General destination; holiday guide and information.
The island of LEFKAS, LEFKADA or LEFKHADA lies off the mainland west coast in the middle of the Ionian chain of Greek islands. It is so close to the mainland that it only just qualifies as an island. The Corinthians cut a canal through sandbanks in 600 BC to separate it from the mainland.
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In the east, sheltered bays and outlying islets have triggered a rash of hotel building and the main tourist resort of Nidri is now far from the tranquil hideaway it once was.
Tourism has brought changes, but they are not yet too profound, and for those seeking modern facilities in a traditional Greek island setting, this could be just the place.
Lefkas means "white" and the island"s white rock makes its cliffs attractive but its roads and quarries little more than ugly scars. Otherwise, Lefkas is an astonishingly beautiful island with quiet country villages and wild, empty beaches along the west coast.
The low-lying east coast has become the island"s main tourist strip with plenty of hotel development. There is a succession of good beaches, ideal sailing conditions and interesting offshore islets.
Resorts such as Nidri have become hopelessly noisy and busy, whilst marshy land can deliver swarms of insects.
On the west coast rugged cliffs, rocky shores, exposed beaches and colder, rougher seas are a magnet for those with a more adventurous spirit. The further south you go the less accessible the beaches can become, but those that make the effort are rewarded with some simply stunning scenery.
Getting on holiday. Flights and airports.
Most visitors to Lefkas take international flights to Preveza International (PVK) on mainland Greece, also known as Aktio National Airport. This is where charter flights from Europe land throughout the summer and passengers take the bus across the narrow straits to Lefkas. The airport was opened in 1958 and is about 12km west of Vonitsa-Anaktorio or 3km miles south of Preveza and 15km northeast of Lefkas.
There is a daily bus service to the airport from Lefkas, Preveza and Vonitsa and there is free parking for cars. Preveza is about 30min journey time from Lefkas Town. Regular scheduled flights from Preveza-Lefkas are operated by Olympic Airlines to Athens, Corfu, Kefalonia, Sitia, Thessaloniki and Zakynthos.
Weather and the best time to go on holiday.
The weather in Lefkada is typically Mediterranean. It is characterised by hot and sunny summers and mild winters with high rainfalls.
Lefkada climate differs from the climate of the other Ionian Islands from its thermal winds that get really strong in some
parts of the island; for that reason, the island is famous among the windsurfers and kite surfers.
Lefkada has a high level of humidity, even during the summer time, for it is an island and it is of course surrounded by the sea.
Things to do, excursions and trips while on holiday.
Papanikolis Cave - This Cave was made famous and its name was taken from the Greek submarine "Papanikolis", during the war this is where the submarine used to hide. The cave is about a 45 minute boat trip from Nidri, Lefkas.
Lefkas Town - The most popular attractions to see in the town are the swing bridge, which attatches Lefkas to the mainland, and also the Frankish Fortress called Ayia Mavra. There are also a few museums here, a Byzantine museum, and a folk museum being the most popular.
Aristotle Onassis is a major figure in Lefkas and is well respected by the locals. He put a lot of money into the island, and owns the islet of Skorpios just off of Nidri.
Onassis - The statue in the photo is of Aristotle Onassis and is situated in Nidri Harbour.
Passport and Visa requirement; information for this resort.
To enter Greece one needs a valid passport or, for EU nationals, travel documents (ID cards). When registering in a hotel or pension in Greece, your passport or EU travel documents must be shown. Nationals of Australia, Canada, all EU countries, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and the USA can stay in Greece for up to three months without a visa. Greek embassies have a list of other nationalities allowed in without a visa. The list changes, but includes nationals of the European principalities of Monaco and San Marino and most South American countries. Those not on the list, such as South Africans, need a visa. For an updated list of these nationalities, contact your nearest Greek embassy.
Can I drink the water on holiday?
Water is safe to drink. However, visitors are advised to use bottled water.
What language do the locals speak in resort?
The local language is Greek however English is widely spoken.
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