Lefkada town is the picturesque capital of Lefkada island with an amazing old town, great taverns, seaside coffee bars, long promenades and wonderful atmospheres!
The town is located in the northernmost side of the island, directly next to the interesting pontoon bridge, at the entrance of Lefkada. It is called as Lefkada town, but some residents say it as Lefkada or Lefkas. If you visit Lefkada island by bus or by car, this town will be the first settlement, which you will meet.
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Lefkada town is a medium sized city, with a population about 10,000. It was built on the most flattest land of the island, and there are only a few suburban parts, which were built on the surrounding hills. In the east side of Lefkada town there is a large port, which is the most important port of the island beside the port of Nidri. You can see here dozens of docked sailboats, elegant yachts, smaller boats, and there were built some large ship repair facilites also. Lefkada marina has probably the calmest waters in the area of Ionian Islands, because it is very well protected from the sea streams, large waves and the western winds.
Why visit Lefkada town and what to see?
Lefkada town is not just the largest settlement of the island, but there are several reasons not to miss this gem during your holiday. Let’s see why you should visit Lefkas!
One of the most picturesque streets of Lefkada island is located on the north side of the town, where you can find a seaside promenade. This is a pedestrian street in the nights (closed for traffic between 18:00 – 06:00), with colorful houses, coffee bars and taverns. The promenade was named after the famous Greek poet Angelos Sikelianos (Aggelou Sikelianou), who was born in Lefkada.
During summer nights this promenade witht is cocktail bars are the heart of the bustling nightlife of Lefkada. Next to the promenade there flows a small canal (called ‘kanali’), which is connected through small culverts to the neighboring lagoon and the Ionian Sea.
The iconic wooden bridge of Lefkada town is situated also here, which is an amazing place to make the best photos – especially the sunsets are magical! In recent years in front of the wooden bridge there is a small fishing boat which is illuminated at nights.
Lefkada old town
Behind the seaside promenade you can discover the charming old town of Lefkada. The colorful houses are not so old as they seem, but many of them were built in traditional Venetian style, decorated with fragrant flowers and other plants. Especially the narrow alleys of the old town are charming, so when you visit Lefkada town, just walk around and discover these hidden gems. The street views are so lovely, that many visitors says Lefkada town is a small jewel among the capitals of the Ionian Islands!
The other pedestrian street of Lefkada town, which is one of the longest in the island, starts from the wooden bridge also. It is filled with coffee bars, clothing and souvenir stores, where you can find everything you need. During nights this is the most bustling place in the island.
The main square of the old town is situated also here, where bars and restaurants are waiting for the guests. In these places you can drink or eat something delicious, or just take a seat and enjoy the exceptional atmospheres of the city. When you walk around, you will see the old chapels and churches in the town – the oldest one is called Pantokratoras, and it was built by the Venetians in the 17th century.
Almost every street and small square in Lefkada town has its own taverns, cocktail bars, supermarkets, bakeries, souvenir shops, and clothing stores. Most of the stores open at 9 o’ clock, and only a few opens earlier. These shops are adapted to the needs of tourists and are open until late night, but good to know that some of them are closed in the afternoons, and reopen a few hours later. You can find in Lefkada town the widest range of services of the island for example banks, ATM-s, hairdressers, car and tire repairs, gas stations, and many other – everything you need.
The largest supermarkets (AB Market, LIDL, Sklavenitis) and gas stations were built in the outskirts of Lefkas, but these are easily accessible if you have a car. The general hospital of Lefkada island is located also in this town, in the south close to Agios Ioannis.
Parking in Lefkada town is no complicated, if you find the largest parking lots. These are located in the south and in the north: the first large car park is situated near next to the port, while the second park was built at the end of the seaside promenade, next to the Archeological Museum of Lefkada (Cultural Center). These can be used for free, and offer places for hundreds of cars. If you would like to avoid these parking lots and you prefer to park your car on the streets, usually you will have a much harder job.
The main bus station of Lefkada (KTEL Lefkadas) is near the south parking lot, close to the port, but in the direction of Nidri.
The nearest beaches to Lefkada town are called Amoglossa, Kastro, Gira and Agios Ioannis. The first two beaches is located next to the pontoon bridge and can be reached by a 25 minutes of walk (1,5 kilometer away from the wooden bridge), the other two beaches are slightly farther, about 3-4 kilometers away from the center.
If you spend your holiday in Lefkada island, don’t miss a visit in Lefkas town! Its charming streets, the atmospheres of the old town with the bustling pedestrian streets will impress you.
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Where to stay in Lefkada town, apartments and studios
The largest town in Lefkada is great location for a holiday in Lefkada, because several famous beaches of the west coast and the east side can be accessed easy. In the houses of downtown residential houses were converted into clean and apartments and studios, and you can find some hotels also. In the outskirts of Lefkada town, just a few kilometeres away (in Agios Ioannis, Frini, Kariotes) a lot of accommodations are waiting for guests, some of these are highly recommended by visitors.
Or let’s see what are great choices to stay in Lefkada town!
Apartments, studios near Lefkada town
Pirofani (up to 2-4 guests)
Eriel Boutique Apartments (rooms for 2-5 guests)
Levkosh Apartments (2-4 person)
Lefkas City Apartments & Suites (2-7 guests)
Anthias Garden (up to 2 – 4 guests)
Lefkas Blue Residence (up to 2 – 8 guests)
Ithaki Holidays (up to 3 – 5 guests, pool)
G&K City Apartments (up to 4 person)
Summer Dream Lefkas (up to 3 – 6 guests)
Villagio (up to 2 – 3 guests, pool)
The Lefkadian Collection (up to 4 guests, town center)
Cabernet Houses (up to 4)
Villa Elia (junior & family suites)
The Victoria Lefkada (rooms for 2)
Hotels in Lefkada town
Bohemian Boutique Hotel (rooms for 2)
The Secret Boutique Hotel (up to 2 – 4 guests, town center)
Allure Central Boutique Hotel (up to 2-7 guests)
Lefkadio Suites (superior / executive suits)
Best villas of the area
Villa Niriides (up to 10 guests, pool)
Villa Gerosimoula (up to 6 guests)
Kydonies Villas (up to 2 – 4 guests, private pool)
Aeriko Beachfront Villa (pool)
Arenaria L Villas Complex (up to 8 guests, pool)
Gatsoulis Villas (up to 4 – 6 guests)
Miltiadis Farm (up to 2 – 7 guests)
Fairytale Villa (up to 8 guests)
Olive Green Villas (superior villa, up to 6 guests)
Lefkada town guide / info box
Coordinates: 38.835453, 20.709985
Population: approx. 10,000
Facilities: restaurants, coffee bars, pubs, supermarkets, souvenir shops, bakeries, car rental agencies, ATM, port, car wash, gas stations, museums, pharmacy, apartments and studios for rent, tobacco shop, bookstore, post office, police, bus station
Nearest beaches: Agios Ioannis beach (2 km), Gira beach (4 km), Kastro beach (1,5 km), Ammoglossa beach (1,5 km)
+ Reasons to visit Lefkas town
- bustling summer life
- a lot of great taverns, cocktail bars, souvenir stores
- picturesque streets, old town feeling
- offers most of the services in Lefkada
- amazing sunsets
- sometimes hard to find parking place when the parking lots are filled
- from the port there are no boat excursions or daily boat trips