Most people visit Lefkas for its wonderful beaches, which have kept away from the trappings of tourism. In places like Monolithi and Kastrosykia, the white sands are endless and untouched.
The region has olive groves, mountain ranges and nature reserves and in the Vikos National Park you’d find canyons, giant gorges, caves and rivers. This region is totally stripped back to its roots. The hilltop villages have barely changed in the last century.
Lefkas is perfect if you are looking for traditional atmosphere and rural Greek island life. The fact it isn’t touristy means it retains a great deal of charm.
Things to do
Lefkas is the fourth largest of the Ionian Islands and the seas off the beautiful beaches are enjoyed among windsurfers. It’s a place that can be explored on foot or by bicycle. Lefkas is attached to the mainland by a swing bridge, allowing Lefkas holidays plenty of scope for exploring the Greek coast up to Parga.
It is also possible to take a ride on a catamaran to explore the neighbouring islands or simply relax on the deck of a boat as you drift around Lefkas. If you like the water, then Lefkas is home to two international sailing centres where you can hire dinghies or even if you’re experienced enough you could hire a yacht and go exploring.
If you want to shop, then head to Lefkas Town, where you can spend your cash on perfumes, souvenirs, handmade goods and designer clothes. There is a good range of surf wear available in the little villages around Vassilliki bay…a windsurfer’s haven.
The main Shoppingstreet in Lefkas Town has a wide range of shops ranging from traditional food shops to boutiques. In the town square, you’ll find many friendly cafes where you can sit and watch the world go by.
If you make it over the swing bridge, you could head to Parga which is great for shopping. There’s many Greek silver and gold accessories to be bough, as well as bright sarongs, Parga t-shirts and summery shorts. However the deeper you dig, the more unusual gifts you’ll find in the tucked away nooks and crannies.
The choice of Nightlife on Lefkas can either consist of a quiet night at local tavernas or the buzzing bars in Nidri. In Lefkas Town you can indulge in some traditional plate smashing or head to Ligia for a party that lasts all night.
During the night in Lefkas Town, many of the cafes convert in to nightclubs, which livens the place up for some serious partying. Although if you want high powered partying, then there is no place but Parga. You may be lucky enough to hang out with the locals at the cocktail bars along the harbour, and be entertained by a passing juggler or even fire eater!
Lefkas serves up the freshest seafood that can be found. Dishes range from international to traditional Greek cuisine and the traditional Ouzo is always available for a try. In Lefkas, the restaurants like to keep things local. The local tavernas will serve up all the classic Greek main courses. Don’t forget to try the country’s famously sticky-sweet puddings. This is a real highlight.
Tavernas are traditional cafes or simple snack bars. Available will be a banquet of local dishes. Moussakas, feta topped Greek salads and pitta bread with taramosolata and hummous to indulge in. Obviously there will be a great deal more on offer, but everything you’ll eat will be local and freshly prepared.