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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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 Pantheon Villas
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...
 Mavra Studios
Set amid pine trees, Mavra Studios offers air-conditioned rooms with furnished balconies facing the sea. Featuring a breakfast lounge, the hotel also has a snack bar with view to Lygia beach. more...
 Panorama Villas
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...
 Sun Gazing Villas
Located in Drymon in the Ionian Islands region, Sun Gazing Villas features accommodations with free private parking. more...
 Sunny Garden
Located in Nydri, 1.7 mi from Ellomeni Beach, Sunny Garden features accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking and a garden. Free WiFi and a shared kitchen are offered . more...
 Panoutsis Villa - Sivros Lefkada
Boasting a garden, an outdoor pool and pool views, Panoutsis Villa - Sivros Lefkada is located in Sívros. 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...
 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...
 Art Sailing
Surrounded by lush greenery, Art Sailing is located in Vassiliki of Lefkada, just 164 feet from the beach and within a short walk from restaurants and shops. more...
 PHILLIPOS Studios
Located in Nydri, within 1.6 mi of Ellomeni Beach and less than 0.6 mi of Dimosari Waterfalls, PHILLIPOS Studios features accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi throughout more...
 Beyond Villas
Each with a private pool and unobstructed views of the Ionian Sea, the EU Ecolabel-awarded Beyond Villas are just 328 feet from Mylos Beach. more...
 Porto Katsiki Blu
Located on the side of a hill with panoramic sea views, in a pine forest at 1.9 mi from the famous beach of Porto Katsiki, Porto Katsiki Blu is a secluded, self-catering country holiday home. 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...
 Aloni Studios & Apartments
Aloni Studios & Apartments is set in Athánion, 22 mi from Lefkada Town. Free WiFi is offered and free private parking is available on site. more...
 Makis&Fani Homes
Located in Lefkada, right on Agios Ioannis beach and 1.3 mi from Lefkada town center, Makis&Fani Homes offers a garden and air conditioning. 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...
 Poros Beach studios
Just 164 feet from the white pebbled Mikros Gialos Beach in Lefkada, Poros Beach studios features a restaurant with Ionian Sea views and a pool with sun terrace. more...
 The Filoxenia Apartments, Nikiana
The Filoxenia Apartments, Nikiana has garden views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Nikiana, 656 feet from Limni Beach. more...
 Sun Castle Houses
Located in Drymon in the Ionian Islands region, Sun Castle Houses has a garden. more...
 Villas Panorama Apolpaina Lefkas
Featuring a swimming pool, a shared lounge, a garden and views of the pool, Villas Panorama Apolpaina Lefkas is set in Apolpaina and offers accommodations with free WiFi. 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...
 San Nicolas Resort Hotel
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...
 Anemolia Apartments
Just 164 feet from Ponti Beach in Vassiliki village, the 2-building complex of Anemolia Apartments features self-catered accommodations with a balcony with mountain or sea views. more...
 Villa Theia
Featuring a private pool and garden views, Villa Theia is located in Katokhórion. Guests staying at this villa can use the free WiFi and balcony. more...
 Tajo Villas
Tajo Villas is a self-catering accommodations located in Athani Village. It offers modern villas that enjoy Ionian Sea views from their balcony. more...




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