• Porto Katsiki: a wild dramatic beauty awaits the visitor…
  • The glorious beach of Eggremni , a long stretch of sand with turquoise waters!
  • Night view of the gulf of Vlucho

Lefkada, an island full of culture and Greek spirit

Lefkadians, being warm people and ‘full of life’, always welcome their guests in a very hospitable way. Throughout history Lefkada was a crossroads of West and East and the Lefkadians have had the advantage of many cultural influences. Despite these many influences they have still maintained their Greek identity. Principally this is due to the fact that even though Lefkas is an island, the ‘islanders’ were never ‘cut off’ as they are linked to the mainland by a bridge.

Lefkada, with an area of 295 sq km, is the fourth largest of the Ionian Islands and has a coastline of 117 km. The easy access to the island across a floating bridge has made it a favourite with holidaymakers. The floating bridge is an excellent feat of engineering and can raise both ends and swivel round on its axis to allow yachts and fishing boats through the channel to the main harbour and down the East coast. This lovely undiscovered island offers fabulous unspoilt beaches all along its coastline and is a boater’s paradise with its multitude of satellite islands. Some of the best known beaches are Porto Katsiki, Kathisma, Pefkoulia.

The island of Lefkas or Lefkada is lesser known as a holiday destination to a wider audience in comparison to neighbouring Corfu, Paxos and Cephalonia. This of course has ensured that it has maintained much of its character and traditional Greek identity. There are plenty of attractions even for the more discerning traveller. The impressive green landscape offers many beautiful walks for all levels and there is a very good book that can be bought locally with tracks to follow.

The long white beaches of the west coast are perfect for sun worshippers and family days out, and the crystal clear waters of the small coves on the east coast are a snorkeler’s paradise. Beautiful old churches dotted around the island, museums in Lefkas Town and archaeological sites close by are great for those looking for a bit of culture whilst on holiday. Lefkada also hosts one of the most famous International Folklore Festivals in Greece during the month of August.

 

Villa Yalenia is situated in the coastal zone of the Gulf of Vlucho directly opposite Nydri and in a road distance of approximately 4km. Nydri is at the east side of the island of Lefkada, in a distance of approximately 16 km from the town of Lefkada. It is one of the most popular tourist village on the island, overlooking the islands of Scorpios and Madouri. The village became well known when in 1963 Aristotle Onassis bought the nearby island Scorpios, and since then has hosted many celebrities from all over the world. In the village there is a statue of Aristotle Onassis. Near the beach there is also a statue of Wilhelm Doerpfeld, who made excavations on the island and came to the conclusion that this is the real (Homer) Ithaca of Odysseus.