Lefkada

 

Lefkada is the fourth in size island of the Heptanese Archipelago – the group of Seven Ionian Islands. Together with the small islets of Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos, and the Prinkeponesia (Madouri, Skorpios, Skopidi, Cheloni, Sparti, Tsokari) it comprises the province of Lefkada; the province’s capital is the homonymous town of Lefkada.

Apart from easy access by sea, Lefkada offers visitors the opportunity to reach the island by a land route via a floating bridge of some 50 metres in length which joins the island to Mainland Greece.

In the western part of the island are found its most renowned beaches, Kathisma, Porto Katsiki, Egkremnoi, and Gyalos. Each year , these spectacular beaches make the top lists of the best natural beaches in the world. In general, the coastline of Lefkada is of great interest, giving travellers the chance to discover all its beaches and small harbour sites either by land, or by sea.

Lefkada is the kind of island you just can’t visit only once. It will remain indelible in your memory for its unique beaches, easy access, fascinating traditions, good food, and for the many more wonderful things it has to offer.

Beaches

Eastern Lefkada

• Lygia
• Episkopos
• Nikiana
• Perigiali
• Nydri
• Desimi
• Poros
• Mikros Gyalos

Southern Lefkada

• Afteli
• Ammouso
• Agiophylli
• Vasiliki

Western Lefkada

• Myloi
• Aghios Ioannis
• Tsoukalades (Kokkinos Vrachos, Kaminia, Gyalou Skala, Kato Skali)
• Pefkoulia
• Aghios Niketas
• Kathisma
• Kalamitsi (Kavalikefta, Avali, Megali Petra)
• Gyalos
• Egkremnoi
• Porto Katsiki

 

Lefkada, the isle of poets…
A great many remarkable literary, cultural, and artistic figures were born and lived in Lefkada. Some of these are Angelos Sikelianos (poet), Aristotle Valaorites (poet), Lefkadio Hearn (author, national poet of Japan), Theodoro Stamos (painter), Dimitrios Golemis (Olympic athlete) , Agni Baltsa (operatic mezzo soprano), and Ilias Logothetis (actor).

In ancient times, the island was known as Leukas, Leukadia, or as the Chersonessos (Penninsula) of the Leukadians. According to history, the island derives its name from its southernmost cape which is called Leukatas, because its cliffs are of a whitish hue (from the ancient Greek, “leukon”, meaning white). Other sources support the tradition that the name is derived from one of Odysseus’ companions, Leukos. Still another version claims that the island’s name came from the mythical hero Leukadios, a son Ikarios and brother of Penelope and Alyzeas.

In the Homeric epics, Leukas is named Neritos and is described as a part of mainland Greece –“a coast of the continent.”
There is also the theory, according to the eminent 19th century German archaeologist W. Doerpfeld (1853-1940) , that Lefkada is none other than Homer’s Ithaca, based on artefacts that he recovered from excavations on the island.

Lefkada Sightseeing

• The castle of Aghia Maura
• Phonograph and Antique Museum

• The Archaeological Museum
• Haramogleios Library

• Library of Lefkada
• Monastery of Phaneromeni