Sea and beaches.Porto Katsiki this is a very popular beach as it attracts thousands of visitors a year. This is due to it being breathtakingly beautiful. It is a beach that is surrounded by cliffs giving it a very dramatic landscape.
Agios Ioannis is a sandy beach on the west side of the Island and is the closest beach to the Islands Capital. Ai Giannis beach is an extremely windy beach located in the North West part of Lefkada. Only 10 minutes away from the city of Lefkada, travellers have the chance to visit a beach, where the main attraction is wind. Ai Giannis beach is a true surfing paradise that offers visitors beautiful views and unique experiences.
Agios Nikitas is a small beautiful beach, with crystal clear water, located near the village of Agios Nikitas. It is 12 km North West of Lefkada Town.
Pefkoulia beach is also sometimes known as Agios Nikitas, as it is so close to this village. It is considered by many to be one of the best beaches on Lefkada and the sea is a stunning turquoise color.
Things must see in Lefkada.Follow a day boat cruise wich departs from Nidri Harbour at 10.00am and returns at 6.30pm. The first stop we made was at Porto Katsiki Beach where everyone was allowed of the boat for a swim. Situated along Lefkada's southwestern coast it is noted to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Access by land is down 347 steps and many people will take the taxi boats available. Fiskardo in Kefalonia was the next port of call, the only village that was not destroyed by the earthquake of 1953. We stayed here for 1hr 30mins to take a leisurely walk through the picturesque village to enjoy shopping and lunch. Ithaka was the next stop but unfortunately we were not allowed to stay there as there wasn't any room for us to dock so we then made our way to Meganisi and its Papanikolis Cave where a greek submarine hid during the war, then the three Islands of Onassis which are Scorpios - Sparti - Kastri where we had a chance to have another swim. No one is allowed on these Islands. The last Island we passed before returning to Lefkas was Madouri which is a part of Greek history where the great poet Aristotelis Valaoritis was born and raised and where he wrote some of his best work.
Visit the castle of Agia Mavra is situated near the channel, two km outside Hora and has an interesting history. The original building was constructed by the Sicilian, Ioannis Orsini, in 13th-14th century. In the Castle, one can admire the church of Agia Mavra. According to tradition, the church was built in the 15th century. After the island's occupation by the Turks in 1479, the church became a mosque. Today the castle is open to tourists, many cultural events during the summer.
Visit the Dimosari Waterfalls. It is a wonderful hike on a paved footpath through a lush green forest. During the months of June, July, and August the waterfalls have much less water due to little rainfall, but tourists continue to visit as they enjoy taking a refreshing swim in the crystal clear and aqua blue pools formed by the water cascading off the mountain. It is a great place to cool off from the heat or simply enjoy nature.
Visit the Lighthouse. It is located on Cape Lefkatas, also called Kavos tis Kyras. There, you can also check out the ancient ruins of the Temple of Apollo. The road to the lighthouse has breathtaking views of the sea, as well as at the lighthouse. Even more stunning views can be seen if you go during sunset. The Lefkada visitor may be guided to the islands archaeological and folkloric museums. The Lefkada Archaeological Museum: is housed in the cultural center of the Borough of Lefkada (A. Sikelianou & N. Svoronou street). The findings exhibited cover a period of time, beginning in the middle of the Paleolithic times (200.000 - 35.000 ð.×.) and reaching the later Roman times. In a separate room in the museum, the findings of German archaeologist Willhelm Dairpfeld are exhibited. He is the one who developed the theory that Lefkada is Homer’s Ithaca. The museum exhibits tools, ceramic and copper jewellery and gems of ancient tombs, mostly from the Ancient city of Nirikos, Nydri, Hoirospilia, Evgiros and the cave in Fryni. Open: Daily except for Mondays, 08:30-14:30.
Tourist Information.Lefkada or Lefkas Island is separated from the mainland by the narrow canal, enabling sailors to pass along the east side of the island, which has 90% of the good anchorages. Lefkas town is the main port with other harbours on the east coast including Lygia, Nikiana, Nidri and Vikho. Further south you will find Sivota Bay, Rouda bay and Vassiliki. Off the south-east coast of Lefkas is the beautiful unspoilt island of Meganisi, with sandy beaches and famous sea-caves and therefore an exquisite area for relaxed family sailing. The high town of Spartakhori on the island of Meganisi can easily be seen from the north and west coast and is an enchanting village, well worth visiting. Also Papanikolis cave and Vathi on the island of Meganisi are beautiful harbours. LEFKADA GREEN SEMI MARATHON. The 21,097m Green Semi Marathon takes place in Lefkada on the last Sunday of May each year. The route consists of 17 km around the lagoon of Lefkada which is protected by the Natura Treaty, and 5 km around the periphery of the town. A public 5km race for novice runners and walkers of all ages, and a 1,000m race for students take place at the same time as the Green Semi Marathon. VASSILIKI WATER SPORTS FESTIVAL. The International Regatta and the Vassiliki Water Sports Festival take place every year in Vassiliki at the end of June. Athletes from Europe, the USA and Australia compete for 3 days in the Yacht, Catamaran, Windsurf & Laser Dinghy Classes, enjoying fantastic sailing in the beautiful bay of Vassiliki. Parallel events and happenings are not to be missed! LEFKADA MOUNTAIN BIKE OPEN RACE. The LEFKADA MTB OPEN RACE, an open mountain bike race is organized every April. It takes place in and around the villages of Sfakiotes, at a 400m altitude, 9 km away from the town of Lefkada. The race begins and ends at the central square of Lazarata village. Each lap is about 17 km long and the total race is 35 km, all through forest paths, agricultural roads and village alleys. The mountainous area of Lefkada is full of canyons, ravines, springs, rich vegetation, rare flowers and scenic pathways ideal for long walks and excursions in the nature. The pathways of Skaros Mountain with the beautiful forest of Velanidias, the Melissa Gorge in Sfakiotes, the canyon of Dimosari, the waterfalls of Nydri in a green and cool place and the forest of Dafnis in Sivros, will create a breathtaking excitement to those who will decide to explore Lefkada by taking a long walk. Near Lefkada’s town, you could take magical walks around the Lagoon to the south side of Lekada’s town, the olive grove, Fryni and Apolpena to the monastery of Faneromenis.
Restaurants & Taverns.
Lefkada, except from the beautiful nature and the magical beaches, offers to the visitor, tasty delights and a wide variety of pleasure and entertainment. In the town of Lefkada, you can walk around the magnificent kantounia (streets) and taste the fantastic cuisine of the traditional taverns, listening to serenades. To the sea front of the town, in the back dock and in marina, there are numerous restaurants, bars, coffee shops for every preference and every mood. You can taste fishes or have fun in the bars by enjoying your drink. For those who wish to make the night long… Dance and enjoy to the rhythm of music… You can taste fresh fish and traditional specialties in the coastal villages of Ligia, Syvota and Vassiliki. For tasty snacks and local wine, you should climb up to the mountainous villages of Sfakiotes, Karya, Katouna, Charadiatika and Sivros. Colorful Nydri, bars, coffee shops and restaurants, full of Greek and foreign visitors enjoying the summer holidays by walking to the pedestrians streets admiring the island of Skorpios and the rest of Prigiponisia. In the scenic Meganissi, the visitor can taste fresh fish and the traditional taverns at the side of the sea. You can also visit Milous, Aghios Ioannis (2 km from town), Aghios Nikitas and Kathisma, for magical sunsets… You will swim in Kathisma, with blue green water and beautiful restaurants, coffee and beach bars. Lefkada is an island with a variety of combinations. The mountain and the sea, the peace and the joy, the fantastic food, the night life.
Important telephone numbers for Lefkas you may need.
- Lefkada : +30 26450 29375, +30 26450 26450, +30 26450 22346
- Tourist Police: +30 2645029379
- Lefkada Port Authority: +30 26450 22322
- Nydri Port Authority : +30 2645092509
- Lefkada Fire Department: +30 26450 22555, +30 2645022199
- Lefkas: +30 2645023354
- Karya: +30 2645041213
Hospital-First Aid (Doctor)
- Hospital Lefkas: +30 2645 0 25371
- Health center Lefkas town: +30 2645031065
Other useful numbers
- Lefkada Bus Station: +30 26450 22364
- Taxi: +30 26450 22218
- Radio Taxi Station: +30 2645024600
- Nydri Taxi Station: +30 2645092000
- Lefkada Postal Station: +30 26450 24225
- Archaeological Museum: +30 26450 23815, +30 2645023678
- O.T.E (phone services): +30 26450 21180
- Tourist Office Lefkas: +30 26450 23000
The dialing code for Greece is +30 and the dialing code for Lefkada is 26450 so if your are calling from outside Greece or during your stay but from a mobile phone make sure that the number your are calling begins with +3026450. Otherwise it should start simply with 26450 followed by a 5 digit number.
- Lefkada Island Postal code: 311 00