Lefkada is located in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece and is surrounded by a total of 24 islets. Before becoming an island, Lefkada formed part of the coasts of Akarnania until the 6th century B.C. Nowadays it is shaped as an island, being separated from mainland Greece by this narrow canal.
A floating bridge provides access to both sides. This along with the fact that it can be frequently reached by ferry boats departing from other Ionian Islands as Zante, Ithaca and Kefalonia make Lefkada a very good base for trips and excursions to the Ionian Islands and western Greece.
Capital and port at the same time, the city of Lefkada welcomes visitors with its beautiful narrow streets, small squares, traditional houses, fine belfries and paved pedestrian streets. The fortress of Aghia Mavra, situated at the entrance of the city, was built by the Sicilian Ioanni Orsini in 1300 next to an artificial canal on an islet of the lagoon; later, both Venetians and Turks have added some pieces.
A remarkable sight is the Papanikolis Cave, the second biggest cave in Greece. This cave shot into prominence during World War II by virtue of being a secret hideway for the submarine Papanikolis. The sheer magnitude of the cave is astounding; the total area covers 3.800 m².
You can visit it by boat and you will be amazed by its colossal hall and its rich decoration of stalactites. In the sunlight, the combination of rocks creates thousands of colors creating a dreamy atmosphere. At the end of the cave there is a pebbled passage, ideal for walking.
Within a small cove of unique beauty, and just 15 km from Nidri, a landscape of hills surrounds the pretty harbor of Sivota. A fishing harbor located 33 km south of the island’s capital in a beautiful bay of the same name, Sivota is an ideal place to relax and a very good spot to stop as there is an equipped port and a market.
The Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni or Moni Faneromeni is the most important religious centre on the island of Lefkada. Situated in Frini, on the hilltop above Lefkas Town, this monastery offers a breathtaking view to the capital village, the northern side of the island and the opposite coasts of the mainland.
Α walk in the pedestrian street of the central market with its many shops and cafés in the west coast of the island is ideal for all tastes. The Central Market is next to the Venetian canal, which allows guests to enjoy the magical sunset in Gira.
Pefkoulia is an impressive large sandy beach located 10 km southwest of Lefkada town ad close to the fishing village of Agios Nikitas. Considered as one of the best beaches of the island, the sea at Pefkoulia has a wonderful turquoise color that attracts many visitors.
"Megali Petra is another beach not to be missed while on Lefkada. Located at the western part of the island, very near to Kalamitsi beach, Megali Petra has been named after the huge rocks that are scattered on its waterfront, meaning ""great rocks"" in Greek.
Just after the picturesque village of Evgiros, the fully surfaced road continues 3km down to the romantic beach of Afteli, which is not very long but is also not often crowded. The only building is a villa, constructed by one occupant near the stone beach.
Kastos is located close to larger and long-established boating and holiday home destinations such as Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkada and Meganissi; it is separated from its neighbouring island of Kalamos by a deep channel. Just eight kilometres long and, even at its widest, only 1,200 metres across, Kastos has a huge appeal to all forms of boating and yachting enthusiasts.
Kathisma is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches of Lefkada located 15 km southeast of the main town, close to the village of Agios Nikitas.
One of the longest beaches of Lefkada with fine white sand and sparkling waters of amazing turquoise color.