Lefkada Island (Lefkas), Greece
The large Ionian Island of Lefkada (also called Lefkas, Lefcas, Levkas, Leucas and Lefkes) is situated just north of Kefalonia and south of Corfu and Paxi. The capital of the island is called Lefkada Town, and it sits at the most northerly point of the island where a bridge links Lefkada to the mainland.
Lefkada is a beautiful island of rugged white cliffs along its west coast, and green fertile regions along the east coast. It is well known for its magnificent beaches and very traditional villages. The main roads run north and south, not far inland from the east and west coasts. They skirt around the mountains, with satellite roads running inland to various mountain villages.
The island’s fertile plains have vineyards and olive groves, which account for the island’s production of excellent wine and superb olive oil; lots of cypress trees abound, and there are mountain streams, ravines and even a waterfall.
Things to See & Do
* Fortress of Santa Maura
* Yyra beach
* Archaeological Museum
* Kalamitsi waterfall
Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language – Greek
Land Area – 356 km²
Population – 23,000
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus two hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 30
Port Location – There are ports located at Lefkada town, Nydri and a larger port at Vathy.
Travel Links - You can get to Lefkada by car, autobus (the island is connected to the mainland by a bridge) or by plane from Athens or by boat from the neighbouring islands of Kefalonia and Ithaki. To get to Lefkada going south from anywhere in Epirus, you must cross from Preveza to Aktion by ferry or using the undersea tunnel.
There is a decent public bus network linking most of the island, with some trails branching off the main roads and offering nice walking opportunities.