Overview

Introduction

Lefkas, also known as Lefkada, is only just an island. once joined to the mainland, the Corinthians dug a canal in the 6th century BC. Now a swing-bridge links the two again, which means that on Lefkas you have all the benefits of an island atmosphere together with access to some of the most beautiful parts of western Greece.


Lefkas has a distinctive flavour, partly Ionian, partly Epirot. Tourism has come relatively recently and even Nidri, the only true ‘resort’ on the island, has retained a flavour of Greece (albeit busy in season).

The east coast is sheltered, pretty and shingly, with pine and olive trees to the water’s edge. There are good views too, across to the mainland or the four Prince’s Islets in the strait.

The west coast is very different – rugged and open, with sheer white cliffs towering above an azure sea and fabulous beaches, some only reached by boat. The mountainous interior is delightfully green with many working villages to explore. Some, such as Karia, are known for their traditional crafts (in this case embroidery). All can be easily reached by car.

Lefkas is noted for its wine, and an annual festival of folk dancing, held in august. There is plenty to do on Lefkas. A good excursion programme includes boat trips to the island of Meganissi and around the pretty Prince's Islands just offshore (including well known Skorpios), the famous beach of Porto Katsiki, and (by coach) around-the-island. You can rent a mountain bike, a small motor boat, even learn to sail a yacht.

They say Aphrodite was born here; Sappho leapt to her death on Lefkas; and one German archaeologist, having uncovered the remnants of a city dating back to 2000 BC, spent the rest of his days trying to prove that Lefkas was the Ithaca of the Odyssey, and that Homer had it wrong all along! For more visible remains it is best to take a car and go to the mainland – perhaps to Nikopolis, a vast Roman city only partly excavated just to the north of Preveza; or even to Delphi, although we recommend an overnight stay here.

As with all Ionian islands, Lefkas is busy in August. Nevertheless, there are not many Greek islands which have (in effect) direct flights, and yet which have retained their traditions and character to such an extent as Lefkas.

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Getting there

Sunday day flight from Birmingham, Bristol, London Gatwick or Manchester to Preveza. Then a 45 minute transfer via coach or taxi.

Multi-Centre

Why not combine a holiday in Lefkas with Meganissi, Parga, Sivota or Epirus, Albania, Fly Drive, and Multi-centre.

Car and Motorboat Hire

We can arrange both car and motorboat hire for you on Lefkas.

Small Boat Hire

Explore Lefkas’ beautiful coastline and off-shore islands by small motor-boat. Boats can be booked from Nidri, Nikiana or Ligia and delivered to Geni. our pre-booked rates start at just £50 per day.

 

Representative

Our resident representative is based in Nidri and will visit.

Lefkas Holiday Ideas

This unusual and little-known area can be combined with a holiday in Parga, Sivota or Lefkas or as part of a Hidden Greece fly-drive.

Inland Epirus is one of Europe’s prime areas of outstanding natural beauty. With mountains, lakes, gorges, preserved stone villages and a unique flora and fauna it is one of Greece’s best-kept secrets. For those with a car, it is a 2-3 hour drive from your resort area by the sea to the Zagoria national park. We can prebook a small mountain village hotel either for a few nights during your main holiday (from c £40 per person per night BB) or for your second week (from c £300 pp including car).

Please contact us for a price quotation.

Sailing from Lefkas

We offer a range of sailing options from Nidri to suit all abilities and requirements including:

  • Learn to Sail (shore-based or on a yacht)
  • Flotilla/Bareboat
  • Skippered Charter        

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Time Difference

GMT + 2 hours

Currency

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Language

Greek

Average flight times

3 hours 15 minutes

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