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The unspoiled Ionian island exuding charm and character, Lefkada offers peaceful beaches, sapphire-blue waters and quaint villages. Although peaceful, the island is far from boring, with plenty of chance to explore the mountainous terrain, ancient ruins and the dazzling Ionian Sea. Still, if your perfect getaway consists of eat, drink, beach (repeat) then you’ve hit the jackpot with this Greek gem.BeachesOn the south west of the island, and reachable only by boat, Egremni beach is a beautifully secluded shore, perfect for a day of relaxation in the Greek sunshine. Nearby, Porto Katsiki is a stunning coved beach with terrific views, making it a particular hit with the tourists. In the north western region, Kathisma beach is a spacious shore with plenty of amenities, a fantastic choice for a comfortable day at the seaside. For the more adventurous holiday-makers, the Kalamitsi beaches may be harder to reach but worthwhile for the vivid blue waters you’ll experience.Food & DrinkAs it is with most Mediterranean dishes, olive oil is a big part of the island’s cuisine, with olive cultivation being a large percentage of Lefkada’s agriculture. Plus, you can visit one of the many farms are see how it’s made for yourselves. Next up is the mouth-wateringly fresh seafood and fish, such as tuna and mussels, which are typically found around the ports and Tavernas. The typical Greek mezzes, like tzatziki, stuffed vine leaves and taromosalata, are also a popular choice on the island, of course.CultureWherever you are in Lefkada, there’s a piece of history within easy reach, as the quiet, untouched landscapes offer uninhibited glimpses into the island’s past. From the 14th Century Fortress of Agia Mavra to the farmhouse in Poros - dating all the way back to the 3rd or 4th Century BC - the island’s ancient ruins are interesting in both sight and story.NightlifeIn the north of the island around Lefkada town, the lively evenings can be spent in bars and clubs such as Capital Nightclub, Joy Bar and Taratsa Open. Known as the island’s buzzing port, Nydri has a sea of social venues to choose from, including the hidden gem Tree Bar and the elegant de Blanck Wine and Champagne Bar - a treat whether you’re a wine connoisseur, or if you just simply fancy sampling the local tipple. In the southern town of Vasiliki, the Garden Cafe-Cocktail Bar is renowned for its delightfully tasty range of cocktails, which can be enjoyed by the scenic waterfront.Important InformationFlight Time: 3h 35mTime Difference: GMT +2 hrCurrency: EuroOfficial Language: Greek
To see the sunniest side of Lefkada, travelling between June and September will give you average temperatures of between 22°C and 25°C. May and October are still mild months with average temperatures of 18°C. If you want to roam the beautiful country without breaking a sweat, November to April sees average temperatures between 9°C and 14°C.
Things To Do on Lefkada Holidays
Watersport ToursGet up close and personal with the secret coves and caves of Lefkada’s coastline on a wonderful kayak or paddle boarding tour. Those who prefer to be underwater, snorkelling and diving tours are also available on the island, where you can witness the colourful creatures that live below the surface. Whichever tour you choose, it’s sure to be an adventure that will stay with you forever.Lefkas Earth WineryEducate yourself on the process of winemaking whilst exploring the rustic winery and sampling the local produce. Enthusiasts will particularly enjoy the learning about traditional production methods, and the tasting session is sure to appeal to all wine-lovers. Plus, if you like what you see (and taste), there’s an option to purchase a bottle or two for your own indulgence. Boat Tour Set sail on the crystal-blue waters and explore Lefkada’s beautiful coast in style. Whether by yacht, sail boat or speed boat, the tours available are an experience not to miss. Depending on which you choose, you can visit the caves of Lefkada, sample traditional cuisine and even explore the nearby islands, a true Ionian expedition.Nydri Waterfalls Wander through the lush greenery, whilst admiring the mountainous terrain and discovering the Dimossari Waterfalls. Taking approximately an hour to walk to from Nydri, the trek offers a taste of the island’s countryside whilst the waterfalls are pockets of tranquillity, great for taking a dip in peace.