Travel to Lefkada – Unexplored Seascapes and Stunning Beaches

If you love the sea, and love activities by the sea, in the sea and under the surface of the sea, you will totally love Lefkada! It is one of the most stunning Greek islands with superb beaches, high quality accommodation, great restaurants as well as breath-taking views.  

Where is Lefkada Greece?

Lefkada Map

What does Lefkada mean?

What is Lefkada Famous For?

Lefkada Beach Guide

Lefkada – What to do?

Lefkada – What to see?

Museums in Lefkada

Lefkada – How to get there?

How Big is Lefkada?

How to get around Lefkada?

Island Hopping from Lefkada

Weather and Climate in Lefkada?

Activities in Lefkada

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swimming in the sea of Lefkada, Ionian Sea Greece
Swimming in the emerald sea of Lefkada

Lefkada is often referred to as the “Caribbean of Greece” for obvious reasons: Sugar white beaches, turquoise blue waters and a laid-back atmosphere under the sun. 

Where is Lefkada Greece?

Lefkada island, from a satellite
Coordinates: 38°43′N 20°39′E 

Lefkada is situated in the heart of the Ionian Sea, connected with the mainland of Greece by a small bridge. Such easily accessed by car and boasting awesome natural landscapes and some of the most stunning beaches, Lefkada in Greece is the absolute dream travel destination for you who are into exotic islands. 

Lefkada map

Map of the Ionian Islands Greece
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What does Lefkada mean?

Lefkada is derived from the ancient name Leukas (meaning white, light). 

What is Lefkada famous for?

Lefkada owes its fame to its extremely beautiful beaches! You probably have seen gorgeous photos of the iconic beaches of Lefkada – but believe it or not, photographs are inferior to reality. Go and see for yourself! The Lefkada beaches with their dramatic cliff backdrops, their white sand and turquoise blue waters will steel your heart! 

Beach of Kavalikefta Lefkada island in the Ionian Sea Greece
Beach of Kavalikefta in Lefkada

The most famous beaches of Lefkada are Porto Katsiki Beach, Milos Beach Lefkada, Egremni Beach and Kathisma Beach. If you prefer a more secluded beach go for Mylos, Kaminia and Kalamitsi, to relax in tranquility. 

Lefkada Beach Guide

Organized beaches in Lefkada 

  • Vassiliki beach – sandy, family friendly, diving club, windsurfing, 38 km south of Lefkada Town  
  • Agios Ioannis beach – sandy, family friendly, windsurfing, 3,5 km west of Lefkada Town  
  • Agiofili beach – pebbled, family friendly, 40,5 km south of Lefkada Town 
  • Poros Mikros Gialos beach – pebbled, family friendly, 31 km south of Lefkada Town 
  • Nidri beach – pebbled, harbour, water sports, 17 km south of Lefkada Town 
  • Amousa beach – pebbled, family friendly,37 km south of Lefkada Town 
Agiofyli Beach, Lefkada
Agiofili beach

Partly organized beaches in Lefkada 

Travel to Lefkada, Greece - Porto Katsiki beach - photo by Valdemaras
Porto Katsiki beach – photo by Valdemaras
  • Porto Katsiki beach – pebbled, family friendly, 44 km south west of Lefkada Town 
  • Egremni beach – pebbled, family friendly, 38 km south west of Lefkada Town 
  • Kathisma beach – sandy, family friendly, 17 km south west of Lefkada Town 
  • Agios Nikitas beach – pebbled, family friendly, 13 km south west of Lefkada Town 
  • Nikiana beach – pebbled, family friendly, diving club, 10 km south of Lefkada Town 
  • Desimi Beach Vlichos beach – pebbled, family friendly, 23,5 km south of Lefkada Town 
  • Gialos beach – sandy, family friendly, nudism friendly, 37 km south west of Lefkada Town 
  • Megali Petra beach – pebbled, 24,3 km south west of Lefkada Town 
  • Pefkoulia beach – sandy, family friendly, 10 km south west of Lefkada Town 

Non organized beaches in Lefkada 

Kalamitsi Beach in Lefkada island, Greece
Kalamitsi beach
  • Milos beach – pebbled, secluded, nudism friendly, 14,5 km south west of Lefkada Town 
  • Kalamitsi beach – pebbled, family friendly, nudism friendly, 29 km west of Lefkada Town 
  • Tsoukalades beach – sandy, family friendly, 10 km south west of Lefkada Town 
  • Kaminia beach – pebbled, secluded, 9 km west of Lefkada Town 
  • Lagouna beach – pebbled, secluded, 24 km west of Lefkada Town 
  • Skala Gialou beach – pebbled, 9 km west of Lefkada Town 
Travel to Lefkada, Greece - Milos beach - photo by Nemanja
Milos beach

Lefkada – What to do?

Panoramic view of Vlychos Bay and Nydri Town in Lefkada, Ionian Sea Greece
Panoramic view of Vlychos Bay and Nydri Town in Lefkada

One of the best things to do in Lefkada is of course water sports. Scuba diving, windsurfing, kitesurfing and any kind of beach-related activity is an absolute must in Lefkada. In the marinas and on organized beaches you can charter or rent a boat to sail in the closed sea to the little islets around Lefkada, such as the tiny islet of Scorpios. Scorpios – originally owned by Aristotle Onassis, is set in a sheltered location between Lefkada, Meganissi and the Greek mainland.  

Travel to Lefkada, Greece - Cape Dukato - photo by Nikos Kavvadas

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Lefkada – What to see?

If you need a day or two in the shades, away from the blasting sun on the white beaches, Lefkada hides the most picturesque seaside villages, like Nidri Lefkada and Agios Nikitas Lefkada, absolutely worth a visit with delicious food and various activities. Stroll around the narrow alleys of Lefkada Town, have lunch at one of the traditional taverns to taste the local cuisine, visit the Venetian castle Agia Mavra, the museums and the 18th century churches and get to know the culture of the Ionian Islands. Going on day trips around the island you will discover the charming villages of Lefkada, the beautiful Dimosari waterfalls, the lighthouse of Cape Lefkada, the Faneromeni monastery, loved for its beautiful sunsets, and the Melissa Gorge. 

The lighthouse at the vertical cliff in Lefkada island, Ionian Sea, Greece
The lighthouse at the vertical cliff in Lefkada

Museums in Lefkada

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Lefkada – How to get there?

Floating bridge to Lefkada
Floating bridge to Lefkada

The most convenient way to reach Lefkada is by car or bus, since Lefkada is linked to the Greek mainland with a bridge. This is also why there is no ferry connection between Lefkada and the mainland. You can reach Lefkada by ferry only from Ithaca, Kefalonia and Meganisi.

Traditional Greek restaurant by the sea, Sivota fishing village, Epirus, Greece
Traditional Greek restaurant by the sea, Sivota fishing village, Lefkada
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How big is Lefkada?

Lefkada canal, a natural entrance to the island with swamp-like landscape near castle of Agia Mavra, Ionian Sea Greece
Lefkada canal, a natural entrance to the island near the castle of Agia Mavra

Lefkada is 35 km long and 15 km wide. Its highest point is Mount Stavrota, 1158 m high situated at the centre of the island. The east coast of the island has small villages (Lygia, Nikiana and Perigiali), all north of Nidri, the largest town on the island. 

How to get around Lefkada?

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 Meganisi. 

Travel to Lefkada, Greece - View of Nidri habour - photo by Guiseppe Dio
View of Nidri habour – photo by Guiseppe Dio

Island hopping from Lefkada

20 km south of Nidri is the seaside town 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 the west coast of Lefkada. Lefkada was originally attached to mainland Greece. The Corinthians dug a trench in the 7th century BC on its isthmus. 

Weather and climate in Lefkada?

Travel to Lefkada, Greece - Sun, sea and clouds

Like all the other Ionian Islands Lefkada has a typical Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot and sunny summers and mild winters with a great deal of rainfalls. The climate of Lefkada differs from that of the other Ionian Islands with its thermal winds which get rather strong in some parts of the island. Therefore, Lefkada is famous among windsurfers and kitesurfers.  

AprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober
Air16°19°24°27°28°23°20°
Sea15°18°22°23°24°23°22°
Average air and sea temperature in Lefkada in °C
Porto Katsiki beach, Lefkada, Ionian Sea, Greece
Porto Katsiki beach, Lefkada

Activities in Lefkada

In Lefkada all activities involving wind and water are bound to be a success. In a great crystal-clear blue sea and hot thermal winds during the summer months the island of Lefkada is perfect for windsurfing, kitesurfing, paragliding, scuba diving as well as sailing among the beautiful islets.

Windsurfing and kitesurfing

Kitesurfing and windsurfing in 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.

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Diving in Lefkada

Diving in Zakynthos, Zante, Greece

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 Lefkada

The two lagoons of 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.

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Sailing around Lefkada

Sunset over the mountains of Corfu, seen from Sivota port, Epirus Greece
Sailing around Lefkada in the Ionian Sea

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

Dolphins in Greece

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.

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Day Sail Adventures
Nidri Beach Front c/o Ioanian Boat Assistance
31084 Lefkáda, Greece Tel: +30 695 870 6298

Paragliding Tandem Flights
Enjoy the spectacul views of the Ionian sea from above together with F.A.I. licensed pilots. 23 years of experience. Flights from Exantheia, Kalamitsi and Kathisma. You can find the crew in front of the Areia bar-restaurant in Kathisma  (the Sol beach tent), or you can book your flight. Phone: +30 6945015771