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Lefkada

Lefkada (Lefkas) is Greek for white, and the island takes its name from the brilliant white of the limestone rock. From the dramatic sea cliffs and magnificent beaches of the west coast, across the rugged peaks of the interior mountains and down through fertile, stream fed valleys to the gentler east coast with its wooded bays and quiet creeks, Lefkada is made for leisurely exploration. An island only since the sixth century BC when a channel was dug through the low isthmus connecting it to the mainland.

Lefkada has its own unique appeal, possibly due to the fact that the Venetians handed over the island to the Turks in the 16th and 17th century, in return for control of nearby Kefalonia and Ithaka. On the other hand, could it have a connection with the romantic legends of two renowned beauties from a much earlier age. Sappho, desperate after being spurned by her lover, fled to the high cliffs of Cape Lefkada on the extreme southwestern tip of the island. Here she threw herself into the sea, in ancient times a certain cure for unrequited love. She died.

Over the following centuries, criminals and lunatics were forced to repeat the act, sometimes with rudimentary wings attached, by priests from the nearby temple of Apollo in an annual ceremony. Nowadays, hang-gliders and parapentes manage Sappho's Leap with much more success. In the 8th century AD, Saint Mavra, the black saint famous for her beauty and purity, sought sanctuary on the White Island to escape an unwanted suitor. She lived in solitary contemplation until her death, when her sainthood was assured after the discovery that her tomb would cure sickness and drive out evil spirits.

Today, Lefkada is still largely an agricultural island with thriving olive groves, vineyards and a famous lace-making cottage industry. Development of tourism has been confined to a few resorts such as Vassiliki and Nidri on the east coast. Elsewhere, the loudest noise might be from the surf breaking on shingle or the echo of goat bells through the olive trees.
In spring, rare orchids thrive on the verges and the woods are bright with the purple blossom of the Judas tree.


 

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 Aelia Villa
Featuring a swimming pool with sunbeds and a garden, this spacious and split-level villa is located 1.6 mi from Marantochori Village. Aktio Airport is 14 mi from Aelia Villa. more...
 Sunset View Studios
Offering an outdoor pool, Sunset View Studios is located in Exanthia. Lefkada Town is 6.8 mi away. Free WiFi is featured . more...
 Anemones Villas
Anemones Villas are located in the traditional settlement of Spanochori, 3.7 mi from the town of Lefkada. more...
 Galini Studios
Galini Studios are located in a garden only 230 feet from the beach of Syvota on Lefkada Island. They offer self-catered apartments with balcony overlooking the Ionian Sea. Free Wi-Fi is available. more...
 Konstantina Studios
Just 164 feet from the beach of Ayios Nikitas, Konstantina Studios features air-conditioned studios with a furnished balcony. Restaurants, bars and shops are within a 3-minute walk. more...
 The Dynasty Villas
Located in Syvota, The Dynasty Villas offer an outdoor pool and a tennis court. This self-catering accommodations features free WiFi. more...
 Pansion Filoxenia Apartments & Studios
In the village of Tsoukalades, 3 miles from the main town of Lefkada, the Filoxenia has traditional accommodations with a balcony and free Wi-Fi. The sandy beach of Pefkoulia is 2 miles away. more...
 Kodria
Kodria is located in Aléxandros and offers a garden and a terrace. This vacation home provides free private parking, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. more...
 Ilianthos Apartments & Rooms
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Ilianthos Apartments & Rooms offers accommodations just a few yards from Mikros Gialos Beach. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Hotel Avra
This quietly located hotel in Ligia offers self-catering studios within 1000 ft from the beach. It provides free Wi-Fi in its public areas and free on-site parking is available. more...
 San Giovanni Luxury Studios
Just 164 feet from Agios Ioannis Beach and amid greenery, San Giovanni Luxury Studios offers an outdoor pool and snack bar. more...
 Pantheon Villas
Villas Pantheon offers self-contained villas and two-story apartments in Agios Nikitas, one mile from Kathisma Beach. It features 2 pools with sun-lounger terrace, and a sitting room with satellite more...
 Villa Belvedere Verde
Featuring a private pool, Villa Belvedere Verde is a detached villa located in Frínion. The property is 2.3 miles from Lefkada Town and features views of the sea. There is a dining area and a kitchen . more...
 Gianna's Villa
Located in Aléxandros, 1.6 miles from Nikiana Beach and 1.7 miles from Limni Beach, Gianna's Villa provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning, a garden and a terrace. more...
 Oceanis Rooms
Located in Mikros Gialos Bay and within 164 feet of Rouda Beach, Oceanis Rooms offers air-conditioned accommodations among a lush garden. All studios open to a balcony with garden and mountain views. more...
 Villa Alfresco
Located in Sivota in the Ionian Islands region and Ksilokeratidi Cove Beach reachable within an 18-minute walk, Villa Alfresco provides accommodations with free WiFi, BBQ facilities, an outdoor more...
 Sun Castle Houses
Featuring a spa bath, Sun Castle Houses is located in Drymon. The air-conditioned accommodation is 1.4 miles from Mylos Beach, and guests benefit from private parking available on site and free WiFi. more...
 Villa Vandorou-lefkada
Located in Lygia in the Ionian Islands region and Lygia Beach reachable within a 5-minute walk, Villa Vandorou-lefkada provides accommodations with free WiFi, BBQ facilities, a garden and free private more...
 Hotel Odeon
Ideally situated just 165 ft from the beach, Hotel Odeon is in the heart of Vassiliki Bay. It features an outdoor swimming pool and rooms with kitchenettes. more...
 Kerasoula Apartments
Set amid well-tended gardens with tall palm trees, Kerasoula Apartments offer accommodations with a furnished balcony enjoying views over the Ionian Sea. more...
 Ble on Blue
Featuring an outdoor pool, Ble on Blue in Athani provides accommodations with free WiFi and free private parking for guests who drive. more...
 Calderimi Lefkada
Surrounded by olive groves, Calderimi Pension is conveniently located 2625 feet from the center of Nydri Town. more...
 Art Sailing
Surrounded by lush greenery, Art Sailing is located in Vassiliki of Lefkada, just 164 feet from the beach and within a short walk from restaurants and shops. more...
 Villa Pegasus
Located in Sivota, a 20-minute walk from Mikros Gialos Beach and 1.1 miles from Lila Beach, Villa Pegasus offers air conditioning. more...
 Crystal Waters
Boasting a free-form, outdoor swimming pool and a sun terrace with sun loungers, Crystal Waters is located in Nikiana. Hotel facilities include a modern restaurant, a bar and a 24-hour front desk. more...




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