Our 5 tips to visit Lefkada Town

There is a lot to do in Lefkas town, especially during the summer. 

1. Culture

There are several museums, including the large archaeological museum and several smaller ones which are great for a quick culture fix!
You can have a walk through the Marina, one of the most modern in the Mediterranean Sea. Extended in 2003 and it has moorings for over 600 yachts and sailing ships. I

2. Beach Life

Lazy days at the beach are close by at Gyra and Kastro at the end of the causeway. . It is lovely, just 15 minutes and you see the sun reflecting off the sea and feel the salty air around you.

3. Nature and health

At least once a week in the evening, we try to walk around the Lagoon, from the town to Agios Ioannis, and the Windmills. If the wind is right then you will see all the colored sails of the kite surfers. From there we make a round walk to Gyra, Kastro and back into Lefkada town which makes a 7 km walk total. During September/October pink flamingos visit us as they migrate south for the winter and the Lagoon is full with these pink birds. It’s such a pretty sight!


4. Shop & Eat

In Lefkada town there are many boutiques mainly with clothing and jewelry from Greek designers. The main shopping street Ioannou Mela is pedestrian and full of life in the mornings and evenings.
Coffee culture is big in Greece and in Lefkada sit in the main square or along the canal, take in the view and enjoy the people watching!
Eating can be quick and tasty at the gyros shop, a traditional experience at a Mezodopoleio or taverna or a modern Greek dining experience at the restaurants in the main square and marina.

5. Discover the old town streets

Walk through the small narrow streets of the old town. Here the architecture consists mainly of wooden houses with various pastel colors. In 1948 there was a very big earthquake which is why the old town has so many colors because when rebuilding the city they used the materials wood and corrugated iron from the ruined houses. 

For a relaxing break in one of the historic buildings take a look at Levkosh Apartments

To discover more about the history of Lefkada old town, please contact us for a private or group guided tour : contact@x-lh.com

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Lygia Beach

Starting from the north of the island we find Lygia Beach. A quiet pebble beach shaded by beautiful eucalyptus trees with crystal-clear waters.
The beach is equipped so you can rent beach umbrellas and sunbeds. The best if you are on holiday with children and looking to relax.

Nikiana Beach

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The sand has medium to large pebbles, rich in vegetation and very brightly coloured. The waters of Nikiana beach are so clear that you can see many small fish swimming between your legs.
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Pasa Beach

Descending southwards, immediately after Nikiana, is the small Pasa Beach
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Desimi Beach

A few kilometres after Nydri, there is Desimi Beach. A small but fantastic bay with crystal-clear sea and a pebble beach, overlooked by some pleasant tavernas and a bar. 
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Kamari Beach

Very close to Desimi beach, along a dirt but easily passable stretch of road, you will reach the hidden and little-visited Kamari Beach
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The 5 most beautiful beaches on the west coast

The west coast of Lefkada is the most visited by tourists because it undoubtedly has the largest and wildest beaches.

 

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Pefkoulia Beach

Starting from the north-west of the island, we find Pefkoulia Beach

This is a very large pebble beach with crystal-clear water, located near a pine forest and almost never crowded. 

Here you can easily find a corner where you can lie down quietly and sunbathe. A beach that is divided into two parts: an equipped part, where you can find a bathing establishment with a bar and beach-umbrella rental, and another free and wild part

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Kathisma Beach

Just an 11-minute drive from Pefkoulia Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island: Kathisma Beach

This beach is truly exceptional! An almost blindingly blue sea, clean and deep, it is usually rough but, if you are careful, you can swim and have fun in the waves.

Here you will find a part of free beach and also many bathing establishments offering bar and restaurant service. You can also rent your own beach-umbrella on the spot. 

If you love adventure and want to have a memorable experience, you can also go paragliding here. A professional team will take you up a mountain where the take-off point is located, and from there you will start flying. 

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Megali Petra

A little further south, there is the characteristic beach of Megali Petra.

Distinguished by its giant stones on the shore and from which the beach takes its name. 

Megali Petra is a long, wild beach full of white pebbles that give the water a particularly turquoise colour. 

It is beautiful to watch the water rush against these rocks!

Not equipped, this little piece of paradise can be reached by car or bus.

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Egremni Beach

Bring high sun protection, sunglasses and a hat. To reach Egremni Beach you have to walk one kilometre from the car park and go down 400 steps.

We assure you that it is worth it. Egremni beach will leave you breathless!

Surrounded by vegetation-rich cliffs, wild, unequipped with sky-blue water and blinding white sand. It can also be reached by sea. 

If you are the adventurous type, you should visit Egremni!

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Porto Katsiki Beach

Finally, to the southwest of the island is Porto Katsiki

One of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Lefkada surrounded by a rock barrier. Here, too, it is necessary to descend a few steps to reach the beach.

The beach is neither equipped nor serviced but, before you go down, there is a small bar where you can have a drink or a meal. 

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