Blessed with great natural beauty, friendly villages and a string of gorgeous beaches along its west coast, Lefkada boasts all the ingredients you need for a secluded Greek Island honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Lefkada (also known as Lefkas) is the fourth-largest island in the Ionians and offers a verdant landscape of olive groves and vineyards and forests of pine and fir sprinkled with several 1000m-high mountain peaks and picturesque villages where older women still wear traditional dress.
Lefkada’s west coast is fringed with picture-perfect shingle and golden-sand beaches, many of which sit beneath vertical cliffs. Choose to sunbathe, swim or go wind and kite surfing.
The best beaches on Lefkada, include…
Visit one of the most beautiful beaches on Lefkada, a long white-shingle and golden-sand beach surrounded on three sides by impressive cliffs and facing clear turquoise waters.
Facilities include sun beds, umbrellas and snack bars at the top of the steps.
The beach is accessible on foot by descending 80 steps down the cliff face or by water taxi from the villages of Vassiliki and Nidri.
Port Katsiki Beach is located on the southwest coast, around 40km from Lefkada town.
This long stretch of white shingle and golden sand is one of the most beautiful beaches on Lefkada.
To escape the busy central section of the beach, stroll to the northern end where the beach sits between a dramatic cliff and rocky promontory facing clear turquoise water.
Facilities include sun beds, umbrellas and a range of water sports. There is also a choice of restaurants, bars and accommodation options.
Kathisma Beach is located on the west coast, around 14km from Lefkada town.
This seemingly endless white-shingle and golden-sand beach shelves into a clean turquoise sea and is located on the east coast just 2km from Lefkada town.
Often windy, Agios Ioannis is the island’s second favourite windsurfing spot after Vassiliki. Go wind or kite surfing and soak up the pristine atmosphere of the beach. A range of tavernas and accommodation options can be found close by.
Unwind on this white pebble and sand beach surrounded by bush-covered hills and facing a long cove of clear turquoise water. Facilities include sun beds, umbrellas, tavernas and snack bars.
The beach is located on the southeast coast close to the pretty town of Poros, around 25km south of Lefkada town.
This long and secluded white pebble and sand beach nestles between vertical cliffs and clear aquamarine waters that provide perfect swimming conditions.
The beach is accessible after descending 354 steps from the cliff top. Facilities on the beach include sun beds, umbrellas and a small snack bar. A bar and restaurant sit on the cliff top.
Egremni Beach is located on the southeast coast, 30km from Lefkada town.
This long white-pebble beach fronts a wide bay surrounded by high bush-clad hills and is renowned for perfect windsurfing and sailing conditions as well as good swimming in clear turquoise waters.
Facilities include sun beds, umbrellas and various water sports, with rental equipment available. There is a wide selection of taverns, shops, cafes, bars and several accommodation options located close by.
Vassiliki Beach is located near the picturesque fishing village of the same name on the south coast, around 38km south of Lefkada town.
This white pebble beach is fringed by cypress trees and lapped by clear turquoise waters. An established beach resort, Nikiana offers a wide selection of accommodation options, taverns, cafes and bars.
Nikiana Beach is located on the west coast, around 9km from Lefkada town.
Unwind on this long crescent of white sand and pebbles that shelters beneath steep and dramatic bush-covered hills. Choose a secluded spot to sunbathe then cool off with a swim in the clear turquoise waters.
Facilities include sun beds, umbrellas and tavernas nearby.
Pefkoulia is considered one of the best beaches on Lefkada and is located on the northeast coast, around 10km from Lefkada town.
Relax on this idyllic crescent of white sand and shingle that sits beneath bush-covered cliffs facing crystalline turquoise waters.
Go swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, sea kayaking and windsurfing. Facilities also include a few sun beds and umbrellas.
The nearby village of Vassiliki offers hiking and mountain biking experiences as well as a good choice of tavernas, bars and accommodation options.
Agiofili is best accessed by water taxi and is located on the south coast, around 38km from Lefkada town.
Along the less populated west coast you can discover a string of spectacular beaches.
Hike to the Dimosari waterfalls and cool off with a swim in the nature-sculpted white rock pools.
In Lefkada town, discover colourful shops in Agios Spyridon square, attractive arcades along Ioannou Mela Street, interesting finds in the Archaeological Museum and spiritual glory in the majestic 17th century Church of Agios Dimitrios.
Elsewhere, explore the imposing and renovated remains of 14th century Agia Maura Castle, site of the former capital.
Marvel at stunning 15th century frescoes inside the Church of Panagia Hodeghetria and see the oldest church on the island – the Agios Ioannis Antzoussis church, located just 3km from Lefkada town. Only these and a few other monuments and churches survived the devastating earthquakes of 1948 and 1953.
Don’t miss a showcase of ecclesiastic art at the Museum of Faneromeni Monastery. The collection spans from the 15th to 19th centuries and includes rare paintings from the post Byzantine period, manuscripts and antique prints.
Lefkada was once joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. Since the building of the 8th century BC canal, the 25m-wide strait across the canal is now spanned by a causeway.
The best time to visit Lefkada for a beach holiday is from mid-June to early-September. The summer months of July and August are usually hot and crowded.
However, anytime from early-May to early-October is good for a range of outdoor activities. Rainfall occurs mainly from October to March.
Lefkada enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters.
Lefkada and the Ionian Islands in general escape the heat found in mainland Greece and the strong Meltemi wind that blows across the Aegean Islands. Consequently, the sea is warmer. Lefkada is connected to the mainland by a bridge.
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Lefkada, also known as Lefkas or Leukas, is located in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece, and is connected to the mainland by a long causeway and floating bridge.
The Ionian Islands sit off the west coast of mainland Greece and comprise the islands of Corfu, Kefalonia, Ithaki, Zakynthos, Paxos, Kithira and Lefkada.
The most convenient route to Lefkada is by air to Aktion National Airport (PVK), located near Preveza on the Greek mainland around 20km (12mi) north of Lefkada town – around 25 minutes by bus or car.
From many overseas destinations this may require first flying into Athens International Airport (ATH), followed by a connecting flight to Aktion National Airport (PVK), Preveza.
By ferry, Lefkada is 1 hour 30 minutes from Ithaca and 2 hours 30 minutes from Kefalonia.
Athens is around 5 hours 15 minutes by bus, four times a day.
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Latest update: Lefkada Honeymoon Guide: 26 July, 2022