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Known for its striking beaches and its relaxed vibe, Lefkada (or Lefkas) is one of the Ionian islands, just off of the Epirus region on the mainland. In fact, the island is connected to the mainland through a bridge, which makes it a convenient destination for families or large groups of friends. Apart from its splendid beaches and remarkable landscapes, the island has plenty of activities for all ages. Here are some of the best things to do and see on the beautiful island.
Lefkada counts many impressive beaches and coves where you can relax and swim in turquoise waters. Of particular beauty are Egremni, Kathisma and Porto Katsiki, though the latter strongly suffered from the 2015 earthquake. Accessible by boat or car, these beaches, especially Porto Katsiki, are simply breathtaking and definitely worth the trouble. But there are many more shores to see, such as Agios Ioannis, Agios Nikitas, Mylos, Vassiliki, Skala Gialou, Nidri or Pefkoulia. You won’t be disappointed, whichever you choose!
Situated near the village of Nidri, the Dimossari Waterfalls (also known as Nidri Waterfalls) is a little paradise of greenery, perfect for refreshing dips on those hot summer days. Oozing tranquillity and serenity, this waterfall ends in a lake with spectacular rocks. You can easily reach it from Nidri by following the signs and by walking through the gorge for roughly 30 minutes before reaching the cascading waters. It’s well worth the trouble – trust us!
The capital of Lefkada is home to a colourful mosaic of buildings, two-storied houses, churches and cobbled streets. When you arrive on the island, the first stop bears the marks of the strong earthquakes that shook its shores in 1867 and in 1948, nearly destroying the entire island. As such, the new constructions, covered with coloured sheets of metal, offer an interesting aspect. Cheerful and welcoming, the town includes a small harbour and a marina lined with restaurants, cafés and bars, but it also includes a few squares where you can relax at one of the many cafés.
Adrenaline seekers, Lefkada is an excellent place for windsurfing and paragliding. In fact, the beach of Vassiliki, south of Nidri, is considered the best windsurfing spot in Europe. The conditions are ideal in the morning, especially for beginners, as the wind gets stronger as the day progresses. Paragliding is equally popular in Lefkada, and if you are a little daredevil, it is an amazing experience. Several companies offer paragliding flights on the island, which is an excellent way to admire the breathtaking landscape of Lefkada.
Located in Cape Lefkatas, on the southwestern tip of the island, the lighthouse stands tall on steep rocks and visitors are always in awe of the sight. At sunset, the sky colours the sea with reddish hues, which makes for a fantastic view. Legend has it that poet Sappho jumped from the cliffs after being rejected by Phaon. While you are there, check out the ruins of the Temple of Apollo that used to stand there, though now, all that is left are some stones.
Lefkada is surrounded by several islands that are definitely worth the visit. Whether you want to find peace and relaxation on Meganisi, explore Ithaki, Odysseus’ homeland or discover the harbour town of Fiskardo in Kefalonia, you will find countless boat trips to the nearby shores. Seriously, it is impossible to be bored in Lefkada.