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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.
Lefkada At A Glance
Average Flight Time from the UK to Lefkada 2 hours 45 minutes to Preveza – then a 1 hour road journey
Population of Lefkada 23,000
What to See in Lefkada Visit Porto Katsiki Beach, Milos Beach, Papanikolis Cave, Visit the Faneromeni Monastery
Towns or islands to visit near Lefkada Ithaki, Zakynthos, Parga, Paxos, Corfu
Things to do in Lefkada
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.
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.
Our Favorite Restaurants & Bars
Operated by the same family for nearly 30 years, Porto Nikianna is located in the picturesque little harbor of Nikianna. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere combined with a Michelin-star type gastronomic experience at affordable prices. Expect highly personal, friendly service including staff happy to make recommendations and a menu that features Lefkadian cuisine with modern twists that goes beyond the typical souvlaki and Greek salads, including the fresh catch of the day and homemade dishes, all featuring local ingredients, right alongside the beautiful Ionian Sea.
Vivarium Wine Restaurant
A new stylish restaurant located in the rooftop garden of the Thomais Boutique Hotel, Vivarium is open in the summer months featuring original and creative takes on Mediterranean and Greek fare. Enjoy the view over the valley of Episkopos out to the Ionian Sea with everything from fresh seafood to tender meats that can be paired with a fabulous selection of over 70 different wines by small Greek producers – and nearly all, including the finest options, are served by the glass.
Located on the water next to the yacht-filled pier, Nautilus offers a fantastic menu of homemade Greek cuisine, seafood, meats on the grill, pastas, risottos and more. Portions are quite generous and include options like sausage souvlaki, juicy and tender chicken in a mushroom sauce, fish soup and spaghetti AlaGrecca, among practically an endless array of other options. It’s all followed up with amazing desserts like traditional Greek cake with nuts, along with a shot of ouzo if desired.
A locals’ favorite, Seven Islands is a taverna at the edge of the sea, so close you can watch the fish swim by from the small harbor of Ligia as you wait for you meal to be fresh prepared. The menu features a variety of Greek dishes, including juicy steaks and fresh fish that are whipped up by the proprietor’s own mother. There are dishes for vegetarians and just about anything anyone might desire as the staff goes well out of its way to ensure an unforgettable dining experience. Family-friendly, there’s even a playground for the kids where they can happily play while you can listen to the soothing sounds of the waves.
Perfection combined with reasonable prices makes Gialos a popular option with tables at seafront with amazing views of the port of Pollonia and plenty of shade to protect from the midday sun. The menu features a mix of traditional recipes and modern cuisine paired with a variety of tasty Greek wines. A wide range of dishes are offered catering to nearly every taste, from fried squid to lamb chops and multiple pasta options as well a wonderful dessert of preserved sweet lemons with yogurt and honey.
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