Roads in Lefkada
Road conditions in Lefkada island – where to go and where not to!
The quality of the roads in Lefkada is good overall, especially the main roads. You can’t find any motorways here, because the mountanious area does not allow to construct wide and high speed roads. Even tough there aren’t motorways in Lefkada, the road network is relatively simple. Two main roads were built in the island, one in the east and one in the west. These roads are connected to each other, so the main road network forms an oval – like a long egg – and it goes around the island. These roads are free to use, and fortunely nowhere is a toll road in Lefkada. The asphalt is patched at many places, but holes and other faults are not typical on the main roads of Lefkada.
Main road in Lefkada
Driving in the east
On the eastern side of Lefkada the main road connects the capitol with the popular tourist resorts like Lygia, Nikiana, Nidri and Vasiliki. It starts from the southern side of Lefkada town, and goes through the villages. In this part there is only one bypass road around Nidri, which let through traffic flow without interference from local traffic, to reduce congestion in the built-up area. These roads are probably the easiest to drive in Lefkada, there are no significant ascents and hairpin bends. Many times the road goes directly next to the sea, offering great views for drivers and passengers.
Eastern main road next to the Ionian Sea
The main road goes through several villages
From the east main road there are several minor roads, which connects smaller villages (like the tiny fishing resort, Sivota) and some beaches to the island’s life. The minor roads are also asphalted, but have less good quality, these are much narrow and have far more faults. If you are driving on these minor roads, please drive carefully.
Sometimes you can meet natural barriers on the minor roads of Lefkada
Driving in the west
The western side of Lefkada island is completely different due to the mountains. The amazing natural scenery with cliffs and valleys do not support the straight roads, so driving in this side is a little bit harder. The main road on the western side starts from Lefkada town, and goes through Tsoukalades, Agios Nikitas, Chortata and Agios Petros villages. The northern part of the road, between Lefkada town and Agios Nikitas is easy to drive, because the asphalt is significantly wider and has less serpentines. There is an amazing view what you will meet: when the road turns towards the sea after leaving Tsoukalades, the spectacular view to Pefkoulia and to the endless Ionian Sea will impress you!
The road conditions after Agios Nikitas become slightly harder, because the asphalt is more narrow and winding. Reaching some villages the width of the road will be narrow to one lane, and you may need special caution for the oncoming traffic. Villages are far less common than the eastern side, you will meet only a few settlements (Kalamitsi, Chortata, Agios Petros).
This road looks like a minor road, but this is a main road on the western side
Road signs show the minor roads, which are branching to the most beautiful beaches of Lefkada. These are the most winding roads in Lefkada, with several serpentines and hairpin bends. The quality of the narrow byways is varied, somewhere you will meet brand new sections, but there are many in poor conditions.