What are the most important informations, before you visit Lefkada island (Λευκάδα), Greece? Where is Lefkada located, and how can it be accessed? What are the highlights of this island, and why is so beloved by many tourists during summer season? Informations, facts and curiosities about the island, what should know before you visit Lefkada.
Where is Lefkada island in Greece – location and how to access
The beautiful island of Lefkada (Λευκάδα in Greek) is located on the west coastline of Greece, in the Ionian Sea. The other well known name of the island is Lefkas, which means ‘white’ in Greek language. Lefkada is a special one among the Greek islands, because it can be accessed very easy. You do not have to travel by ferry, because the connection to the mainland is ensured by a floating bridge.
This bridge which connect Lefkada with Greece is known as the pontoon bridge of Lefkada (F/B Agia Mavra), and most of the travellers arrive through this bridge.
Due geographical conditions Lefkada don’t has an airport, but the nearest airport to Lefkada is just about 20 kilometers away in the Greek mainland, situated directly next to Preveza town. Someone define it as Lefkada Airport, but it’s worth to know that it’s not correct, and travellers have to rent a car at Preveza airport and drive to island through the bridge, or must use the local public transport such as bus or taxi.
Preveza Airport (PVK, Preveza Aktion Airport) is a small, but effective airport which serves several international flights from a lot of countries in Europe, and also domestic flights from Athens and Thessaloniki. These news are great for travellers, because despite the fact that Lefkada don’t has an own airport, it can be reached by flights from Greece and from several European countries. If you would like to arrive to Lefkada island by plane, just search the flights to Preveza (codename: PVK)!
Lefkada island informations (Λευκάδα)
Lefkada island is a member of the seven Ionian Islands, which are the following, from north to south: Corfu (Kerkyra), Paxi, Lefkada, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Kythira. Lefkada is known by the Greek Mithology as well due some local legends, one of the most famous myth connects to Sappho, who was an ancient poet, and jumped off from the steep cliffs of Cape Doukato.
Thousands years ago in Lefkada island a well developed town flourished, known as ‘Leukas’ or Lefkas. The ancient city of Leukas was one of the most significant settlements in the Ionian Sea, with own military, ship fleet, coins and economy. When the area became under Roman influence, the city was slowly depopuleted, and it has lost its importance. The Archaeological Museum of Lefkada (Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Λευκάδας) in Lefkada town is dedicated for these ancient findings, and worth to visit to learn more about the past of the island.
In the middle ages Lefkada was under Venetian, Ottoman, French, and English leadership, while became a part of Greece in 1864.
The capital of the island is known as the same as the island, Lefkada, or Lefkada town (Λευκάδα). Lefkada town is a charming small town with picturesque streets, where the most restaurants, shops, services can be find on the island. The capital is located next to the pontoon bridge of Lefkada, just about 1,2 kilometer away from there, and the main road which comes from the Greek mainland to Lefkada leads through the town.
The weather of Lefkada island is mediterranean, which means hot and dry summer, and mild winter months. From late May to end of September the weather is suitable for a summer holiday with a lot ot sunny hours, the sea temperatures are the best from mid June till mid September.
Lefkada island is best known for its amazing natural scenery, and listed among the most beautiul Greek islands. The economy is primarily based on tourism and agriculture: every year thousands of visitors arrive from several countries, who discover the top places and hidden gems of Lefkada. According to many, the best attractions of Lefkada are the exceptional natural beauty which can be find here, the breathtaking blue-coloured beaches, the picturesque seaside resorts and fishing villages, and of course the unique atmospheres of the island.
Geography of Lefkada, villages
Lefkada is a relatively small island in Greece, its area is just about 301 square kilometres. The geographical conditions are mainly mountanious with deep valleys and some plateaus. Lefkada’s highest peak is located in the south and called Stavrota, with a height of 1158 m. The roads of the village follow the geography of Lefkada, which means the roads are quite winding and narrow, especially in the mountains.
Most of the villages and tourist resorts of Lefkada island are located on the east coast, which is little less mountanious than the other side. The most popular seaside resorts are Lefkada town and its area, Lygia, Nikiana, Nidri, Vasiliki and Agios Nikitas, but there are a lot of settlements which offer great apartments, studios and villas for travellers.
- Villages on the east coast: Lefkada town, Lygia, Episkopos, Nikiana, Perigiali, Nidri (Nydri), Vlycho, Syvota, Vasiliki, Ponti
- Villages on the west coast and near the west coast: Agios Ioannis, Tsoukalades, Agios Nikitas, Kalamitsi, Dragano, Athani
- Mountain villages: Lazarata, Drymonas, Exanthia, Egklouvi, Vafkeri, Syvros, Agios Petros
Lefkada island is best known for its best beaches, which are listed among top beaches in Greece and also in Europe. You will see, the amazing blue colours and crystal clear waters of Ionian Sea are very special all over the world. The marvelous sea and the steep white cliffs are usually known as the trademarks of Lefkada island, and hard to find an another island in the Mediterranean with such amazing natural capabilities.
There are large differences between the beaches of the west coast and the east coast of Lefkada, but on both sides can be find amazing places.
The most famous beaches of Lefkada:
- Porto Katsiki (Παραλία Πόρτο Κατσίκι)
- Egremni beach (Παραλία Εγκρεμνοί)
- Kathisma beach (Παραλία Κάθισμα)
- Mylos beach (Παραλία Μύλος)
- Agios Ioannis beach (Παραλία Άγιος Ιωάννης)
- Avali Beach (Παραλία Αβάλι)
- Kavalikefta beach (Παραλία Καβαλικευτά)
- Megali Petra beach (Παραλία Μεγάλη Πέτρα)
- Gaidaros beach (Παραλία Γάιδαρος)
- Gialos beach (Παραλία Γιαλός)
- Afteli beach (Παραλία Αφτέλι)
- Mikros Gialos beach (Παραλία Μικρός Γιαλός)
- Desimi beach (Παραλία Δεσίμι)
- Nidri beach
- Ammoglossa beach (Αμμόγλωσσα)
If you are looking for an accommodation for a summer holiday in 2023, just click here for the apartments, studios and hotels in Lefkada island. (don’t worry, the link opens in new window)
If you interested to visit this great island, just keep read our Lefkada guide for the best beaches, sights and attractions, hidden gems, and other important information. Fall in love with this amazing Ionian Island!