Lefkas, (Lefkhada or Lefkada) is an island in the middle of the Ionian Islands, although it is so close to the mainland, it is only just considered an island, as it was the Corinthians who cut the canal through the sandbanks to form a channel between Lefkas and Greece. Lefkas is an astonishingly picturesque little island where you can relax away from the crowds. The recent influx of tourism to the island has bought modern facilities to this hugely traditional Greek island.
Sailing is possibly the most popular activity to enjoy from accommodation in Lefkas. Sailing around the Ionian Islands is hugely rewarding, dropping anchor when you discover a secluded bay or throwing a line out behind the boat and trying to catch lunch. There are yacht charter companies and sailing schools in all the larger resorts. If you do not feel like captaining your own vessel, there are many tours and boat trips you can go on. Windsurfing is also excellent in Lefkas, and you are never far from a great spot to try the sport no matter where the exact location of your holiday villa in Lefkas is.
The clear warm waters which surround Lefkas are perfect for scuba diving. There is an accredited diving school in Nidri, where you can learn to dive or visit well regarded dive sights all around the island, especially some of the cave dives on offer.
The beauty of the island does not merely revolve around the coast. There are many breath taking views to see, as well as beautiful natural spots and peaceful mountain villages (both inhabited and deserted), making walking, mountain biking and horse riding holidays a magnificent option. You could take self catering holiday accommodation in Lefkas for many months and still not discover all the places of interest on the island by foot, bike or horseback.
However, just being on the island, enjoying the warm hospitality, magnificent Greek food and the comfort of a holiday villa in Lefkas is all the incentive you need to visit. It truly is a remarkably relaxing place to visit, especially if you take Lefkas accommodation down by the beach.
Nidri is the largest and most famous resort in which to take a holiday to Lefkas. It is a huge, bustling resort, with sandy beaches in beautiful settings, backed by noisy bars and tourist facilities.
Vasiliki is the largest water sports resort in Lefkas, Greece. Windsurfing is particularly popular due to the warm calm conditions of the sea and the reliable winds which hit the coast of Lefkas. The coastal walking and cycling paths pass through Vasiliki, which contains all the shops and services needed to make your stay in Lefkas accommodation comfortable and enjoyable.
If you are looking for some real peace and tranquillity on a holiday to Lefkas, a holiday villa in Lygia is the ideal option. The single main street consists of a few taverns, quaint little boutiques and traditional self catering Lefkas villas.
Lefkas has a beautifully mild climate, with average temperatures in summer reaching a blissfully warm 26˚C, whilst winter time still sees temperatures of around 9˚C. The island receives remarkably little rain, and rain is almost unheard of in July and August.
Preveza-Lefkas Airport (PVK) is a tiny airport on the Greek mainland, just a few miles from Lefkas, Greece. Despite its tiny size, there are actually two daily flights from the UK, one from London and the other from Manchester (MAN), provided by ThomasCook.