is an island very close to Greek mainland with a distinct charm. Its trademark is the impressive beaches with the white sand and the azure waters.The overall picture, regarding the tourist infrastructure, is high. Its villages maintain their traditional view and their picturesqueness, unaffected by the increase of tourism the latest years.It is the fourth largest island in the Ionian Sea and is between Kefalonia and Corfu and connected with the Greek mainland by road.It took its name from the cape Lefkapa which is at its southern end, which in antiquity was called the Lefkas or Lefka Akra.Lefkada is the motherland of two major Greek poets, Aristotelis Valaoritis and Angelos Sikelianos.

The town of Lefkada

The homonym quiet, Ionian city is the capital and the main port of the island. It extends along the beach with intense picturesqueness that draws it from the colorful houses with the tiled roofs, the beautiful squares, the narrow streets and the coastal footpath, which is very crowded especially during the summer.

If you follow the road south of the town, you will pass successively from the Ligia; an important fishing center, from Nikiana with the several accommodation facilities which is an pleasant place for holidays, from the seaside village Perigiali and at last you will end up in the renowned Nidri. The beautiful sea and view of the nearby islets Prigiponisia (Scorpios, Skorpidi, Madouri, Sparta, etc.) complete the magnificent scenery of the area. In this region, was the Homeric Ithaca for some people. There are ruins of the prehistoric city, the aqueduct and the Early Helladic circular tombs. The Scorpios is the beautiful private island of Aristotelis Onassis and at the green island of Madouri you can see the mansion that was built by the poet Aristotelis Valaoritis.

The nearby gorge Dimosari with the running water, the ponds and the waterfalls is a major attraction of the area.Continuing to the south, you will meet Vlycho, which is sheltered in a bay and it is opposite the picturesque Geni.Next, you will find Poros, a green and tranquil village, perched on a cliff, where there is a medieval tower and the beautiful beach of Mikros Gialos with the shiny pebbles.Next stop is Sivota, a picturesque village nestled deep in a lush and beautiful fjord.

Southern Lefkada

In the southern part of Lefkada is the Vasilici, a beautiful village with great tourist development and a fine beach in an enclosed bay, a perfect place for the lovers of windsurfing. From Vasilici, you can visit by boat the Cape of Lefkata or the Cape of Nira with the sharp white rocks that are awesome. In antiquity, in this region of Lefkata, was worshiped the Lefkatas Apollo. Important sacred relics are preserved. In the place of the ancient temple is the church of Saint Nikolas 17th century). It is said that the ancient poet Sappho, desperate from her unfortunate love for Faonas, killed herself by falling from the sharp rocks.

Within walking distance ftom Vasilici is the impressive Porto Katsiki, one of the most beautiful beaches, not only in this island but also worldwide, with the crystal clear sea in green shades. A little northern, you will find another famous and beautiful beach, the Egremni. Continuing at the west coast, there is the picturesque fishing village of Agios Nikitas, that is located between the well-known and beautiful beaches of Pefkoulia and Kathisma. It is a traditional village, designated as preserved, where you can enjoy the magnificent sunset. It has been recently developed into a cosmopolitan resort with several accommodation units, shops, dining and entertainment.

If you move towards to inland, you will find many beautiful mountainous villages, that each one will impress you with its authenticity, the beautiful landscape, the maintenance of its traditional configurations and the lush natural environment.The Athani, at a distance of 40 kilometers from the town of Lefkada, is a mountainous village on the southern tip of the island which is famous for its aromatic honey.

The Agios Petros, near Vasiliki, is a typical village of Lefkada. Karia, in the center of the island, is a mountainous village with abundant water and a lush vegetation. Karia has remarkable local customs and a long tradition of embroidery "Karsanika", which constitutes, until today, an important artistic activity of women of Karia, because the embroidery are not only a work of art, but also enhances the family's income.In Karia you should visit the Folk Museum "Maria Koutsochero", with the many exhibits of the previous year life of the country.It is an important attempt to keep alive the tradition by exhibiting hand-woven materials, looms, tools and the famous "karsanika" embroidery.

Also you must see the traditional winery of Lampikos where the raki is made from grapes.You can also visit the village Vafkeri or Eglubi, which is on small hills at an altitude of 730 meters, and it is the most mountainous village on the island, famous for its delicious lentils.

You can also visit the village Drymonas - Exanthia (Municipality of Sfakiotes) with the most beautiful houses smothered in olives trees, almond trees and vines, the village Sivros with the forest of ladurel, the Marantochori with the nearby beaches Afteli and Ammousa etc.


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