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Lefkas - An island landscape to savour

The unspoilt and truly exquisite Greek Island of Lefkas is brimming with traditional charm and villa holiday appeal. Huge white rocks form an intense landscape, which is softened by an array of lush green valleys, clear blue waters and stunning long, sandy beaches. The low-lying east coast of Lefkas is home to an abundance of leisure facilities and picturesque views, while the rugged cliffs, rocky coves and beautifully exposed shorelines of the west are a magnet for the more adventurous.

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Agios Ioannis

Agios Ioannis region is the closest beach to the charming capital of the island; Lefkas Town. Beach bars, cafes and tavernas are peppered around the crescent shaped beach. The beach is well organized and at nearly three kilometres long has sunbeds and umbrellas for rent in the southern part, or a short walk leads to a quieter and less crowded sandy beach. Along from this beach stretches a spit of beach called Miloi after the eighteenth century windmills that stand as sentinels lined up along the waterfront, a popular area for windsurfers. North of Aghios Ioannis beach is Gyra lagoon, surrounded by the flat green plains that are scattered with houses and olive groves, the road to Lefkas town has the sea and the lagoon on either side making a breathtaking ride,whilst an old fourteenth century sea fortress offers a charming backdrop

Sivota

This idyllic little fishing harbour is set in the south eastern corner of Lefkas, set within a beautiful sheltered bay and a mountain backdrop. Sivota is well known for its yachting community, with many choosing to moor up for the night and enjoy the fabulous selection of waterfront tavernas and cafes, before sailing off the following day. This quaint little resort boasts a good selection of amenities, from cosmopolitan trendy bars to traditional Greek tavernas.

  • 1hr 10mins fromPreveza

Spanochori

Spanochori is a traditional village in an elevated position which boasts panoramic views of Lefkada and out to the Ionian Sea. Spanochori is a perfect base for tranquillity and to explore the true charm and the rustic nature of the villages and having the cosmopolitan atmosphere and amenities of main Lefkas town only a 10 minutes’ drive away.

Perigali

The quiet village of Perigali is situated on the coast, only a kilometre north of Nidri. Split by the winding coastal road, to one side is a beautiful unspoilt shingle beach and to the other, lush green olive trees leading up the hillside. Our properties are set back from the coastal road in the countryside hills of Perigali, which overlook Nidri and the neighbouring islands.

  • 40mins fromPreveza

Agios Nikitas

One of the prettiest resorts on the island, Agios Nikitas is a beautiful area of steep hills and valleys covered in pine and olive trees, which lead down to wonderful beaches and crystal clear seas. Agios Nikitas is the only village at sea level on the rugged west coast and has just one main street lined with traditional old tavernas, bars and shops. Neighbouring Milos beach is a scramble over the headland or a sea taxi ride away, while nearby Kathizma offers two kilometres of pure golden sands. Situated 12 kilometres from Lefkas Town, our villas are perched on the surrounding hills just outside the village, offering fantastic views over the mountains and the sea.

  • 30mins fromPreveza

Lygia

If it’s tranquillity, a friendly welcome and beautiful scenery you’re looking for, the charming village of Lygia is the ideal place for you. Surrounded by green hills of olive groves and cypress trees, and coves of pebble and shingle, the village offers the perfect setting for a relaxing break. The harbour forms the centre of the community, where brightly painted boats bring in delicious fish each day. Try some local seafood at a waterside restaurant whilst enjoying the magnificent views across the water to the fortress of Aghios Georgios on the mainland. For a spot of shopping or a livelier evening out, Lefkas Town is just a few kilometres away.

  • 30mins fromPreveza

Neochori

Surrounded by olive groves and citrus orchards, Neochori is a small traditional community situated on the top of the hill offering breath-taking and unforgettable views over Nidri and out towards the Ionian Sea.

  • 50mins fromPreveza

Nidri

Situated on the sheltered east coast of the island, the delightful resort of Nidri is set at the mouth of Vilicho Bay which is dominated by awe-inspiring mountain surroundings. One of the larger resorts on the island, Nidri enjoys a fabulous range of amenities from charming quaint shingle beaches and waterfront tavernas to a bustling weekly market and nightlife in the busier months. A promenade lines the waterfront, where boat trips are available, offering the chance to explore neighbouring islands, including Meganissi. Nidri is set in a fairly central position on the island, which makes it an ideal holiday base for those wishing to explore the wonders and the delights the Lefkas has to offer.

  • 45mins fromPreveza

Poros

The traditional Greek villages of Poros and Mikrias Gialos are located in the south of the island. Narrow alleys and beautiful traditional houses are characteristic for these villages. There are a few traditional tavernas in the villages, where you can taste fine traditional Greek cuisine. Our properties are set back just a few minutes walk from Mikrias Gialos village, which provide all the amenities you will need for a relaxing holiday and a lovely pebble beach.

  • 1hr 10mins fromPreveza

Tsoukalades

Located on the north west coast of Lefkada, Tsoukalades is a hotspot for fantastic views over the Ionian Sea and across to mainland Greece. The peaceful village is home to narrow streets, each lined with a collection of traditional houses and the odd taverna nestled within - where you enjoy local food and wine. Tsoukalades beach is peaceful and quiet, making this an ideal choice for those seeking a relaxing break, while the more popular resort of Agios Nikitas can be found within a short drive offering a wider selection of tavernas, bars and shops.

  • 30mins fromPreveza

Vasiliki

The picturesque fishing village of Vasiliki is located on the south side of the island where you will find a striking collection of traditional buildings and architecture. The un-spoilt location is also blessed with shallow waters and afternoon winds that provide perfect conditions for both windsurfing and sailing to suit any ability. If you are not the sporting type, you will find the colorful harbor front the perfect place to sample some freshly caught fish in the friendly local tavernas.

  • 1hr 10mins fromPreveza

Fterno

From the pretty, mountain-top village of Fterno you can gaze out over the beautiful bays of Nidri. This charming, unspoilt village offers the ultimate getaway destination, where visitors can be at one with the Greek way of life and really get away from it all. Further up the mountainside, our villa is perched high on the hillside, offering breathtaking views. You’ll also find two local tavernas nearby offering traditional Greek cuisine. Fterno is a mountain retreat you’ll never want to leave!

  • 1hr fromPreveza

Rachi

Rachi is a small traditional hamlet surrounded by olive groves and citrus orchards. Our villa is situated on the top of the small hill that offers stunning views over the sea, with its many islands and also the dramatic mountains behind. The villa is ideally placed for lovely walks, including a popular route to the nearby waterfall. The local restaurant is only a 500m walk away and you’re also within easy reach of the amenities at Nidri, the waterfront and beaches.

  • 45mins fromPreveza

Vafkeri

The magnificent scenery surrounding the hillsides flanking Mount Vafkeri features Dimosari Canyon and Melissa Gorge as examples of the unique eco-system of the forests and rivers found above Nidri. The pretty hamlet of Vafkeri has around 100 inhabitants, with an unspoilt ambience and a couple of restaurants that open seasonally and in the evenings. The neighbouring village of Karia is a ten minute drive away boasting shops, restaurants and the traditional village square. Swimming in the exotic lagoons formed by gushing waterfalls is a delightful alternative to the sea, staying cool with the thick forest treetops shading moss-draped oaks. Offering stunning views of the Ionian sea with the islands of Skopios and Meganissi spread out in the distance, and olive trees and verdant foliage hosting a wealth of flora and fauna, this is a paradise for nature lovers and those seeking a quiet laid back holiday.

Your Lefkas Villa holiday

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On the beach in Lefkas

A variety of beautiful beaches line the Lefkas coastline - some sand and others pebble. The east coast is sheltered and pretty with pine and olive trees to the waters edge, while the west – rugged and open – promises azure sea and fabulous stretches of sand, many only reachable by boat. Whether you’re looking for a mile-long main beach, a smaller family-friendly bay or a romantic secluded cove on your villa holiday, the Lefkas shoreline has something for everyone. Waterfront tavernas and beachside cafés are also found in most main summer holiday resorts.

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Hints of history in Lefkas

Once separated by a canal, a swing-bridge now links the island of Lefkas to the ancient and beautiful region of western Greece. On a villa holiday here, you can enjoy all the benefits of a Greek Island atmosphere but with easy driving access to the mainland. Here, a wealth of amphitheatres, historical sites and monuments are open for all to explore. Several museums look back at Lefkas’ history and culture through the ages, and much of the local heritage is retained to this day with traditional costumes, cuisine and pastimes.

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Local cuisine in Lefkas

Tavernas can be found in every resort, offering fish and meat meze – a traditional way of sampling all the Greek Island flavours at one sitting. As to be expected, locally-caught fresh seafood is an excellent dish in Lefkas. Wind down at an outdoor table, sip on an ouzo and enjoy the reasonable prices that the island has to offer. All of the restaurants in Lefkas offer home cooked local dishes and most cater superbly for those on a family holiday. A wider variety of international restaurants can also be found in larger villa holiday resorts.

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Outdoor pursuits in Lefkas

Known as the sailing holiday capital of the Ionian, you can expect to see flotillas of yachts passing through and mooring up in Lefkas every day. For those with nautical leanings, instructors are on hand to teach you how to sail your own vessel. Regular boat trips ferry passengers to neighbouring Greek Islands, often accompanied by friendly and inquisitive dolphins hitching a ride on the wake. Lefkas has also become a haven for leisure activities like windsurfing, cycling, hiking and swimming.

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Not to be missed...

  • Visit Porto Katsiki beach in the south west to marvel at its sheer white cliffs and idyllic, beautiful bay surroundings
  • Go walking or mountain biking between inland villages for alpine views – a good place to start is Karya, the island’s centre for lace and weaving
  • Sample the delicious seafood in the pretty little harbour of Sivota, in the south of the island and watch the boats sail by...
  • Drive to mainland Greece in an hour, and visit the Necromanteion of Ephyra – the legendary gate of Hades – which is close to the bustling port of Parga
  • Hire a boat at Nidri to explore the local islets, then moor up in your own secluded bay for a spot of lunch

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