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Egremni Beach

The unique beauty of Egremni Beach has made it one of the world’s most photographed landscapes. The water surrounding the beach is clear, turquoise blue and provides one of Europe’s best settings for swimming. Egremni Beach is also one of Lefkada’s longest beaches, measuring over 2.5 kilometers in length. This multi-awarded and prominent beach is more than ideal for anyone seeking peace and relaxation in a picturesque environment.
Its name is derived from the impressive cliffs that surround the beach and the huge rocks that look like they are hanging over it. Every day daily cruises arrive to the beach and it is also accessible by car, scooter or taxi as there is no public transport on offer.

Porto Katsiki Beach

Porto Katsiki is a multi-awarded and prominent beach -listed as one of the 10 best beaches in the Mediterranean. As a place of stunning natural beauty, the beach offers one of the most impressive themes that Lefkada Island is famous for. It is world-famous for its impressive landscape and crystal turquoise sea and it is located at the bottom of a concave pale cliff. 
The name is said to be because formerly only goats could reach this area. Above the beach you can find small coffee shops and a parking area. Every day daily cruises arrive to the beach and it is also accessible by car, scooter or taxi as there is no public transport on offer.

Agios Ioannis Beach – very close to Niver Suites

Agios Ioannis is one of the first choices thanks to its proximity to the city center and the unique character that it can display. The beach will reward you to the maximum with its amazing setting, while on summer months it seems to be a tropical paradise. It is easily accessible by car, scooter or taxi, as well as public transport on offer.
The interminable beach stretches for many metres and it is surrounded by impressive green landscape and crystal clear turquoise waters. White sand, pure pebbles, evergreen hills submerging in blue sparkling waters and a scintillating sunset that everybody sticks around to see. This miraculous coast boasts an incredibly exotic scenery.
It is well-organized with the relevant amenities, parasols, sunbeds and plenty of beach bars and restaurants facing the sea.  A place that turned out to be also a famous beach for international lovers of water sports like windsurfing and kitesurfing. Agios Ioannis is considered to be one of the best Mediterranean spots for windsurfing, as the excellent wind conditions allow visitors to enjoy the sea in the morning hours and later in the afternoon mastering the windsurfing techniques.
The south end of the beach is staffed with a lifeguard on duty, while windsurfers appear at the spot when the strong winds blow in this stunning coast. Further north, the beach is offered for quiet swimming and joyful calm moments. At the very left end of the shore you will find the small chapel of Agios Ioannis Antzousis, built literally into a rock in 65 AD by the Franks.

Kathisma Beach – very close to Niver Suites

Kathisma Beach, facing the Ionian archipelago, is the island’s prime beach. You can reach it easily by car, scooter, taxi, or by public transport after having enjoyed a pleasant route with exceptional views on the west coastline. One of the longest beaches of Lefkada with fine white sand and sparkling waters of amazing turquoise color. The beach is surrounded by an idyllic mountain backdrop which offers a feeling of total isolation, despite the intense tourist activity. It is well organized with the relevant amenities, parasols, sunbeds and plenty of beach bars and restaurants to choose from. 

There is everything to make your destination fully functional, as the interminable beach stretches for many kilometers. Single travelers can find a spot to relax and at the same time to be at the center of entertainment with never-ending beach parties, while families can have enough space. Adventurers have the chance to try extreme sports like paragliding and also explore some caves at the eastern part. Nudists also have their own spot there. 

In August, you will definitely catch the sun plunging into the deep horizon in late afternoons. Thrilling and romantic moments that will make you crazy about returning to marvelous Kathisma.

Agios Nikitas & Milos Beach – very close to Niver Suites

Agios Nikitas is a tiny unique picturesque waterfront village facing the open Ionian sea and it is ideal for relaxation and stress release. 

You can reach Agios Nikitas village easily by car, scooter, taxi, or by public transport and it is located very close to Kathisma Beach. After reaching the area, take the stone pedestrian street down to the little port. You will walk through the traditional houses and small taverns while smelling the flowers and listening to the cicadas. A typical euphoric Greek summer atmosphere that will remain unforgettable. Once you arrive, you will gaze the small bay with bright light blue colors. It looks like a piece of heaven. The impressive green surroundings boasts an amazing scenery of natural beauty. There are no sun loungers and umbrellas, but the atmosphere here can turn very cozy, as you simply get the feeling of an open balcony to the sea with a magical view. 

There is also a hidden jewel on the south of Agios Nikitas village, called Milos Beach. The beach still remains quite unspoiled and original with shiny golden sand. Nowadays, it is accessible either by boat from the village or by walking through the paths around. The interminable beach stretches for many kilometers, so nudists also have their own spot there.

Agiofili Beach

When it comes to Agiofili Beach you can think of a little piece of heaven in the south of Lefkada. Pure pebbles, evergreen hills submerging in crystal turquoise waters and a scintillating sunset that everybody sticks around to see. This miraculous coast is quite unspoiled and original like a tropical paradise.

Agiofili Beach is located just a few kilometers away from Vasiliki, a waterfront village accessible by car, scooter, taxi or by public transport. There is a boat from Vasiliki that departs from the little port where the restaurants and cafes are, while there is also a route by car and a parking lot on top of the beach.

Gialos Beach

Gialos is one of the longest beaches of Lefkada located 35 km southwest next to the famous Egremni and Porto Katsiki Beach. It doesn’t get that crowded like most of the beaches of the island but it is equally beautiful with unique features. Part of it is well-organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, but in places it can be totally private. It is accessed by car, scooter or taxi through a narrow road from Athani village.

There is a parking area and a cafe with view over the Ionian Sea. The sand on the beach is a bit rougher compared to other beaches in the area. You can also visit it with a private yacht on your exploration of the west coast.

Kavalikefta & Avali Beach

Below the settlement of Kalamitsi, along the western coastline and within short distance of the village, you will discover the beach of Kavalikefta. It is accessed by car, scooter or taxi and it is located 15 km southwest of Lefkada. Close to the seashore there are many rock formations that give a wild aspect to the beach. The beach is peaceful, secluded, without tourist development, very beautiful with crystal blue waters, white pebbles and fine golden sand. The way to Kavalikefta passes through vast olive groves and a narrow road.

There is also another hidden jewel below Kalamitsi village, called Avali Beach. The beach still remains quite unspoiled and original with shiny golden sand. Its name in dialectic lefkadian language reveals its nature: a small bay protected from the big waves. Here the visitor can discover a peaceful place to enjoy the stunning views over the Ionian Sea and spend some quality time.

Pefkoulia Beach – very close to Niver Suites

Pefkoulia Beach lies on the west coast of Lefkada, about 20 minutes drive southwest of the city center. It is one of the most easily accessible beaches by car, scooter or taxi. Pefkoulia Beach is sandy, vast and elongated, facing the Ionian archipelago. There are facilities like sun loungers and umbrellas, a café-restaurant and a parking lot. 

If you drive towards Pefkoulia from Lefkada town, it is highly recommended to stop at the side just before you arrive. From there you can enjoy exceptional views over the west coastline of the island and the village of Agios Nikitas. The views over Pefkoulia Beach are gorgeous especially the day after a storm, as the white limestone sand at the bottom of the sea is washed up and forms amazing patterns of light blue and white colours.

Mikros Gialos Beach

Mikros Gialos Beach is located on the south part of the island next to Poros village and it is accessed by car, scooter or taxi.  The long sandy bay forms a stunning landscape that will remain unforgettable. The scenery is the perfect combination of white, azure and green colours since the coast is nestled within evergreen hills and white small pebbles. The beach is ideal for total relaxation and unique contact with nature.

The sea is almost always calm since it is in a sheltered bay and thus your sight will rest while looking at the silvery waters and following the wriggling coastline. The crystal clear waters of Mikros Gialos are available for docking the excursion boats, as the visitors will also find umbrellas and sunbeds on the beach, traditional taverns and cozy cafes.

Vasiliki Bay

A fishing village that turned out to be a famous place for international lovers of water sports like windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and paddling. Vasiliki is considered to be one of the best Mediterranean spots for windsurfing and it easily accessible by car, scooter, taxi, or by public transport.

Vassiliki beach is a gorgeous elongated natural bay surrounded by green mountains and a valley with abundant olive groves. The most of the beach has pebbles, but on the right side, called Ponti, sand is dominant. The excellent wind conditions allow visitors to enjoy the sea all day long, starting with kayaking in the morning hours and later in the afternoon mastering the sailing or windsurfing techniques. There is a great variety of taverns, shops, cafes and bars, while it is an ideal spot for quiet but also active holidays for families or singles.

Ammousso Beach

Leaving Vasiliki and heading to Marantochori village will lead you to Ammouso Beach. You can reach it easily by car, scooter or taxi after having enjoyed a pleasant route through the evergreen surroundings and exceptional views over Ithaka island. Upon arrival, you can park easily just next to the coastline.

If you are not a sand lover, then Ammouso Beach is ideal for you. Smooth pure white pebbles combined with crystal clear blue waters in a picturesque location. By the sides of the beach there are some cliffs that offer nice views to the small bay and chances for calm moments and relaxation. Ammouso is a family-friendly spot as it has convenient access and facilities such as umbrellas and sunbeds on the beach, a small tavern and a cafe where you can refresh yourself.

Afteli Beach

Just after the picturesque village of Evgiros, the road continues 3km down to the romantic beach of Afteli, which is not lengthy, though pretty charming. You can reach it by car, scooter or taxi. Framed by green surroundings and with a splendid view of the coastline turns out to be a super alternative destination. Mostly rocky but with crystal clear waters. There are no sun loungers or umbrellas, but the presence of the café-bar enhances long stays. This tiny bay offers  private, calm and romantic moments in a tranquil setting.

Nidri Bay

Nidri belongs to the popular spots of Lefkada for water sports and a bunch of fun activities such as water skiing, canoes, pedal boats, motor boats, parasailing, jet skis, banana boats and flyboard. It is located in the eastern coast of the island and it is easily accessible by car, scooter or taxi, as well as public transport on offer. 

Nidri waterfront village is famous for its intense lifestyle and vivid young population. The port area is full of cafes, bars and plenty of restaurants, while a long series of palm trees cover its coastline creating a charming atmosphere From the beach you can enjoy stunning views over the isles of Heloni, Sparti, Scorpidi, Madouri and the famous Scorpios, the private island of Aristotelis Onasis. If you are there in September, don’t be surprised to see lots of sailing boats: this is just the Ionian Regatta, one of the most important sailing competitions in this part of the Mediterranean Sea.

Desimi Bay

Desimi bay is located on a small peninsula 22 km south of Lefkada town and it is accessible by car, scooter or taxi. The beautiful pebbly beach is just beyond Vlicho village and it is surrounded by a large campsite. The spot is covered by a long tuft of olive trees offering enough shade to the visitors, while the verdant cliff behind the beach provides a magnificent setting. The bay is a nice shelter for fishing boats and small yachts.

Top 10 Best Things to do on Lefkada Island, Greece

Lefkada goes beyond the idea of being one of the most elegant, vibrant and international favourite destinations. This heavenly made Greek island invites you to an experience full of images, colours and senses worth living at least once in a lifetime. 

A typical Mediterranean paradise, Lefkada boasts over 300 days of sunshine throughout the year making it the perfect destination even out of season. Once checked in at Niver Suites accommodation, allow our team of experts to guide you through the secrets of Lefkada and explore the island at ease.

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Soak up the Lefkada culture at its museums

Apart from the natural sights, Lefkada has rich cultural heritage with which you could become more acquainted by visiting the Archaeological museum in the Town of Lefkada. Part of the exhibition is dedicated to the excavations of the archaeologist William Dörpfeld, who believed that Lefkada was Homer’s historical Ithaca, the birthplace of Odysseus.

The jewel amongst Lefkada’s museums, however, is the Ecclesiastical museum in the Faneromeni Convent. The convent itself is a landmark of the island along with the church of Agios Ioannis which was built in 1477. Another not-to-be-missed site is the Fortress of Agia Mavra, very close to the town. It is nowadays used for hosting cultural events during the summer. 

Lefkada Town is home to a few small museums which are well worth a visit if you have the time. The quaint Museum of Phonographs is to be found just off the main pedestrian street and has an eclectic and fascinating collection of old gramophones, records, photographs, paintings, jewels and musical instruments. If you would like to find out more about the Lefkadians themselves, the Orpheus Folklore Museum could be right up your drómos (street). Situated next to the Agios Spyridon church near the central square, it is devoted to the more recent history of the people of Lefkada, exhibiting objects that recreate the traditional daily life of the islanders and featuring some of the beautiful woven articles traditionally produced on the island. A typical room of a Lefkadian house has also been recreated here.

A very important monument of the island of Lefkada is the Statue of Aristotle Onassis. Right on the port of Nidri, there is a statue dedicated to Aristotle Onassis, the famous Greek businessman that is considered in one of the wealthiest men in the world ever. The statue is overlooking his private island, the famous Skorpios.

The highlight of the cultural heritage of the island is The Sikelianos House in the heart of the city center, which accommodates the homonym museum. It is a special museum that not only exhibits memorabilia of the famous poet, but also makes the visitor travel into every aspect of his life and work through a pioneering architectural and museological approach, work of a group of distinguished scientists. In its space someone can find exhibits related to the life and work of Sikelianos, which were donated by significant museums, collectors and institutions from all over Greece.

International Folklore Festival

The best of all the events that are organised on Lefkada in the summer is the International Folklore Festival. The island has a strong literary tradition since it has been the birthplace of many well-respected Greek poets, such as Sikelianos and Valaoritis. The locals have continued their love for literature and art by organizing the Literature and Arts Festival. The event peaks with the folklore festival and the town becomes a lively parade with folklore dancers from all over the world sending a message for peace.

Explore Lefkada

The lovely beaches and the crystal clear waters are not the only reason for the island’s beauty. Lefkada is a truly verdant island, full of trees and green hills. Even though it has been named after the white mountains which dominate the landscape, the island has rich fauna and flora. The lagoon between Lefkada and the mainland is a protected wetland and perfect shelter for many migratory birds and other rare species. Have a walk in the fields and smell the scents from the various flowers and herbs painting the green landscape in a mix of colours. On the island, there are rare lilies, blue ivies and other wild flowers sharing the fields with wild gum trees, olive trees, lemon and orange trees, aspens and a lot more beautiful plants offering their natural shade to the hikers. 

If you love nature, apart from the lagoons and the fields, there are other places worth visiting for their natural beauty. Among them we would recommend the waterfalls of Dimossari gorge near Nidri. Another highlight of the island is the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse of Lefkas is ideally located in Cape Ducato, which is down south of the island of Lefkada and was constructed in 1913.

The mountainous terrain of Lefkada is ideal for all sorts of outdoor activities. You can go hiking in the well-defined network of walking trails in the mountains of Elati or the plateau of Eglouvi. Mountain biking is by all means very popular, but recently horse riding has become the latest trend with horse riding training centres found in the plain of Vassiliki and in Lefkada Town.

One of the best and convenient ways to get around Lefkada is on a scooter, which can be rented at any of the numerous rental shops located all over the island. Enjoy the stunning views en route and let the winding roads lead you to some incredible beaches and towns. You will need to be over the age of 18 and hold a driving licence to rent a scooter.

Water sports lovers

Αbove all, Lefkada is the top destination for the water sports lovers. You can go paragliding with an experienced instructor and land on the amazing beach of Kathisma. Sailing, windsurfing and kite-surfing on Lefkada attract hundreds of sports people from all over the world. The good weather conditions and the sheltered bays make the island a top-notch choice for sailing and yachting, while the northwest winds blowing in the early afternoon make the island a windsurfer and kite-surfer’s paradise.

Scuba diving

A trip down to the Ionian seabed proves Lefkadas’ charm and beauty is not restricted to land. If you decide to go underwater, the nature will reward you with underwater walls, canyons, gorges and caves protected by the Natura 2000 network. The Mediterranean reefs with the unique biodiversity offer a lifetime scuba diving experience, especially on the eastern and southern side of the island.

Don’t miss Lefkadas’ famous Windmills

The iconic windmills of Lefkada stand on Agios Ioannis Beach overlooking the Ionian Sea and provide one of the best panoramic views and a magnificent sunset. Built in the early 20th century, the windmills, were used to grind grain and feed the islanders back in the day. Although no longer operational, they do still demonstrate the wind power on the island. 

In 1992, a group of Austrians discovered that this section of Agios Ioannis Beach is suitable for windsurfing, while in 1999 a group of Italians made for the first time kitesurfing. Since then, it has been one of the world’s most popular destinations for these two sports. 

Skorpios Island & Meganisi

Lefkada is surrounded by many small islets, while having some of the biggest islands of the Ionian Sea nearby. From here you can visit the famous Onassis family island of Scorpios or Meganisi, Ithaca, Paxos and Kefalonia. Daily cruises depart from Nidri or Vassiliki. Alternatively, embark on a tailored, guided tour to this unique islands pulsing with history, architecture, and legendary stories from the past.

Paint the town in Lefkadas’ amazing nightlife

Lefkada may be calm and peaceful in the day, but at night it lives up to its glittering party vibe. The most well-known bars in Lefkada, in the heart of the city center and in tourist resorts such as Nydri and Vassiliki, keep you dancing and partying until the small hours. Another of the many all-day bars to look out for are located on Kathisma Beach, where you can start the day with breakfast before seeing out the night with an epic beach party.

An alternative to the never-ending parties is a long dinner in the many taverns and restaurants of the island, both at the seaside and in the mountainside. Also, there are many lounge bars based near the lagoon in the heart of the city center, with “distinctive cocktails” and “eclectic entertainment” every night.

Lose yourself in the alleys of Lefkada Historic Center & the lagoon

Walk between the narrow stone-paved alleys of Lefkada Historic Town from bars to restaurants, from cafés to boutiques, from shops to churches and never run out of things to do. It truly is an Instagrammer’s paradise with its beautiful traditional architecture and distinctive, vibrant colours. It’s the perfect place to pick up your Greek souvenirs and take a snap of the port. This is where the heart of the island beats strong.

From the island’s port to the lagoon -a spot where the colourful houses are lingering over the Ionian Sea- the center of Lefkada is a heavenly place for endless strolls. There’s no surprise why the lagoon is considered one of the most stunning places on Lefkada island. This picture-perfect setting is the ideal place to watch the sunset over the  Ionian Sea while sipping a cocktail at one of the many charming bars and restaurants it has to offer.

Lose yourself in the alleys of Lefkada Historic Center & the lagoon

Walk between the narrow stone-paved alleys of Lefkada Historic Town from bars to restaurants, from cafés to boutiques, from shops to churches and never run out of things to do. It truly is an Instagrammer’s paradise with its beautiful traditional architecture and distinctive, vibrant colours. It’s the perfect place to pick up your Greek souvenirs and take a snap of the port. This is where the heart of the island beats strong.

From the island’s port to the lagoon -a spot where the colourful houses are lingering over the Ionian Sea- the center of Lefkada is a heavenly place for endless strolls. There’s no surprise why the lagoon is considered one of the most stunning places on Lefkada island. This picture-perfect setting is the ideal place to watch the sunset over the  Ionian Sea while sipping a cocktail at one of the many charming bars and restaurants it has to offer.