For more birdwatching, hike through Melissas Gorge near Kavalos village by following the river. Look out for falcons and hawks amongst centuries’ old oaks and wild rosebushes. Combine birdwatching with sightseeing by exploring the watermills that line the river and which were once a vital part of the island’s commercial history.
Although it’s very popular in the summer, this white-sand beach with stunning blue-green water beneath white cliffs is worth visiting. It’s been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You’ll have to take steep stone steps cut into the cliff-side to get to this fairy-tale beach.
Also popular but very idyllic with its sandy beaches, lush green landscape and deep blue waters. Although it requires a trek down a dizzying number of steep stone steps, you’ll be able to swim against a backdrop of sheer cliffs in an almost exotic golden-sand locale.
This white sand beach with crystal clear water makes for a refreshing dip in the deep sea. Although very close to town, this 4km beach looks stunningly exotic. With a breath-taking view, it’s also popular with kite-surfers. Explore the remains of old windmills in the area.
If you’re looking for a quiet place to swim, this is it. This quaint sandy beach boasts stunning blue waters and is popular with the locals. The low green hills that surround this white-sand beach makes for a spectacular contrast with the exotic blues and greens of the sea.
One of the most unique features of this beautiful island is the lagoon that’s located literally in the middle of town. Despite the noise from nearby traffic, birds adapted well and have made Gira Lagoon a favorite migratory stop, which makes for interesting birdwatching. You can either cycle along the perimeter of the lagoon or walk as you keep an eye out for pelicans, flamingos and ducks. Visit the windmill that stands nearby.
If you’re looking for a magical hike, Dimosary Canyon is perfect for you. Gushing waterfalls pool into exotic lagoons shaded by moss-draped oaks. This is a perfect swimming spot if you’re canyoning in the summer, although the waterfalls and thick forest keep the temperatures comfortable. Take a break and drink some spring water – the locals swear it’s the best drinking water in the region. Once you’ve relaxed, continue your trek by climbing the stone steps carved into the mountain. Dimosari Canyon is one of Lefkada’s vital ecosystems, and played an important role throughout Antiquity by powering the island’s waterworks by harnessing the surge of riverwater from Mount Vafkeri. If you enjoy caving, there are a few small caves throughout the canyon for you to enjoy.