Why choose Lefkada?
What is it that makes Lefkada so special to almost everybody who has visited it? And what is the reason why some tourists never want to come back to Lefkada?
We will try to answer on these two questions in the following article and help you decide whether Lefkada is ideal destination for you.
On your road to Lefkada there are dozens and dozens of long tunnels near Metsovo that portend the adventure. And then there is Preveza and the passage through an underwater tunnel beneath the Amvrakikos Gulf, and soon after the drawbridge that connects Lefkada with the mainland, you are finally arriving to Lefkada straight to the main town Lefkas.
As we have mentioned- Lefkada is an island with high hills and mountains and that is just what gives it an extra taste. Traditional villages on the slopes and centuries-old churches within them, tourist places by the sea, surrounded with hills and greenery, numerous anchored boats in marinas, vertical walls above the most beautiful beaches, fantastic view points and unreal blue sea are what makes Lefkada truly special destination.
From this island there are organized boat trips, as well as ferries to several other Ionian islands. So you can easily visit the island of Kefalonia, Ithaca, Scorpions, Maduri, but also the Parga city, Preveza, the famous river Acheron, Dimosari waterfalls near Nidri, the monastery of the Virgin Mary Fanemoreni near Lefkas, as well as many other historical and cultural monuments and churches, even the remains of settlements from the Bronze Age. In Lefkada you can try windsurfing or gliding, and because of the favorable wind Lefkada is known as an excellent destination for paragliding or parachuting.
We stated that sea around Lefkada is unreal blue and that color has to be experienced, since there are no words to say or photos to describe it. On the most popular beaches the sea is milky blue, and during the diving, visibility is on low level, so Lefkada is not a paradise for divers (except some beaches on the south-east). Beaches of Lefkada are not sandy, they are usually gravelly, and gravel is on some of them very small while on some other it is bigger, so soft feet won’t like beaches on Lefkada. If you like only sandy beaches, take sandals for water and quality mattresses, because some beaches haven’t got sunbeds.
Because of mentioned hills, mountains and walls above the beaches, roads to the beaches on Lefkada are very narrow, curving, with bends, steeply, often without safety fence, and because of all this they are not transparent. In some places there is no possibility to pass another car, they are not marked sometimes, in some occasions they are not safe, and they make you tired, so you must have good concentration when you drive. And that’s not all. If you want to go to some beaches, after hard drive, you must walk via stairs to reach the beach. And when the beaches are wild via stairs you must take equipment for beach, food, water, etc. with you…because of all this tourists who love peace and calm summer holidays in Lefkada can be very disappointed, because there are very rare beaches that you can be easily reached, as we know i the case in Sithonia or Thassos, so the holiday becomes a hard driving and “mountaineering”. Also, we believe that driving with scooter around Lefkada is not enough safe and we do not recommend it.
The best advice that you can take before you visit Lefkada is that you need comfortable shoes over there, for paths down to the beaches.
In Lefkada annoying wind can show up and the waves which are often, but also fact that there is not place which have a nice city beach. All good beaches are out of places so everyday driving is necessary.
And after all “flaws” we believe that everyone can have a great time in Lefkada, if one knows what he wants from his vacation and if he makes a good plan for summer and plan according to hishabits and needs.
We will try to help you with that in some next texts.