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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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 Ionian Heaven Villas
Ionian Heaven Villas, Nikiana
Featuring a garden and year-round outdoor pool, Ionian Heaven Villas is located in Nikiana. The property is air conditioned and is equipped with a spa tub. Lefkada Town is 6 miles away. more...
 Amalia Villas
Amalia Villas, Nydri
Showcasing a year-round outdoor pool, barbecue and terrace, Amalia Villas is located in Nydri in the region of Ionian Islands. Just 8 miles from Lefkada Town. Preveza is 17 miles away. more...
 Eltheo Villas
Eltheo Villas, Ayios Nikitas
Eltheo Villas is located in Áyios Nikítas, around 3 km from Pefkoulia Beach and Kathisma Beach. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. 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...
 Ponti Beach Hotel
Ponti Beach Hotel, Vasiliki
Showcasing an outdoor pool and views of the sea, Ponti Beach Hotel is located in Vasilikí in the region of Ionian Islands, just 15 miles from Lefkada Town. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. more...
 Vliho Bay Suites & Apartments
Vliho Bay Suites & Apartments, Yenion
Featuring free WiFi and an outdoor pool, Vliho Bay Suites & Apartments is located in Yénion. Lefkada Town is 11 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Panorama Villas
Panorama Villas, Drymon
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Panorama Villas is located in Drymon, just 6 miles from Lefkada Town. Preveza is 15 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Natura Villas
Natura Villas, Drymon
Featuring free WiFi and a garden, Natura Villas is located in Drymon. Lefkada Town is 6 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Poros Beach
Poros Beach, Mikros Gialos
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...
 Aristea Apartments
Aristea Apartments, Nikiana
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Aristea Apartments is located in Nikiana, just 6 miles from Lefkada Town. Preveza is 15 miles away. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Art Sailing
Art Sailing, Vasiliki
Featuring air conditioning, Art Sailing offers accommodations in Vasilikí. Lefkada Town is 15 miles away. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. more...
 Kavadias Apartments
Kavadias Apartments, Vasiliki
Offering accommodations with air conditioning, Kavadias Apartments is located in Vasilikí, just 15 miles from Lefkada Town. Sámi is 26 miles away. The accommodation features a flat-screen TV. more...
 Villa Verde
Villa Verde, Lefkada Town
Villa Verde is surrounded by a 43,000-ft² garden of palm trees, flowers and stone-paved pathways and includes a lovely swimming pool. 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 150 metres from the beach, Santa Emelia also features an outdoor pool. more...
 Kydonies Villas
Kydonies Villas, Lefkada Town
Showcasing a barbecue and sun terrace, Kydonies Villas is located in the Agios Ioannis neighborhood in Lefkada Town. Árta is 28 miles away. more...




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