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Lefkada

The island of Lefkada is surrounded by a total of 24 islets, including the renowned island of Scorpios, property of Aristotelis Onassis.
In Lefkada, which extends over 302.5 km2, you will find remarkable sights, churches and monasteries, picturesque settlements, green surroundings and wonderful beaches.

The Archaeological, Folklore Museums and the Charamogleios Special Library of Lefkada, which is unique in the world, compose the image of an island with a somewhat "mainland" character ideal for holidays and entertainment.

Lefkada formed part of the coasts of Akarnania until the 6th century B.C. Nowadays, it is considered to be an island, as it is separated from mainland Greece by a canal however a bridge provides access to the island. This along with the fact that it can be frequently reached by ferry boats departing from other Ionian islands as Zante, Ithaca and Kefalonia make Lefkada a very good base for trips and excursions to the Ionian islands and western Greece. 

Lefkada was named after Lefkatas, a cape located at the southernmost part of the island with its imposing steep white rocks.
Lefkada has been inhabited since the Neolithic era. It grew prosperous as a Corinthian colony and formed part of the Epirus Domain after 1204, when Constantinople was conquered by the Franks. Later on Turks, Venetians, French and Englishmen took over the island, until it joined Greece in 1864 along with the rest of the Ionian islands.

On Foot

Capital and port at the same time, the city of Lefkada welcomes visitors with its beautiful narrow streets, small squares, traditional houses, fine belfries and paved pedestrian streets. It is connected with the opposite coastline of Sterea Ellada by a bridge and has approximately 8.000 inhabitants.

The fortress of Aghia Mavra, situated at the entrance of the city, was built by the Sicilian Ioanni Orsini in 1300. It is built next to an artificial canal on an islet of the lagoon; later, both Venetians and Turks have added some pieces.

  •  The Bosketo park, which used to be a meeting point for the intelligentsia of the island.
  •  The pedestrian street along the coast with hangouts for young people, cafés and music bars.
  •  The Archaeological Museum with findings dating back to the Middle Paleolithic era until the 4th century A.D.
  •  The Central Public Library which, among other things, possesses a collection of Post-Byzantine Eptanesian icons.
  •  The Charamogleios Special Library of Lefkada exhibiting rare books, gravures and maps and hosting an art hall, where contemporary painting and photography exhibitions take place.
  •  The Folklore Museum, with a representation of a traditional house of Lefkada.
  •  The Museum of Phonograph-Old Souvenirs, with exhibitions of old phonographs, old disks, decorative items-antiques, old banknotes, etc.
  •  The wetlands of Megalos and Mikros Avlaimonas, two natural fish farms near the town.
  •  The windmills in Gyra and in the small village Fryni (2km SW), built on a slope with a beautiful view.
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Cultural Events

Speech and Art feasts. Organized by the Cultural center of Lefkada since 1995. The feasts along with the Athens Festival are two of the oldest cultural institutions of Greece.

Easter customs

In Lefkada, on the evening of Good Friday the epitaph processions of the various parishes are held, accompanied by the local band, occupying the town's main street and end up in the traditional, Venetian-style, central square.

On Holy Saturday morning, the band plays rousing tunes in the streets of the town, while the housewives throw earthenware vessels from their windows.

International Folklore Festival

For 45 years groups and artists from various countries around the world meet every august in Lefkada and share the creations of their intellectual and artistic traditions (dance, music, traditional heritage).

Bike tours

The town of Lefkada and the nearby beaches are ideal for biking. The lagoon tour (Aghia Mavra, Gyra, Myloi, Ai-Giannis, Lefkada) is of unique natural beauty.

Caves

Papanikolis Cave was the place where boats and sailing boats found shelter when they were threatened by storms. It took its name after “Papanikolis” submarine as the cave was its base during the II World War. Its chamber is very large covering 3.800 sq. m and is the second biggest cave in Greece. You can visit it by boat and you will be amazed by its colossal hall and its rich decoration of stalactites. In the sunlight, the combination of rocks creates thousand colors giving a dreamy atmosphere. At the end of the cave there is a pebbled passage, ideal for walking.

Another cave located in Lefkada close to Spartochori is SPILIA TOU DAIMONA.

Churches

  •  The church of Aghios Spyridon located at the main square (1685).
  •  The church of Aghios Nikolaos (1687) with a remarkable wood carved chancel.
  •  The church of Christ Pantocrator founded in 1700; in the courtyard you can see the tomb of writer A. Valaoritis.
  •  The monastery of Panaghia Faneromeni, near Fryni. The new monastery is the religious center of Lefkada. Nearby, you will find the older monastery (1650) built in the place of the temple of Hera.

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