Attractions In Lefkada

Explore The Attractions Of Lefkada
Agion Pateron Monastic Cell (Skaron Forest)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This cell is located inside a small cave on Skaron Hill. It’s one of the earliest Christian sites, and is surrounded by wild bees believed by the locals to hold religious significance so be careful.

Alavastrino Cave (near Apolpaina village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This beautiful cave is made up of a large chamber that’s 100m long and 15-25m wide. Its most stunning feature is a cluster of stalagmites that are either as white as alabaster or dark red. They’re grouped in a way that looks like a mother surrounded by children. This cave is hard to reach and explore, so it’s accessible only to very experienced spelunkers. Ask the locals for more information.

Ancient City of Nirikos (Kaligoni, near Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Nirikos was Lefkada’s capital, it was founded in 2000 BC and experienced significant economic prosperity due to its strategic location off the western coast of mainland Greece. One of Dörpfeld’s famous archaeological digs, you can still see the remains of a pre-Roman theater, towers, outer walls, a cemetery and aqueducts.

Asomaton Monastery Archangel Michael (near Vafkeri village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Founded in the 16thC under the Venetians, this is one of the island’s most affluent monasteries. Admire the monastic cells, olive press and stone masonry. It’s situated in the middle of a cypress tree grove.

Cape Lefkata (South-western tip of the island)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Believed to be the white cliffs mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey and the location of the Gates to the Underworld, it is also the place where the poetess Sappho took her own life. Although no remains exist, it is also the location of the Temple of Delfinos/Apollo, where sacrifices to the gods took place and where convicts plunged to their deaths as penance for their crimes.

Castle of St. Maura (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Built in 1293 by John Orsini, a Frankish ruler, this architectural gem is one of the best examples of Medieval fortification in Greece. It’s surrounded by water and within its walls you can see the remains of Venetian buildings as well as visit the 15thC Church of St. Maura.

Castromonastiro Castle (near Kastro village, on Kalamos Islet off the southern coast of Lefkada)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Found near Kastro village on this beautifully lush little island off the coast of Lefkada you’ll be able to visit the remains of a fortified monastery whose history isn’t well documented. Fortified walls and vaulted ceilings still stand, and legend has it that the mother of one of Greece’s most famed revolutionaries, Giorgios Karaiskakis, is buried somewhere near the castle.

Caves in Dimosari Canyon (2km from Nydri village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

There are a number of small caves scattered around the hiking route in this beautiful canyon. None are documented, so you need to go exploring to find them. Some areas are dangerous, so always ask an experienced spelunker.

Dimosari Canyon (2 km from Nydri village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Another breathtaking area that’s a must-see for nature-lovers is Dimosari Canyon. Gushing waterfalls pool into exotic lagoons shaded by moss-draped oaks. This is a perfect swimming spot if you’re hiking 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.

Faneromenis Monastery (Friniou hill, near Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Dating back to the first Christians on the island, this is Lefkada’s main monastery and church. Refurbished by the Venetians, its architecture is worth admiring. Go to the Religious History Museum on the grounds and walk through the monastery’s small garden featuring beautiful deer.

Folklore Museum of Karia (Karia Village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This beautiful museum housed in a traditional Lefkadan home honors the creativity and vitality of Maria Standraka and her unique Karsaniko embroidery style. She created this stitch after a terrible accident that paralyzed her hand, and in this museum you’ll be able to admire embroidery created by her. You’ll also be introduced to household items and the Lefkadan layout.

Folklore Museum of Kontomihio (Kavalos village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Ever wonder what tools were needed in now-extinct professions? This unique folklore museum boasts a variety of artifacts relating to occupations no longer being practiced in Lefkada, including tools used by copper-workers and cobblers. You’ll also be able to admire a traditional Lefkadan home with furniture.

Garden of Poets (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

As a way of honoring the island’s literary history, the municipality created this park in town that features the busts of literary natives including Valaoritis, Sikelianos, Kleareti and Hearn.

Gramophone Museum (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This one-of-a-kind museum is unique in Greece and features antique gramophones, the island’s first radio, old records and antique cameras. Copies of the first issue of The Ionian newspaper can also be viewed.

Gyra Lagoon, Lefkada Town
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

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.

Kokkini Eklisia (Red Church, near Platistoma village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This modest church built from red clay and capped by a wooden roof belies its religious significance. Admire the beautiful altar inside, as well as the monastic cells.

Lefkada Archaeological Museum (A. Sikelianou & N. Svoronou St.)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This stunning museum houses all important archaeological artifacts found on the island, including those resulting from Dörpfeld’s digs in Nirikos, Hirospilia and Nydri. Artifacts date from the Paleolithic Era to the Roman Era. Make sure you admire the beautiful clay figurine of a woman dating back to the 3rd C BC.

Lefkaditiki Gi Winery (outside Nydri village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This vineyard and winery is open to the public, so go taste a variety of excellent wines.

Lefkata Lighthouse (South-western tip of the island)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This stunning lighthouse sits at the edge of the cliffs. You’ll have to follow the path along the cliffs to get there, but it’s worth it to admire the beautiful views of Ithaki and Kefallonia islands, as well as the sunset.

Library and Icon Museum (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Admire stunning religious icons that date back to the Byzantium. The Library and Museum are housed in a beautiful Lefkadan mansion.

Melissas Gorge (near Kavalos village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

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.

Pantokratora Church (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Built in 1699, this church is an excellent example of Lefkadan religious architecture. Here you’ll also find the grave of Aristotelis Valaoritis, one of Greece’s most famous poets and a native Lefkadan.

Papanikoli Cave (Meganisi Islet, off the coast of Lefkada)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

WWII buffs will love exploring this cave where Iatridis hid the Papanikoli submarine. This beautiful sea cave is 120m long and 60m wide and is adorned with stunning stalactites. This is one of the largest caves in Greece, one of the most beautiful and can be visited by boat. Take a day trip and explore the rest of this beautifully lush islet as well with many stunning beaches.

Skaron Forest
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Located up in the river-crossed mountains of Lefkada, this forest is made up of centuries’ old moss-draped trees, along with a very rare type of oak which can only be found in Lefkada and in a handful of other forests in Europe. Skaron Forest is exceptionally beautiful and plays a vital role in the island’s eco-system. This fact was only highlighted during the Venetian and Ottoman occupation, when guards were posted throughout the forest to protect it. There are wild goats roaming the forest, so look out for herds as you explore.

St. John Monastery (near Vournikas village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Walk through the surrounding olive groves then visit this stunning monastery. You’ll find beautiful murals and icons inside, but the grounds must be walked to see remains of an Ancient Greek temple with some scattered fragments of columns.

St. Minas Church (Lefkada Town, next to Pantokratora Church)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Another famous Lefkadan church, its wood-carved altar will stun you.

St. Spyridon Church (main square, Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Built in 1687, this church is one of the oldest in town.

The Voltoi of St. Donato (Eglouvi village, near St. Donato Church)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

These stone, dome-shaped buildings that date back to the Venetians were used in the past as farm-houses and storage sheds. They were used by locals who sought shelter during the War of Independence in 1821. In WWII, local rebels held secret meetings in these eerie buildings.

Wilhelm Dörpfeld’s Grave (at the top of Vlyhou Mountain, near St. Kiriaki’s chapel)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

One of the world’s most famous archaeologist, he conducted a number of digs on the island that brought forth stunning artifacts and the theory that Lefkada is Odysseus’ Ithaca in Homer’s Odyssey.

Windmills (Gira Lagoon, Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Explore the series of stone windmills that line the beautiful lagoon’s shores.

Ancient City of Nirikos (Kaligoni, near Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Nirikos was Lefkada’s capital, it was founded in 2000 BC and experienced significant economic prosperity due to its strategic location off the western coast of mainland Greece. One of Dörpfeld’s famous archaeological digs, you can still see the remains of a pre-Roman theater, towers, outer walls, a cemetery and aqueducts.

Cape Lefkata (South-western tip of the island)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Believed to be the white cliffs mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey and the location of the Gates to the Underworld, it is also the place where the poetess Sappho took her own life. Although no remains exist, it is also the location of the Temple of Delfinos/Apollo, where sacrifices to the gods took place and where convicts plunged to their deaths as penance for their crimes.

Castle of St. Maura (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Built in 1293 by John Orsini, a Frankish ruler, this architectural gem is one of the best examples of Medieval fortification in Greece. It’s surrounded by water and within its walls you can see the remains of Venetian buildings as well as visit the 15thC Church of St. Maura.

Lefkada Archaeological Museum (A. Sikelianou & N. Svoronou St.)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This stunning museum houses all important archaeological artifacts found on the island, including those resulting from Dörpfeld’s digs in Nirikos, Hirospilia and Nydri. Artifacts date from the Paleolithic Era to the Roman Era. Make sure you admire the beautiful clay figurine of a woman dating back to the 3rd C BC.

Castle of St. Maura (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Built in 1293 by John Orsini, a Frankish ruler, this architectural gem is one of the best examples of Medieval fortification in Greece. It’s surrounded by water and within its walls you can see the remains of Venetian buildings as well as visit the 15thC Church of St. Maura.

Castromonastiro Castle (near Kastro village, on Kalamos Islet off the southern coast of Lefkada)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Found near Kastro village on this beautifully lush little island off the coast of Lefkada you’ll be able to visit the remains of a fortified monastery whose history isn’t well documented. Fortified walls and vaulted ceilings still stand, and legend has it that the mother of one of Greece’s most famed revolutionaries, Giorgios Karaiskakis, is buried somewhere near the castle.

Alavastrino Cave (near Apolpaina village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This beautiful cave is made up of a large chamber that’s 100m long and 15-25m wide. Its most stunning feature is a cluster of stalagmites that are either as white as alabaster or dark red. They’re grouped in a way that looks like a mother surrounded by children. This cave is hard to reach and explore, so it’s accessible only to very experienced spelunkers. Ask the locals for more information.

Caves in Dimosari Canyon (2km from Nydri village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

There are a number of small caves scattered around the hiking route in this beautiful canyon. None are documented, so you need to go exploring to find them. Some areas are dangerous, so always ask an experienced spelunker.

Papanikoli Cave (Meganisi Islet, off the coast of Lefkada)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

WWII buffs will love exploring this cave where Iatridis hid the Papanikoli submarine. This beautiful sea cave is 120m long and 60m wide and is adorned with stunning stalactites. This is one of the largest caves in Greece, one of the most beautiful and can be visited by boat. Take a day trip and explore the rest of this beautifully lush islet as well with many stunning beaches.

Agion Pateron Monastic Cell (Skaron Forest)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This cell is located inside a small cave on Skaron Hill. It’s one of the earliest Christian sites, and is surrounded by wild bees believed by the locals to hold religious significance so be careful.

Asomaton Monastery Archangel Michael (near Vafkeri village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Founded in the 16thC under the Venetians, this is one of the island’s most affluent monasteries. Admire the monastic cells, olive press and stone masonry. It’s situated in the middle of a cypress tree grove.

Faneromenis Monastery (Friniou hill, near Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Dating back to the first Christians on the island, this is Lefkada’s main monastery and church. Refurbished by the Venetians, its architecture is worth admiring. Go to the Religious History Museum on the grounds and walk through the monastery’s small garden featuring beautiful deer.

Kokkini Eklisia (Red Church, near Platistoma village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This modest church built from red clay and capped by a wooden roof belies its religious significance. Admire the beautiful altar inside, as well as the monastic cells.

Pantokratora Church (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Built in 1699, this church is an excellent example of Lefkadan religious architecture. Here you’ll also find the grave of Aristotelis Valaoritis, one of Greece’s most famous poets and a native Lefkadan.

St. John Monastery (near Vournikas village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Walk through the surrounding olive groves then visit this stunning monastery. You’ll find beautiful murals and icons inside, but the grounds must be walked to see remains of an Ancient Greek temple with some scattered fragments of columns.

St. Minas Church (Lefkada Town, next to Pantokratora Church)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Another famous Lefkadan church, its wood-carved altar will stun you.

St. Spyridon Church (main square, Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Built in 1687, this church is one of the oldest in town.

Garden of Poets (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

As a way of honoring the island’s literary history, the municipality created this park in town that features the busts of literary natives including Valaoritis, Sikelianos, Kleareti and Hearn.

Lefkata Lighthouse (South-western tip of the island)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This stunning lighthouse sits at the edge of the cliffs. You’ll have to follow the path along the cliffs to get there, but it’s worth it to admire the beautiful views of Ithaki and Kefallonia islands, as well as the sunset.

The Voltoi of St. Donato (Eglouvi village, near St. Donato Church)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

These stone, dome-shaped buildings that date back to the Venetians were used in the past as farm-houses and storage sheds. They were used by locals who sought shelter during the War of Independence in 1821. In WWII, local rebels held secret meetings in these eerie buildings.

Wilhelm Dörpfeld’s Grave (at the top of Vlyhou Mountain, near St. Kiriaki’s chapel)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

One of the world’s most famous archaeologist, he conducted a number of digs on the island that brought forth stunning artifacts and the theory that Lefkada is Odysseus’ Ithaca in Homer’s Odyssey.

Windmills (Gira Lagoon, Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Explore the series of stone windmills that line the beautiful lagoon’s shores.

Folklore Museum of Karia (Karia Village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This beautiful museum housed in a traditional Lefkadan home honors the creativity and vitality of Maria Standraka and her unique Karsaniko embroidery style. She created this stitch after a terrible accident that paralyzed her hand, and in this museum you’ll be able to admire embroidery created by her. You’ll also be introduced to household items and the Lefkadan layout.

Folklore Museum of Kontomihio (Kavalos village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Ever wonder what tools were needed in now-extinct professions? This unique folklore museum boasts a variety of artifacts relating to occupations no longer being practiced in Lefkada, including tools used by copper-workers and cobblers. You’ll also be able to admire a traditional Lefkadan home with furniture.

Gramophone Museum (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This one-of-a-kind museum is unique in Greece and features antique gramophones, the island’s first radio, old records and antique cameras. Copies of the first issue of The Ionian newspaper can also be viewed.

Lefkada Archaeological Museum (A. Sikelianou & N. Svoronou St.)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This stunning museum houses all important archaeological artifacts found on the island, including those resulting from Dörpfeld’s digs in Nirikos, Hirospilia and Nydri. Artifacts date from the Paleolithic Era to the Roman Era. Make sure you admire the beautiful clay figurine of a woman dating back to the 3rd C BC.

Library and Icon Museum (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Admire stunning religious icons that date back to the Byzantium. The Library and Museum are housed in a beautiful Lefkadan mansion.

Dimosari Canyon (2 km from Nydri village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Another breathtaking area that’s a must-see for nature-lovers is Dimosari Canyon. Gushing waterfalls pool into exotic lagoons shaded by moss-draped oaks. This is a perfect swimming spot if you’re hiking 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.

Gyra Lagoon, Lefkada Town
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

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.

Melissas Gorge (near Kavalos village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

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.

Skaron Forest
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Located up in the river-crossed mountains of Lefkada, this forest is made up of centuries’ old moss-draped trees, along with a very rare type of oak which can only be found in Lefkada and in a handful of other forests in Europe. Skaron Forest is exceptionally beautiful and plays a vital role in the island’s eco-system. This fact was only highlighted during the Venetian and Ottoman occupation, when guards were posted throughout the forest to protect it. There are wild goats roaming the forest, so look out for herds as you explore.

No Olive Mills Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Attractions.
Ancient City of Nirikos (Kaligoni, near Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Nirikos was Lefkada’s capital, it was founded in 2000 BC and experienced significant economic prosperity due to its strategic location off the western coast of mainland Greece. One of Dörpfeld’s famous archaeological digs, you can still see the remains of a pre-Roman theater, towers, outer walls, a cemetery and aqueducts.

Cape Lefkata (South-western tip of the island)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Believed to be the white cliffs mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey and the location of the Gates to the Underworld, it is also the place where the poetess Sappho took her own life. Although no remains exist, it is also the location of the Temple of Delfinos/Apollo, where sacrifices to the gods took place and where convicts plunged to their deaths as penance for their crimes.

Castle of St. Maura (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Built in 1293 by John Orsini, a Frankish ruler, this architectural gem is one of the best examples of Medieval fortification in Greece. It’s surrounded by water and within its walls you can see the remains of Venetian buildings as well as visit the 15thC Church of St. Maura.

Dimosari Canyon (2 km from Nydri village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Another breathtaking area that’s a must-see for nature-lovers is Dimosari Canyon. Gushing waterfalls pool into exotic lagoons shaded by moss-draped oaks. This is a perfect swimming spot if you’re hiking 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.

Faneromenis Monastery (Friniou hill, near Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Dating back to the first Christians on the island, this is Lefkada’s main monastery and church. Refurbished by the Venetians, its architecture is worth admiring. Go to the Religious History Museum on the grounds and walk through the monastery’s small garden featuring beautiful deer.

Folklore Museum of Karia (Karia Village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This beautiful museum housed in a traditional Lefkadan home honors the creativity and vitality of Maria Standraka and her unique Karsaniko embroidery style. She created this stitch after a terrible accident that paralyzed her hand, and in this museum you’ll be able to admire embroidery created by her. You’ll also be introduced to household items and the Lefkadan layout.

Garden of Poets (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

As a way of honoring the island’s literary history, the municipality created this park in town that features the busts of literary natives including Valaoritis, Sikelianos, Kleareti and Hearn.

Gramophone Museum (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This one-of-a-kind museum is unique in Greece and features antique gramophones, the island’s first radio, old records and antique cameras. Copies of the first issue of The Ionian newspaper can also be viewed.

Melissas Gorge (near Kavalos village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

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.

Pantokratora Church (Lefkada Town)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Built in 1699, this church is an excellent example of Lefkadan religious architecture. Here you’ll also find the grave of Aristotelis Valaoritis, one of Greece’s most famous poets and a native Lefkadan.

Skaron Forest
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

Located up in the river-crossed mountains of Lefkada, this forest is made up of centuries’ old moss-draped trees, along with a very rare type of oak which can only be found in Lefkada and in a handful of other forests in Europe. Skaron Forest is exceptionally beautiful and plays a vital role in the island’s eco-system. This fact was only highlighted during the Venetian and Ottoman occupation, when guards were posted throughout the forest to protect it. There are wild goats roaming the forest, so look out for herds as you explore.

No Wildlife & Fauna Found In This Destination. Please Check Other Attractions.
Lefkaditiki Gi Winery (outside Nydri village)
Ionian Islands / Lefkada

This vineyard and winery is open to the public, so go taste a variety of excellent wines.