The Greek island Lefkada - or Lefkas - is one of the 7 Ionian islands
along the western coast of Greece. Not well known as i.e. Corfu or
Zakynthos, but not less beautiful. It is a mounainous island with the
highest mountoun Stavrota, 1182 M. The west coast is quite steep arising
out of the sea, and the east coast slowly sloping wooded mountains. The
island is still not overrun by tourists, mostly because of the small
number of beaches. But the existing beaches are miraculous!! Like the
Milos beach of Agios Nikitas or the large beach of Porto Katsiki. The
inland is also interesting with old villages, where life is still as in
With friends from Czech we went to Lefkada at the end of August.
It still was very warm with mostly temps between 90 and 100 F. Flown to
Preveza on the Greek mainland and via a dam with a bascule bridge to
Agion Nikitas on the west coast, a fine sea resort. and the Milos Beach
by boat or across a hill. We rented a car, as we always do, because, if
you want to 'taste' the real island you have to drive. Through the
mountains with marvellous views and along the coast, visiting nice
harbour villages like Vassiliki and Porto Katsiki with large beach,
Syvota on a beautiful bay, Vlycho and Nidri along the Vlycho Bay. Also
Lefkada city is interesting and certainly the old fortress Agia Mavra
with a very stirring history with occupations by Romans, Turks,
Venetians, French, Russians and Britons. Buy a book about it and read it!
Read it as a history novel. Fascinating!
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