Lefkas (or Lefkada) is a glorious Greek island adrift in the azure Ionian Sea. Although this is a bit of an under-the-radar destination, it’s one of the most striking places the country has to offer, so it’s well worth discovering. Lefkas is connected via a floating bridge to the Preveza region on the west coast of mainland Greece, so it’s easy to make your way there from the airport. And on arrival you’ll discover a string of upbeat cities and a wealth of laid-back beach resorts like Nidri, Nikiana and Agios Ioannis. Pretty, pastel-coloured towns that have hardly changed in a century dot the landscape, surrounded by hilly green scenery. This really is one of Greece’s best kept secrets and you’ll love coming back time again for a Lefkas holiday!
Expect long, warm summers with lots of sunshine.
Preveza Airport (PVK) on the mainland, around half an hour from Lefkas.
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Lefkas’ shoreline is simply stunning; make your way around the island’s coastline and you’ll find golden sandy beaches and pebbly coves brushing up against the glistening Ionian Sea. And if you’d like to take a trip out to sea, Lefkas Town’s marina is the best jump-off point for sailing and trips to the mysterious Papanikolis Sea Cave. Inland from the beaches, you’ll find spectacular scenery ready and waiting for you to explore; think lush green hills, beautiful olive groves and breath-taking national parks. It’s the perfect place to walk, cycle and birdwatch.
The Ionian Sea surrounding Lefkas is a magnificent sapphire blue, and the coastline is brimming with some of Greece’s finest beaches. Modern resorts like Nidri and Lefkas Town are perfect for holidays with the family, and you’ll find top water sports centres here, too. After a secluded spot? Head straight for Porto Katsiki Beach on the southwest coast. Hidden behind towering rock formations, you’ll feel a world away from anywhere when you reach the dazzling white sand.
Lefkas Town is the island’s lively capital. It has a cosmopolitan feel, but there’s a sense of tradition here, too. Make your way through the winding streets to reach pretty squares lined with pastel-coloured buildings and tiny craft shops. One of the most popular attractions is the Papanikolis Sea Cave, situated just off its southeast coast. During World War II, this was a secret submarine hideout, and you can see it for yourself when you hop aboard a special boat tour. If you fancy a jaunt over to the mainland, within an hour you’ll reach the breath-taking region of Epirus; it was founded thousands of years ago, and it’s home to some incredible historical remains.
Lefkas is surrounded by 10 satellite islands, which you can visit by boat from Vassiliki or Nidri. Nidri is home to one of Lefkas’ biggest ports; it’s bustling with yachts, fishing boats and ferries. This is also one of the best places on the island for water sports, attracting surfers and windsurfers who want to hang ten and ride some of the best waves in this part of the Med. From here, you can also set off on a seafaring adventure. Why not take an excursion that drops anchor out at sea and lets you snorkel in stunningly clear water?
Beach lovers: This beautiful island is home to some of the finest beaches in the Mediterranean; expect nothing less than pristine beaches surrounded by lush countryside in places like Nidri, Nikiana and Agios Ioannis.
Explorers: The island’s interior is brimming with beautiful waterfalls, green pine forests and 1,000-metre mountains. And you won’t want to miss the hidden World War II submarine base (Papanikolis Cave) just off the coastline, either!
Day-trippers: You’ll love hopping over to one of Lefkas’ ten satellite islands. Just jump aboard a boat from the quay in Nidri or Vassiliki and you’re good to go.
Language: The language spoken here is Greek.
Currency: The currency used here is the Euro (€).
Local time: Lefkas is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Aktion National Airport on the Greek mainland. The transfer over a floating bridge to the island of Lefkas takes just 30 minutes.
Flight time from the UK: The flight time to Lefkas is 4 hours.
Tourist information: Before Lefkas holidays (or Lefkada holidays), it’s well worth visiting www.visitgreece.gr to learn more about your destination.
Visa & health: Check our www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for visa and health recommendations and advice for Lefkas holidays (or Lefkada holidays).
Temperature: The summer average is 25°C, but 30°C peaks aren’t uncommon in August.
Best time to visit: Book Lefkas holidays for June if you fancy steady sunshine and a mild climate in the mid-20s (°C).
Summers in Lefkas (Lefkada) are long and warm, with plenty of sunshine. Temperatures start to rise in May, with peaks of 18°C. And between June and late August, the mercury creeps up to the mid-20s and even the low 30s during heatwaves. It’s worth noting that the south of the island can be pretty windy from time to time; it’s ideal windsurfing weather and takes the edge off the heat in the summer.
By hire car: If you’d want the freedom to explore the island at your leisure (and it’s well worth exploring), there’s no better way to do it than with a rental car. You’ll find plenty of car hire companies to choose from at Preveza Airport.
By bike: It’s an absolute treat to see Lefkas (Lefkada) on two wheels. Many hotels at the beach resorts will have bikes for hire, so why not pick one up and give it a go?
By bus: Regular services run in and between the main beach resorts. They’re a quick and affordable way to hop between resorts, and handy for popping down to the beach from your hotel.
International Folklore Festival: Lefkas (Lefkada) has hosted this event since the 1950s, and today it attracts more visitors than ever. Held in August, people flock here from all over the world to join in with the island’s celebration of its traditions. Expect colourful parades with dancers in traditional costumes, along with live music and lots of festivities on the beach.
Good Friday: Easter is an exciting time around here. The island celebrates Good Friday in style, with local bands playing music as processions wind their way through the streets before meeting in the central square.