Also known as Lefkada, Lefkas is a Greek island adrift in the azure Ionian Sea. Connected to mainland Greece by a floating bridge, Lefkas is small and easy to get to, with a string of upbeat cities and laid-back beach resorts well connected by road. Lefkas is one of the most striking Greek islands, with hilly green scenery wrapped around historic pastel-coloured towns and idyllic horseshoe bays.
June for steady sunshine in the warm mid 20s.
Preveza Airport (PVK) on the mainland, around half an hour from Lefkas.
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Explore Lefkas’s colourful shoreline where it winds between pebbly coves and spacious sandy beaches, bright gold against the glassy blue of the Ionian Sea. The beaches have waterfront cafes, loungers and a great selection of water sports. If you’re interested in taking an excursion, Lefkas Town’s marina is the best jump-off point for sailing and trips to the mysterious Papanikolis Sea Cave. Beyond the coast, the island is covered in fragrant green hills filled with olive groves and national parks. For nature lovers, it’s the ideal place to walk, cycle and bird watch.
The Ionian Sea that surrounded Lefkas is a magnificent sapphire blue, creating picturesque coastlines dotted with bays and beaches. The beaches in popular resorts like Nidri and Lefkas Town are modern and perfect for families, with top water sports centres, cafes and plenty of loungers to go around. Like a number of the island’s beaches, Nidri is mostly fine, light-coloured pebbles. The best place in Lefkas for sand is the famous Porto Katsiki Beach on the southwest coast. Hidden behind towering rock formations, the bay has dazzling white sand and is a secluded, peaceful spot to relax.
Lefkas Town is the island’s capital, a lively city with traditional flair. The winding streets open up into squares lined with pastel-coloured buildings and tiny craft shops. If you fancy a jaunt to the mainland, within an hour you could be exploring the incredible region of Epirus, founded thousands of years ago and still home to incredible historical remains. One of Lefkas’ best attractions is the Papanikolis Sea Cave, just off its southeast coast. Once a secret submarine hideout in World War II, you can join a special boat tour to marvel at its vast chambers.
Nidri is home to one of the biggest ports in Lefkas, bustling with yachts, fishing boats and ferries. The resort is the ideal place to set off on an adventure at sea, with excursions where you can drop anchor and snorkel, before stopping for a bite to eat. Nidri is one of the best places in Lefkas for water sports, attracting surfers and windsurfers to ride the waves. At the beach resorts you can rent water skis, banana boats or wakeboards, or for the real thrill seekers, try paragliding. The backdrop to the coast is gently rolling hills covered with olive groves and forest, creating the perfect environment for hiking or cycling.
Explorers: Catch a boat trip off the coast of Lefkas and explore the cavernous depths of a hidden World War II submarine cave.
Sun worshippers: The pristine beaches and lush countryside are the best places to enjoy Greece’s glorious summers.
Day trippers: Lefkas is easy to get around and located close to many of the island’s attractions, making it the ideal base for day trippers.
Language: The language spoken in Lefkas is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Lefkas is the Euro (€)
Local time: Lefkas is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Preveza Airport (PVK) on the mainland, around half an hour from Lefkas.
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Lefkas tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Lefkas.
Temperature: An average of 25°C in summer, often peaking at 30°C in August.
Best time to visit: June for steady sunshine in the warm mid 20s.
Lefkas enjoys long, warm summers with plenty of hours of sunshine. The temperature hovers nicely in the mid 20s from May onwards, regularly hitting the 30s around August.
By car: If you’d like the freedom of being able to explore the island at your leisure, there’s no better way than hiring your own car. There are plenty of car hire companies to choose from at Lefkada Airport.
By bike: The island is a treat to explore on two wheels. Many of the hotels at the beach resorts will offer bike hire, letting you get around easily and enjoy the island at the same time.
By bus: Regular bus services operate in and between the main resorts. They are a quick and affordable option for resort-hopping or getting down to the beach.
Folklore favourite: Lefkas has been hosting its International Folklore Festival since the 1950s, and today it attracts more visitors than ever, from all over the world, to see the island celebrate its traditions. Held in August, the festival includes parades with dancers in traditional costumes, music and festivities on the beach.
Good Friday: Easter is an exciting time to be in Lefkas. The island celebrates Good Friday in style, with local bands playing music as costumed locals form processions that wind their way through the streets to meet in the central square.
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