Lefkada is the ideal destination for those who want to combine mountain and sea holidays, but also for those who prefer moving by car then by boat. Its big advantage is that the access to the island can be done also from Aitoloakarnania, by the floating bridge.
It is a heavenly place, full of colors and scents. It took its name from its largest Cape, “Lefkata”, whose natural beauty will impress you.
Lefkada is famous for its paradise and exotic beaches, which every year are awarded. On the north side of the island, are the beaches of St. John (for wind surfers and kite surfers), Gyra, Castle and Ammoglossa. On the west side are Pefkoulia, Saint Nikitas, Milos (with the white sand and the turquoises deep waters), Kathisma (meaning seat in greek), Egkremni (that it is considered the best of the Mediterranean), Porto Katsiki (awarded as the best beach of Greece), Kalamitsi, Kavalikefta, Megali Petra and Avali beaches. The eastside of the island has Lygia, Episkopos, Nikiana, Perigiali, Desimi and Nydri beaches. Finally, in the south, you can visit the Mikro Gialo, Ammousa, Agiofylli and Vasiliki (for wind surfers and kite surfers).
It is worth visiting the Castle of Santa Maura, which was built by the Orsini in 1300, in order to thwart the pirates. The archaeological Museum of Lefkada, hosts findings from the Paleolithic Age until the Late Roman period, as well as findings from the excavations of the German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld, which had the conviction that Lefkada was Homer’s Ithaca. In the Folklore Museum Karyas Maria Koutsochero, you will be impressed by the large collection of embroideries and weaving, with the characteristic karsaniki stitch. The Phonograph Museum is a private owned museum in which you can see phonographs, records, decorative items and postcards dated to the early 20th century. The most important monastery of the island is the abbey of Faneromeni that was founded in 1650. Finally, in the canyon of Dimosari, you will find the small waterfalls and the more adventurous can dive into their cold waters.
On the island you can visit two traditional Lighthouses, the Lighthouse in the Castle of Lefkada (Santa Maura), which was built in 1861 and it is one of the best preserved in Greece. And the Doukato Lighthouse at the cape of Lefkata, built in 1890, on the ruins of the ancient temple of Apollo.
The Eglouvi area is famous for producing top quality lentils. The harvest is celebrated with a feast which takes place in early August. Last but not least don’t forget to try the special dry salami, the salted cod and sardines as well as the cuttlefishes cooked in their ink accompanied by rice.
One thing is certain, Lefkada will not let you down!