Lefkada Travel Guide
Situated on the north east side of the island, Lefkada town is both picturesque and tranquil. Built around a natural harbour it has distinctive multicoloured houses and several friendly tavernas and cafes. It is a pleasant place to idle away a few hours and the all pervading convivial atmosphere leaves you feeling both relaxed and fulfilled. Nearby the white sandy beach stretches 7km from Gira to Ai Gianni. The nightlife here is also fairly good with bars and disco’s staying open well into the night.
About 12km from Lefkada town is the pretty village of Agios Nikitas that stands beneath the shade of towering cypress trees that grow side by side. The newer buildings have been constructed to traditional design so they match the old almost perfectly. There are a handful of little shops, nine tavernas and six cafes and a friendly lively ambience making it a very agreeable place for a soothing yet fun filled holiday. Spring is a popular time here, as it is a favourite base for trekkers wanting to explore of the island’s wealth of beauty spots whilst the heat is still bearable.
The largest of Lefkada’s satellite islands is Megasini, situated 4 miles away to the northeast. Relatively untouched by tourist development and surrounded by picturesque secluded coves and beaches it has become a favourite anchorage for the numerous yachts that head to the Ionians during the season. There are 3 settlements, Vathi, Katomeri and Spartochori each with character of its own.
Spartochori is perhaps the curious of the three. This charming little maze of flower-filled, narrow, winding lanes is situated on a plateau overlooking Porto Spitia, the town’s uninhabited dock where there are several lively tavernas. Vathi is the prettiest village; situated around a deep beautiful bay, it is lined with charming pastel-washed fisherman’s houses and has several small tavernas. Close by is the picturesque old village of Katomeri, which, like Vathi, has no official accommodation, but rooms can be rented from locals if you ask around. Megasisi is a great place to explore by foot as everything is within walking distance and the pathways through olive groves leading to secluded beaches are absolutely wonderful.
Kalamos is the second largest satellite island and is both wooded and mountainous. It has two settlements Kalamos and Episkos. Kalamos, the port is where most of the islanders live. Built on a steep hillside the narrow streets are flanked by incredibly dainty houses with pretty gardens. There is little to do once you have wandered around the village other than stroll to the wonderful Agra Pedia Beach nearby. On the north coast is the barely inhabited village of Espiskos where most of the houses are derelict following the 1953 earthquake. Southwest of Kalamos is the entirely deserted village of Kelfi. Another victim of the earthquake it’s only surviving building, a church is still in remarkably good condition.
Lefkada is an ideal destination for those wanting to escape the hassles of city life and recharge their batteries. The Island and surrounding islets are without question some of the most beautiful in all of Greece and definitely the least effected by tourism. If you are looking for a couple of weeks in paradise you really can’t go far wrong here.
Getting there: There is no airport to Lefkakda. However Preveza airport is only a 30-minute bus ride away and the ferry services are fairly good.
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