Holidays in Lefkada

View to the fantastic beach of Porto Katsiki in Lefkada Greece

Located on the western side of Greece, in the Ionian Sea, Lefkada is a Greek island where visitors do not need to take the ferry to go: Lefkada island is connected to the Greek mainland by bridge, which makes it easy and more economic to access by car. Lefkada Greece is mostly famous for its Caribbean beaches, especially the exotic beaches on the western side. Porto Katsiki, Egremni and Kathisma are the three most famous beaches of Lefkada and distinguish for their fantastic water. Surrounded by steep cliffs, all these three beaches offer impressive landscapes.

Lefkada island in Greece is also famous for its windsurfing and kitesurfing conditions. Particularly the beaches of Agios Ioannis and Vassiliki offer excellent wind to practice these two sports, especially in the evening when the wind is getting stronger. Apart from fantastic beaches, Lefkada also has cozy seaside villages to stroll around day and night. Lefkada Town with the special style and the beautiful port, the beautiful settlements of Agios Nikitas and Vassiliki, and the busy port village of Nydri are the most famous villages in Lefkada.

Lefkada hotels and tourism

Due to the fantastic beaches, the beautiful nature and the wind sports conditions, tourism in Lefkada island is gradually developing. Lefkada in the Ionian Sea is considered a fantastic destination for families with kids, surfers and naturists, as many Lefkada beaches are naturism-friendly. It also has great atmosphere for romantic couples.

Lefkada hotels, studios and apartments are found all around the island. Either lining up beautiful beaches or built on the hill slopes with breathtaking view, hotels in Lefkada vary in type and facilities. Most beautiful Lefkada hotels are found close to the sea and they are usually family-run accommodations. However, on the eastern side, there are also some luxurious resorts with all kind of upscale amenities.

Nice and convenient places to stay in Lefkada island are Agios Nikitas and Kathisma on the western side, Vassiliki and Agios Ioannis if you enjoy windsurfing, Sivota for something more picturesque and cozy, or Nydri if you need a Lefkada hotel close to busy nightlife.

Beaches

The most beautiful Lefkada beaches are located on the western side of the island. Porto Katsiki, Egremni and Kathisma are the most impressive places to swim in Lefkada, all three with exotic waters and surrounded by steep cliffs. Kathisma is the most organized beach on the island, very family friendly and with many summer activities and Lefkada studios. Porto Katsiki and Egremni are less organized but have very impressive landscape. On this side of the island are other fantastic and more secluded Lefkada beaches, such as Mylos, Kalamitsi, Tsoukalades, the lovely beach of Agios Nikitas and others.

Two beaches, one on the northern side and the other on the southern side of the island, are ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Agios Ioannis and Vassiliki get very popular among surfers and even have surfing centers that offer courses and rent the necessary equipment. Lefkada beaches on the eastern side of the island are less impressive but picturesque. These beaches are usually pebbled and small, surrounded by beautiful greenery that almost reaches the seawater.

Villages

Lefkada Town is the largest settlement on the island. This is a nice town with special architecture and a large port where fishing ports and private yachts moor in summer, creating a romantic atmosphere. At the entrance of the town, there is the Castle of Agia Mavra, constructed in the Medieval times and a sign of the important Lefkada history. Agios Nikitas and Sivota are probably the most picturesque villages in Lefkada, while also beautiful is Vassiliki village, on the southernmost point of the island.

Due to its port, Nydri village in Lefkada gets very busy in summer and attracts many visitors, which makes it a great place to stay if you are looking for action and nightlife. Nikiana and Lygia are quiet fishing villages on the eastern side of the island where, in fact, some luxurious Lefkada hotels have been constructed. A drive around will bring you to many other picturesque Lefkada villages in the mountains, such as Karya, Exantheia and Poros.

Sightseeing

Apart from beautiful beaches and villages, sightseeing is few in Lefkada Greece. The most important attraction is the Venetian Castle of Saint Maura, at the entrance of Lefkada Town, just before the small bridge that connects the island to the Greek mainland. This castle was constructed in the 13th century AD to protect Lefkada in times of war. Another interesting sight close to Lefkada Town is the Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni, surrounded by a forest of pine trees.

In short drive distance from Nydri is a location of great natural beauty: the Waterfalls of Dimossari. Following a scenic path, visitors arrive in a beautiful waterfall that falls from the highest spot of a white rock. Many visitors actually swim there, although the water is very cold!

Lefkada in a glance

Swim in: Porto Katsiki, Egremni, Kathisma and Mylos
Places to see: Seaside villages of Sivota and Agios Nikitas; waterfalls of Nydri
You can try: windsurfing and kitesurfing in the beaches of Agios Ioannis and Vassiliki; nudism in Mylos beach; a day cruise from the port of Nydri to Kefalonia and Ithaca; a ferry ride over to the neighboring island of Meganisi; mountain bike in the countryside of Lefkada
For a night out: Lefkada Town and Nydri would be the best options, although you should not except all night clubs but lounge bars
How to get to Lefkada

Lefkada is a special type of island that visitors can actually reach by car. In fact, many Europeans actually arrive by ferry in the ports of Igoumenitsa or Patra in western Greece and then drive to Lefkada island.
In 20 min drive from Lefkada Town, close to the towns of Preveza/Aktion, there is a small local airport that works only in summer and receives charter flights from abroad or from other Greek islands.

Villages and beaches
View to the amazing beach of Porto Katsiki in Lefkada island

Porto Katsiki is the most famous of all Lefkada beaches. Located on the south western side of Lefkada island, this fantastic place impresses visitors at first sight with its landscape and the exotic water. The sea in Porto Katsiki beach varies in colour, from light blue on the coast to deep blue as it gets deeper. This beach in Lefkada frequently appears in world travel magazines as one of the best...


Port of Nidri in Lefkada island, Greece

Nidri (or Nydri) is the most tourist village in Lefkada island. Located on the eastern side of the island, it gets busy due to the many tourist facilities and its port. The port of Nidri serves ferries to the neighboring island of Meganisi all year round. In summer, there are excursion boats departing Nydri and visiting the beaches of Porto Katsiki and Egremni, on the western side of Lefkada island....


Bridge at the port of Lefkada Town

Lefkada Town is the capital and main town on the Greek island of Lefkada, in the Ionian Sea. This is a nice seaside town with many services and tourist facilities. This is the first spot of Lefkada to see upon arriving through the narrow iron bridge that connects the island with the Greek mainland. Right next to the bridge is the Medieval Castle of Santa Maura, constructed in the 14th century to protect...