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Holidays in Lefkas will quickly melt your heart and leave you dreaming of the days spent on its magnificent beaches...
Just off the west coast of mainland Greece, the island of Lefkas has a mountainous interior draped with olive groves, vines and pine. Beyond the alleyways of northern Lefkas Town are resorts like family-friendly Nidri to the east and southern windsurfing mecca Vassiliki.
Along the west coast, cliffs plunge to crescent-shaped bays and the bluest of seas. It’s here where you’ll find some of the best beaches you’re likely to encounter anywhere in Greece.
Amid the ancient history that penetrates every part of Lefkas, you’ll find that Lefkas Town – also known as Lefkada Town – is quite modern, with plenty in the way of shops. Unlike the rest of the island, it sports a very modern demeanour.
Food lovers and fans of windsurfing should look at holidays to Vasiliki. This delightful bay in the south of the island offers some of the best windsurfing in the Med. The bay is also dotted with exceptional fish restaurants.
If you’re seeking tranquillity, consider holidays in Nikiana. This laid-back fishing village can be found on the east coast and boasts a couple of local restaurants as well as being close to a fine collection of outstanding beaches. You could take peace and quiet to another level altogether if you were to hop on the ferry for the 20-minute journey to Meganissi. This island – populated by fewer than 2,000 people – has only the basics, but Meganissi holidays provide the opportunity for really getting away from it all.
Lefkas and the neighbouring island of Meganissi are very popular with holidaymakers from late spring until early autumn...
At the height of summer, daytime temperatures nudge the 30C mark and this is a great time to take a Lefkas holiday. Overnight temperatures fall to about 20C. Spring and autumn days will often exceed 20C, but evenings can be a cool 10C.
July and August are the busiest periods for holidaymakers, though if you’re looking for really cheap holidays to Lefkas consider the earlier or later parts of the holiday season.
Lefkas is fairly small, but it thinks big when it comes to hosting annual events for the enjoyment of locals and visitors...
Feast of Agia Kyriaki; July: The village of Nidri turns out in force to celebrate the Feast of Agia Kyriaki when locals lay on huge spreads of food and drink and a popular marks sprawls along the seafront. The festivities go on into the small hours.
Folklore Festival; August: The last week of August sees the International Folklore Festival in Lefkas Town and various villages. The event aim aims to reconnect people with island traditions and provides some great photo opportunities.
Ionian Regatta; September: Almost 200 yachts take part in this spectacle in the Meganissi Channel on the third Thursday of September.
Holidays here are about taking it easy, though there’s much to see and do if you get bored of relaxing under the blue skies...
Active types: Let your sail catch the breeze at Vasiliki Bay, a perfect windsurfing spot. Not your scene? Try scuba diving, sailing or sea kayaking.
Grown-up families: Hire a car to explore Lefkas's wild west coast. A helter-skelter of roads twists down to bays like Porto Katsiki, Egremni and Mylos, where sheer cliffs drop to turquoise water.
Romance: What could be more romantic than a waterfall? From Nidri, stroll hand-in-hand between silvery olive trees and a rocky gorge to wispy falls, and cool off with a refreshing dip.