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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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 Socrates Family Apartments
Socrates Family Apartments features garden views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Lefkada, an 18-minute walk from Agiou Georgiou Square. more...
 Anemones Villas
Anemones Villas are located in the traditional settlement of Spanochori, 3.7 mi from the town of Lefkada. 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...
 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...
 Captain's House
Featuring air conditioning, Captain's House offers accommodations in Sívota. Lefkada Town is 19 mi from the property. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. more...
 Sun Castle Houses
Featuring a spa bath, Sun Castle Houses is located in Drymon. Guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site. more...
 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...
 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...
 Filoxenia Kontogiannis
Filoxenia Kontogiannis has garden views, free WiFi and free private parking, located in Lazaráta. more...
 Adriatica Hotel
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...
 Katsenos studios
The family-run Katsenos Studios lies within 295 feet from Nikiana Beach in Lefkada and 1640 feet from restaurants, bars and shops. more...
 Aristea Apartments
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...
 Iris
Featuring an outdoor pool and pool views, Iris is located in Apólpaina. This self-catered villa features a private pool, a garden, grill facilities, free WiFi and free private parking. more...
 Akti Studios
Surrounded by lush greenery, only 33 feet from the beach of cosmopolitan Nydri, Akti Studios offers air-conditioned accommodations with free WiFi and furnished balcony overlooking the Ionian Sea. 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...




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