Karya is a traditional mountain village in Lefkada, which is hidden by the green hills. If you visit Karya village on your holiday, you can find here great taverns, relaxing atmospheres and ancient traditions of lace making.
The village is not so popular as Nidri or other coastal resorts of Lefkada, but there are several reasons to visit Karya. First of all, it has nice mountain atmospheres, because wherever you look, you see only beautiful hills and valleys. Karya is surrounded by extremely lush vegetation, on the hills you can see many large plane trees and of course thousands of evergreens like pines and junipers.
Karya (or Karia) has a big main square, where old plane trees provide natural shade for visitors. Around the square there are some coffee bars and taverns, in summer months all of them are open and wait for guests. On the streets you will see also traditional houses made of stone and wood. The characteristic temple of Karya with its bell tower is called Agios Spyridonas, and can be found next to the main road.
The free parking sites are a little further from the center, but you can find some paid parking next to the square.
Karya is widely known from its old traditions in Lefkada island.
Maria Koutsohero Museum – Karya folklore and traditions
Karya has also a nice ethnographic exhibition, called Maria Koutsohero Musem. This small private museum contains embroidery exhibits and other interesting folklore items, where you can see several artworks from the past centuries. By visiting Maria Koutsohero museum tourists can easier understand how locals were living in the past. Maria Koutsohero (Maria Stavraka) lived in Karya, who brought back the embroidery technique of old times, and combined it with a completely novel technique. This is called as a unique Karsaniki stitch, a one hand embroidery. The figures and designs was mainly inspired from the nature.
Maria Koutsohero folklore museum operates daily, opening hours: 09:00 – 21:00
The embroidery is not as popular as it was a few decades ago, but some locals are still made beautiful laces and carpets, which can be buy in the shops.
In the winter months sometimes the snow falls here, covering the landscape in white.
Recommended villas, apartments and studios in Karya village
Karya Villas (up to 5 guests)
Christos House (up to 7 guests)
Karya Central Cottage (up to 6 guests)
Villa Votistis (up to 4 guests)
Lagkada Suites (up to 3 – 6 guests)
Villa Amolena (superior apartments)
Carsazzio Cottage House (up to 4 guests)
Petronas Villa (up to 23 guests)
Stone Villa Hermione (up to 5 guests)
Guide to Karia
Coordinates: 38.759739, 20.648544
15 km south from Lefkada town
Facilities: supermarkets, taverns, ATM, apartments, cafe bars, lace & carpet shops
Nearest beaches: Nikiana beach (13 km)
+ Reasons to visit Karya village in Lefkada island
- unique mountain atmospheres
- interesting traditions and folklore
- nice town square with large plane trees
- Folklore Museum called ‘Maria Koutsohero’
- far from the Ionian Sea