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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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 Pantheon Villas
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...
 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...
 Mavra Studios
Set amid pine trees, Mavra Studios offers air-conditioned rooms with furnished balconies facing the sea. Featuring a breakfast lounge, the hotel also has a snack bar with view to Lygia beach. 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...
 Panorama Villas
The stone-built Panorama Villas offers panoramic views of the sea and the green landscape of Lefkada, hence located in the mountainous Drymonas village. 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...
 Kerasoula Apartments
Set amid well-tended gardens with tall palm trees, Kerasoula Apartments offer accommodations with a furnished balcony enjoying views over the Ionian Sea. more...
 Porto Galini Seaside Resort & Spa
Located 2.5 mi from Nidri Town in Nikiana, Porto Galini spreads over 131 ft² of landscaped grounds along a secluded beach. It offers 2 swimming pools and a spa with 2 indoor pools. 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...
 Agios Nikitas Resort Villas
Agios Nikitas Resort offers fully equipped villas with private pool, on the tree-covered hills of Agios Nikitas. The complex enjoys stunning views of the picturesque village and the Ionian Sea. 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...
 Ethereal Villas Lefkas
Ethereal Villas Lefkas provides apartments with a fully equipped kitchen and pool or mountain views, within 656 feet from the center of Nydri. more...
 Liogerma Villas
Located in Ayios Nikitas, 0.8 mi from Mylos Beach and 13 mi from Egremnoi Beach, Liogerma Villas features accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden with an outdoor more...
 Villas Panorama Apolpaina Lefkas
Featuring a swimming pool, a shared lounge, a garden and views of the pool, Villas Panorama Apolpaina Lefkas is set in Apolpaina and offers accommodations with free WiFi. more...
 Hotel Agios Nikitas
Only 492 feet from the nearest beach, the traditionally built Agios Nikitas hotel is located in a stone-paved courtyard with bougainvillea and jasmines. more...
 Polyxenis Rooms
A 5-minute walk from the beach of Lygia in Lefkada, Polyxenis Rooms features a pool and a poolside snack bar surrounded by rich greenery. more...
 Villa Albatross
Boasting air-conditioned accommodations with a patio, Villa Albatross is located in Sivota. This villa features a private pool, a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking. more...
 PHILLIPOS Studios
Located in Nydri, within 1.6 mi of Ellomeni Beach and less than 0.6 mi of Dimosari Waterfalls, PHILLIPOS Studios features accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi throughout more...
 Cleopatra Beach
Located on Vlichos Bay, Cleopatra Beach is located in Geni Village. It features an outdoor pool, hot tub and pool bar. The elegant rooms boast panoramic views of the Ionian Sea from their balcony. more...
 KN Ionian Suites
Located in Nikiana, 984 feet from Limni Beach, KN Ionian Suites features accommodations with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a bar and a garden. more...
 Avesta Private Villas
Featuring a private swimming pool, Avesta Private Villas offers accommodations in Vlikhón. The accommodations features a hot tub. Desimi Beach is 0.9 mi from the property. more...
 Mikros Gialos Apartments
Just 49 feet from Mikros Gialos Beach in Lefkada, this family-run property features self-catering units with a balcony overlooking the Ionian Sea. more...
 Glaros Apartments
Located in Nydri and only 984 feet from Nidri Beach, Glaros Apartments features accommodations with lake views, free WiFi and free private parking. more...
 Matina Studios
Located 656 feet from the beach and 1640 feet from Nikiana Village, Matina offers rooms and studios that enjoy Ionian Sea views. more...
 Beyond Villas
Each with a private pool and unobstructed views of the Ionian Sea, the EU Ecolabel-awarded Beyond Villas are just 328 feet from Mylos Beach. more...




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