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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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Mikros Gialos ? Show on map
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...
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Lefkada Town ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi and a sun terrace, Villa Ioli offers accommodations in Lefkada Town, just 28 miles from Árta. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Mikros Gialos ? Show on map
San Nicolas Resort Hotel is a newly built resort in the area of Poros, overlooking the beach of Mikros Gialos and the neighboring islands of Kephalonia, Ithaca and Arkoudi. more...
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Lygia ? Show on map
Situated on a hill overlooking the fishing village of Lygia, Thealos offers private self-catering apartments set among lush greenery. It has swimming pools with hydro-massage and free Wi-Fi access. more...
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Nydri ? Show on map
Located in Nydri in the region of Ionian Islands, 8 miles from Lefkada Town, Amalia Villas features a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue. Preveza is 17 miles away. more...
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Vasilikí ? Show on map
Ideally situated just 165 ft from the beach, Hotel Odeon is in the heart of Vassiliki Bay. It features an outdoor swimming pool and rooms with kitchenettes. more...
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Vasilikí ? Show on map
Anemolia Apartments offers accommodations in Vasilikí. Lefkada Town is 15 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Lefkada Town ? Show on map
Showcasing a seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub, Villa Swan is located in Lefkada Town. Arta is 28 miles away. All units are air conditioned and include a TV. more...
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Sívota ? Show on map
Villa Kalamos offers accommodations in Sívota, just 15 miles from Lefkada Town. The property features views of the pool and is 26 miles from Sámi. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Lygia ? Show on map
Offering accommodations with air conditioning, Thalero Holidays Center is located in Lygia, just 3 miles from Lefkada Town. Arta is 29 miles away. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Sívota ? Show on map
Featuring a garden with an outdoor pool, Villa Stella is a detached villa located in Sívota in the region of Ionian Islands. more...
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Nikiana ? Show on map
Showcasing a seasonal outdoor pool and barbecue, Adriatica Hotel is located in Nikiana in the region of Ionian Islands. Lefkada Town is 6 miles away. more...
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Lygia ? Show on map
Featuring air conditioning, Esperides Villas offers accommodations in Lygia. Lefkada Town is 3.3 miles from the property. more...
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Nikiana ? Show on map
Located in Nikiana in the Lefkada Region, Luxurious Villa Kastro features an infinity, salt-water pool, a sun terrace and a garden. The property is 8 km from Lefkada Town and boasts views of the sea. more...
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Lygia ? Show on map
Located in Lygia, this air-conditioned villa features a terrace and a garden with a barbecue and a sun terrace. The property is 2.5 miles from Lefkada Town and features views of the garden. more...

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