NIDRI (NYDRI)

Location / where to find: Lefkada east coast

Nidri is the most popular tourist resort in Lefkada island, with thousands of visitors every year. This famous village is located on the east coast of Lefkada, surrounded by beautiful natural enviroment. Nidri (Nydri) has a seaside location, where the high mountains and the shallow emerald sea meet, with small islands near the village. During summer nights Nidri has bustling and exciting atmospheres, which is one of the many reasons, why is beloved by so many visitors. Due to its large port Nidri offers the most boat trips and daily cruises in Lefkada, from where the west coast of Lefkada can be discovered.

Nidri is faced directly to Geni (Yenion) peninsula, which is characterized by hills and evergreen pine forests. There are high mountains behind the city, one of these is called Skaros (Skaroi), which is a legendary place for its ancient oak forest. From the mountains behind you will get amazing views to the region and the islands of Ionian Sea. According to the famous German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld, the area of Nidri was once the famous state of Ithaca, a legendary home of Odysseus.

What to see in Nidri (Nydri)

Nidri (or Nydri) has very easy access on the east coast, just drive from Lefkada town to southeast 16 kilometres, and after leaving Lygia and Nikiana villages you will meet the village. The center of the Nidri is closed for road traffic since 2021 due to the new pedestrian street, but you can find paid parkings and some free places here.

Nidri is the largest village in the east, and has one of the most bustling summer life in Lefkada with a dozens of restaurants and taverns, coffee bars, souvenir shops, supermarkets, car rental agencies, and other tourism based services. The main street of Nidri is filled with these companies, just take a walk to explore them.

The church of Nydri is called ‘The holy temple of the Dormition of Theotokos’, and can be find in the north side of the village, next to the main road. The village has some important archeological findings, which were discovered by Wilhelm Dörpfeld. These are known as ‘Tumuli’, or Royal Tombs, and to find them just drive (or walk) in the direction of Vasiliki, till the junction of bypass road.

Nidri seaside promenade

The famous promenade of Nidri is a beautiful and well maintaned street with amazing views, palm trees, flowers, statues and monuments. By walking the promenade you will meet wide range of restaurants and cocktail bars, most of them has a special designs and imaginative layouts with bougainvilleas and oleanders. This is the place in Nidri where to statues of Aristotle Onassis and Wilhelm Dörpfeld can be visited, who have done many honorable things for the island of Lefkada in the past.

Take a seat in the restaurants of Nidri and taste delicious flavours of Lefkada’s cuisine with the best local wines. You can find here grill taverns which offer grilled meats, gyros and souvlaki, taverns with traditional Greek food, but there are also some Italian restaurants with pizza and pasta.

The nights in Nidri are bustling, especially during high season nights, July and August. From late afternoon hundreds of tourists walk the pedestrian street and the the seaside promenade, visit the shops, bars, taverns and enjoy their holiday in Lefkada, after they come back fom the beach. In front of the promenade there is a long port of Nidri with several excursion boats.

Nidri port (Nydri marina)

The port of Nidri is the second largest port in Lefkada island, after Lefkada town marina. Nidri port is very important in everyday life of Lefkada, because from here ferries depart to other Ionian Islands, such as to Meganisi and Kefalonia.

This port offer the widest range of boat excursions and daily cruises from the small, but familiar boats to the largest boats of the island (Nidri Star, Eptanisos, Makedonia Palace, etc). These daily boat trips from Nidri visit the neighboring Ionian Islands (Kefalonia, Ithaca), and some of the best beaches on Lefkada west coast. There are programs which take a BBQ round trip, or visit secluded beaches of the area. If you walk around the port in the evenings, or ask a tour operator in the village, you will meet the actual daily routes and trips of the excursion boats, and you can decide based on information.

In the evenings, when all the boats were docked at port, you can walk on board and look around, and if you like, you can buy the tickets from the staff. The south part of Nidri port is used by the ferries which depart to Kefalonia and Meganisi, so you can transport your car or bike to other amazing Ionian Islands from here. There are boat rental companies as well, to discover the emerald bays on the east coast of Lefkada.

Nidri’s beach is situated in the north side of the village, in the direction of Perigiali and Lefkada town. This is a well organized beach with coffee bars, parasols and sunbeds for rent, taverns, and the largest water sport centers of Lefkada. The sea at Nidri beach is usually calm, there are no such waves as on the west coast.

Accommodation info in Nidri – where to stay

Nidri is one of the most popular areas in Lefkada island, where a lot of apartments, studios and villas can be rented for a holiday. Some of these are located next to main road and can be reached easy, but several were built on the slopes of the surrounding hills and mountains. Because Nidri is situated in the east, to access the famous beaches of the west coast (Porto Katsiki, Egremni, Kathisma, etc) you have to drive 20-40 kilometers, or take a look for by daily boat trips in the port.

Due to the high popularity of Nidri the best accommodations fill up quickly, so it’s worth to book in advance. Let’s see some of the most recommended apartments, studios and villas in the village, top choices with the best user reviews.

Recommended apartments and studios in Nidri

Anko & Anko 1 Apartments (2-3 person)

Palmyra Beachfront Studios (2-4 guests)

Papatsas Center Houses (up to 2-6)

G George Apartments (2-4 person)

Gogo Rooms (2 guests)

Babis Apartments (up to 2-5 person)

Athina Residence (2-4 person)

Aggelos Apartments (up to 2 – 6 guests)

Pillipos Studios (2-4)

Sunrise Studios (up to 2 – 4 guests)

Thalassa Apartments (up to 2 – 4 guests)

Adria Luxury Apartments (up to 2 – 4 guests)

Emily Apartments (up to 2 – 6 guests)

Casa di Marinos (up to 2 – 5 guests)

Dimitra Studios (for 2

Top hotels in Nidri

Oasis Hotel (up to 2 – 4 guests)

San Lazzaro (up to 2 – 6 guests, sea view)

Palmyra Hotel (rooms for 2-4)

Konstantinos Hotel & Apartments (up to 2 – 5 guests)

Hotel Nidri beach (up to 2- 3 guests)

The best villas for rent in the area of Nidri village

Celestia Villas (up to 6 guests)

Villa Rigilis (up to 5 guests, pool)

Red Villa (up to 8 guests, pool)

Villa Galini (up to 6 guests, pool)

Villa Maria PF (up to 6 guests, pool)

Villa Odysseas (up to 5 guests)

Villa Myrtis (up to 7 guests, pool)

Villa Ilaira (up to 8 guests, pool)

The View Complex (up to 13 guests)

Nidri photos and gallery

Guide to Nidri / info box

Lefkada GPS CoordinatesCoordinates:  38.706790, 20.709751
16 km south from Lefkada town
CrowdsPopulation: 1100 (increases much during summer months)
Facilities on the beachFacilities: taverns, bars, apartments, studios, supermarkets, souvenir stores, bakery, car rental agencies, ATM, ferry port, daily boat excursions, car wash, post office, fish spa, pharmacy, bus stop, water sports, paid parking lots
InformationNearest beaches: Nidri beach (0 km), Perigiali beach (1 km), Dessimi beach (7 km)

+ Reasons to visit Nidri village in Lefkada island

  • bustling summer life
  • a lot of great taverns, coffee bars, souvenir shops and tourist services
  • daily boat trips and excursions from the port
  • night life
  • pretty scenery

– Cons

  • can be crowded during high season
  • the beach is average compared to the west coast
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