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Lefkada is one of the most beautiful islands in the Ionian Sea, with beaches such as Porto Katsiki and Eggremnoi.
Lefkada (N 38.834393, E 20.708799)
Although Lefkas is an island, it's connected to the mainland by a causeway and floating bridge. The airport, near Preveza, is 20 minutes drive from Lefkas town, at the north tip of the island.
Charter flights from many European countries operate to Preveza from May through October. Olympic airways fly to Preveza several times a week throughout the year.
Athens is about 5 hours by bus, with several journeys per day.
There are daily ferries to Vassiliki on Kefalonia, and Ithika, from the East coast town of Nidri. Ferries to Italy (Bari, Brindisi, Ancona, Venice, Trieste) run from Igominitza, about a 90 minute drive onto the mainland from Lefkas Town
Rental car is the most efficient mode of transportation. "Alexs" on the main Vasiliki road has a modest selection of Mopeds, Quad Bikes and Mountain Bikes for hire at cheap rates. Serious mountain bikers can enquire at Club Vass for rental of high end Mountain Bikes and biking equipment.
There is a bus/coach that leaves for Lefkada Town in the mornings from the main road next to Alexs rental place. The journey is around 38Km and takes between 1 and 1.5 hours.
Porto Katsiki beach is firm favourite with tourists. A relatively large and sandy beach surrounded by white cliffs. Whilst it is possible to drive to the beach and take the steps down the cliff, there are also daily boat trips that leave from Nidri and Vasiliki harbour. The journey takes around 1.5 to 2 hours and can be fairly choppy sometimes. Don't forget the sea legs!
Beach Kite flying Sailing Boating Wind Surfing - some of the best in Europe on the South of the island in Vasiliki Relaxing
The wide and sheltered bay of Vasiliki in the South of the island is famous for its Wind Surfing due to the strong and consistent wind (known as "Eric" by enthusiasts) that blows down over the mountains in the afternoons. Cross winds of Beaufort force 9 has been recorded at the beach, but more typical is force 5 - 7 in the late afternoon. The section of beach in front of "Club Vass" is usually packed with Wind Surfers and can be quite a spectacle to watch. It is possible to hire Canoes and Katamarans as well as Wind Surfing equipment on this main stretch of beach.
Lefkas is over 70% mountainous and said to be one of the best mountain biking spots in Europe. There are many places to hire push bikes along the high street in Nidri, however these bikes are not very well suited for the terrain and are more suitable for just getting about the town. There is an independent company in Nidri which offers daily guided mountain bike rides for visitors and have specifically designed mountain bikes for the tracks and trails on the island.
The harbour at Vasiliki bay houses around 15 Restaurants and fast food outlets, all of which have covered seating outside next to the water. Be aware that on particularly warm evenings the water in some parts of the harbour smells and can be distracting when trying to relax and eat!
Food available at the harbour varies from traditional Greek cuisine, to simple meals such as beef burgers and chips and is relatively cheap. It is possible for 2 people to eat a large meal and drink wine for less than 25 Euros.
The most popular beers at the bars in Nidri and Vasiliki are Mythos and Amstel. There is a winery on the island (approx 8km from Vasiliki town) which produces "Lefkadian Land White", a white wine which can be bought cheaply in the supermarkets and restaurants.
Crime on the island is low. In Vasiliki it is not uncommon to see doors and windows left open overnight, or restaurant drinks fridges and ice cream freezers left outside overnight without a lock.