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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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 Anemones Villas
Anemones Villas are located in the traditional settlement of Spanochori, 3.7 mi from the town of Lefkada. more...
 Red Tower Hotel
Located in Nikiana village, Red Tower Hotel offers a beautiful swimming pool with hot tub and stone-paved sun terrace. Its rooms have a balcony overlooking the Ionian Sea. 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...
 Lefkada Villas
Lefkada Villas is a complex of villas with sweeping views over the sea, the island of Scorpios and the surrounding mountaintops. 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...
 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...
 Villa Filaretos
Located in Vafkeri, this air-conditioned holiday home features a garden with a barbecue. The property is 11 mi from Lefkada Town and features views of the mountain. more...
 Calderimi Lefkada
Surrounded by olive groves, Calderimi Pension is conveniently located 2625 feet from the center of Nydri Town. more...
 Aristea Apartments
Located among lush greenery in Nikiana Village 230 feet from the sea, Aristea Apartments offers modern accommodations that opens to a furnished balcony with Ionian Sea views. more...
 Villa Flisvos
Just 33 feet from the beach in Lygia Village, Villa Flisvos features a swimming pool with a hot tub, and a children’s playground. more...
 Villa Drimoni
Located just 1.1 mi from Kathisma Beach, Villa Drimoni provides accommodations in Drymon with access to a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, as well as a shared kitchen. more...
 Green View Apartments
Featuring air conditioning, Green View Apartments offers accommodations in Áyios Nikítas. Kathisma Beach is approximately 2.1 mi from the property. more...
 Panorama Villas
The stone-built Panorama Villas offers panoramic views of the sea and the green landscape of Lefkada, hence located in the mountainous Drymonas village. more...
 Panoramic View Studios
Offering a sun terrace, Panoramic View Studios is located in Kalamítsi, 15 mi from Lefkada Town. Preveza is 16 mi away. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. more...
 Agni Suites
Set just 49 feet from Episkopos Beach, Agni Suites offers air-conditioned accommodations. The garden leads straight to the beach, and offers deck chairs and umbrellas, a playground, and a barbecue. more...
 Sun Gazing Villas
Located 1.4 miles from Kathisma Beach, Sun Gazing Villas offers a garden, a terrace and air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. 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...
 Happyland Hotel Apartments
Located 1640 feet from the beach of Nydri in Lefkada, Happyland offers self-catered accommodations with a balcony overlooking the garden and pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. more...
 San Giovanni Beach Resort and Suites
Just 164 feet from Agios Ioannis Beach and amid greenery, San Giovanni Beach Resort and Suites offers an outdoor pool and snack bar. more...
 Akti Studios
Surrounded by lush greenery, only 33 feet from the beach of cosmopolitan Nydri, Akti Studios offers air-conditioned accommodations with free WiFi and furnished balcony overlooking the Ionian Sea. more...
 Armonia Apartments
Featuring lush gardens with stone-paved alleys, the traditionally-built Armonia Apartments is located in Vassiliki area of Lefkada, within 2625 feet from the long, pebbled beach. more...
 Adriatica Hotel
Featuring a pool area with panoramic sea views, Adriatica Hotel offers self-catered accommodations in Nikiana. Breakfast includes homemade delicacies. Parking at the hotel is free. more...
 Katerina Lefkada
Offering air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony overlooking Vassiliki Bay or the hotel’s gardens, the family-run Katerina Lefkada is just a 10-minute walk from Ponti Beach. more...
 Santa Maria Luxury Apartments
Set in a blossomed garden with a fountain, Santa Maria Luxury Apartments are located 0.6 mi from Lefkada Town and from Agios Ioannis Beach. more...
 Artblue Villas
The modern ArtBlue Villas is located 2297 feet from Tsoukalades Village, and offers self-catered units, each with a private pool and a sun terrace. Free WiFi is available in all areas. more...




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