Lefkada is situated in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece, connected to the mainland by a long causeway and a floating bridge. The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality is Lefkada city. It is situated on the northern part of the island, approximately 20 minutes by automobile away from Aktion National Airport.
Coordinates: 38°43′N 20°39′E (1) Lefkada in two units (2) Meganisi
The myth about Sappho’s suicide at Cape Lefkada is related to other myths linking the island to the ancient Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, and to Odysseus, the hero of Homer’s Odyssey.
Read more of Lefkada’s history at wikipedia
The east coast section of the island has small resorts og Lygia, Nikiana and Perigiali, all north of Nidri, the largest resort on the island. It is set in a sheltered location with views across to Skorpios—owned by Aristotle Onassis, Meganissi and other small islands, as well as the Greek mainland. The main coastal road from Lefkada to Vasiliki runs through the village, although a bypass has now been completed which skirts the village to the west. There are regular car ferries to Kefalonia, Ithaca and Meganissi.
Meganisi (literally “big island”) is a island and municipality immediately to the east-southeast of the island of Lefkada. The municipality includes the offshore islands of Skorpios and Sparti. Its total population was 1,092 at the 2001 census.
The island has three villages: the central village of Katomeri and the ports of Vathy (one of the world’s largest natural harbors) and Spartochori. There is also a harbour at Atheni Bay used mainly by fishing boats. Meganisi is connected with Lefkada by a car ferry service from Vathy and Spartochori. Meganisi has a school, a lyceum (middle school), banks, churches and a few squares. The island has no secondary school, so pupils attend the nearby school in Nydri, on Lefkada.
20 km south of Nidri is the resort of Vasiliki, a windsurfing centre. There are ferries to Kefalonia and Ithaca from Vasiliki. South of Vasiliki is Cape Lefkada, where the Greek female poet Sappho allegedly leapt to her death from the 30 m high cliffs.
The famous beach of Porto Katsiki is located on Lefkada’s west coast. Lefkada was attached to mainland Greece.
Windsurfing and kitesurfing are two of the most popular watersports, and the island of Lefkada is one of the most visited destinations in Greece for this. Each year the island attracts huge numbers of visitors and watersports enthusiasts who wish to enjoy the perfect conditions for both windsurfing and kite surfing.
One of the best spots on Lefkada for windsurfing and kitesurfing is the famous and very beautiful beach of Agios Ioannis – Frini ( Fryni ). This beach offers perfect conditions for watersports here in Lefkada, as well as being one with exceptionally clean waters and impressive scenery.
The thermal winds that blow here during the summer months create the perfect conditions for wind and kitesurfing, and you can watch this amazing spectacle from the beach as you marvel at the colourful surf boards and kites.
Diving in Lefkada: Clear water, teeming marine life, caves and shipwrecks attract thousands of scuba divers to Greek waters each year. Until recently diving was limited to just a few dive sites to protect the many ancient underwater treasures.
Now restrictions have been lifted and many new areas have been opened up for scuba diving. Scuba diving is now allowed in all Greek seas, except where specific prohibitions apply. In response, there has been a sharp rise in Greek diving centres. See links to local diving centres below.
Birdwatching in Lefkas: The two lagoons of Lefkas (Lefkada) form unique wildlife sanctuaries for immigrant birds. The birds find a safe shelter inside the rushes, covering almost every part of the ground inside and around the lagoons.
The gulls use the lagoons as a permanent shelter all year round. Loufas, Kormorants, Herons, Swans and many other small birds and fowls frequent as well.
In the highlands of Lefkas (Lefkada) can be found Hares, Foxes, Ferrets, Partridges, and an array of other birds; Blackbirds, Thrushes, Sparrow hawks, Woodcocks, Crows, Wild pigeons, Larks, Greenfinches, Magpies, Swallows, Wagtails and the famous Greek Hoopoe.
Sailing in Lefkada: Ideal for sailing holidays, Lefkas is home to two international sailing centres where you can hire dinghies and drift around the coastline. If you are experienced enough you can hire a yacht or hire a yacht with a skipper and spend the day exploring the coastline and neighbouring islands.
Dolphins around the island of Kalamos: A relatively stable presence of bottlenose dolphins was observed in the waters surrounding the island of Kalamos. About 25 animals have shown high levels of site fidelity over the past decade, while others use the area only occasionally. Their flexible feeding habits and opportunistic behaviour may allow them to withstand the effects of overfishing and habitat degradation, but they survive at low densities. In recent years, at least some members of the bottlenose dolphin community living around Kalamos seem to have progressively specialized in foraging around coastal fish farms. They often visit the area around the cages and possibly feed on mullets and other prey attracted by the locally productive area and by the pellets thrown at sea to feed the caged seabreams. No damage to fish farms has beed reported. Coordinates: 38°37′N 20°55′E
Museums in Lefkada
The Archaeological Museum: Housed in the Municipal Cultural Centre of Lefkas (Lefkada), the majority of the exhibits cover the period from Palaeolithic times up to and including later Roman times. The German archaeologist, Wilhelm Dorpfeld, was responsible for most of these exhibits, found during his excavations in the early 20th century on the island. His theory was that Lefkas (Lefkada) was in fact Homer’s Ithaca, and he developed his theory with methods that set a new standard in archaeology. The museum has exhibits of tools, ceramic and copper jewellery found in ancient tombs.
During the summer months the Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 08.30 – 15.00. Closed Mondays. Admission free.
The Folklore Museum Of Music And Literature: This museum of Lefkas (Lefkada) was founded in 1937 and includes many significant and rare exhibits including a rich collection of objects from the everyday agriculatural and urban life of the local people. These include old traditional costumes, dolls, household utensils, and an olive press. One room has been furnished as a reconstruction of a typical room in a local house.
The Museum Of Gramophones: This is near the old town of Lefkas and is a small private museum exhibiting, as its name suggests, a collection of phonographs and gramophones and various other objects relating to the everyday life of the islanders. Records, coins, stamps, embroideries, photographs and traditional musical instruments are some of the items exhibited.
Transportation to Lefkas (Lefkada): Lefkas Island can be reached by plane, car or bus. The Aktion airport near Preveza on the mainland is about 20 minutes away from Lefkada Town and caters to many international charter flights. Domestic flights from Athens are no longer available.
Another way to get to Lefkas is by intercity bus from Athens, which will take about 5 hours. You can also visit www.ktelattikis.gr for further information on bus schedules and routes. Two small ports in Lefkada (Lefkas) island, Vasiliki and Nidri connect Lefkas to Kefallonia island. From Vasiliki there is a twice a day connection to Fiskardo and from Nidri boats run once a day to both Fiskardo on Kefallonia and to Frikes on Ithaca. It takes about 1hr to get from Vasiliki to Fiskardo and 2hrs from Nidri to Fiskardo. You can find out more information about boat schedules at +30 26740 41400 (port police) or at +30 26740 41440 (local agent).
Our suggestion: A direct charter flight to Preveza and then a bus (approx. 20 minutes) would be the best solution.
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