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The mountainous island of Lefkada is situated on the west coast of Greece connected to the mainland by a long floating bridge. It is a popular holiday destination with beautiful landscapes and amazing sandy and pebbled beaches ideal for swimming. Two of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Greece are those of «Kathisma», (Agios Nikitas) and Porto Katsiki.

lefkada island map

All villages follow the traditional architectural style with stone-made houses and narrow streets. The
village of Vassiliki is one of the most significant windsurfing resorts in Europe. Thousands of windsurfers gather here in high season.

Accommodation Syvota Lefkadas
villa Arethoussa Syvota lefkada, Accommodation lefkada


The picturesque capital town of
Lefkada, (Chora), has an Italian architectural character with crowded streets and great night life. The fortress of Agia Mavra dominates the landscape between the channel connecting the island to the mainland. Not far away from Chora there is a beautiful lake, which is the biggest liquid place of the island with a great variety of flora and fauna.
Every summer various cultural events and festivals take place in Lefkada, including that of «Literature and Art».

lefkada island
Throughout the island the visitor may find various hotels, studios, apartments, tavernas, cafeterias, bars, camping sites and commercial shops.

Local traditional products
TRADITIONAL PRODUCTS OF LEFKADA
The wines of Lefkada

traditional products  lefkada Greece
A very important part of the cultural heritage of Lefkada is its traditional cuisine and its traditional products.
Honey from thyme which grows in Dragano and Athani, pasteli and mantolato, soumada( refreshment from bitter almond), liqueur like rozoli, mint, rose, traditional ladopitta (oil pie), ladokouloura (oil rolls), oil from the perennial olives, avgotaracho from lagoon’s ivari, white and red wine are products from the land of Lefkada.

A variety of  “berjami”
Especially, wine which is produced from a rare variety of “berjami” or barzamino, (which was probably brought from Venetians in 1684) and cultivated in the Municipality of Sfakiotes, Karya, Apollon and Ellomenos of 200 m to 700 m altimeter, is considered one of the best varieties of our country.
Other varieties of Lefkaditian wine is giomatari, black sweet, keropati, white and lagkero, soft and mild wine. The viniculture from ancient years was one of the most profitable and favorite agricultural occupations, mainly on the highlands and less on the plain side of the island. Many ancient writers were referring to the Lefkaditian wine like, Plinios, the senior (23-79 bc) and Athineos (160-250 ac) in his work “Deipnosophistae”.
Soumada
In Lefkada, the Union of Agricultural Association was founded in 1915 with the name TAOL, offering exclusively products from Lefkada like red and white wines produced mainly from the grape varieties “Vardea” and “Berjami” as well as the finest virgin olive oil.
The fishes and the sea products of Ionian Sea are also of the finest quality.
write by Lefkada

Transportation
The visitor can arrive to Lefkada, by many ways. Specifically, you can visit the island:
The floating bridge connecting
the island with Akarnania
By car: Lefkada is the only island which can be visited by car without ferry boats fares by using the floating bridge connecting the island with Akarnia. KTEL buses offer daily services (5 hours) from and to Athens (378 km) and from to Thessaloniki (420 km), everyday bus services (5 hours).
The underwater tunnel of Preveza- Aktio create an easy access to the island from northwest Greece and the Port of Igoumenitsa (100 km) forming a great entrance gate from West and Central Europe.
The operation of the bridge Rio Antirio makes easier the connection of the island with the rest of Greece and with the port of Piraeus (170 km) which is the second great entrance gate from Europe.
 By plane: From Athens are performing daily flights from the international airport of Aktion (18km from the town of Lefkada) and from Thessalonica 2 flights weekly. Corfu, Kefalonia and Zakynthos are connecting stations. Also there are 2 connecting flights weekly with Crete (Sitia). From April until October, direct flightsare performed from Aktion and Europe.
Connection of Lefkada’s with the surrounding islands
From Nydri to Vassiliki you can find daily ferry boats services for Meganissi, Kefalonia (Fiskardo), Ithaka (Frikes). Also there are tours with tourist boats for all the surrounding island and beaches. 
 

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