Which is the most beautiful Greek island to visit? Lefkada claims the name of the most beautiful island in Greece. Travel to Lefkada which is the most beautiful island in Europe. But what to do in Lefkada? Here are the top 5 activities to have on the island.
I consider that the island of Lefkada in the Ionian Sea is the 2nd most beautiful island of Greece and that it presents the most beautiful beaches of Europe and Greece. Only the volcanic island of Santorini could take over but that’s all. Lefkada has a natural coastal beauty, a rich and unsurpassed wildness. Difficult to know where to start if you are a visitor to the island.
How to go to Lefkada? You have arrived in Thessaloniki by plane (reservation with the price comparator Skyscanner – Compare all your options in one click to find the cheapest flight: low cost flights-. Take the highway Egnatia Odos which crosses the north of the country by car and make 375 kms. If you arrive in Greece by boat from Ancona or Venice, you are not far from Lefkada by car.
Where to stay in Lefkada? Without hesitation, I suggest you to stay at ArtBlue villas. I was there 3 years ago with my husband and a couple of friends. We had a small private villa with private pool for 4 people at reasonable prices. Artblue Villas is 5 km away from Pefkoulia Beach and 11 km from Kathisma Beach. You will find everything you want from Agios Nikitas or from the city of Lefkada.
Here are the top 5 activities that you should definitely have if you visit Lefkada this summer!
Enjoy its dream beaches. Egremni is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, if not over all Europe. A spectacular beach where one comes down after 300 steps. But it’s worth going there. The beach has a white sand. Fresh and turquoise water is waiting for you. Bring a snack with you and spend the whole day there. Remarkable are also the beaches of Porto Katsiki and Agios Nikitas.
Porto Katsiki beach Egremni beach Aghios Nikitas beach
Visit the main town of Lefkada with its medieval castle of St Lavra (St Laura). The city is called Lefkada too and it unites the mainland Greece to the island by a small bridge. Then, Lefkada is really no longer an island. Before going up on the bridge, you can see on your right the Venetian castle of St Lavra (14th sc) which housed the inhabitants in the Middle Ages. It is worth spending at least a full day in the town of Lefkada to stroll and dine in a waterfront restaurant (see photos below).
The main pedestrian street of the city (Wilhelm Dörpfeld street, famous archaeologist in Lefkada of the 20th century) is remarkable with its colorful houses and its well preserved old churches. Due to the high seismicity of the area, many churches’ walls and bell towers are covered with metal plates. You can visit the archaeological museum with the discoveries of W. Dörpfeld.
Visit the churches of Lefkada. a) The church of Aghios Ioannis Antzousis (photo below on the left) .This church is the oldest church on the island. It is located 3 km west of the city of Lefkada. According to religious accounts, the Apostle Paul stopped there as he went to Rome to spread Christianity. The church was built on a rock, but later in the M.A, the Franks built the new church. b) The church Pantocratora (picture below on the right) This church of 1684 is in the city. It was built by the Venetians in memory of their victory against the Turks. c) The church of the Virgin Mary Isodion (photo belower on the left). The church of the presentation of the Virgin Mary is also in the center of the city. It was built in 1720. Inside the church you will find hagiographies of artists from the island of the early 19th century. d) The Monastery of Panayia Faneromeni(photo below on the right). It is located 2 km east of the village of Frynio. It is the most important religious center in Lefkada. According to the religious tradition, the Apostle Paul taught there.
Visit the archaeological sites.
- The former town of Lefkada Nirikos is located 6 km southeast of the city. There are ruins of the ancient town of Nirikos, the first capital of the island in the 2nd millennium BC. According to archaeological research, Nirikos was a city of great of economic importance in the region, built on a geographically and strategically favorable site. A new town, Lefkas, was built on the site and became the capital of Lefkada in the 13th century. In the old Lefkada, you can find the walls of the fortress, the ruins of the pre-Roman theater, towers, an aqueduct and parts of the ancient cemetery … discoveries brought out by the German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld.
- The fortress of Lefkada. From the seafront road leading to the town of Lefkada, we can see the new fortress, also known as the Tekes fortress, named after the neighboring monastery by Ali Pasha in 1807. Along the beach, there are the ruins of the fortresses of Georgios, Alexandros and Constantinos.
Sports in Lefkada. (a) Paragliding at Kathisma and Agios Ioannis. The natural mountain scenery and the winds blowing on the island are favorable and encourage young adventurous travelers to have a whole new vision of the island’s coastlines from above in the air! (b) Windsurfingat Vassiliki. Situated on the southern side of the island, Vassiliki is often ranked among the top ten beaches in Europe for windsurfing because its winds are strong and stable.
Have fun in Lefkada! Happy holidays !… You are on the right island!