This spectacular island surrounded by the crystal-clear cerulean waters of the Ionian Sea, south of Corfu and north of the islands of Kefalonia and Ithaca, is linked to the mainland by a small bridge. It’s not only easy to access, but it offers some of the most scenic beaches in the country. The island has somehow managed to remain surprisingly unaffected by tourism, providing a tranquil, laid-back atmosphere. With its gorgeous hidden bays and inlets experiencing reliable winds, it attracts windsurfers and kitesurfers from across the globe.

Things to do in Lefkada

  • Lefkada kite surfing

    Wind sports

    Considered one of the top places in Europe for windsurfing and kitesurfing, the best spot for the former is Vassiliki beach on the island’s southern side with conditions ideal for all levels, from beginners to highly advanced. The latter is best experienced at Agios Ioannis beach near Lefkada Town. Both host surf centers that offer lessons and rent the necessary gear. The island is also outstanding for paragliding, with a number of outfitters offering flights that providing a thrilling way to take in the magnificent landscape.

  • Lefkada monastery

    Faneromeni Monastery

    This 17th-century monastery is especially picturesque, perched on a hill as a place that’s been significant spiritually to the island for thousands of years. It was the site of a temple to Artemis and houses an icon of the Virgin Mary, the island’s patron saint. Today it serves as a museum hosting a variety of artifacts, including manuscripts from former monasteries around Lefkada, chalices and vestments. The structure itself boasts some incredible stained-glass windows.

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