Lefkada: from Coast to Coast

Lefkada is a magnificent Ionian island where unspoilt nature reigns supreme. The island is a true paradise: breathtaking landscapes, incredible beaches that are among the most beautiful in Europe and, last but not least, crystal-clear sea with a thousand shades of blue.

120 kilometres of embarrassingly beautiful coastline that can be described by dividing it into four main coastal sections:

The North Coast

On the north coast of Lefkada there is a tiny beach but with a colourful sea that is perfect for snorkelling. Its name is Kaminia Beach and it has a view of Agios Ioannis Beach, the windmill beach of Lefkada, which is perfect for kitesurfing.
If you are looking for accommodation in this area, check out our available luxury rentals.

 

On the north coast:

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Villa Adonis

Aggelou Sikelianou, Lefkada, Agios Ioannis
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Villa Fivos

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The West Coast

Lefkada’s west coast is mostly windy and full of sheer cliffs overlooking a paradisiacal sea. Here you can admire coves surrounded by steep slopes, sparkling but often rough blue seas and beautiful sand and pebble beaches. Whether you want to take great pictures, shoot videos or simply enjoy a romantic moment, this part of the island offers some of the best sunsets ever.
Among the many beaches on the west coast is the famous Milos Beach. Milos is a beautiful beach of small white pebbles, wide and long.
A few kilometres further down from Milos Beach is Katishma. A must for those who love nightlife! Well-equipped beaches, sea that is comparable to that of the Maldives. 
The wild Avali Beach, almost never overcrowded, a wonderful beach that can be reached by car. A piece of heaven!
Megali Petra, a beach characterised by its giant stones, its natural beauty and the amazing sea’s colour.
And finally, Gialos Beach, Egremni overlooked by high hills and, the beautiful beach of Porto Katsiki.

If you love adventure, hiking, magnificent sunsets and would like to stay in this part of the island, take a look at our accommodation available in this area.

On the west coast:

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The East Coast

The east coast is characterised by a calm sea, shallow waters and sheltered, low-wind beaches that are ideal for families. The sea is always clear and clean and almost never rough.
Even on this slope, there is no shortage of spectacular beaches. Lygia beach is very quiet, well equipped and full of eucalyptus trees providing shade and protection from the sun. A few kilometres south of Lygia is Nikiana, with its clear waters and lush vegetation. On the road to Nydri, there is the beach of Perigiali, small and picturesque with its rich sea flora, ideal for snorkelling. Then there are Dessimi, Kamari, Lakka, which can only be reached by boat, Mikros Gialos and finally the private beach of Lila.
If you are travelling with your family or just looking for peace and tranquillity, check out our accomodation in this area.

 

On the east coast:

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The South Coast

This is usually a popular area for windsurfers because it is windswept and characterised by shallow waters, making it a paradise for surfers! 
In this area is Vassiliki beach, which offers incredible views and a relaxed atmosphere. The secluded bay of Kastri is an unspoilt paradise with turquoise blue waters. Also on the south side, there is Ammouso beach: a beach of large white pebbles set in a beautiful bay with Ithaca in the background and framed by lush Mediterranean vegetation. 
Afteli beach, where the water is crystal-clear, rich in fish and perfect for snorkelling. Finally, if you don’t like crowds and are looking for a quiet place to swim, there is the bay of Ksilokeratidi.

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Plenty of choice! 

What we can assure you is that every spot on this island is fantastic and will certainly leave an indelible mark on your memory!

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Where to stay in Lefkada

The best places to stay if you are looking for privacy and relaxation

If you are planning a trip to Lefkada or your honeymoon, you should know that Lefkada is the perfect destination to retreat and recharge your batteries.
There are few but important differences between the east and west coasts of the island:

 

The east coast is quieter, the seabed shallower and less windy, the beaches less wild than those on the opposite coast  and the nature is very lush.
The sea is always smooth as a board and the beaches less crowded than those on the west coast. 
The best villages to stay in on this coast are Lygia with its small restaurants along the coast and Nikiana with its beaches with crystal-clear water. 
On this coast staying in complete privacy is easy if you choose to stay at the Katouna village.

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The west coast is the part with the wildest and most beautiful beaches and the most beautiful sunsets. To the northwest, very close to the town of Lefkada, is the breezy Agios Ioannis beach and to to the southwest is the village of Athani, famous for its honey production and its spectacular view of the Ionian Sea.

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Villa Fivos

Aggelou Sikelianou, Lefkada, Agios Ioannis
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The north coast is the one dominated by the old town of Lefkada
Not far from the main town is the village of Apolpena located on the slopes of a hill, which due to its elevated position offers a magnificent view of Lefkada town and the Ionian Sea.
 The perfect spot for maximum privacy and away from the crowds.

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The south coast is the right starting point for exploring Lefkada. 
On this part of the island there are a few bays with calm sea, and plenty of vegetation and also several fishing villages such as Vassiliki and Sivota . Privacy is assured.

Villas avaliable on the south coast:

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The legend of Cape Dukato Lefkada

About half an hour from Port Katsiki, along a scenic road, there is a place where time seems to stand still and where the view is spectacular. We are talking about Cape Dukato.

Cape Dukato
is located in the extreme south of the island of Lefkada, overlooking the sea, on a small promontory from which you can see the islands of Kefalonia and Ithaca and where the sunset is one of the most beautiful on the island. 
On the way to this place, as well as encountering numerous honey and thyme sellers, is the historic monastery of Agios Nikolaos.

 

The lighthouse:

The lighthouse of Cape Dukato was built during the 1970s on the ruins of a temple dedicated to Apollo, which collapsed in the 1950s due to an earthquake.
A picturesque and romantic place where nature reigns supreme and the atmosphere is full of mythology and legend.

The legend of Sappho:

Sappho was a poetess of great skill, originally from Eresos, a town on the island of Lesvos.
She composed many famous verses that made her the most famous poetess of all time.
Legend has it that the poetess took her own life by throwing herself off Cape Dukato because of the unrequited love of young Phion.
Phion was a fisherman from the island of Lesbos who, according to Ovid, was made young and beautiful by the goddess Aphrodite in exchange for free passage on her boat. 
Phion also fascinated the beautiful poetess who threw herself off the cliff into the beautiful sea of Lefkada.
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The 5 best beaches on the East Coast of Lefkada

Beaches on Lefkada east coast

In the previous articles on this blog, we have already talked about the wonderful island of Lefkada and the equally wonderful beaches on the west coast.
In this article, however, we are going to talk about the beaches that are on the east coast of Lefkada, which are mostly quiet and less crowded. 

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

Nikiana beach is very wide so it is divided into two areas: you can take shelter in the area shaded by trees or choose to rent a beach umbrella and sun beds in the other area. 
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
The sea here is always calm and it is highly recommended for snorkelling enthusiasts to visit this amazing beach. During the afternoon, the shade of the vegetation will shelter you from the sun and you can take a nice nap. 
From the beach you can admire Prinigponisa islets including Skorpios and Meganisi

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. 
Desimi Beach is not equipped but the trees will shade you with their branches and leaves. Desimi has a picture postcard landscape and the sea is great for snorkelling, a canoe or pedalo ride to a small natural cave to discover its secrets.
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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
Isolated and intimate, Kamari beach will seduce you with its splendid view and its sea of many shades of blue. 
Many people claim to have spotted dolphins here. 
Will it be true? You just have to find out!
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