Lefkada is known as Lefkas, or in ancient Greek, Leukas, and Leucadia; it is the fourth largest Ionian Island on the west coast of Greece. It is connected to the mainland with a long causeway and floating bridge. There are nine satellite islands, including Meganisi, Kastos, Madouri, and Skorpios, the island owned by the Onassis family surrounding Lefkada.
August is the hottest month in Lefkada, with an average temperature of 25°C, and the coldest is January at 9°C. The Mediterranean climate has mild, rainy winters and hot, sunny summers.
Places to see
- Towns and villages. Towns such as Lefkada Town, Sivota, Vassiliki, Nydri (Nidri), and Agios Nikitas offer amenities and activities.
- The Church of Agios Ioannis Antzoussis is a small chapel built literally into a rock above Agios Ioannis beach. The church is, in fact, the oldest church in Lefkada.
- The Archaeological Museum of Lefkada is housed in the newly-constructed building of the Cultural Centre in Lefkada Town.
- The Castle of Agia Mavra. One of the most impressive medieval buildings in Greece.
- Lefkas Earth Winery – near Vassiliki.
- The Lighthouse of Lefkas, constructed in 1913, is at Cape Ducato.
- The Monastery of Panagia
- Statue of Aristotle Onassis – In the port of Nidri.
Things to do
- Visit the beach. Popular spots include Porto Katsiki, Egremni Beach, Agios Ioannis, and Kathisma Beach.
- Windsurf and kitesurf. Since the winds on the island are consistent in the summer, Lefkada is one of Greece’s top 10 windsurfing destinations.
- Scuba Dive. The water is very clear around Lefkada, making visibility excellent. Dive shops such as Lefkas Diving Center offer organized scuba and snorkeling trips.
- Cliff jump on Agiofili Beach. Not for the faint of heart, but bucket-list worthy. The beach is nice if you enjoy the sun and the sea instead.
- Swim. The water is generally calm near the beach, allowing for cooling dips in the sea.
- Bike and hike. Discover scenic views, centuries-old footpaths, and even donkey trails.
- Birdwatch. The island’s natural wetlands host migratory flamingos in autumn and winter. The lagoon of Lefkada is one of the most extensive wetlands in western Greece.
Local dishes include lentils, salami, aromatic greens, wild rice, and pasta. In addition to everyday foods, unique recipes include salted codfish cooked with potatoes and onions, cuttlefish cooked in its ink with rice, cocotos (rooster or beef) with thick macaroni in a rich aromatic sauce, or savoro, and fish served in a sauce with rosemary and, lentils served with riganada (dry bread moistened with olive oil, vinegar, oregano, and salt).
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