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Lefkada: the Ionian destination with a taste of the Caribbean   

Known in ancient times as the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite and known today as Greece’s answer to the Caribbean, exotic Lefkada has something for everyone. From its turquoise seas on the west coast of the islands, admired by fans of watersports, the gorge of Dimosari and the alabaster cave well known for their beauty, to the historical castle of Santa Maura and Cape Lefkada with their fascinating history, the island promises to satisfy every visitor’s taste.

Discover some of Greece’s most beautiful beaches

Turquoise water, white sands and pebbles, imposing rocks and dense vegetation; the landscape of most of Lefkada’s beaches comes straight from a fairytale. At Porto Katsiki, the cliff hangs over the turquoise water surrounding the exquisite white beach. Equally magnificent are the beaches of Egremni and Kathisma which justify their place among Greece’s most beautiful beaches. Other popular choices for tourists include cosmopolitan Nidri and picturesque Vasiliki and Gialos with their wild rocky beauty.

Dimosari Waterfalls

A unique local beauty spot and one of Lefkada’s most important sights, Dimosari gorge boasts two waterfalls. Surrounded by enormous rocks and lush vegetation they form two turquoise lakes. Follow the trail through the lush, green landscape and let the sound of the cascading water take you away.

The alabaster cave

If you want to add a unique experience to your holidays, don’t miss a trip to the alabaster cave at Agia Aikaterini which boasts stalagmites of all shapes and sizes, some of which are more than five metres long!

The Venetian Castle of Santa Maura: Medieval fortress

The castle of Santa Maura, or the castle of Lefkada, played a significant role in the island’s defence and consequently its history. Built by the Franks in the 14th Century it took its name from the small church of Agia Mavra which can be found within its walls. The castle was an administrative centre for the Turks, then passed to the Venetian Alliance after the victory of Morosini and was later conquered by the French and the English until 1864 when it was disarmed on unification with Greece.

Alternative Destinations

If you like boat trips then you will enjoy a trip to the islands surrounding Lefkada. With Nidri as your starting point, many boats are waiting to take you. the cosmopolitan Meganisi, with its crystal clear waters, underwater caves, fjords and lush greenery, is a popular tourist spot with celebrities. Kalamos and Kastos are ideal choices for those who want to escape from routine and enjoy a peaceful holiday far from the crowds. Another popular choice is the “Prince’s” group of islands, one of which is the island of Skorpios which used to belong to Aristotle Onassis.

The Lagoon of Lefkada

The lagoon of Lefkada is a wetland of international importance. It is one of the most important sights of the island and a place of unique natural beauty where many rare bird species can be found including swans, gulls, herons and geese. The ecological importance of this place will be apparent from your very first visit.

Activities on land and sea

Possibly the perfect combination of sea and land sports, in Lefkada the activities are endless. Start with the beaches of Vasiliki and Agios Ioannis, world famous for windsurfing, then on to Milo for kitesurfing or paragliding. You can also explore some of the lakes in Geni and Desimi by hiring a boat, or become initiated into the world of diving at one of Lefkada’s many diving schools for beginners. Another alternative is mountain biking, trekking or horse riding through the wooded green inlands.

Tastes of Lefkada

In Lefkada you can find a variety of pure local traditional products. Fakes eglouvis, one of the rarest and tastiest types of lentil in Greece are produced exclusively on the island. Meat lovers will enjoy the salami and local sausages while equally famous is “rozali” a type of liqueur, the traditional New Year’s “Ladopita”, nougats and Vertzami wine.

 
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