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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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 Alseides Villas
Alseides Villas, Chortáta
Located in Chortáta Village of Lefkada, the stone-built Alseides Villas come with outdoor, private pools and offer views over the Ionian Sea. Free WiFi access is provided throughout. more...
 Leo's city apartment
Leo's city apartment, Lefkada Town
Just a 2-minute walk from Church of Agia Kiriaki and 200 yards from Phonograph Museum and featuring free WiFi, Leo's city apartment offers accommodations in Lefkada Town. more...
 Eltheo Villas
Eltheo Villas, Ayios Nikitas
Eltheo Villas is located in Áyios Nikítas, around 3 km from Pefkoulia Beach and Kathisma Beach. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. 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 300 metres from the Blue Flag Agios Ioannis Beach. more...
 Santa Maria Luxury Apartments
Santa Maria Luxury Apartments, Lefkada Town
Set amidst a blossomed garden, Santa Maria Luxury Apartments are located 1 km from Lefkada Town and from Agios Ioannis Beach. 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...
 Pearl Mansions
Pearl Mansions, Nikiana
Offering accommodation with air conditioning, Pearl Mansions is situated in Nikiana, 10 km from Lefkada Town. Preveza is 22 km away. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Poros Beach
Poros Beach, Mikros Gialos
Just 50 metres from the white pebbled Mikros Gialos Beach in Lefkada, Poros Beach features a restaurant with Ionian Sea views and a pool with sun terrace. more...
 Kaposantes Apartments
Kaposantes Apartments, Lefkada Town
Situated in the centre of Lefkada’s main town, Kaposantes offers traditional apartments with wooden-beamed ceilings and panoramic views over the Ionian Sea. more...
 Aristea Apartments
Aristea Apartments, Nikiana
Situated among lush greenery in Nikiana Village 70 metres from the sea, Aristea Apartments offers modern accommodation that opens to a furnished balcony with Ionian Sea views. more...
 Ponti Beach Hotel
Ponti Beach Hotel, Vasiliki
Featuring an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Ponti Beach Hotel is in Vasiliki within 300 metres from the nearest beach, famous among surfers. more...
 Villa Flisvos
Villa Flisvos, Lygia
Just 10 metres from the beach in Lygia Village, Villa Flisvos features a swimming pool with a hot tub, and a children’s playground. more...
 Villa Nefeli
Villa Nefeli, Yenion
Located 200 metres from its private beach in Geni Vlichou of Lefkada, the family-run Villa Nefeli features self-catered accommodation and a tennis court. more...
 Villa Elia
Villa Elia, Lefkada Town
Located just 500 metres from Agios Ioannis Beach, Villa Elia offers studios and suites with a balcony and garden views. more...
 Alea Resort Villas
Alea Resort Villas, Lefkada Town
Located in Megali Vrisi of Apolpaina, Alea Resort Villas offers an outdoor pool and free bikes. This self-catering accommodation features free WiFi. more...




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