Lefkas travel guide

Weather and climate

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 (°C) and even the low 30s (°C) 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.

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Lefkas (Lefkada) is best for…

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.

Fast facts

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).

Holiday destinations related to Lefkas:

  • Nikiana
  • Getting around

    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.