Discover the wonderful world of the Ionian Islands. Discover Lefkas!
The Ionian Islands (Eptanisa), lie along the west coast of Greece and are considered the most beautiful among all the Greek islands because of the wonderful natural environment. The climate is mild Mediterranean all year round, so living is comfortable for all ages.
The island of Lefkada is the paradise of green and blue. Large olive groves and vineyards, hidden biotopes, narrow plateaus with lush ravines, pines, oaks, cedars and cypress trees, citrus trees and small forests lead you to the beaches. Large sections of the island and the surrounding sea have been included in the European Program NATURA 2000, to protect their rich flora, the monachus-monachus seal and the caretta-caretta endangered turtle. Plenty of sun, warm waters, cool breezes, lush vegetation, rare scenery and of course wonderful and hospitable people adorn the island.
On the west side of Lefkada many beaches of wild beauty with turquoise crystal clear waters were included amongst the top 10 beaches in the world. Kathisma, Porto Katsiki, Agios Nikitas, Pefkoulia, Kalamitsi and Egremni are jewels of the island that every visitor must enjoy. The east side of the Island has a more tranquil beauty because of the Princes Islands and the Tilevoidon Islands which consists of 24 small islands and islets. The main ones are Meganisi, Scorpios, Madouri, Kastos, Skorpidi, Sparti, Thilia, Kalamos and many other smaller ones. All are private; some however have individual owners, such as Scorpios, which was once owned by the Onassis family.
The main advantage of the island is that it is permanently connected to the mainland by a moving bridge, which enables direct road access to the rest of Greece, while a boat connects Lefkada with Cephallonia and Ithaca all year round.
The International Airport (Aktion-Preveza) is only 20 km away, and welcomes a significant number of Greek and European flights (Charter), while serving guests from Russia through permanent flight from Athens.
The Castle of Santa Maura welcomes the guests before they enter to the heart of Lefkada’s city which is dominated by the colorful buildings, the cobbled streets and the scent of a variety of flowers in the gardens.
Right next to the Castle, one of the largest and safest marinas in Greece allows 620 boats -up to 40 meters long- to anchor.
The many charming seaside villages are now cosmopolitan, while picturesque mountain villages keep their traditions alive, revealing the old way of life.
The specific and rather rear weather conditions favor sports tourism which is currently booming in Lefkada. One can enjoy walking or running in mild ambulatory natural routes, mountain biking, horseback riding, sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, diving and paragliding.
The island apart from its natural features also shares significant intellectual beauties. Numerous Orthodox Churches in town or in the villages deliver the Holy Service daily. They are dedicated to Jesus Christ, to the Holy Spirit, to Virgin Mary or to one or more Saints. Virgin Mary is the protector of the island and many Churches have her name to honor Her.
A unique gem for the island and a remarkable example of the entire Greek-Orthodox Civilization is the Holy Monastery Panagias Pefaneromenis (Virgin Mary who revealed herself), known as Panagia Faneromeni Lefkadas. It is fairly called the Spiritual Lighthouse of Lefkada. Tradition has preserved until today that 3 of the students of St. Paul the Evangelist, Aqilas, Sosionas and Herodionas founded the Church of Lefkada in the area that the Holy Monastery stands today. You will never forget your visit to this Holy place.
The island has become a favorite tourist destination for Greeks and foreign tourists from all around the planet. Many of them dreamed of a home of their own to enjoy life next to the calm waves, overlooking the blue of the Ionian Sea, under the shade and coolness of a tree, with friends, traditional food and wine. They now live their dream!
What do you dream of?