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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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 Socrates Family Apartments
Socrates Family Apartments, Lefkada
Located within 0.9 miles of Agiou Georgiou Square in Lefkada, Socrates Family Apartments provides accommodations with free WiFi and a kitchen. All units feature air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. more...
 Sun Castle Houses
Sun Castle Houses, Drymon
Featuring air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony, Sun Castle Houses is located in Drymon. The property is 14 miles from Lefkada. 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 Soumela
Villa Soumela, Nikiana
Located 1.2 mi away from Nikiana, Villa Soumela is set in a property of 1000 m2 and offers spacious, fully equipped accommodations with a private swimming pool. It provides free WiFi throughout. more...
 Panorama Villas
Panorama Villas, Drymon
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...
 Lefkas Cottage House
Lefkas Cottage House, Drymon
Featuring air-conditioned accommodations with a terrace, Lefkas Cottage House is located in Drymon. This vacation home provides barbecue facilities as well as free WiFi. more...
 Sun Gazing Villas
Sun Gazing Villas, Drymon
Featuring a garden and a terrace, Sun Gazing Villas has accommodations in Drymon with free WiFi and sea views. This property has a balcony. more...
 Santa Emelia
Santa Emelia, Vasiliki
Located by the Ponti bay in cosmopolitan Vasiliki, this newly built apart-hotel enjoys a view over the Ionian Sea. Only 492 feet from the beach, Santa Emelia also features an outdoor pool. more...
 Calderimi Lefkada
Calderimi Lefkada, Nydri
Surrounded by olive groves, Calderimi Pension is conveniently located 2625 feet from the center of Nydri Town. more...
 Lefkas City Apartments
Lefkas City Apartments, Lefkada
Centrally located in the scenic Lefkada Town, Lefkas City Apartments offers elegantly furnished apartments with fireplace and a private balcony. 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...
 Horizon View Apartment
Horizon View Apartment, Athani
Set in Athanion, Horizon View Apartment features accommodations with a terrace, free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and a tour desk. more...
 Galini Studios
Galini Studios, Sivota
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...
 Oasis Hotel
Oasis Hotel, Nydri
Oasis Hotel is only 5 minutes walking from the sea. Overlooking the island of Skorpios, the 2-star hotel offers an outdoor pool, and rooms with balcony facing the sea or mountain. more...
 Lefkadio Suites
Lefkadio Suites, Lefkada
Offering a seasonal outdoor pool and a sun terrace, Lefkadio Suites is located just 1969 feet from the center of Lefkada. Faneromenis Monastery is 2.5 mi from the property. more...




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