Enjoy a tranquil vacation on beautiful Lefkada Island! Located in the majestic blue Ionian Sea, directly southwest of Ancient Greece,in a group of islands known as Eptanisa, or «seven-islands,» this island is accessible by car, through means of a long boardwalk and a floating bridge, making it one of two islands you can travel to without boat or plane passage. Lefkada Island presents all the characteristics of a typical Mediterranean climate, having mainly wet, hot summers and cool winters. Usually, summer temperatures begin in May and continue through until October, with the hottest months being July and August, making it an ideal summer vacation spot.
There are many magnificent sights to see once you reach land (as well as the majestic, peaceful seas on the trip over). One of the more popular sights are the beaches Porto Katsiki, and Egremni, 45 and 30 kilometers southwest of respectively of Lefkada Town, the island’s bustling capital. Both beaches hold a high ranking spot on the top ten best beaches list, according to lefkada-greece.com. It’s long, sandy beaches and fine pebbles are characteristic of the Greek islands, making it a wonderful place to visit for all lovers of nature to relax under the warm sun, and even take in an incredible sunset, As well as a relaxing retreat, this beach also offers one of the best swimming destinations in the whole of Europe. Although most famous as a swimming destination, these beaches offer an excellent sight for sailing, body boarding, and even surfing!
The abrupt white cliffs surrounding the Porto Katsiki beach form a magnificent backdrop to the sparkling crystal blue oceans, making this a natural and idyllic sightseeing destination. Found irresistible to thousands of tourists each year, the island is frequented often with private yachts and public boat tours. The tourism industry itself is incredibly organized, with well-kept sandy white beaches, colorful umbrellas lined up in a row, and fully stocked cabana bars for a little adult drinking fun.
Egremni beach is known as one of the top beaches in both Greece and the whole of Europe, becoming famous mostly due to it’s incredibly clean, clear turquoise blue waters and long sandy beaches. Like the Porto Katsiki, there are quite a few well-stocked cabana bars, but the Egremni beach seems to stay less crowded due to it’s impressive length. Egremni is especially suited for those looking for a quiet place to relax in the beautiful paradise which surrounds them.
Being so close to Ancient Greece, Lefkada Island offers quite a few historical sites to visit for the history buff in all of us. One such example is the Castle of Agia Mavra, also known as Santa Maura, and is strategically placed on Lefkada Island, juxtaposed the Drepanos channel within close distance to Hora, only 1.2 kilometers away, which can be easily seen from the entrance of the island. This beautiful medieval Castle of Agia Mavra is of special importance, as you can see the church of Agia Mavra. According to tradition, the church was built in the 15th century by Helen Palaiologina, who built this church in honor of Agia Mavra, who she said protected her once from a storm. Helen Palaiologina came to the island for the wedding of her daughter to the esteemed Count of Lefkada. After the Turks occupied the island, this church became a mosque. Today, you can see the ruins of the construction of the bridge built by the Turks that connected the castle with the city. In 1500, the Venetians restored the Castle, and in 1684, a lion, the symbol of Venice, was placed above the Castle’s gate. This grand castle is open to tourists today, who often visit in large numbers to view the various cultural events on the island.
Lefkada Town itself is a wonderful place. With many places to try the local cuisine, learn about the natives, and simply breathe in the fresh Mediterranean air. Due to the earthquake in 1948 that rocked the Ionian islands, many of the residents were forced to rebuild their traditional homes, and with the combination of ancient ruins, makes Lefkada Town an architectural wonder. Especially attractive are the wooden houses covered with colored metal sheets, as well as the local monasteries and churches that are dotted throughout the island.