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Lefkada

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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 Premedinos inn
Premedinos inn, Lazaráta
Located in Lazaráta in the Ionian Islands region, Premedinos inn features a terrace and mountain views. more...
 Calderimi Lefkada
Calderimi Lefkada, Nydri
Surrounded by olive groves, Calderimi Pension is conveniently located 2625 feet from the center of Nydri Town. more...
 Pantheon Villas
Pantheon Villas, Ayios Nikitas
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...
 Kerasoula Apartments
Kerasoula Apartments, Yenion
Set amid well-tended gardens with tall palm trees, Kerasoula Apartments offer accommodations with a furnished balcony enjoying views over the Ionian Sea. more...
 Adriatica Hotel
Adriatica Hotel, Nikiana
Featuring a pool area with panoramic sea views, Adriatica Hotel offers self-catered accommodations in Nikiana. Breakfast includes homemade delicacies. Parking at the hotel is free. more...
 Happyland Hotel Apartments
Happyland Hotel Apartments, Nydri
Located 1640 feet from the beach of Nydri in Lefkada, Happyland offers self-catered accommodations with a balcony overlooking the garden and pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. more...
 Lefkas City Apartments
Lefkas City Apartments, Lefkada Town
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...
 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...
 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 Town. more...
 Hotel Agios Nikitas
Hotel Agios Nikitas, Ayios Nikitas
Only 492 feet from the nearest beach, the traditionally built Agios Nikitas hotel is located in a stone-paved courtyard with bougainvillea and jasmines. more...
 Afroditi Pansion
Afroditi Pansion, Ayios Nikitas
Located in Ayios Nikitas, 1.9 miles from Kathisma Beach and 2.1 miles from Pefkoulia Beach, Afroditi Pansion provides accommodations with free WiFi. 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...
 Green View Apartments
Green View Apartments, Ayios Nikitas
Featuring air conditioning, Green View Apartments offers accommodations in Áyios Nikítas. Kathisma Beach is approximately 2.1 mi from the property. more...
 San Giovanni Luxury Studios
San Giovanni Luxury Studios, Lefkada Town
Just 164 feet from Agios Ioannis Beach and amid greenery, San Giovanni Luxury Studios offers an outdoor pool and snack bar. more...




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