was actually a peninsula joined with mainland Greece, until in
the 7th century B.C. a channel was dug by the Corinthians
who were then occupying the area!
The morphology of the
ground is similar to that of Paxi,
with the eastern coast rising gently out of the sea and ending up as high mountains dropping vertically
into the water at the west.
They consist of white
rocks and that is where the island's name is coming from ('Lefkada'
meaning white). The highest peak being 1150m above
sea level at Mt. Stavrota.
waterfalls in the mountains, vineyards,
olive grooves, and pretty villages is the characteristic of this
Picturesque little bays run along the east coast, while
long sandy beaches and a couple of tourist resorts cover the west
Porto Katsiki, accessible by boat has
a breathtaking scenery with the sheer
white cliffs towering above the beautiful
sandy beach and the crystal clear blue sea.
The town of Lefkas which is the
capital of the island is situated at the north-east end, just
opposite of mainland Greece.
It has a nice atmosphere to it
and there, you can visit the small archaeological museum, the
Folklore and the Phonograph museum, its public library and the
Gallery of post-Byzantine art.
Alternatively you can try its numerous cafés, bars
and clubs or go for a wonder at the shops.
along the coast is Nidri, the
village which is the largest tourist resort on the island.
And at the southern tip, the big bay of Vasiliki is famous
in the windsurfing community all
around Europe for its ideal
winds for the sport.
As usual, along the whole
length of the coast there are plenty of little villages and bays.
Some smaller islands close to Lefkas
To the east and south-east
of Lefkas there are various little
Some of them are inhabited (with anything from 2 to 100 people),
like Meganisi (with its famous
marine cave where the submarine 'Papanikolis'
used to hide during the second world war), and
the picturesque islands of Kalamos
and Kastos which are definitely
worth a visit.
Many more are uninhabited like Atokos,
Arkoudi, Pontiki, Drakonera, Provati, etc.
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