Pen Your Own Poetry in Lefkada

Have you ever wondered what a real-life fairy-land that’s magical enough to enchant Greece’s most brilliant poets might look like? You’ll find it in Lefkada, an island in the Ionian Sea, with moss-covered oak trees bent over crystal-clear waterfalls, a forest rumored to be haunted by fairies, elves and demons, stone-built mountain-top villages huddled in early-morning fog and white-rock cliffs that plunge into blue-green waves.

It’s this Ionian island’s dramatic landscape that cast its spell on literary greats including the poetess Sappho, Angelos Sikelianos, Lafkadio Hearn, and Aristotelis Valaoritis. And it will certainly cast its spell on you, whether you’re looking for a quiet haven in the forest while exploring stone watermills by the river or an adrenalin rush while kite- and wind-surfing over Lefkada’s brilliant blue waves.

Towns and villages plucked out of time

Although Lefkada is one of the most popular islands in Greece, if you listen closely and follow less-trodden paths you’ll hear the island’s whispers of other more gallant times, of love-torn poetry, of legends and lore that harken back to night-time strolls in the woods under the wary eyes of elves and fairies. Perhaps the best introduction you’ll get to Lefkada’s lyrical past is the Castle of Saint Maura, right in the middle of Lefkada Town. Built in 1293 by John Orsini during the Frankish occupation, this stellar example of Medieval architecture greets you as soon as you set foot on the island and is surrounded by water. Take your time and explore the many Venetian buildings and structures within its massive stone walls. Walk to the castle’s north-western end and admire the stunning lighthouse, then make your way back to the other end of the fortress and get inspired by the beautiful Church of Saint Maura. Then walk or cycle through cobblestone streets in Lefkada Town, and admire the unique architecture of the homes and buildings. Inspired by mainland building practices, the ground floors are all made of stone while upper floors are built of wood. And there’s one feature that will stand out wherever you go, because even alleys doused in shadow have light in this town – homes are painted bright yellow and orange, with blue and green windowsills and doors while jasmine bushes waft their dreamy fragrance over visitors enjoying a quiet stroll. Make it a point to cycle through the Park of the Poets, where busts of some of Greece’s most famous poets proudly boast of Lefkada’s literary history, including Kleareti the island’s only woman literary great. As you stroll or cycle through countless quaint alleys, take a moment to explore some of the Baroque-style churches that huddle in squares and on street corners and date back to the 17th Century, then pop into shops that line Dörpfeld Street, the town’s pedestrianized center. Scattered throughout you’ll spot the homes that once belonged to the island’s poets – Valaoritis and Sikelianos.

Once you’ve explored the island’s capital, head to Katouna village up in the mountains. This village remains untouched by any commercial and architectural modernization, and its few residents zealously clutch their old-fashioned ways. With high stone walls and mesmerizing gardens in an area surrounded by emerald countryside, strolling through the cobblestone paths of Katouna will be like walking through a fairy-tale. In fact, the beauty of this village cast a spell so powerful on one of its visitors, she returned and restored a small neighborhood of homes, turning them into a boutique hotel that’s part of the Historic Hotels of Europe.

Continue your tour of Lefkada’s magical villages by going to Englouvi, an ancient mist-covered village perched on the mountain, that’s known for a kind of lentil only grown in Lefkada as well as a unique type of agricultural home called voltous. After you roam through winding streets and stop to taste the Englouvi lentils at a local tavern, head further out to St. Donato chapel where you’ll find springs and Lefkada’s famous volti homes. These stone, dome-shaped buildings were used in the past as farm-houses and storage sheds. Dating back to the Venetians, 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. You’ll find these Volti homes scattered around St. Donato chapel, so turn your exploration into a walk as you take in Lefkada’s beautiful countryside. When you return to St. Donato Church, stop by the natural springs for a refreshing drink of water.

Photo: Nikos Patsiouris

Make it a point to explore Karia village and get a taste for Lefkada’s artistic traditions. Clinging to the mountainside amid a stunning dense forest, this village is famous for inventing Lefkada’s Karsaniko embroidery style. This unique type of stitch was created in 1885 by a local woman called Standraka who suffered a terrible accident that resulted in the loss of one hand and partial paralysis of the other. Desperate to pursue her passion for embroidery, she created the Karsaniko stitch, which entails the use of only one hand and has since become world-famous. Local women in Karia village continue to preserve this art form, and you’ll find a number of them embroidering in traditional costume as you stroll through this enchanting village. In Karia you’ll also find a folklore museum and a musical society. Before you leave this gem of a village, visit the Monastery of St. John which dates to the 16th Century. Legend has it that in 1600 a thief raided the monastery and threatened to take all the precious icons, but once he saw the monks and their way of life, he decided to repent and live out his life in the monastery. His remains were buried in the monastery, which can be visited. Take some time to admire the one-of-a-kind icons on display.

Before you head back to the beach and the island’s beautiful sea, explore Kavalo village and you’ll witness an exclusively Lefkadian experience. But you’ll have to go on a Sunday, as this unique treat only happens once a week. The venue for this Lefkadian tradition is Livas Kafeneion (coffee shop) which also doubles as a post office, convenience store, barber shop and taverna. On Sundays people ride their horses to the coffee shop, tie them outside, and join their friends for an afternoon of fun, food and gossip. You’ll think the Wild West moved to the lush green mountains of Greece.

Adrenalin junkies – hear the call of Lefkada’s water nymphs

If casual strolls through Lefkada’s stunning towns and villages left you enchanted but eager to experience an adrenalin high, you’ve found the ideal island for water sports and interesting hikes. Lefkada boasts ideal wind conditions for kite- and wind-surfing as well as infrastructure ideal for sailing at all levels.

Just one look at the stunning blue-green waters of Lefkada will make the lure of sea so irresistible you’ll swear mermaids and water nymphs cast a spell on you. Whether you’re an avid water-sports fan or just a beginner, this is the perfect place for wind- and kite-surfing as well as catamaran sailing. Head to Vasiliki or Ai-Ianni beaches, where you’ll find all the equipment you’ll need. Vasiliki Bay is on the southern part of the island, and wind conditions are ideal for all water-sports. In fact, it’s one of the world’s favorite destinations for wind-surfing. If you’re into hard-core land sports, Vasiliki also offers a number of trails that mountain-bikers would enjoy. Ai-Ianni beach, in the north, is a hot-spot for kite-surfers. Experts and beginners will find this sport an ideal way to satisfy their adrenalin cravings while qualified instructors are eager to teach all levels. The vista from the shore is stunning, with kites dotting the horizon like colorful swooping butterflies as avid fans “snowboard” over white-capped waves. It truly resembles a painting in motion.

Hikers and nature enthusiasts will also be lured by Lefkada’s water nymphs. Hike through Skaron Forest up in the river-crossed mountains of Lefkada. Boasting centuries’ old moss-draped trees, look for 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. If you’re an avid hiker and look forward to the climb all the way up, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the island’s dozens of villages as well as beautiful sea vistas. Hikers will occasionally run into wild goats, so look out for herds as you explore.

Continue exploring the enchanting beauty of this island by hiking through Dimosari Canyon. Located only 2 km from Nydri, you’ll think you stepped into the pages of your favorite childhood fairy tale. Gushing waterfalls, lagoons, and moss-draped trees that huddle over the river will beckon you further into this magical ecosystem. Waterfalls pool into exotic lagoons, so if you’re hiking in the summer take advantage of these beautiful natural swimming pools and take a refreshing swim. Once you resume your hike, go up the steps carved into the mountain side by the waterfalls to climb higher. Less experienced hikers can cross enchanting stone bridges instead of climbing over boulders. Dimosari Canyon’s importance dates back to Antiquity as the surge of the water streaming down from the island’s highest mountain, Vafkeri, powered the island’s ancient waterworks. Make sure you taste the spring water – it’s rumored to be the best drinking water on the island. If you’re an avid spelunker, there are a few caves dotting the canyon for you to find.

Hikers, you’re in luck because you can continue your adventures by exploring Melissas Gorge. Begin your hike in Kavalos village and follow the river through the canyon. Hike through ancient oak, plane and elm trees and look for beautiful wild rosebushes on your trek. Not only is the Gorge an important part of Lefkada’s eco-system, but you’ll see a living page from the island’s past as stone watermills along the river watch over you as remnants of older cottage industries. You can visit all of them as you see the vestiges of sulfur and grain processing. If you’re a less experienced hiker, you’ll find a trail through the Gorge that will guide you through this enchanting lush forest. Birdwatchers, look skyward for falcons and hawks. Then let the sights and sounds of the forest bring forth your inner poet, because when you’re surrounded by nothing but the bubbling sound of the river and the heavy moss draping gnarled oaks, you’ll see why locals wove legends about fairies, elves and demons that lived in the forest.

If you’d love to pursue more action-packed and eco activities in town, just head to Gira Lagoon in Lefkada Town. Cycle around the lagoon or walk the banks and admire the birds and landscape. Migratory birds including pelicans, ducks and flamingos seek refuge here even though it’s almost in the middle of town and locals have incorporated this vital eco-system into their daily routine, by cycling, walking and jogging along the road that encompasses it. One part of the lagoon houses a natural fishery and there’s a windmill to explore on the shore of the lagoon.

The siren call of Lefkada’s beaches and wines

Now that you’ve connected with your inner poet and experienced Lefkada’s enchanting landscape and fairy-tale villages, kick back and relax at one of the island’s stunning beaches. The most famous of them all is Porto Katsiki, a white-sand beach at the bottom of a dramatic cliff crowned with lush green forest. Be warned, though, as it is always packed in the summer. If you’re looking for a swim where you’ll feel you’re alone on a deserted island, go to Agiofili beach, close to Vasiliki. The aquamarine waters and stunning shoreline will keep you splashing in the waves for hours. If you’re also in the mood to do some exploring nearby, head to Lefkata, a cape where you’ll find dramatic cliffs and a beautiful lighthouse. Cape Lefkata is steeped in legend and lore, as Homer believed the gates to the Underworld were located here. On a more tragic note, the poetess Sappho jumped off the cliffs here after her love went unrequited.

Once you’ve explored and spent your day languishing in Lefkada’s stunning sea, go to one of the many local tavernas and taste Lefkada’s sumptuous wines. Known in Antiquity as excellent varieties, Ancient Greek authors sang its praises in plays. Popular varieties include Vertzami, a lush red wine, which is also very rare. If taking a wine tour of Lefkada is part of your plans, go to Englouvi and Karia villages. But keep an eye out for wineries throughout the island.

Lefkada weaves tales of enchanted forests and lush canyons, tragic cliff-side deaths and famous poets, fairy-tale villages and medieval castles. Everyone from history and architecture buffs to adrenalin junkies and birdwatchers will find the island’s lyricism contagious. So close your eyes and let Lefkada’s magic bring out the poet in you as well.

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Ai-Ianni Beach (near Lefkada Town)

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.

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Dimosari Canyon (2 km from Nydri village)

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.

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Gyra Lagoon, Lefkada Town

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.

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Mikros Gialos beach (near Poros village)

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.

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Porto Katsiki beach (south of Athani village)

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.

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Gyra Lagoon, Lefkada Town

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.

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Melissas Gorge (near Kavalos village)

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.

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Sea canoeing is an extremely popular sport in Lefkada, as this island is considered one of the world’s top destinations. There are rental shops available throughout the popular beach areas, and a number of qualified instructors willing to help you plan your canoeing trip. Lefkada’s beautiful and varied coastline makes for a wonderful route which will take you to isolated coves, past soaring white cliffs, and quaint fishing villages.

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Lefkada boasts two beautiful canyons: Melissas Gorge near Kavalos village and Dimosari Canyon which is close to Nydri. Both routes will take you through beautiful landscapes.

Dimosari Canyon (2 km from Nydri village)

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.

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Melissas Gorge (near Kavalos village)

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.

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Cycle through Lefkada Town
If you’re an avid cyclist or mountain biker you’ll love exploring this action-packed side of Lefkada. Begin your cycling tour in Lefkada Town itself. Pedestrianized areas and winding alleys offer interesting routes for you to take in a number of sights including the Park of the Poets commemorating the island’s many literary greats, the Castle of St. Maura as well as Gira Lagoon.

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Many bike-crazy visitors cycle to nearby beaches as well. If you’d like to bike your way through the surrounding countryside, cycle to a beautiful olive grove right outside Lefkada Town and then make your way to Faneromeni Monastery near Fryni village. Explore Fryni on bike – it’s truly a wonderful way of getting to know this gem of a village.

Mountain-biking your way through Lefkada
Lefkada offers hard-core mountain-bikers the opportunity to experience the island’s inland and stunning mountain ranges while getting an adrenalin spike. Begin your trek from Vasiliki or Nydri villages and bike through lush forests and past gushing rivers and exotic waterfalls.

Lefkada offers divers of all levels the opportunity to follow the siren-call of this island’s stunning seascape. You can rent equipment or take lessons at a number of PADI diving centers, with certified instructors who can guide you through a variety of beautiful dive sites. If you’re interested in reef dives, spots include Poseidon’s Gate, Kastri and Americano. There are a number of Wall sites as well, at the Lighthouse and South Wall spots. All these sites offer diving aficionados the chance to admire multi-colored corals, intriguing marine life and numerous sea caves.

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Lefkada’s known for a variety of mouthwatering local products, dishes and wines. Vegetarians will feel especially welcome here, as there are appetizers and main courses that not only satisfy your dietary restrictions, but will give you no choice but to ask for seconds and thirds.

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Lefkada’s honey, extra virgin olive oil pressed from local olive groves, citrus fruits and almonds are known throughout the region to be of the finest quality. Incorporate honey in your breakfast along with rusks and you’ll fall in love with a traditional island breakfast dish. At lunchtime, be sure to visit one of the many excellent local tavernas by the sea or in the mountains and order “kouloura” – a type of cheese pie made with hand-rolled fillo pastry, feta cheese and olive oil. Make it a point to sample Lefkada’s Eglouvi lentils – they’re world-famous and a local specialty. For dessert, you have a variety of locally grown fruit to choose from as well as traditional Lefkadan sweets. Ladopita or olive oil cake is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike and is made with olive oil, syrup and sugar.

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Of course, there are lots of fresh fish dishes for those who enjoy seafood, so ask the chefs which dish is the day’s special. You’ll often stumble upon fishermen selling the day’s catch to tavern owners.Wine lovers won’t feel left out – in fact, Lefkada’s famous for its prize-winning wines and the island’s mouth-watering varieties have been documented in literature since Antiquity. If you’d love to sample one of the finest and rarest wines in the Ionian islands, ask for the dark red barzamino variety. Initially imported and grown by the Venetians in 1684, you can visit wineries and vineyards that cultivate these grapes around Karia, Sfakiotion, Ellomenou and Apollonion villages. Of course a number of other excellent varieties are also available, including white wines which will leave you craving for more.

 

With a canyon, a gorge and a mountainous inland, hikers will enjoy exploring this beautiful island while pursuing their favorite sport. Read about the paths in the walking guide of Lefkada.

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Route through Melissas Gorge (Kavalos village)
If you’re looking for fairy-tale beauty, trek this enchanting route. Just follow the river as it winds through ancient oak, plane and elm trees skirted by wild rosebushes. An important part of Lefkada’s ecosystem, Melissas Gorge offers birdwatchers the opportunity to admire swooping falcons and hawks as you trek alongside the river. You’ll also be able to admire vestiges of the island’s commercial history, as watermills that used to process sulfur and grain dot the banks of the river. Let the moss-draped trees cast a spell on you as you explore the forest - which is rumored to be inhabited by fairies, elves and demons. Less experienced hikers can benefit from an easier trail which nonetheless takes you through breathtaking forests and quaint watermills.

Route through Dimosari Canyon (2 km from Nydri village)
Another breathtaking route takes you through 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.

Hike through Skaron Forest

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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. If you’re an avid hiker and look forward to the climb all the way up, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the island’s dozens of villages as well as beautiful sea vistas. Hikers will occasionally run into wild goats, so look out for herds as you explore.

Explore the villages in the mountains
This island’s inland boasts a landscape of small mountains which can easily be hiked through by experienced hikers. Stop by a number of enchanting villages which cling to the sides of the mountain and are often shrouded in fog.

Agiofili beach (near Vasiliki village)

If you’re looking for an exotic but secluded sandy beach, this was made for you. You must follow a path from Vasiliki to reach this gem of a beach. From here, you can also enjoy a dip in Ammousa bay.

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Ai-Ianni Beach (near Lefkada Town)

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.

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Egremni beach (near Porto Katsiki 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.

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Kalamitsi beach (Kalamitsi village)

This trio of quiet coves will stun you with beautiful sandy beaches, blue-green waters, and embroidery-like boulders that create an interesting landscape. Catch the sunset or dive off the rocks into a crystal-clear turquoise sea.

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Mikros Gialos beach (near Poros village)

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.

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Pasa beach (near Nydri)

This tiny gem of a beach is usually quiet and always beautiful. If you enjoy a wilder landscape, you’ve found the beach you’re looking for as it boasts a pebbled shore dotted with boulders and surrounded by low-hanging trees.

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Pondi beach (Vasiliki)

If you’re a surfer looking for an adrenalin high, this is the place to be. Wind-swept but still enchanting, you’ll think you stepped into another world where an exotic beach meets the allure of blue-green waves.

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Porto Katsiki beach (south of Athani village)

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.

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Vasiliki beach (Vasiliki village)

This stunning but popular beach is great for kids and a must-see for surfers. Its pebbled shores are met with exotic Caribbean-hued shallow waters making this a favorite amongst locals, families and surfing aficionados.

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Ai-Ianni Beach (near Lefkada Town)

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.

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Dimosari Canyon (2 km from Nydri village)

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.

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Gyra Lagoon, Lefkada Town

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.

Find Out More

Mikros Gialos beach (near Poros village)

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.

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Porto Katsiki beach (south of Athani village)

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.

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Lefkada is without a doubt a kite- and windsurfer’s paradise. Ideal wind conditions, excellent infrastructure and services as well as a seascape that will leave you breathless are all factors that made Lefkada a prime destination of action-hungry windsurfers and kitesurfers. Windsurfers converge on Vasiliki beach in the south while kitesurfers congregate around Ai-Ianni beach in the north. Kite-surfers, take your non-surfing friends with you because not only is Ai-Ianni a wonderful place for a dip, it also offers a colorful vista full of swooping kites along the horizon.

Photo: windsurfvassiliki.com

Lefkada played a vital role in Ancient Greece through the late 19thC, as a strategic post off the west coast of mainland Greece. In Antiquity, Lefkada’s archaeological history can be traced back to 2000 BC, where the island’s biggest town, Nirikos, constituted an important economic center for the region. The famous German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld led major excavations on the island, and is one of the strongest proponents of Lefkada’s significance as the actual location of Odysseus’ Ithaca in Homer’s Odyssey.

Photo: golefkas.gr

Lefkada is famous for its prize-winning wines and the island’s mouth-watering varieties have been documented in literature since Antiquity.  If you’d love to sample one of the finest and rarest wines in the Ionian islands, ask for the dark red barzamino variety. Initially imported and grown by the Venetians in 1684, you can visit wineries and vineyards that cultivate these grapes around Karia, Sfakiotion, Ellomenou and Apollonion villages. Of course a number of other excellent varieties are also available, including white wines which will leave you craving for more.

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