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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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 Apanema Lefkada by Omikron Selections
Located 1.8 mi from Pefkoulia Beach, Apanema Lefkada by Omikron Selections features accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a garden and room service for your convenience. 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...
 Zephyros Rooms And Apartments
Zephyros rooms and apartments is peacefully set in Drymon, 11 mi from Lefkada Town. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 San Nicolas Resort Hotel
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...
 Sun Castle Houses
Located in Drymon in the Ionian Islands region, Sun Castle Houses has a garden. more...
 Villa Melisti
Villa Melisti in Tsoukalades Village offers rooms and studios that open to a furnished balcony with views of the garden and the surrounding olive groves. more...
 Nontas Home
Located in Kalamitsi village of Lefkada, the family-run Nontas Home features air-conditioned accommodations with free WiFi. more...
 Adani Hotel
Surrounded by greenery, Adani Hotel is located in Tsoukalades Village. It features a bar and an outdoor swimming pool with sunbeds and umbrellas. more...
 Lontza Apartments
Featuring a garden, Lontza Apartments offers studios with a balcony overlooking the mountains. more...
 Villa Gianna
Located in Apolpaina, 2.2 mi from Lefkada Town, Villa Gianna features a garden and free WiFi. more...
 Kalliope Apartments
Featuring free WiFi, Kalliope Apartments is located in Tsoukalades, within proximity to fish tavernas, cafes and a bakery. more...
 Lenia Studios
Offering studios with a balcony, Lenia Studios is located 1.9 mi from the beach of Kalamitsi in Lefkada. Cafeterias and restaurants are 164 feet away. more...
 Poros Beach studios
Just 164 feet from the white pebbled Mikros Gialos Beach in Lefkada, Poros Beach studios features a restaurant with Ionian Sea views and a pool with sun terrace. more...
 Studios Lefkada
Studios Lefkada is located in the center of Sivros Village of Lefkada Island. It features a sun terrace with BBQ facilities and offers studios, some opening to a balcony with valley or mountain views . more...
 Athineon
Located in Nydri, just a 2-minute walk from its center, Athineon offers accommodations with a terrace. Free WiFi is at guests' disposal. more...
 T'Aloni
Located in Chortáta, T'Aloni features a restaurant, bar, garden, and free WiFi throughout the property. Featuring room service, this property also provides guests with a terrace. more...
 Anemones Villas by Omikron Selections
Anemones Villas by Omikron Selections are located in the traditional settlement of Spanochori, 3.7 mi from the town of Lefkada. more...
 Fabulous apt. w/breakfast near the sea!
Fabulous apt. W/breakfast near the sea! is located in Sivota. Guests staying at this apartment can use the balcony. more...
 Poseidonio A
Within 820 feet from the beach and 0.6 mi from the popular town of Nydri, Poseidonio A has a swimming pool with poolside bar overlooking the Ionian Sea. more...
 Hotel Lefkas
Hotel Lefkas stands at the entrance of the city of Lefkada, only 2297 feet from the biggest beach of the island. It offers a 24-hour front desk and free wireless internet in all areas. more...
 Araxovoli Studios - Aραξοβολι Studios
Set in Tsoukaladhes, 0.8 mi from Skala Gialou Beach, Araxovoli Studios - Aραξοβολι Studios offers air-conditioned rooms and a garden. more...
 Akroyiali Resort
Right on the famous Vasiliki Beach, Akroyiali Studios features air-conditioned studios with a furnished balcony overlooking the Ionian Sea. Restaurants and seafront cafés are within 328 feet. more...
 Sofia's House
Sofia's House is located in Sivota. This property has a balcony. The 2-bedroom apartment has a living room with a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom. The apartment has a terrace. more...
 Pure Blue
Located in Athanion in the Ionian Islands region and Egremni Beach reachable within 1.6 mi, Pure Blue features accommodations with free WiFi, BBQ facilities, a garden and free private parking. more...
 Nefeli Hotel
Boasting a garden, terrace and views of the garden and the sea, NEFELI HOTEL is set in the middle of the pedestrian street in Ayios Nikitas, 1.7 mi from Pefkoulia Beach. more...




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