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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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 Katerina's Village
Katerina's Village, Ayios Nikitas
Set on the lush cliffside of Agios Nikitas with panoramic views over the sea and the private pool, Katerina’s Village offers split-level homes with free WiFi. 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 984 feet from the Blue Flag Agios Ioannis Beach. 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...
 Amalia Villas
Amalia Villas, Nydri
With an outdoor swimming pool and barbecue facilities, Amalia Villas is located in Nydri and has free WiFi. 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...
 Happyland Hotel Apartments
Happyland Hotel Apartments, Nydri
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...
 Horizon View Apartment
Horizon View Apartment, Athanion
Set in Athanion, Horizon View Apartment features accommodations with a terrace, free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and a tour desk. more...
 Avali Apartments
Avali Apartments, Kalamitsi
Located in Kalamitsi in the Ionian Islands region, Avali Apartments has a terrace. The apartment features mountain views and is 8 miles from Lefkada Town. 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...
 Afroditi Pansion
Afroditi Pansion, Ayios Nikitas
Located in Ayios Nikitas, 1.1 miles from Kathisma Beach and 1.8 miles from Pefkoulia Beach, Afroditi Pansion provides accommodations with free WiFi. more...
 Villa Soumela
Villa Soumela, Nikiana
Located 1.2 mi away from Nikiana, Villa Soumela is set in a property of 1000 m2 and offers spacious, fully equipped accommodations with a private swimming pool. It provides free WiFi throughout. more...
 Pearl Mansions
Pearl Mansions, Nikiana
Offering accommodations with air conditioning, Pearl Mansions is located in Nikiana, 6.2 mi from Lefkada Town. Preveza is 14 mi away. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Sun Gazing Villas
Sun Gazing Villas, Drymon
Featuring a garden and a terrace, Sun Gazing Villas has accommodations in Drymon with free WiFi and sea views. This property has a balcony. The villa features a flat-screen TV and a living room. more...
 Acquaterra Villas
Acquaterra Villas, Tsoukaladhes
Located on a green slope, near Tsoukalades village, Acquaterra consists of 3 independent villas each with a private swimming pool offering panoramic views of the Ionian Sea. 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...




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