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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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 Apartments  Anerada Mediterranean Houses Apartments Anerada Mediterranean Houses     
Athánion
Set amidst blossomed gardens of olive and pine trees, the traditionally built Anerada Mediterranean Houses lies within 1 km from Egkremnoi Beach of Lefkada. more...
 Condo Hotel  Pavezzo Country Retreat Condo Hotel Pavezzo Country Retreat     
Katouna
Set amidst a lush garden in Katouna village of Lefkada, Pavezzo Retreat is a restored building of the late 19th century. It has an outdoor pool, spa centre and restaurant. more...
 Condo Hotel  Hotel Grand Nefeli Condo Hotel Hotel Grand Nefeli     
Vasilikí
Located right on Ponti Beach, the 4-star Grand Nefeli offers suites, apartments and rooms that open to a balcony with views of Vasiliki Bay or the mountains. more...
 Condo Hotel  Akroyiali Resort Condo Hotel Akroyiali Resort     
Vasilikí
Right on the famous Vasiliki Beach, Akroyiali Studios features air-conditioned studios with a furnished balcony overlooking the Ionian Sea. Restaurants and seafront cafés are within 100 metres. more...
 Ponti Beach Hotel Ponti Beach Hotel     
Vasilikí
Featuring an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Ponti Beach Hotel is in Vasiliki within 100 metres from the nearest beach, famous among surfers. more...
 Hotel Agios Nikitas Hotel Agios Nikitas     
Áyios Nikítas
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...
 Ianos Hotel Ianos Hotel     
Lefkada Town
By the new marina of Lefkada town, Ianos Hotel offers air conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. It has a swimming pool and features free private parking on site. more...
 Olive Tree Hotel Olive Tree Hotel     
Áyios Nikítas
The traditionally built Olive Tree Hotel offers accommodation in the scenic Agios Nikitas Village, within walking distance from the beach. Each room comes with a TV. more...
 Condo Hotel  Poros Beach Condo Hotel 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...
 Apartments  Anemolia Apartments Apartments Anemolia Apartments     
Vasilikí
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...
 Condo Hotel  Captain's Studios Condo Hotel Captain's Studios     
Vasilikí
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Captain's Studios is set in Vasilikí. Vasiliki Port is 50 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Hotel Nirikos Hotel Nirikos     
Lefkada Town
Centrally situated in Lefkada Town, Hotel Nirikos is a short walk from the waterfront and offers a restaurant and free Wi-Fi. more...
 Poseidonio A Poseidonio A     
Nydri
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...
 Kalias Hotel Kalias Hotel     
Vasilikí
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...
 Condo Hotel  Villa Elia Condo Hotel Villa Elia     
Lefkada Town
Located only 500 metres from Agios Ioannis Beach, Villa Elia offers studios and suites with a balcony and garden views. more...

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