Right in the middle of the Ionian islands, Lefkada is a lovely green island, just a stone’s throw from the mainland. So close, in fact, that a floating bridge connects the two. Lefkada’s capital, and port of entry for those coming over the bridge, is Lefakada, a picturesque village on the north coast, where high.....
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Right in the middle of the Ionian islands, Lefkada is a lovely green island, just a stone’s throw from the mainland. So close, in fact, that a floating bridge connects the two. Lefkada’s capital, and port of entry for those coming over the bridge, is Lefakada, a picturesque village on the north coast, where high rises are banned. Most visitors, however, choose to stay in Nidri on the east coast or Vasiliki in the south. Nidri is the main resort on the island, with a great selection of bars and restaurants serving Greek and international cuisine, a lovely sandy beach and a nearby waterfall, there is plenty here to see and do. Visiliki is a popular destination for windsurfers, due to its strong wind, known affectionately as ‘Eric’. Here one can also rent canoes, catamarans and sailboats and for landlubbers, there is a good selection of restaurants and bars along the seafront. For those looking for somewhere quieter to stay, the pretty east coast towns of Perigiali, Nikiana, Episkopos and Ligia, to the north of Nidri, all offer more low-key tourist facilities and some lovely beaches. Lefkada, in fact, is renowned for its spectacular beaches. The east coast has plenty of attractive sandy and pebbly beaches that are easily accessible and calm due to the shelter from the mainland, but the beaches to really get excited about are on the west coast where stunning natural beauty exists in abundance. Many of there are more difficult to get to by road, or involve a long climb down a steep path, so are better accessed by boat. Highlights include Porto Katsiki where a long sandy bay is encompassed by tall white cliffs and is arguably one of the best beaches in Greece, and Eggremni whose white sand and crystal clear waters will blow you away. Some, such as Kathisma have sunbeds and beach bars, but this tends to be the exception on the west coast, rather than the norm. For those looking for something else to do, the Papanikolis cave and Agia Mavra castle are both well worth a visit. Lefkada can be accessed by bus from Athens, about 5 hours away, or by ferry from Kefalonia or Ithaca.
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