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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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 Katerina's Village
Katerina's Village, Ayios Nikitas
Set on the lush cliffside of Agios Nikitas with panoramic views over the sea and the private pool, Katerina’s Village offers split-level homes with free WiFi. more...
 Stathis Home
Stathis Home, Exanthia
Stathis Home is located in Exanthia and offers free bikes and a garden. Guests can enjoy free WiFi. The vacation home features 3 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and a microwave. more...
 Key Villas
Key Villas, Tsoukaladhes
Located in Tsoukaladhes, Key Villas has accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden. more...
 Kydonies Villas
Kydonies Villas, Lefkada Town
Quietly located in an olive grove in Agios Ioannis, Kydonies features fully equipped, independent villas with a private pool 984 feet from the Blue Flag Agios Ioannis Beach. more...
 Happyland Hotel Apartments
Happyland Hotel Apartments, Nydri
Located 1640 feet from the beach of Nydri in Lefkada, Happyland offers self-catered accommodations with a balcony overlooking the garden and pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. more...
 Ponti Beach Hotel
Ponti Beach Hotel, Vasiliki
Featuring an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Ponti Beach Hotel is in Vasiliki within 984 feet from the nearest beach, famous among surfers. more...
 Villa Kalamos
Villa Kalamos, Sivota
Featuring a private pool and sea views, Villa Kalamos is located in Sivota. Guests staying at this villa can use the free WiFi and terrace. more...
 Pearl Mansions
Pearl Mansions, Nikiana
Offering accommodations with air conditioning, Pearl Mansions is located in Nikiana, 6.2 mi from Lefkada Town. Preveza is 14 mi away. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Amalia Villas
Amalia Villas, Nydri
With an outdoor swimming pool and barbecue facilities, Amalia Villas is located in Nydri and has free WiFi. more...
 Villa Merlot 1
Villa Merlot 1, Kariá
Surrounded by a pine-tree forest, Villa Merlot 1 offers a communal pool with hydromassage jets. Located at Karya Village, it features fully equipped accommodations with fireplace and free Wi-Fi. more...
 Eltheo Villas
Eltheo Villas, Ayios Nikitas
Eltheo Villas is located in Áyios Nikítas, around 1.9 mi from Pefkoulia Beach and Kathisma Beach. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. more...
 Vliho Bay Suites & Apartments
Vliho Bay Suites & Apartments, Yenion
Featuring an outdoor pool and surrounded by a garden, Vliho Bay Suites & Apartments is located in Geni. It offers self-catered accommodations with free WiFi. more...
 Villa Flisvos
Villa Flisvos, Lygia
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...
 Acquaterra Villas
Acquaterra Villas, Tsoukaladhes
Located on a green slope, near Tsoukalades village, Acquaterra consists of 3 independent villas each with a private swimming pool offering panoramic views of the Ionian Sea. more...
 Aristea Apartments
Aristea Apartments, Nikiana
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...




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