AROUND LEFKADA

VASILIKI TOWN

Vasiliki itself (our base) is a ferry port with daily services to Kefalonia and Ithaki Islands. The town also has good beaches nearby, and shopping and amenities are clustered around the lively harbour for the authentic package holidays in Greece. A good choice of traditional Greek restaurants 'tavernas' line the waterfront.
Vasilki beach is a watersports hub, one of the the biggest in Europe for windsurfing and catamaran sailing. Scuba diving operaters are also based here.
Around Vasiliki there are many mountain walking tracks; taking you up to hillside villages, and quieter beaches nearby

 

AROUND LEFKADA

If you have never visited this island before, then we recommend you schedule in a couple more days here before or after your kayak tour just to see the sites around Lefkada.

Lefkada is a lesser known island but the favorite of more sophisticated and well travelled visitors. Its popular with Europeans- particularly French and Italians. This is because it doesn’t get as crowded as the Cyclades Isles, nor does it attract the party scene - its has a more laid back feel. Its also has direct, easy access by road from Athens.

The countryside is green and mountainous, with a great variety of natural scenery. There's plenty of hiking trails, and interesting mountain villages to explore by road, some noted for their produce- the local thyme honey, Eglouvi lentils, and fine embroidery. For those with an interest in history, a must visit is the 'Red Church Monastery', in its unearthly setting surrounded by high mountains.

Mountain biking is a popular activity, the mountain roads are a hot training ground for French and Italian cyclists. Bike rentals evreywhere.

Lefkada abounds with good quality beaches- some on the mellower east coast, while those along the exposed western coast are considered to be amongst Greece’s best beaches. These are dramatically set between soaring cliffs- such as famous Porto Katsiki, Kathisma & Egremi beaches. There is no public transport or coach tours of these beaches and the best way to visit them is by private hire car or motorscooter.

Interesting architectural sites to visit include the Venetian Fortress of Agia Mavra near Lefkada town. Lefkada town itself is a maize of very narrow, cobbled streets lined with colorful terraces, a layout that was originally designed to confuse looters and pirates- now just as effective for trapping tourists. You can get lost amongst interesting shops, which sell handicrafts, local produce, jewelry, fashion, and souvenirs. It caters to the scores of yachties that cram into the suprisingly large marina with capacity for hundreds of boats. Most sailing tours, yacht charter companies, and learn to sail operators are based here. This town has stylish cafes, bars and restaurants where you can kick back along the waterfront.

As does lively Nidri- with a lot more emphasis on funky bars, restaurants, dance clubs and nightlife. From Nidri you can catch local ferries to Meganisi, Kefalonia, and Ithaki Islands. Or take a boat (caique) tour around the smaller isles, via remote beaches and sea caves.

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