Introduction to Lefkas Town
As well as being the administrative and commercial capital of Lefkas Island, Lefkada Town is also a tourist destination in it’s own right. Since it was opened, Lefkas Town’s new Lefkada Marina has become enormously popular and has led to an influx of new visitors, bringing new shops and restaurants to cater for them. There is a good selectrion of Lefkas Town hotels and apartments open throughout the year.
Lefkada Town is a very pleasant, friendly, typical Greek town. It is an ideal place to stay on holiday. As well as travellers staying for one night before they board their yacht, many tourists use the town’s hotels as a base for visiting the local beaches.
But even if you are staying in one of the other holiday resorts on the island it is worth making a visit to Lefkada Town one day during your holiday for the shops, museums and atmosphere.
Shopping in Lefkada
Restaurants and Bars in Lefkada Town
Several very nice places to eat can be found at the North end of the pedestrian street between the Main Square and the North Harbour, with it’s fine views across the Ionian Sea to the mountains of the mainland. In this area you should also explore down the little back streets and alleyways. If you are lucky you may still find one of those beautifully traditional family-run tavernas where you are invited into the kitchen and point as the food you would like. So many mouth watering dishes that you will not find in a Greek restaurant in your home country – freshly made by Mama that day in her own kitchen! Freshly made tzatsiki on locally baked crusty bread, stuffed tomatoes and peppers, souvlaki (skewers of meat freshly grilled over charcoal) washed down with a fine local wine served in a tin jug. That’s Greece!
For those of you staying around Lefkada Marina you will find a great selection of good, reasonably prices, restaurants along the Old Harbour front.
Taking a day at a local beach? You will find excellent tavernas ight beside the beach in Agios Ioannis to the West of Lefkada Town, and along the North side of the ‘Gira’.
Lefkada island is at the heart of the Ionian Islands. From the North of Lefkada you can see Corfu, and from the South of Lefkas you can see Keffalonia and Ithaka. For this reason it has developed as the most important hub for yachting and yacht holidays in the Ionian Sea.
Lefkada Town provides one of the calmest harbours in the Ionian and in recent years the new Marina Lefkada has been built to satisfy a growing demand for high quality harbour facilities. Only 20 minutes by taxi from Prevea airport to Lefkada Marina, it is ideally situated for the main summer season. Even if you are not sailing Lefkada Marina is an interesting place to stroll around to admire the fabulous yachts and catamarans.
The route from Lefkada to Corfu involves a short journey along a canal beside the ’causeway’ which leads into Lefkada Town, then through the swingbridge into the open sea. This swingbridge is actually a ferry with a road on top of it, rather than a bridge, even though the gap is only 50 metres between Lefkada and the mainland. It is said that whilst the swingbridge is a ferry then Lefkada is technically and island, thereby qualifying for many government and EU grants. If a bridge were built then it would no longer be an island – and all that money would be lost.
During the summer the bridge opens, during the daytimes, every hour on the hour to let the yachts pass through. So if you are entering or leaving Lefkada during the summer and you encouter a short traffic jam it will usually be for this reason!
The ‘Blue Flag’ beach of Aghios Ioannis isat the West end of the Gira, where it meets the island of Lefkada. Here the beach is finer shingle and sand – beautiful for swimming. Aghios Ioannis is developing rapidly as the second windsurfing centre on Lefkada island, after Vassiliki. It is only 1.5 km West of Lefkada Town and there are five abandoned windmills on the beach to the North of Aghios Ioannis; used in the past to put the reliable North Westerly winds to good use.
With a car you can be at some of the most beautiful beaches on the west coast in only 15 minutes.
Transport and Roads
If you do not have your own car then hiring a car is relatively cheap and easy. Most rental cars have air conditioning these days if things get too hot for you. Or why not rent a jeep – they are great fun and it means you can get to places that ordinary cars cannot reach. There are petrol stations all over the island. The only place to be careful is the West coast road between Agios Nikitas and Vassiliki where there is only one petril station – so fill up before you go exploring the West coast beaches.
Lefkas Town is the centre of the public bus network, which goes to all parts of the island. Some of the routes and bus times can be seen by clicking HERE.
Events and Festivals
One highlight of the year is Easter. This is a time when Lefkadians come back home from all over Greece to be with their families. The churches are full on Good Friday, and for the next few days there is feasting and celebration.
But above all, whilst in Lefkada Town, celebrate the simplicity and relaxation an typical Greek town. Wander the back streets and alleys and you will find a lot of idle fun to be had away from the crowds and noise of modern life!