You’ll find the sleepy village of Nikiana in the east of the Greek island of Lefkas (or Lefkada); it’s in the sparkling Ionian Sea, just off the west coast of the mainland. Nikiana holidays are full of adventure and is home to a little sandy beach dotted with sunloungers and umbrellas, where you can spend your day relaxing. And when the sun goes down, you can make a beeline for the waterside restaurants that come alive after dark. If you want to head out and about, you can reach the other side of the island in less than half an hour; take the trip to Kathisma if you’re after water sports fun. And if you want to see the island capital in all its glory, historic Lefkas Town is only a 15-minute drive away.
Summer is long and hot, with plenty of sunshine
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If you want to get away from it all, Nikiana holidays are just the ticket. There’s a tiny sandy beach here where you can laze around in the sunshine. And you’ll find lots of charming restaurants serving up a taste of traditional Greek cuisine. This pretty village sits at the foothills of Mount Skaros, so you’ll also find plenty of gorgeous scenery to explore. And if you want to see the sights and sounds of the island capital, historic Lefkas Town is only a short drive away.
Most of the beaches on the east coast of Lefkas are pebbly, but Nikiana comes with its own sandy spot. Grab a sunlounger (and an umbrella if you like a little bit of shade when it gets too hot) and soak up the glorious Greek sunshine. If you fancy a bite to eat, you’ll find the village centre within easy reach; the authentic Greek tavernas on the waterfront are a great place to try tasty ladpitie. You’ll also find loads of other beaches nearby; there’s a secluded beach just along the coastline, which is ideal if you want to get away from it all. In fact, you can get over to the opposite island of the island within a 25-minute drive if you fancy some water sports action; Kathisma is the place to go for water-skiing.
The island’s interior is absolutely beautiful, so why not go and explore the tumbling waterfalls, scented pine forests and 1,000-metre mountains for yourself? To see the island from a different perspective, you could also take a boat trip out to one to see from Nikiana marina. And it’s well worth booking an excursion over the Papanikolis Cave, which was a secret submarine base during World War II. From nearby Nidi, you can also head over to Skorpios and see its grand villas for yourself.
Historic Lefkas Town is only a 15-minute drive away. You’ll discover a wealth of fascinating 17th and 18th Century churches here, it’s also home to the Folklore Museum, where you can enjoy exhibits of traditional dresses and textiles. Elsewhere, the bridge that connects the island to mainland Greece is home to an impressive 14th Century sea fortress; you’ll find it sitting on a tiny islet halfway over the bridge and you can take a tour of the old walls if you like.
Couples: If you’re looking for an idyllic escape with your loved one, look no further than Nikiana, Lefkada. Spend your days on the laid-back beach before dining in a charming Greek taverna while you watch the sunset.
Beach lovers: Nikiana’s sandy beach is a superb spot to enjoy Greece’s glorious summers. You’re surrounded by lush green countryside, and if you fancy a change of scenery you can take a drive along the coast to find another beach.
Explorers: This island is surrounded by 10 satellite islands, and you can hop to one or more straight from Nikiana marina. Or take a boat trip over to a secret World War II submarine base (Papanikolis Cave).
Currency: Euro (€)
Local time: Nikiana is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Aktion National Airport on the Greek mainland. The transfer to Nikiana takes just 30 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Nikiana is 4 hours.
Tourist information: It’s well worth visiting www.visitgreece.gr to learn more before your Nikiana holidays.
Visa & health: Check out www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for visa and health recommendations and advice for holidays to Nikiana.
Temperature: Summer average of 25°C, with 30°C peaks in August.
Best time to visit: Book Nikiana holidays for June if you fancy steady sunshine and a mild climate in the mid-20s (°C).
Summers in Nikiana are long and hot, and there’s no shortage of sunshine. The mercury begins to rise in May, with peaks of 18°C. Summer really kicks in from June to late August, when the temperatures climb into the mid-20s and even the low 30s during heatwaves. Head to the south of the island from Nikiana and you’ll notice that it’s windier; no wonder it’s so popular with windsurfers!
By hire car: This will give you total freedom to explore beyond the village at your own pace. And it’s well worth taking the time to see as much of this beautiful island as you can. You’ll find plenty of car hire companies to choose from at Preveza Airport.
By bike: Many hotels at the beach resorts will have bikes for hire, and it’s a really fun way to get around the village. You’ll love rising along the coastline on two wheels.
By bus: Regular services run in and between the main beach resorts on Lefkada. They’re a quick and affordable way to hop between resorts if you fancy a daytrip to a nearby town.
International Folklore Festival: The island has played host to this colourful 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.