"A stunningly beautiful island, framed by pure white cliffs, golden sandy beaches and azure waters, ideal for anyone who loves the beach."
Lefkada is a beautiful Greek island with some of the finest beaches in the entire country, making it ideal for people who want to have a traditional beach holiday, among some truly stunning natural scenery. It is named after the many steep white cliffs, which rise out of the sea and create a majestic spectacle that will leave you breathless. Home to delicious local cuisine, its mountainous terrain is ideal for the cultivation of olives and grapes, ensuring that the olive oil is rich and golden, and the wine is dark and delicious. It is a defined by natural beauty, great weather, friendly locals, delicious food and a relaxing atmosphere, making it perfect for anyone who wants to relax by the sun-kissed shores of the turquoise sea. The island is also very famous for fans of windsurfing and kite surfing and its sailing conditions, as well as the nearby private hideaway of legendary tycoon Aristotle Onasis. This island is an excellent destination for all types of holiday whether it be active, educational or relaxing.
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As one of Greece’s western islands, situated in the Ionian Sea, it is linked to the mainland by a 50-metre drawbridge, making it easily accessible for those who visit. The capital of the island is also called Lefkada and is located on the Northern coast and thus close to the mainland. The west of the island is famous for its beautiful beaches and sheer white cliffs, while the east is more famous for its picturesque villages.
With a fairly typical Mediterranean climate it has long hot summers and mild winters. Summer weather begins as early as May (18 degrees) and continues right through into late October (19 degrees). The hottest months of the year are July and August when the temperature regularly sits at 24 or 25 degrees, however there are cool breezes to counteract the summer heat. The winters are mild with the lowest average temperature being 9 degrees.
History and Culture
The island is named after white in Greek (Lefkos), due to the white cliffs on the southern part of the island. In mythology it was famed for being the place that the poet Sappho jumped into the sea, because she could no longer stand the torture of her love for Phaon. The island fell under the Corinthian sphere of influence during the 7th century BC, participating in the Persian wars of 480 BC and sending 800 men to the crucial battle of Plataea. It also fought on the Spartan side during the Peloponnesian war, before falling under Macedonian and then Roman control. More recently it switched hands between the Venetians, the Byzantines, the Ottomans, the French and the British, eventually becoming a part of Greece in 1864.
Olive oil has been the island’s principle product, with olive cultivation accounting for around 50% of the island’s totally agricultural output. Traditionally it was difficult for the locals to grow the ingredients for products like bread because of the mountainous terrain. However, it does consist of some great vineyards where delivious local wines are produced. Lentils are popular on the island and are normally cooked with garlic, while there are also a variety of fresh fish dishes, thanks to its seaside location.
Anyone looking for an ideal place for a relaxing beach holiday, should visit Kos. It has a large number of family friendly beaches, replete with golden sands and shallow turquoise waters. It is also good hiking territory for those who enjoy exploring the island on foot. Many of the hotels on the island also have kids’ facilities and clubs that the younger members of the family are sure to enjoy on their family holiday.
Tours and Attractions
Defined by its golden beaches and areas of natural beauty, travel to Porto Katsiki, a beautiful beach framed by sheer white cliffs or explore Eggremeni, a long beach with flat soft sands and Agiofili beach. The island is also home to the beautiful Nydri Waterfalls, where underground waters, cascade into a secluded gorge in an area of exquisite natural beauty.
Events and Festivities
When in Lefkada, there will be no shortage of a variety of cultural events that take place, mostly throughout the summer, including witnessing a traditional wedding in August, during which the bride is decorated in a traditional way and the wedding procession journeys through the streets for locals to cheer and follow. There is also an International Folklore Festival, which is held in the last week of August and seeks to engage people with traditional values. While the Valaoritia Festival, takes place in Nydri and it is dedicated to the memory of Aristotelis Valaoritis, an important poet who came from the island.
The island is more relaxed and peaceful than many of the other Greek islands. The main tourist resorts all have nice bars, open late into the night, with Nydri also hosting a few clubs. However, the best nights on the island can be found in the tavernas, ideal for romantic meals or time with friends throughout the long summer evenings.