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Lefkada – an amazing and wild Greek island

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June 17, 2018

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Lefkada is an amazing Island in the Ionian Sea with turquoise waters and white beaches.

AgePaleolithic Era, 3000 BCE
TypeIsland, Ionian Island
LocationLefkada Island, Greece, Europe
Getting there By Car. The island is connected to the mainland of Greece with a bridge
The closest airport to Lefkada is the small airport of Aktion/Preveza, about 30 min drive away. This airport works only in summer and does not receive flights from Athens. It receives only charters and low-cost flights from European airports
If you don’t have a car you can go from Athens to Lefkada with a Ktel bus. The distance between Athens and Lefkada is 378 km and it will take you around 5 hours to get there.
When to visit During the summer

Top things to do in Lefkada

  1.  Go on a boat tour from Nidri or Vasiliky harbor
    • Depart from the harbor and sail around the coast of Lefkas to the beach of Egremni for swimming and sunbathing.
    • A stop at Porto Katsiki one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe
    • An unforgettable experience is our visit to Fiskardo of Kefalonia which is regarded as the diamond of the Ionian. Stop for lunch and swimming.
    • Next stop to Ithaca for a walk and swimming.
    • The Cave of Papanikolis situated in Meganisi. Stop for photographs.
    • An afternoon swim on the islands of the Onassis family Scorpios
    • Look around the other islands in the group Scorpidi Sparti and Madouri.
  2. Agiofili Beach
    • A small white beach close to Vasiliki Agiofili White Beach, Lefkada island, Holiday and Trips
  3. Porto Katsiki
    • This awarded beach with crystal clear waters and white sand is one of the most popular beaches in Greece.
    • It can be reached by descending the 50 steps or by boat from Nidri and Vasiliki.
    • It was affected by the 2015 earthquake but you can still visit it. The safest way is by boat the road and the parking space is still in construction Lefkada, Porto Katsiki beach, Holiday and Trips, Living life like a Holiday
  4. Visit the waterfalls in Nidri
    • On the outskirts of Nidri, you can find the Dimossari waterfalls.
    • During the summer the waterfalls make the perfect place for swimming in the crystal clear waters of the lake.
  5. Visit Vasiliki village and beach
    • It is located in front of Vasiliki village.
    • It is a sandy beach with shallow waters making it perfect for families.
    • Vasiliki beach is popular for windsurfing.
    • It has been awarded as one of the best 10 beaches in the world and the top 3 beaches in Europe for windsurfing. Vasiliki Harbour, Lefkada island, Holiday and Trips
  6. Egremni Beach
    • Unfortunately, this beach was destroyed by the 2015 earthquake
  7. Kathisma Beach
    • Close to Agios Nikitas, Kathisma is a long sandy beach with mountains behind and a brilliant blue sea that reaches out to the horizon.
    • On this beach, you can go paragliding, swim, or simply relax in the warmth of the sun.
    • It’s organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, bars, and restaurants, and it’s easily accessible by car, bus, or on foot.
    • It’s popular with families, solo travelers, and naturists and can get busy, but it’s long enough to be able to find a peaceful spot all to yourself.
  8. Ai Yiannis Beach
    • Close to Lefkada town, Ai Yiannis is a 4.5 km long stretch of sand and fine pebbles, surrounded by green vegetation and blue-green sea.
    • It’s perfect for those who come to take advantage of the windy weather for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
    • It’s not suitable for children to go swimming as the sea can get rough
    • it’s organized with sunbeds and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants.
    • It’s accessible on foot and there is parking near the beach.
  9. Agios Nikitas Beach
    • Agios Nikitas beach is just 10 km from Lefkada town and is similar to Porto Katsiki beach,
    •  It’s a small, finely pebbled beach, with tavernas and cafes and the relaxing atmosphere means it’s a super place for families.
    • Agios Nikitas beach is easily accessible on foot from the village.
  10. Milos Beach
    • One of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkas situated next to Agios Nikitas beach.
    • It is a sandy beach with turquoise waters
    • There are two ways to get there: you can either walk, there is a path starting from Agios Nikitas village (it is a steep walk at some points) or during July and August take a boat from Agios Nikitas village.
  11. Pefkoulia Beach
    • this beach is famous for its turquoise ocean, sandy beach, and the shade that’s provided by the pine trees fringing the edges.
    • Located near Agios Nikitas village,
    • it’s easily accessible by car.
    • Pefkoulia doesn’t get too crowded, and there are restaurants and cafes, parking, and sunbeds.
    • It’s family-friendly and there is an area for naturists.
  12. Megali Petra Beach
    • Amazing colors of green and blue waters,
    • near Kalamitsi.
    • It’s difficult to reach by car because of the steep and narrow roads
    • There are no facilities, so you’ll need to take water and food if you plan a visit here.
  13. Nidri Beach
    • Crystal clear water
    • close to the town of Nidri
    • popular with families, young travelers, and locals alike.
    • It’s the best-organized beach on Lefkada, with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, plenty of cafes, bars, and restaurants, and watersports centers.
  14. Eat-in taverns in small villages around the island. The harbor restaurants are more expensive and the food is not great.
  15. What you can buy from Lefkada
    • Classical Greek souvenirs,
    • Souvenirs made of white stone … gorgeous
    • shells,
    • olive oil,
    • oregano,
    • paintings with Greek landscapes (found in all cities, villages, harbors, islands)
    • Very good Honey (you can get honey of orange, thyme, acacia, at prices starting from 5 euro jar). Find yourself in the village of Draganu on the road to Porto Katsiki.

Travel tips for Lefkada:

  • Lefkada (Greek: Λευκάδα, Lefkáda, [lefˈkaða]), also known as Lefkas or Leukas (Ancient Greek and Katharevousa: Λευκάς, Leukás, modern pronunciation Lefkás) and Leucadia, is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece, connected to the mainland by a long causeway and floating bridge
  • Lefkada measures 35 kilometers (22 miles) from north to south and 15 kilometers (9 miles) from east to west.
  • 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Nidri is the resort of Vasiliki, a windsurfing center
  • It belongs to the Eptanese group of islands along with Corfu, Zante, Kefalonia, Ithaca, Paxos and Kithyra
  • Visit this island if you are passionate about mythology, sunbathing, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, boat trips
  • This island is quite wild.  Some of the beaches don’t have a bar or a restaurant where you can buy water or food.
  • The best way to go there is by car and to get with you a few important things in order to have a great stay in Lefkada:
    • Water shoes (will protect your feet on the beaches from pebbles and also protect you in the water)
    • Sun umbrella
    • Cooler bag or electric cooler bag for the car – this will help you to have cool drinks all day long when you travel around the island and on the beaches
    • Food and beverages– get some sandwiches and fruits all the time with you
    • Light-colored clothes, Sun hats

History of Lefkada

  • The name of the island “Lefkada” routed from the name “Lefkas Petra” or “Lefkas Akra”, an ancient name of today’s Leukata, the southern cape of the island.
  • The island was already inhabited between Paleolithic and Neolithic age
  • Humanity in Lefkada can be traced back to the Paleolithic era. The distinguished German archaeologist Wilhelm Dairepfeld, the associate of Henry Schliemann in the Troy excavations, conducted extensive archaeological research in Nydri, and brought important findings from the copper age (2,000 B.C.) to light and hence started the theory that Lefkada can be identified with Homers Ithaca.
  • The ancient city of Nirikos, 7th-century b.c., which was discovered in Kalligoni at Koulmos, was the island’s first capital. It was surrounded by a great wall, of which only a small part is left.

Sources: www.wikipedia.org, https://travelpassionate.com

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