LEFKADA - LEFKAS

IONIAN ISLANDS GREECE

Pronunciation: 'lef-kada'/Tel. code: 2645/Lefkada Port Authority: tel.

How to get to Lefkada

By Air

From Athens, one can fly to Aktion, 26 km away on the mainland. 35 minutes on the bus will get you to Lefkada. By Car: From Sterea Ellada you can drive on the causeway. By Bus: Buses leave from Athens and take about 6 hours. From Patras 4 to 5 buses leave each day.

By Ferry

Very few in winter. In summer Cephallonia and Ithaki are connected.

LEFKADA: GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

Just off the coast of central Greece and once attached, Lefkada is the 4th largest of the Ionian islands. It has a land mass of 303 sq.km and a coastline of 117 km. Its population is 21,000. It is attached to the mainland by a causeway. Many migratory birds flock to its salty marshes. The island is more inviting] further down its east coast where there are deeper waters, long sandy beaches and where most tourist facilities are. The west coast on the other hand, is almost un-exploited and also has wonderful beaches. An occasional shark has been seen far out by wind surfers but no incidents have occurred. The several interior villages are traditional and the women are famous for their lace and embroidery. Windsurfing is particularly good and sailing through its 10 surrounding islets is idyllic. One of these, Scorpios, was owned by Aristotle Onassis. That should tell you something! More Dolphin varieties are seen off Lefkadas coast than anywhere else in Greece. This is an excellent island to explore with a scooter.