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Lefkás is not one of the better-known Greek islands, and in some ways doesn't feel like an island at all. It is joined to the mainland by a causeway, and the nearest airport is also over on the mainland. Tourism here is fairly low-key, although there are several holiday resorts to choose from. It's a good choice for family holidays, and for anyone wanting a relaxing time by the sea. It is also very popular for watersports, with windsurfing conditions being especially good.

The island is big enough to warrant some exploration, but small enough to be able to drive around easily in a day. On the west coast you'll find some of the ...

Lefkás is not one of the better-known Greek islands, and in some ways doesn't feel like an island at all. It is joined to the mainland by a causeway, and the nearest airport is also over on the mainland. Tourism here is fairly low-key, although there are several holiday resorts to choose from. It's a good choice for family holidays, and for anyone wanting a relaxing time by the sea. It is also very popular for watersports, with windsurfing conditions being especially good.

The island is big enough to warrant some exploration, but small enough to be able to drive around easily in a day. On the west coast you'll find some of the most impressive scenery, by way of dramatic cliffs and some beautifully-located beaches. Porto Katsiki is an especially lovely — and popular — beach. On the east coast, Nydri is one of the busiest resorts (relatively speaking.)

Lefkás Town is the island's small capital, with a few museums and a monastery to visit, but not much by way of "must-see" attractions. This is part of its appeal — and of the island, too.

Mike Gerrard
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Mike Gerrard is the author of the National Geographic Traveler Guide to Greece, as well as guides to Athens, Crete, Corfu, the Greek Mainland, and the Greek islands for publishers including AA, AAA, Thomas Cook, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, and New Holland. With his wife Donna Dailey, he also publishes the Greece Travel Secrets website.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Lefkada, or Leucas or Leucadia or Lefkas or Leukas or Lefcas is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece, connected to the mainland by a long causeway and floating bridge.
  • Language: Greek
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    In spring and autumn, when the island is quieter, or in midsummer if you enjoy sunbathing and watersports.