Discover Lefkada Town in Lefkada

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 the island from enemy and pirate attacks.

The port of Lefkada Town has no commercial ferry connection with other islands but it provides a safe mooring place for fishing boats and private yachts. In the evenings, this is a lovely port promenade for strolling around and having a lounge drink at the many local bars. At the end of the port is the Bus Station that connects Lefkada Town with the most popular beaches and villages around the island.

The interior of Lefkada Town is much different from other Greek towns. Due to several earthquakes that have troubled the region over the last centuries, and especially due to the destructive earthquake of 1825, many houses in Lefkada Town have suffered strong damages and had to be rebuilt with more modern architectural touches. Steel metals cover the external walls of some houses, giving a special style to the old town. A walk around Lefkada Town will bring visitors to souvenir shops, old Venetian churches and small museums, such as the small but rich Museum of Phonographs.

There is also an interesting Archaeological Museum in Lefkada Town with findings from excavations on the island, while recently (summer 2014) a small museum dedicated to Lafkadio Hearn (1850-1904) was inaugurated at the Cultural Centre. This museum hosts personal items of Lafkadio Hearn, also known as Koizumi Yakumo, a literary man originating from Lefkada island that later became the national poet of Japan.