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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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 Porto Galini Seaside Resort & Spa
Located 2.5 mi from Nidri Town in Nikiana, Porto Galini spreads over 131 ft² of landscaped grounds along a secluded beach. It offers 2 swimming pools and a spa with 2 indoor pools. more...
 Katouna Suites Luxury Boutique Hotel Adults Only
Located in Lygia, 1 mi from Lygia Beach, Katouna Suites Luxury Boutique Hotel features accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. more...
 Allure Central Boutique Hotel
Located in Lefkada Town, 1.5 mi from Ammoglossa Beach, Allure Central Boutique Hotel features accommodations with a bar, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. more...
 Horizon View Apartment
Set in Athanion, Horizon View Apartment features accommodations with a terrace, free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and a tour desk. more...
 Ianos Hotel
By the new marina of Lefkada town, Ianos Hotel offers air conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. It has a swimming pool and features free private parking on site. more...
 Ionian Horizon Villas
Set in Tsoukaladhes in the Ionian Islands region, with Kaminia Beach and Agios Ioannis Beach nearby, Ionian Horizon Villas offers accommodations with free private parking, as well as access to a hot more...
 Hotel Lefkas
Hotel Lefkas stands at the entrance of the city of Lefkada, only 2297 feet from the biggest beach of the island. It offers a 24-hour front desk and free wireless internet in all areas. more...
 San Lazzaro
Located among cypress trees, San Lazzaro is 328 feet from Perigiali beach and 656 feet from central Nydri in Lefkada. 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...
 PHILLIPOS Studios
Located in Nydri, PHILLIPOS Studios has accommodations with private balconies. Dimosari Waterfalls is a few steps away. Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. more...
 Amarandos Villas
Featuring a private pool and a sun terrace with panoramic views over the Ionian Sea, the family-run Amarandos Villas offer self-catering accommodations in Amousso of Lefkada, 3.1 mi from Marantochori . more...
 Okeanos Luxury Villas - Resort & Hotel
Set on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, Okeanos Luxury Villas - Resort & Hotel offers villas, each with an infinity swimming pool. more...
 Avra Beach Hotel
Avra Beach offers comfortable accommodations next to the beach in Nydri. The hotel has lush grounds, a taverna and bar with wonderful sea views. more...
 Santa Marina Hotel
Set upon green hills in Agios Nikitas, Santa Marina features a swimming pool and a bar-restaurant with panoramic terrace. Rooms are air conditioned and have private balconies. more...
 Nefeli
Located on the beach of Vassiliki, famous for attracting windsurfing fans, Nefeli offers self-catered rooms and windsurfing lessons for all levels. Free Wi-Fi is available in its public areas. more...
 Mounty Island Villas-Nefeli
Featuring a garden, an outdoor pool and pool views, Mounty Island Villas-Nefeli is located in Lazaráta. more...
 Salt & Blue Rooms
Located within 656 feet of Vasiliki Beach in Póndi, Salt & Blue Rooms features accommodations with free WiFi and flat-screen TV. The aparthotel offers a terrace. more...
 Isalos
Featuring a stone-paved courtyard with a common kitchenette and BBQ facilities, Isalos is located in Vassiliki Village of Lefkada, within 656 feet from the pebble beach. 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...
 The Filoxenia Apartments, Nikiana
Offering a garden, The Filoxenia Apartments provides accommodations in Nikiana. Free WiFi is available. The apartment has a terrace. more...
 Sappho Boutique Suites
Located in Vasiliki, Sappho Boutique Suites provides accommodations with a seating area and a kitchen. Complimentary WiFi is offered. 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...
 ANATOLI VILLAS
ANATOLI VILLAS is located in Nikiana. This villa has a garden, a terrace as well as free WiFi. The villa consists of 3 bathrooms and a living room. Lefkada is 5 miles from the villa. more...
 Ble on Blue
Located in Athani, Ble on Blue provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden with an outdoor swimming pool. 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...




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