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Lefkas Island Travel Guide: 102 reviews and 191 photos

Lefkas, also known as Levkas, Leucade or Lefkada, Sainte Maure or Santa Maura is one of the Ionian Islands. It is 35 km long and 15 km wide. It has every kind of landscape, large sand beaches, small and secluded inlets, tall cliffs, an inland plateau with mountains over 100 m, waterfalls, etc.

However, is Lefkas an island? It has for long undoubtedly been an island, separated from the continent by a 30 m wide canal. There was a small ferry that took into the island less than a dozen cars at a time. In order to fulfill the needs of the increasing traffic, a removable bridge has been installed. Most of the time, visitors will not even pay attention that they cross a strip of sea. Only when several boats are waiting to access the canal, the bridge moves to allow their passage while it is the turn of cars to wait for a few minutes. Then, is Lefkas still an island?

VT location database has several entries:
"Prefecture of Lefkada" which includes Nisis Lefkas (island of Lefkas) and Nisida Meganisi (island of Meganisi)
"Lefkas island"
"Lefkas" (the chora)
Several other locations that are not always among the most important.

I have built three different pages:
"Lefkas" will be only for the city of Lefkas, the capital of the island, which stands at the "entrance" into the island.
On "Lefkas island" page, there will be tips on the northern and north-western coasts, on Ligia and Nidri, two villages of the eastern coast.
On "Vasiliki" page, will be tips on the southern part of the island :Vasiliki itself, Cape Lefkada and Sivota.

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  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Lefkas Island certainly has lots of beautiful sceneries. The inland villages look wonderful to visit and explore. Some of the beaches on the island certainly look amazing. Thanks for sharing. ~ho & pang

  • Jan 29, 2009 at 5:11 AM

    Lefkas is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece for me. Its cheap and have one of the best people in Greece. I've been here the summer of 2002, hope that i visit again!

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2008 at 10:48 PM

    Lovely area with great beaches and coast. It's a pity they are becoming so touristy. Hope to go there someday.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2008 at 12:34 AM

    Yes, all Greek islands have their own beauty and Lefkas seems to be one of the most fabulous! I liked the bay of Vliho and would like to stay there for a couple of days if I could ... Thanks Jean-Louis for sharing!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2008 at 8:38 AM

    Hi again, ive enjoyed the tour thanks.

  • tere1's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Aren't the Greek Islands just lovely? Humm, and the tips on restaurants...loved Greek food. Greetings. Teresa

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2007 at 12:13 AM

    Oh my, it is somehow sad how beautiful places look after the masses take over. But luckily you have been here long before they came. Haha, I had to laugh much about how the pigs feed themselves - and I get hungry again :-)

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2006 at 12:50 PM

    A preview of what's in store for all of us next year!! The new road along the coast has stunning views. Especially noteable is Kathisma Beach, Nidri and Ligia. Probably not the same area as next year's VT Greek Islands cruise.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2006 at 3:31 AM

    Yes, all good thingshave to end. Shame about Kathisma but as you say, that's what happens once a road is made/ improved. Lovely photos.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2006 at 1:14 AM

    That's a striking juxtaposition of your four Kathisma beach photos from 1976, 1977, 1997 and 2001.


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