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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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 Amalia Villas
Amalia Villas, Nydri
Showcasing a year-round outdoor pool, barbecue and terrace, Amalia Villas is located in Nydri in the region of Ionian Islands. Just 8 miles from Lefkada Town. Preveza is 17 miles away. more...
 Villa Palazzo Lemonia
Villa Palazzo Lemonia, Apolpaina
Located in Apólpaina, 1.8 miles from Lefkada Town, Villa Palazzo Lemonia features a seasonal outdoor pool and sun terrace. Árta is 29 miles away. more...
 Ionian Heaven Villas
Ionian Heaven Villas, Nikiana
Featuring a garden and year-round outdoor pool, Ionian Heaven Villas is located in Nikiana. The property is air-conditioned and is equipped with a spa bath. Lefkada Town is 6 miles away. more...
 Eltheo Villas
Eltheo Villas, Ayios Nikitas
Eltheo Villas is located in Áyios Nikítas, around 3 km from Pefkoulia Beach and Kathisma Beach. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. more...
 Pantheon Villas
Pantheon Villas, Ayios Nikitas
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...
 Ponti Beach Hotel
Ponti Beach Hotel, Vasiliki
Featuring an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Ponti Beach Hotel is in Vasiliki within 300 metres from the nearest beach, famous among surfers. more...
 San Nicolas Resort Hotel
San Nicolas Resort Hotel, Mikros Gialos
San Nicolas Resort Hotel is a newly built resort in the area of Poros, overlooking the beach of Mikros Gialos and the neighboring islands of Kephalonia, Ithaca and Arkoudi. more...
 Villa Nefeli
Villa Nefeli, Yenion
Located 200 metres from its private beach in Geni Vlichou of Lefkada, the family-run Villa Nefeli features self-catered accommodation and a tennis court. more...
 Panorama Villas
Panorama Villas, Drymon
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...
 Villa Flisvos
Villa Flisvos, Lygia
Just 10 metres from the beach in Lygia Village, Villa Flisvos features a swimming pool with a hot tub, and a children’s playground. more...
 Poros Beach
Poros Beach, Mikros Gialos
Just 50 metres from the white pebbled Mikros Gialos Beach in Lefkada, Poros Beach features a restaurant with Ionian Sea views and a pool with sun terrace. more...
 Avali Apartments
Avali Apartments, Kalamitsi
Located in Kalamitsi in the region of Ionian Islands, 8 miles from Lefkada Town, Avali Apartments features a barbecue and views of the mountain. Preveza is 16 miles away. more...
 Aristea Apartments
Aristea Apartments, Nikiana
Situated among lush greenery in Nikiana Village 70 metres from the sea, Aristea Apartments offers modern accommodation that opens to a furnished balcony with Ionian Sea views. more...
 Kydonies Villas
Kydonies Villas, Lefkada Town
Quietly located in an olive grove in Agios Ioannis, Kydonies features fully equipped, independent villas with a private pool 300 metres from the Blue Flag Agios Ioannis Beach. more...
 Iris
Iris, Apolpaina
Located in Apólpaina, this air-conditioned villa features a terrace and a garden with an outdoor pool and a sun terrace. more...




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