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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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 Galini Studios
Galini Studios are located in a garden only 230 feet from the beach of Syvota on Lefkada Island. They offer self-catered apartments with balcony overlooking the Ionian Sea. Free Wi-Fi is available. more...
 Villa Flisvos
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...
 Sun Castle Houses
Featuring a spa bath, Sun Castle Houses is located in Drymon. The air-conditioned accommodation is 1.4 miles from Mylos Beach, and guests benefit from private parking available on site and free WiFi. more...
 Green View Apartments
Featuring air conditioning, Green View Apartments offers accommodations in Áyios Nikítas. Kathisma Beach is approximately 2.1 mi from the property. more...
 Calderimi Lefkada
Surrounded by olive groves, Calderimi Pension is conveniently located 2625 feet from the center of Nydri Town. more...
 Sunset View Studios
Offering an outdoor pool, Sunset View Studios is located in Exanthia. Lefkada Town is 6.8 mi away. Free WiFi is featured . more...
 Villa Belvedere Verde
Featuring a private pool, Villa Belvedere Verde is a detached villa located in Frínion. The property is 2.3 miles from Lefkada Town and features views of the sea. There is a dining area and a kitchen . more...
 Pansion Filoxenia Apartments & Studios
In the village of Tsoukalades, 3 miles from the main town of Lefkada, the Filoxenia has traditional accommodations with a balcony and free Wi-Fi. The sandy beach of Pefkoulia is 2 miles away. more...
 Panorama Villas
The stone-built Panorama Villas offers panoramic views of the sea and the green landscape of Lefkada, hence located in the mountainous Drymonas village. more...
 The Dynasty Villas
Located in Syvota, The Dynasty Villas offer an outdoor pool and a tennis court. This self-catering accommodations features free WiFi. more...
 Kerasoula Apartments
Set amid well-tended gardens with tall palm trees, Kerasoula Apartments offer accommodations with a furnished balcony enjoying views over the Ionian Sea. more...
 Anemones Villas
Anemones Villas are located in the traditional settlement of Spanochori, 3.7 mi from the town of Lefkada. more...
 Konstantina Studios
Just 164 feet from the beach of Ayios Nikitas, Konstantina Studios features air-conditioned studios with a furnished balcony. Restaurants, bars and shops are within a 3-minute walk. more...
 Oceanis Rooms
Located in Mikros Gialos Bay and within 164 feet of Rouda Beach, Oceanis Rooms offers air-conditioned accommodations among a lush garden. All studios open to a balcony with garden and mountain views. more...
 Alexia Studios
Alexia Studios offers accommodations in Perigiali, within 492 feet of the beach and 1969 feet of the cosmopolitan Nydri. Lefkada Town is 11 mi away. more...
 The Ionian View
Featuring an outdoor pool, The Ionian View in Agios Nikitas has accommodations with free WiFi and free private parking for guests who drive. more...
 Ble on Blue
Located in Athani, Ble on Blue provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden with an outdoor swimming pool. more...
 Konstantinos Hotel & Apartments I
Konstantinos Hotel is centrally located in scenic Nydri, a 10-minute walk from the pebbled beach. It offers self-catered rooms with a balcony overlooking the town, Mount Elati or the swimming pool. more...
 Pantheon Villas
Villas Pantheon offers self-contained villas and two-story apartments in Agios Nikitas, one mile from Kathisma Beach. It features 2 pools with sun-lounger terrace, and a sitting room with satellite more...
 Ilianthos Apartments & Rooms
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Ilianthos Apartments & Rooms offers accommodations just a few yards from Mikros Gialos Beach. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Villa Marina
Located 2297 feet from Agios Ioannis Beach in Lefkada, Villa Marina features a pool with sun loungers, surrounded by trees and flowers. It offers self-catering accommodations and a communal BBQ. more...
 Horizon View Apartment
Set in Athanion, Horizon View Apartment features accommodations with a terrace, free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and a tour desk. more...
 Athani Summer House (Apartments 01 - 02)
Located in Athani, Athani Summer House (Apartments 01 - 02) provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden with a terrace. more...
 Villa Ioanna
Boasting an outdoor pool, Villa Ioanna is located in Kalamitsi village. Surrounded by a garden, it offers split-level, self-catering accommodations enjoying Ionian Sea views from its balcony and more...
 Captain's Studios
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Captain's Studios is set in Vasilikí. Vasiliki Port is 164 feet from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...




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