Lefkada (Lefkas) is a beautiful island in the Ionian Sea, which is separated from Mainland Greece by a 25-meter artificial canal and two bridges connect it. Lefkada is characterized by beautiful beaches, impressive sites, mountainous terrain, lush landscape and hospitable inhabitants, making it one of the finest vacation destinations in Greece.
Lefkada Town, the capital of the island, has its own special personality, with its tile roofed buildings and surrounding green landscape. The fortress of Agia Mavra, located a short distance from the capital, hosts the Festivals of Literature and Art every summer. The main square is the meeting place of Lefkada Town and is packed with people every evening. The church of Agios Spyridonas is on its northwest side is worthwhile a visit. The heart of the town is along the main street, which leads to the main square. There you can enjoy a soft drink or the special local almond emulsion “soumada” in one of the quaint cafes.
Vassiliki is a scenic fishing village, located 38 km from Lefkada Town, with a well-developed tourist infrastructure, small whitewashed houses, a picturesque harbour and a stunning beach. The bay of Vassiliki is one of the best known areas for windsurfing in the Mediterranean. Apart from Vasiliki Bay, there are many other bays in the area with golden sandy beaches such as Agiofyli and Porto Katsiki. From Vassiliki Harbor a ferry departs twice a week for Kefalonia and Ithaki. In Vassiliki there are an abundance of restaurants and taverns that served local delicacies, as well as scenic cafe, bars and night clubs for your night time entertainment. Vassiliki also possesses plenty of hotels, apartments, studios, villas and rooms for rent that offer comfortable accommodation.
The shores of Lefkada are full of exquisite beaches and crystal clear waters that range from deep blue to emerald green in color. On the western side, visitors can swim at Pefkoulia, Agios Nikitas, Kathisma, Mylos beaches and the top of them, Egremni Beach and Porto Katsiki Beach , while Vasiliki Bay and Agiofili Beach are located in the south. Gyra and Ai Yiannis are located on the northern side of the island, while to the east are the beaches of Nikiana, Nydri, Vlychos and Mikros Gialos.
Lefkada has an excellent local cuisine, with tasty traditional dishes. To start off, we suggest you sample the local sausages and salami. For your main course, you can try whitebait pies, “savoro” (fish marinated in rosemary and raisins), “bourgeto” (fish in a tomato and onion sauce), squash pie and cabbage pie. Lefkada Town is the place where the island’s nightlife entertainment is concentrated, although Nydri and Vasiliki are worthy competitors.