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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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 Anemones Villas
Anemones Villas are located in the traditional settlement of Spanochori, 3.7 mi from the town of Lefkada. 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
Lefkada Villas is a complex of villas with sweeping views over the sea, the island of Scorpios and the surrounding mountaintops. 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...
 Villa Filaretos
Located in Vafkeri, this air-conditioned holiday home features a garden with a barbecue. The property is 11 mi from Lefkada Town and features views of the mountain. more...
 Aria Apartments
ARIA APARTMENTS is located in Apolpaina and offers barbecue facilities and a garden. The property has mountain views and is 1.6 mi from Lefkada Town. more...
 Villa Alfresco
Located in Sivota in the Ionian Islands region and Ksilokeratidi Cove Beach reachable within an 18-minute walk, Villa Alfresco provides accommodations with free WiFi, BBQ facilities, an outdoor more...
 The Dynasty Villas
Located in Syvota, The Dynasty Villas offer an outdoor pool and a tennis court. This self-catering accommodations features free WiFi. more...
 Kerasoula Apartments
Set amid well-tended gardens with tall palm trees, Kerasoula Apartments offer accommodations with a furnished balcony enjoying views over the Ionian Sea. more...
 Villa Flisvos
Just 33 feet from the beach in Lygia Village, Villa Flisvos features a swimming pool with a hot tub, and a children’s playground. more...
 Agios Nikitas Resort Villas
Agios Nikitas Resort offers fully equipped villas with private pool, on the tree-covered hills of Agios Nikitas. The complex enjoys stunning views of the picturesque village and the Ionian Sea. more...
 Galini Studios
Galini Studios are located in a garden only 230 feet from the beach of Syvota on Lefkada Island. They offer self-catered apartments with balcony overlooking the Ionian Sea. Free Wi-Fi is available. more...
 Konstantina Studios
Just 164 feet from the beach of Ayios Nikitas, Konstantina Studios features air-conditioned studios with a furnished balcony. Restaurants, bars and shops are within a 3-minute walk. more...
 Sunset View Studios
Offering an outdoor pool, Sunset View Studios is located in Exanthia. Lefkada Town is 6.8 mi away. Free WiFi is featured . 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...
 Panoramic View Studios
Offering a sun terrace, Panoramic View Studios is located in Kalamítsi, 15 mi from Lefkada Town. Preveza is 16 mi away. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. more...
 Green View Apartments
Featuring air conditioning, Green View Apartments offers accommodations in Áyios Nikítas. Kathisma Beach is approximately 2.1 mi from the property. more...
 Aristea Apartments
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...
 Sun Castle Houses
Featuring a spa bath, Sun Castle Houses is located in Drymon. The air-conditioned accommodation is 1.4 miles from Mylos Beach, and guests benefit from private parking available on site and free WiFi. more...
 Serenity Boutique Hotel
Set on an elevated position in Athani village, Serenity Boutique Suites features an infinity pool, a restaurant and a wellness center. more...
 Calderimi Lefkada
Surrounded by olive groves, Calderimi Pension is conveniently located 2625 feet from the center of Nydri Town. more...
 Athani Summer House (Apartments 01 - 02)
Located in Athani, Athani Summer House (Apartments 01 - 02) provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden with a terrace. more...
 Lefkas Petra
Offering an outdoor pool with sun terrace, Lefkas Petra is just 656 feet from the popular beach of Agios Nikitas. more...
 Maria Apartments
Located in Lefkada in the Ionian Islands region and Alikes reachable within 1.6 miles, Maria Apartments has 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...




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