Lefkada lies in the Ionian Sea of Greece’s west coast, approximately halfway between Corfu to the north and Ithaca and Kephalonia to the south. At just 35km long and 15km wide, it is relatively easy to explore in a week and offers a great deal to see and do.
The azure, transparent waters of the Ionian Sea are a real attraction and the varied coastline boasts a host of sandy beaches, secluded pebbly coves and dramatic white cliffs, such as those of Cape Lefkatas on the southernmost tip. Most beaches can be reached by car and a walk, though a few are only accessed via sea, a good excuse for hiring a boat for a day or two.
The island’s green, wooded interior is also very much worth exploring, with some glorious scenery, great walking paths, mountains rising to over 1100m and a scattering of unspoilt villages, whose way of life remains profoundly connected to Lefkada’s ancient traditions and customs.
The main town on the island, Lefkada, has a pretty maze of streets with lots of tavernas, shops and bars and a popular marina. A few minutes’ drive from here will take you over to mainland Greece via a causeway, while frequent ferry services from the ports of Nidri and Vasiliki, on the east and south of the island respectively, run to the other islands of the Ionian archipelago (including Meganissi, Itaca and Kephalonia), making it eminently possible to explore further afield.