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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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Featuring a garden, Villa Palmyra is a detached villa located in Nydri. The property is 437 yards from Dimosari Waterfalls and free private parking is available. more...
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Lefkada Town ? Show on map
Located 0.6 miles from Agios Ioannis Beach and 0.7 miles from Gyra, Pine House with Sea View offers accommodations in Lefkada Town. The property features views of the sea and is 0.8 miles from Alikes . more...
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Áyios Nikítas ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Katerina's Village is located in Áyios Nikítas, just 0.9 miles from Kathisma Beach. Pefkoulia Beach is 1.9 miles from the property. more...
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Magician Apartment offers accommodations in Lefkada Town, 1.2 miles from Phonograph Museum and 1.2 miles from Faneromenis Monastery. more...
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Just 50 metres from Ponti Beach in Vassiliki village, the 2-building complex of Anemolia Apartments features self-catered accommodation with a balcony with mountain or sea views. more...
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Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Lefkadio Suites is located in Lefkada Town, just 0.6 miles from Faneromenis Monastery. Church of Agia Kiriaki is 0.6 miles from the property. more...
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The modern ArtBlue Villas is located 700 metres from Tsoukalades Village, and offers self-catered units, each with a private pool and a sun terrace. Free WiFi is available in all areas. more...
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Only 150 metres from the nearest beach, the traditionally built Agios Nikitas hotel is located in a stone-paved courtyard with bougainvillea and jasmines. more...
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Within 250 metres from the beach and 1 km from the popular town of Nydri, Poseidonio A has a swimming pool with poolside bar overlooking the Ionian Sea. more...
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Situated on Nydri?s waterfront, Athos Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with balcony. It has a swimming pool and a hot tub and provides free Wi-Fi access throughout. more...
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Boasting an outdoor pool, Villas Goudis is located in Tsoukalades village of Lefkada. It offers split-level, stone-built accommodation with Ionian Sea views and a lush garden. more...
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Featuring an outdoor pool, Kalias Hotel is only 150 metres from Vassiliki Beach with watersports. Set amidst a well-tended garden, it offers a poolside snack bar and free Wi-Fi. more...
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Located in Aléxandros in the region of Ionian Islands, this detached vacation home features a terrace and a garden. It provides free private parking. The kitchen is equipped with an oven. more...
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Hotel Lefkas stands at the entrance of the city of Lefkada, less than half a mile from the biggest beach of the island. It offers a 24-hour front desk and free wireless internet. more...
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Located 400 metres away from the beach of Agios Ioannis, Casa Smaragdi Villas offers spacious accommodation with a private swimming pool surrounded by well-kept gardens. more...

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