Lefkada Tours Spotlight
By all means, the Ionian island of Lefkada is legendary! Its uniqueness, apart from its exotic charm, stems from the accessibility from the mainland by car and the balance between its cosmopolitan sentiment with its traditional character. Geographically, it combines the wild beauty of the steep hills and the sandy beaches on the western part, and the smooth plateaus along with the lush valleys on the eastern side. Lefkada proudly preserves a rich ecosystem, ideal for the nature lovers. A wide variety of bird species gather there during the migration period and its flora involves important wetlands, an ecologically significant lagoon which is a recognized protected area, a rare variety of trees, natural springs and impressive waterfalls.
What to See in Lefkada
Even if you try your best, it is impossible to get bored in Lefkada! The wide range of water activities in Lefkada, the sightseeing and the idyllic landscape make even the most demanding of you create nostalgic memories. You are on a Greek island; so you can always relax at one -out of the many- spectacular beaches and coves, swim in blue waters or stroll around the Chora. Your choices of things to do in Lefkada are endless. The adrenaline seekers can take advantage of the wind, as the island is considered one of the best spots for windsurfing and paragliding in Europe!
On the other hand, if you are keen on wildlife and enjoy hiking, you can explore the gorge of Melissa and visit the Straits of Lefkada’s lagoon, which seasonally accommodates flamingos, pelicans and herons. For those interested in local tradition, an excellent option is to visit the picturesque villages that are scattered throughout the island. In any case, some places you should not miss are Sivota with its famous taverns, Kalamitsi with its unparalleled panoramic view to the Ionian Sea and the mountainous Karia with its waterfalls. The romantic ones, do not miss the opportunity to watch the colorful sunset from the lighthouse located in the cape of Lefkatas. Last but not least, we highly recommend taking a cruise around the Lefkada where you can uncover hidden beaches and islands!
Beaches of Lefkada
As mentioned above, Lefkada has some of the most impressive and exotic beaches one can find in Greece. Of unique beauty are the beaches of Kathisma, Egremni and Porto Katsiki. The latter unfortunately suffered from a strong earthquake in 2015 and it was closed for the public for some time due to safety reasons. Now, after all the appropriate safety measures have been taken, it is accessible again. You can also visit the beaches of Milos, Vassiliki and Agios Ioannis. Wherever you go, be sure that you will be thrilled by the amazing landscape and the mesmerizing light blue of the Ionian Sea!
Getting Around in Lefkada
You can get to Lefkada by using the closest airport in Aktio/Preveza, which is a 30-minute drive away from the island. This small airport, which operates only in the summer, receives charters from European airports and the islands of Zakynthos, Corfu and Kefalonia, but not from Athens. You should also keep in mind that although there are ferries connecting Lefkada with the neighboring islands, there aren’t any to or from the mainland of Greece.
What to Eat in Lefkada
Mediterranean flavors with an Ionian touch is the secret of the delightful culinary tradition of the island. Apart from the fresh fish that can be enjoyed in all the coastal villages around Lefkada, make sure you try savoro fish, sofigato, chordi in the oven, as well the traditional savory pies. A must try delicacy is the Lefkaditiki ladopita, which is a cake made with olive oil, sesame seeds almonds, cinnamon and sugar. Sounds like the perfect breakfast?
And a tip!
Do not forget to bring along a good camera in case your smartphone does not take high quality photos. As soon as you set foot in Lefkada you will realise that your camera lenses will be your best fellow during holiday! Take advantage of the many things to do in Lefkada and plan your schedule ahead. Explore our list of tours and activities in Lefkada here to help you get started!
Lefkada is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, connected to the mainland by a causeway. West coast beaches like Porto Katsiki and Egremni feature sheer cliffs and turquoise waters. The east coast is known for its traditional villages, including the seaside resort of Nydri. In the north, Lefkada town is the island’s gateway and capital. Vassiliki, in the south, attracts windsurfers.