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About Lefkas

PORTO KATSIKI, LEFKADALefkas, also called Lefkada, is the fourth biggest island of the Ionian Sea and it belongs to the island complex of Eptanisa. It lies between the islands of Corfu and Kefalonia. It is very close to the shores of the western mainland of Greece. Only a small strip of sea separates the island from Akarnania and a fifty meter floating bridge connects them. Lefkas covers an area of 302.5 square kilometers with a population of 24.000 people.

Lefkas along with the islands of Meganissi, Kalamos, Kastos, Scorpios, Skorpidi, Mathouri, Sparti, Thilia, Kythros and other smaller ones around them, constitutes the province of Lefkas with the town of Lefkas as the capital.

 

 :: LEFKAS TOWN

The tour around Lefkas begins from the bridge of Lefkas which links the island with the greek mainland and it is considered to be the road connection of the island. A street above the sea level (1800m) leads to the town of Lefkas.  On the right hand there is the Lagoon of Lefkas and on the left hand the sea path leads the ships to the eastern side when the bridge rises. On the eastern part of the town is the modern Marina, which can host up to 600 yachts and it includes a lot of support building facilities. The town of Lefkas is the gate of the island. The historical centre of Lefkas town is graphic and beautiful with colored wooden houses and narrow stone paths. Walking through the pedestrian zone of the Lefkas market can be very pleasant because of the numerous shops and cafes. During summer time, visitors can drink their coffee in one of the several bars located on the Venetian canal of the western side. The sunset of Gyra is miraculous from this spot. Dinners at the graphic taverns of the narrow traditional stonepaths can be very romantic, in addition to the local music of the island (cantades-traditional songs accompanied with guitar). In the summer the narrow paths are full of smells from the flowers in numerous flower pots in the yards and the balconies.

 

:: THE BEACHES

No need to say much about the beaches of Lefkas. Gold sand and crystal water are what made Lefkas’ beaches famous around the globe. The East and West coasts of Lefkas are exact opposites. The West coast is open sea. The beaches tend to be spectacular, with clear water and backed by cliffs. Some of the best beaches of the west coast are Porto Katsiki, Egremni, Kathisma, Agios Nikitas, Pefkoulia and Milos. The East coast is calm and sheltered. The main resorts and beaches on the East coast are Kariotes, Lygia, Nikiana, Perigialli, Nidri, Vlicho and Geni. There is also a beach at Dessimi Bay. North of Lefkas town is a land spit with 8 km of pebble beach and a few abandoned windmills, easily accessed by road. This area is known as Gira and it also includes the beach of Agios Ioannis. The south coast of Lefkas has two well known pebbly bays at Mikros Gialos (below Poros village) and Vasiliki.

 

:: THE MOUNTAIN VILLAGES

It is highly recommended to visit the villages that are found scattered on the mountains of Lefkas. The capital of mountain Lefkas is called Karya and it is placed in the center of the island. There are many events that take place in Karya during the summer, such as the representation of the traditional wedding in August. Other traditional villages are Eglouvi, which produces the famous lentil of Eglouvi, Agios Petros in the south, Kalamitsi in the north west, and many others. Just take a car and explore the mountains of Lefkas and you will be amazed by the views and the variety of the landscapes.

 

:: THE ARCHITECTURE

A huge earthquake destroyed the main part of Lefkas in 1948 and then in 1953, therefore a very few examples of the traditional architecture are still standing. Many western civilizations, especially the Venetians, have influenced the architecture of the island. Traditional houses used to be double-storey and three-storey arcaded imposing constructions, built according to the Venetian architectural style. The island’s proximity to the mainland gave to its architecture some elements of the post-Byzantine tradition which can be admired through the many churches of the island. The actual architectural style of the charming houses of wooden skeletons and multicolored sheets of metal were built as a response and defense from the constant threat of the earthquakes. The unique and charming colored wooden and metallic houses board the narrow alleys of the town and create a lovely image. The ecclesiastical architecture has also been influenced by the earthquake’s threat; this can be seen in many churches and monasteries of the island which were rebuilt in various styles and often have a wooden skeleton and belfries made of metal girders, which create impressive churches of unique and original beauty.

Best beach in Lefkas.
 
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