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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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 Summer House
Summer House, Póndi
Summer House is located in Póndi 1.2 mi from the beach. Lefkada Town is 22 mi from the property. Preveza is 37 mi away. The nearest airport is Aktion Airport, 31 mi from the property. more...
 Santa Maria Luxury Apartments
Santa Maria Luxury Apartments, Lefkada
Set in a blossomed garden with a fountain, Santa Maria Luxury Apartments are located 0.6 mi from Lefkada Town and from Agios Ioannis Beach. 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...
 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...
 Pansion Filoxenia Apartments & Studios
Pansion Filoxenia Apartments & Studios, Tsoukalades
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...
 Anemones Villas
Anemones Villas, Spanokhórion
Anemones Villas are located in the traditional settlement of Spanochori, 3.7 mi from the town of Lefkada. more...
 Sun Castle Houses
Sun Castle Houses, Drymon
Located in Drymon, Sun Castle Houses provides air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. The property has sea views. more...
 Akti Studios
Akti Studios, Nydri
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...
 Eltheo Villas
Eltheo Villas, Agios Nikitas
Eltheo Villas is located in Áyios Nikítas, around 1.9 mi from Pefkoulia Beach and Kathisma Beach. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. more...
 Villa Alfresco
Villa Alfresco, Sivota
Located in Sivota, Villa Alfresco offers accommodations with a patio and free WiFi. more...
 Asterida
Asterida, Sivota
In a olive-tree forest 49 feet from Sivota Beach in Lefkada, Asterida features self-catered accommodations with a balcony overlooking the Ionian Sea. more...
 Heras Garden
Heras Garden, Vasiliki
Set on an elevated position overlooking the Ionian Sea, Heras Garden is surrounded by a lush tree garden and offers tastefully decorated studios. more...
 Giorgio Apartments
Giorgio Apartments, Agios Nikitas
Located in the scenic Agios Nikitas Village, within 1640 feet from the beach, the traditionally built Giorgio Apartments features a swimming pool with hydromassage facilities, and a stone-paved sun more...
 Pantheon Villas
Pantheon Villas, Agios 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...
 Sappho Boutique Suites
Sappho Boutique Suites, Vasiliki
Located in Vasiliki, Sappho Boutique Suites provides accommodations with a seating area and a kitchen. Complimentary WiFi is offered. more...




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