The Ionian Caribbean are those of the coasts of the island of Lefkada, or Lefkas. Clear beaches and crystal clear sea reproduce tropical sceneries and unique landscapes on an island situated between the two Greek islands of the Ionian Sea, Corfu and Cephalonia, and connected to the Greek mainland by a mobile bridge about 50 meters long.
A destination for lovers of sea and pristine beaches, the island of Lefkada is one of the wildest islands of Greece. Its mountainous conformation makes it ideal for walks and excursions among the mountain villages, in a perfect combination of relaxation and adventure, so loved by foreign tourists. Thanks to the flora and fauna that welcomes, the island also lends itself to be visited in spring to admire the colors of the vegetation that covers it. Known since the ancient Greeks and told by Homer for the legend that accompanies its rocks overlooking the sea, a place dedicated to the sacrifice of lovers. From these cliffs of white rock, it is said, found death the poetess Sappho.
There are many beaches to visit and discover such as Agios Ioannis, Pefkoulia, Egremni and Porto Katsiki. The inlets in the southern part of the island are characterized by remarkable beauty while those on the western side maintain a wilder and uncontaminated aspect. There are also many places of interest on the island that, in addition to the beaches and crystal clear waters, welcome tourists, such as the waterfalls of the Dimossari gorge, the village of Nydri, and the Voltoi buildings. Or the plateau of Eglouvi with the cultivation of the typical local lentils, the capital Nirikos and the mills of Dimossari.
Resorts and villages all over the island offer tourists the possibility to choose the type of trip and the most suitable way to discover the island of Lefkada. Although it is not the most famous island of Greece for its nightlife, it also offers events and manifestations which enrich the evenings along the typical marinas.
Lefkada Town is the main town and main port, extended along the beach in front of the coasts of Continental Greece. It has an intense picturesque character that is attributed to the polychrome houses with tiled roofs, the beautiful squares, the narrow streets and the pedestrian littoral, which pulsates with life.
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The centers that deserve a visit are, in addition to the city of Lefkada, also the village of Vasiliki and that of Nydri. Vasiliki is a natural bay, known as a major center for the practice of windsurfing and a lively and equipped center for surfers. Vasiliki is also a typical fishing village that offers walks along the abandoned villages and natural excursions. Nydri, on the other hand, is a now cosmopolitan village, home to the busiest port on the island, a unique destination for excursions and activities in nature, with olive groves and vegetation framing a wonderful view of the islets near Lefkada.
Following the road to the south of Lefkada Town, which runs along the eastern coast of the island, one passes, in succession, Lyghia, an important fishing center; Nikiana, an ideal place for vacation; the beautiful coastal village of Periyali and arrives at Nydri, which is one of the villages of Lefkada most valued from the tourist point of view, with an enchanting sea and views of Prinkiponissia, Skorpios, Skorpidi, Madouri, Sparti and others.
Of particular beauty is also the gorge of Dimosario, with running waters, small lakes and waterfalls. More to the south there is the beach of Mikros Yalos with shiny pebbles and Syvota, at the bottom of a beautiful fjord. Even further south is Vassiliki, a lush large village on the southern coast of the island, with a fine sandy beach in a closed gulf, a paradise for windsurfers.
In Porto Katsiki there is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island with crystal clear sea with sapphire tones; a little further north there is the beach of Enkremni.
On the west coast there is also Agios Nikitas, a traditional and picturesque fishing village, which has developed into a fashionable resort, with several hotels and taverns where you can eat fish; among the most beautiful and popular beaches are Pefkoulia and Kathisma.
The island of Lefkada is easily accessible by plane via the airport of Preveza or by sea with daily ferries to the port of Igoumenitsa.
Getting to Lefkada is very simple thanks to the bridge that connects it to the mainland, it is possible to reach the island both by car and by bus, as well as by plane or ship.
The nearest airport to reach Lefkada is located in the town of Preveza, in the Gulf of Amvrakikos, and is known as Aktion National Airport or also Lefkada Airport. From here you can reach the island by cab, bus or rent a car or motorcycle, traveling about 25 km to Lefkada.
During the summer periods, from June until September, there are many direct flights with the rest of Europe. Other connections to the island make a stopover in Athens, which is about 380 km from the island of Lefkada, or in Corfu with the possibility then to reach the island via Igoumenitsa by ferry.
The best time to go to Lefkada is in summer, but in spring or from the end of August the island empties becoming quiet and relaxing.
Although it is an ideal destination for beach tourism, deciding when to go to Lefkada is not so obvious, because of the temperate climate and the green hinterland that make it a tourist destination even in the spring period.
The best period to visit Lefkada is certainly the summer one, from June to September. During these months are active more bathing services and receptive structures for tourists, always without invading the naturalness and the uncontaminated aspect of the beaches of the island. The summer climate of these months favors the tourism of beaches and bays in search of the most suggestive views between cliffs and crystal clear sea, however it can concentrate most of tourists in the beaches and make them crowded.
During the spring, however, you can enjoy the island with greater tranquility, taking advantage of a climate down warm, ideal for beach tourism, but not excessive, and at the same time ideal for visiting the villages and the hinterland of the island. The ideal period in Lefkada, as well as in Greece in general, is between Easter and the first weeks of June. In this period, in fact, nature wakes up, the climate is warm, the island begins to get ready to welcome summer tourists but it is not yet excessively crowded.
From June to August the summer season is in full swing, with accommodation facilities, public transport and beaches in full swing for the greater influx of tourists who, welcomed by the high temperatures of the warmer months, concentrate on the coasts to enjoy the spectacular inlets. If, on the other hand, you want to escape the chaos and devote yourself to a pleasant vacation in tranquility, enjoying semi-empty beaches, it is ideal to wait until the end of August until October, months in which tourism is waning, the climate remains warm and tourism on the island takes on other pleasant facets. In these months it is possible to devote oneself to the archaeological sites, the mountain villages and the small towns of the island that enrich it with different and differentiated forms of tourism.
The island of Lefkada is located among the seven islands of the Ionian Sea, on the western side of mainland Greece, connected to it by a 50 km bridge.
Lefkada is located in the western part of mainland Greece, among the islands of the Ionian Sea called Eptaneso, the seven islands, south of Corfu and north of Kefalonia. It stretches for about 300 kilometers and is covered for 70% by mountainous peaks, with valleys and verdant plains that fill with a flourishing flora and rich fauna the almost 117 km of coastline. On the western side is full of characteristic bays and beaches that together with the pines, oaks and plane trees of the hinterland, create a wild and peaceful atmosphere.