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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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 Apanema Lefkada by Omikron Selections
Located 1.8 mi from Pefkoulia Beach, Apanema Lefkada by Omikron Selections features accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a garden and room service for your convenience. more...
 Anemones Villas by Omikron Selections
Anemones Villas by Omikron Selections are located in the traditional settlement of Spanochori, 3.7 mi from the town of Lefkada. more...
 Sun Castle Houses
Located in Drymon in the Ionian Islands region, Sun Castle Houses features a garden. 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...
 Lefkada Villas by Omikron Selections
Lefkada Villas by Omikron Selections is a complex of villas with sweeping views over the sea, the island of Scorpios and the surrounding mountaintops. 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...
 Blooms of Sivota Bay - Opening June 2021
Boasting garden views, Blooms of Sivota Bay - Opening June 2021 features accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a balcony, around 1.4 mi from Mikros Gialos Beach. more...
 Amarandos Studios - Rooms & Apartments
The family-run Amarandos Studios is located 3.1 mi from the famous Vasiliki Beach and Ammouso Beach. more...
 Ionian Villas
Surrounded by olive trees 1.9 mi from Kathisma and Agios Nikitas Beaches, Ionian offers split-level villas with fireplace, private pool and a private, stone-paved terrace. more...
 Hotel Agios Nikitas
Only 492 feet from the nearest beach, the traditionally built Agios Nikitas hotel is located in a stone-paved courtyard with bougainvillea and jasmines. 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...
 Hotel Tesoro
Boasting an outdoor pool, Tesoro Hotel is located in the seaside village of Nikiana. It offers stone-built accommodations opening to a balconυ, some with Ionian Sea views. more...
 Athineon
Located in Nydri, just a 2-minute walk from its center, Athineon offers accommodations with a terrace. Free WiFi is at guests' disposal. more...
 Gountis Apartment
Offering an outdoor pool and views of the sea, Gountis Apartment is located in Tsoukaládhes in Lefkada. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site. more...
 Key Villas
Located in Tsoukaladhes, Key Villas features free WiFi, and guests can enjoy a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge and a garden. The villa offers a barbecue and a terrace. more...
 Xenia Apartments
Just 262 feet from Vasiliki Beach in Lefkada, Xenia features an outdoor pool with separate children’s section, surrounded by a well-tended garden. more...
 Villas Goudis
Villas Goudis is located in Tsoukalades village of Lefkada. It offers split-level, stone-built accommodations with Ionian Sea views and a lush garden. Free WiFi is available in all areas. more...
 Eleana Studios
Just 656 feet from Agios Ioannis Beach in Lefkada, the family-run Eleana Studios is surrounded by a lush garden with stone-paved alleys and BBQ facilities. more...
 Pure Blue
Located in Athanion in the Ionian Islands region and Egremni Beach reachable within 1.6 mi, Pure Blue features accommodations with free WiFi, BBQ facilities, a garden and free private parking. 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...
 George House
Only 984 feet from the beach of Kariotes in Lefkada, George House is around a 10-minute drive from the scenic Nydri and 492 feet from the island's lagoon. more...
 Rouda Village
Offering free WiFi and a seasonal outdoor pool, Rouda Village is located in Mikros Gialos, 17 mi from Lefkada Town. The lively Nydri is 7.5 mi away. All units feature a flat-screen TV. more...
 La Casa di Caterina
Featuring garden views, La Casa di Caterina features accommodations with a garden and a balcony, around 1.2 mi from Kaminia Beach. more...
 Aristotelis Studios
Located in Nydri in the Ionian Islands region, with Nidri Beach and Dimosari Waterfalls nearby, Aristotelis Studios features accommodations with free private parking. more...
 Papatsas Center Houses
Located 1.7 mi from Ellomeni Beach, Papatsas Center Houses provides accommodations with a restaurant, a garden and an ATM for your convenience. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the property . more...




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