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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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 Kavadias Apartments
Kavadias Apartments, Vasiliki
Set in Vasilikí in the Ionian Islands Region, 1312 feet from Vasiliki Port, Kavadias Apartments features a barbecue and views of the mountain. Agiofili Beach is 1.6 mi away. more...
 anerada / sun nature holidays
anerada / sun nature holidays, Athanion
Located in Athanion, anerada / sun nature holidays has accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden with a terrace. more...
 Heras Garden
Heras Garden, Vasiliki
Set on an elevated position overlooking the Ionian Sea, Heras Garden is surrounded by a lush tree garden and offers tastefully decorated studios. more...
 Ionian Heaven Villas
Ionian Heaven Villas, Nikiana
Ionian Heaven Villas has accommodations with free bikes and free WiFi. All of the units feature a private bathroom, flat-screen TV and fully-equipped kitchen. more...
 Oasis Hotel
Oasis Hotel, Nydri
Oasis Hotel is only 5 minutes walking from the sea. Overlooking the island of Skorpios, the 2-star hotel offers an outdoor pool, and rooms with balcony facing the sea or mountain. more...
 Luxury Villa Athina
Luxury Villa Athina, Nikiana
Located in Nikiana, Luxury Villa Athina provides accommodations with a private pool and free WiFi. This villa has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, barbecue facilities, as well as a garden. more...
 Ponti Beach Hotel
Ponti Beach Hotel, Vasiliki
Featuring an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Ponti Beach Hotel is in Vasiliki within 984 feet from the nearest beach, famous among surfers. more...
 Regalo Apartments
Regalo Apartments, Lygia
Offering a sun terrace and views of the sea, Regalo Apartments is set in Lygia. Lefkada Town is 2.5 mi away. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The accommodations is fitted with a TV. more...
 San Lazzaro
San Lazzaro, Nydri
Located among cypress trees, San Lazzaro is 328 feet from Perigiali beach and 656 feet from central Nydri in Lefkada. more...
 Anemolia Apartments
Anemolia Apartments, Vasiliki
Just 164 feet from Ponti Beach in Vassiliki village, the 2-building complex of Anemolia Apartments features self-catered accommodations with a balcony with mountain or sea views. more...
 Harmony Villas
Harmony Villas, Lygia
Perched on a green hill in Katouna, Harmony Villas features self-catered accommodations with free Wi-Fi and a terrace or balcony overlooking the garden, pool or Ionian Sea. more...
 Aristea Apartments
Aristea Apartments, Nikiana
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...
 Hotel Odeon
Hotel Odeon, Vasiliki
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...
 Adriatica Hotel
Adriatica Hotel, Nikiana
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...
 Calderimi Lefkada
Calderimi Lefkada, Nydri
Surrounded by olive groves, Calderimi Pension is conveniently located 2625 feet from the center of Nydri Town. more...




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