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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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 Katouna Suites Luxury Boutique Hotel Adults Only
Located in Lygia, 1 mi from Lygia Beach, Katouna Suites Luxury Boutique Hotel features accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. 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...
 Thealos Village
Located on a hill overlooking the traditional fishing village of Lygia, Thealos offers private self-catering villas and apartments built among lush vegetation. more...
 Ionian Horizon Villas
Set in Tsoukaladhes in the Ionian Islands region, with Kaminia Beach and Agios Ioannis Beach nearby, Ionian Horizon Villas offers accommodations with free private parking, as well as access to a hot more...
 Ianos Hotel
By the new marina of Lefkada town, Ianos Hotel offers air conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. It has a swimming pool and features free private parking on site. more...
 Desimi Villas
Desimi Villas provides accommodations with a kitchen, located in Katokhórion. The accommodations feature a spa bath and a hot tub. more...
 Allure Central Boutique Hotel
Located in Lefkada Town, 1.5 mi from Ammoglossa Beach, Allure Central Boutique Hotel features accommodations with a bar, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. more...
 Okeanos Luxury Villas - Resort & Hotel
Set on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, Okeanos Luxury Villas - Resort & Hotel offers villas, each with an infinity swimming pool. more...
 Avra Beach Hotel
Avra Beach offers comfortable accommodations next to the beach in Nydri. The hotel has lush grounds, a taverna and bar with wonderful sea views. more...
 San Lazzaro
Located among cypress trees, San Lazzaro is 328 feet from Perigiali beach and 656 feet from central Nydri in Lefkada. more...
 PHILLIPOS Studios
Located in Nydri, PHILLIPOS Studios has accommodations with private balconies. Dimosari Waterfalls is a few steps away. Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. 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...
 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...
 Salt & Blue Rooms
Located within 656 feet of Vasiliki Beach in Póndi, Salt & Blue Rooms features accommodations with free WiFi and flat-screen TV. The aparthotel offers a terrace. more...
 Isalos
Featuring a stone-paved courtyard with a common kitchenette and BBQ facilities, Isalos is located in Vassiliki Village of Lefkada, within 656 feet from the pebble beach. more...
 Santa Marina Hotel
Set upon green hills in Agios Nikitas, Santa Marina features a swimming pool and a bar-restaurant with panoramic terrace. Rooms are air conditioned and have private balconies. more...
 Sun Castle Houses
Featuring a spa bath, Sun Castle Houses is located in Drymon. The air-conditioned accommodation is 1.4 miles from Mylos Beach, and guests benefit from private parking available on site and free WiFi. more...
 Crystal Waters
Boasting a free-form, outdoor swimming pool and a sun terrace with sun loungers, Crystal Waters is located in Nikiana. Hotel facilities include a modern restaurant, a bar and a 24-hour front desk. 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...
 Boo Premium Living Villas
Located in Tsoukaládhes, Boo Premium Living Villas is a complex of villas set in the outskirts of the forest. more...
 Amarandos Villas
Featuring a private pool and a sun terrace with panoramic views over the Ionian Sea, the family-run Amarandos Villas offer self-catering accommodations in Amousso of Lefkada, 3.1 mi from Marantochori . more...
 Olive Rock Villa
Located in Katoúna, Olive Rock Villa has accommodations with a private pool, a balcony and garden views. Complimentary WiFi is available. more...
 Sands Hotel
Sands Hotel is located in Lefkada, 9 miles from Agios Ioannis Beach, and has a bar. Featuring a garden, this 2-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. more...
 Villa Elia
Located just 1640 feet from Agios Ioannis Beach, Villa Elia offers studios, apartments and suites with a balcony and garden views. more...
 Red Tower Hotel
Located in Nikiana village, Red Tower Hotel offers a beautiful swimming pool with hot tub and stone-paved sun terrace. Its rooms have a balcony overlooking the Ionian Sea. more...




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