Lefkas



With an area of 395 km² and 25.000 people living there Lefkas (also known as Lefkada) is one of the bigger islands in the Ionian group. In a way it isn't even an proper island anymore. It is connected to the mainland by a floating swing bridge which by all means is a rather curious thing.

Lefkas is one of these places where they found the right balance. They never even tried to appeal to the masses and as a result did not attract mass tourism. As a result the island attracts a rather different crowd.

Lefkas – even the touristy areas – maintained its original charm. There are excellent campsites on the island for example which these days is rather unusual. Backpackers of course love it. The island is also popular with surfers and hikers. The island offers everything independent travelers fancy and it should; they are the target audience or so it seems. The rather excellent beaches of course help as well.

Lefkas Island
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Lefkas city is situated right behind the bridge that connects the island to the mainland. The old town with its narrow alleys is worth seeing. The city is a good place for shopping. Most of the better shops are located in the big pedestrian zone. There you'll also find loads of nice restaurants and hotels. The main attraction seems to be the local castle (Aghia Mavra), the museums are quite interesting as well. There for example is the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Popular Art and – rather unusual – a Photography Museum.

The east of Lefkas: In the east of the island are a few nice tourist places. Most popular is Nidri. You'll meet quite a few English people there. Most of the restaurants and hotels are around the old and quite romantic port.

The south of Lefkas: Most popular in the south is Vasiliki. It is situated in a wide bay and considered one of the best surfing areas in Europe. The town is widely considered the most beautiful on the island. The local camp site (Vasiliki Beach Camping) is particularly popular and not only with wind surfers. It is regarded as one of the finest camp sites in Greece.

While you are there we highly recommend visiting the villages up in the mountains. Most impressive is the old capital Karia. She is a typical example for the Ionian architecture and style.

Due to the islands popularity prices rose in recent years. We would consider it slightly above average.

There are frequent busses between Lefkas City and Nidri. During season they go at least every hour. At least five busses a day connect the capital with Vasiliki. Generally speaking the bus system is quite good. You get pretty much everywhere by public transport. Unusual for an island, there are 4 busses a day to Athens and other places on the mainland. From Nidri and Vasiliki go three to five ferries a day to Ithaka and Kefalonia. There is no airport on Lefkas.

 

 

 

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