Lefkada

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The lefkadian open sea resembles a mini archipelago with its green islands lying nonchalantly on the blue waters.

The beach of Pefkoulia. Here the pine trees descend down the slopes all the way to the seashore and provide shade for the many campers who enjoy free camping.

A few kilometres further on is Aghios Nikitas, listed as a village of the national heritage. Aghios Nikitas is a very pleasant resort for a summer holiday, with all the comforts and nothing missing for an enjoyable stay. Swimming, food, entertainment, everything is provided for. From Aghios Nikitas there is the shuttle service of a water taxi departing from the water-front to the next beach, Mylos , considered by some one of the two loveliest of the island. It’s rather difficult access has saved it from the crowds and its endless stretches of immaculate beach and waters can be enjoyed with plenty of space from other bathers.

Another super beach is Kathisma one of the island’s most frequented and cosmopolitan, probably brought about by the building of rooms to let and the beach bars which have transformed it. The sea water is wonderful, but care should be taken when the north-west wind gets up, for the seabed suddenly shelves steeply down and the waves can be quite dangerous.
Kalamitsi is a mountain village with easy access by car to three lovely beaches in its vicinity. In the evening, a stunning sunset can be admired from here (perhaps one of the most phantasmagoric of the island) with the sun flooding the sky with colour and retiring majestically into the distant depths.
One village that will impress you a lot is Exanthia located 3 km from Drimonas. It is in a semi-circle and the site has probably been inhabited since Byzantine times.  where the panoramic view is amazing.

The famous beach of Porto Katsiki is located on Lefkada’s west coast.

The east coast section of the island has small resorts of Lygia, Nikiana and Perigiali, all north of Nidri, the largest resort on the island. It is set in a sheltered location with views across to Skorpios—formerly owned by Aristotle Onassis, Meganissi and other small islands, as well as the Greek mainland. The main coastal road from Lefkada to Vasiliki runs through the village, although a bypass has now been completed which skirts the village to the west. There are regular car ferries to Kefalonia, Ithaca and Meganissi.

20 kilometres (12 miles) south of Nidri is the resort of Vasiliki, a windsurfing center. There are ferries to Kefalonia and Ithaca from Vasiliki. South of Vasiliki is Cape Lefkada, where the Greek female poet Sappho allegedly leapt to her death from the 30 m high cliffs.

The great literary man and famous poet Angelos Sikelianos was born in Lefkada in 1884. He was nominated for the Nobel prize for Literature twice.

Another famous poet, Aristotelis Valaoritis, was born in Lefkada in 1824 to a Greek father of Epirotic descent. He completed his school education in Lefkada and Corfu. Afterwards he went to France and Italy to study law. He never worked as a lawyer though, but completely devoted himself to poetry. He spent an important part of his life in the small island of Madouri, in Lefkada.

The first museum in Europe for Lafcadio Hearn, who was born on the island and is named after it, was inaugurated in Lefkada on July 4, 2014, as Lafcadio Hearn Historical Center. It contains early editions, rare books and Japanese collectibles. The visitors, through photos, texts and exhibits, can wander in the significant events of Lafcadio Hearn’s life, but also in the civilizations of Europe, America and Japan of late 18th and early 19th centuries through the open mind of his lectures, writings and tales.