The capital of Lefkada island is a small town with great taverns, seaside bars and calm atmospheres.
Lefkada town is located on the most northern side of the island, next to the floating bridge, at the entrance of Lefkada. It is called as Lefkada town, or as some residents say, Lefkas. If you visit Lefkada island by bus or by car, the capitol will be the first settlement, what you will meet.
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 is only a small suburban part, what was built on the surrounding hills. On the eastern side of Lefkada town there is a large port, which is the most important port of the island. There are dozens of docked sailboats, elegant yachts, smaller boats, and you can find here ship repair facilites too. This marina is probably the calmest harbour around the Ionian Islands, well protected from the western streams and bigger waves.
On the north there is a picturesque promenade, with several bars and taverns. During summer nights these bars are the heart of the bustling night life of Lefkada. Next to the promenade flows a small canal, which is connected to the Ionian Sea. An iconic wooden bridge was built here, many photos are taken at this point.
Behind the north promenade you can discover the charming old town of Lefkada. The houses are not so old, but many of them was built in traditional venetian styles, decorated with fragrant flowers and other plants. Especially the narrow alleys of the old town are charming, so if you come here, walk around and discover these hidden treasures. The street views are so enchanting, that many visitors says Lefkada town is a small jewel among capitols of Ionian Islands.
The main square of the town is also here, where numerous cafes and bars are waiting for the guests. In these places you can drink or eat something delicious, or just take a seat and enjoy the atmosphere of the town. If you walk around, will see tiny chapels and churches in the town – the oldest one is called Pantokratoras, which is built by the Venetians in the 17th century.
Almost every street and square in Lefkada town host many taverns, bars, supermarkets, bakeries, souvenir shops, and clothing stores. Most of the shops open at 9 o’clock, only a few opens earlier. These shops are open till late night, but good to know that some of them is closed during afternoons, and reopens a few hours later. You can find in Lefkada town wide range of services, like banks, ATM, hairdressers, car repairs, and many other – everything you need.
Most of the parking sites are located near to the port, but several places there is a parking fee.
The nearest beaches to Lefkada town are called Amoglossa, Kastro, Gira and Agios Ioannis. The first two beaches can be reached easily, just a few minutes’ walk, but the other two is also located in a short distance.
Guide to Lefkada town
Coordinates: 38.835453, 20.709985
Facilities: taverns, bars, apartments, supermarkets, shops, bakeries, rent-a-car agencies, atm, port
Nearest beaches: Agios Ioannis beach (2 km), Gira beach (3 km)
+ Reasons to visit Lefkada town
- bustling summer life
- many taverns, bars, souvenir shops
- picturesque streets, some old town feeling
- offers most of the services in Lefkada
- sometimes hard to find parking site in the town center
Lefkada town on map