A tiny church with great panoramic views to the east coastline of Lefkada island.
Profitis Ilias (which is known as Ekklisia Profiti Ilia or Agios Ilias in Greek, and Church of Prophet Elias) is located in the heart of the mountains of Lefkada, the nearest villages are Egklouvi and Karya. The access of the Monastery can be quite difficult for someones, because the road which leads to Profis Ilias Monastery is very narrow (seems as just one lane), the last section is steep and filled with road defects. The visit of this sight is recommended primarily for experienced drivers with smaller cars.
The unique feature of Profitis Ilias Monastery in Lefkada is its location, because it was built on a top of one of the highest mountains in the island. The small church has a small garden, which has one of the best lookouts to the east coast of Lefkada. You can see the surroundings of Nidri and the small islands on the sea, Lefkada town with the lagoon, and if the weather conditions are good, you can also see Preveza, the airport and the bay of Amvrakikos in the distance. On the road before you reach the small church of Agios Ilias you will meet former NATO bases and radar stations, surrounded by fences.
The celebration of Profitis Ilias Monastery is held on 20th of July in every year. If you would like to visit the Monastery, the distances from some villages are the following: Lefkada town 23 km, Nidri 20 km, Vasiliki 23 km, Agios Nikitas 18 km.
Guide to Profitis Ilias / info box
Coordinates: 38.738482, 20.647260
23 km south from Lefkada town
Accessibility: by car, by motorbicycle (recommended for experienced drivers, poor road conditions)
Entrance Fee: none (free entrance)