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Great Things to Do Near Mastiha
Take a walk down to the harbour front and have a fresh greek coffee at one of the café-bars along the waterfront. Enjoy the view over the bay and towards nearby Ithaca.
Rent a Boat
Take advantage of the proximity to Sivota Bay and rent a boat for the day from Sivota Boat rentals and visit the nearby islands of Skorpios or Meganissi, the beach at Mikros Gialos or the Papanikolis sea cave, also on Meganissi. Please be aware that you need a license to hire certain boats.
Aafteli Beach - untouched paradise!
Just a 10 minute drive from Sivota Bay you will find the tiny hamlet of Afteli, with its stunning natural beach surrounded by green hills. The beach is small, but to head there in the morning you should find a nice spot to relax for a few hours and enjoy the stunning views.
Lively Lefkada Town!
Lefkada Town is the capital of the island. Like most Mediterranean capitals, you will find a charming labyrinth of stones streets with shops and restaurants in abundance. However, unlike many towns, Lefkada Town also had a glorious natural lagoon which fills with flamingos in the summer months, as well as a beautiful natural beach to the north of the town. From this beach you will have an amazing view of the mainland as well as Paxos and Anti Paxos. Spend a day exploring the area and don’t forget your camera!
Visit the Island of Meganissi
Take a small ferry boat from Nydri harbour over to Meganissi for the day and explore its three traditional villages. The island is much smaller than Lefkada and has a population of about 2000 permanent residents. Once on the island it is possible to hire a bike and explore on two wheels, cycling from one village to the next and making the most of the impressive scenery and the local tavernas and bars!
Try Scuba Diving in Nikiana
Whether you’re an experienced diver or are just trying it out for the first time, Lefkas Diving Centre is able to offer internationally recognised diving courses, which teach you diving techniques, take you out to the open waters and let you dive freely around the impressive Lefkas coastline. Nautilus Diving Club in Nydri also offers diving experiences and certified courses. Their experiences range from a session of 4/5 hours to courses lasting a few days.
Take a dip in the Dimosari Waterfalls
Nestled into the hills and forests above the coastal village of Nydri, the Dimosari waterfalls are a haven of beauty and tranquillity. Put on your most comfortable shoes and spend the morning walking around and exploring this impressive landscape. The waterfalls form small pools among the rocks on the hillside, so take your swimming costume or trunks with you as you may be tempted to take a dip in the warm weather!
The Castle of Aghia Mavra
Although a lot of the ancient ruins on the island have been destroyed over the years by earthquakes, one of the structures still standing is the Castle of Aghia Mavra. These ruins are located at the entrance to Lefkada Town in the north of the island and sits beside the beautifully natural lagoon. It was built in 1300 by Ioannis Orsini when he bought the island of Lefkas as a wedding gift for his bride and was primarily constructed as a first defence against invaders and pirates during the 14th Century.
Explore the Gramophone and Radio Museum
Tucked behind the busy streets of Lefkada Town you will find this charming museum and collection of gramophones and radios. A lot of care has been taken to ensure these classic machines are kept in good condition, so look out for a sign on the main high street in the town indicating the museum and have fun looking at these beautiful items.
Try the local dishes
Although we can buy ‘Greek’ produce in the UK, there is never anything as good as the real thing. Wherever possible, choose local and traditional dishes and sample the produce grown on the island. Seek out some deep fried feta cheese drizzled with honey as a starter, or try fresh tzatziki with fresh bread as a mid-afternoon snack.
Bird watch at the Lefkada Lagoons
The two lagoons that border Lefkada Town’s northern coastline, Divari and Ivaria, are an incredible habitat for many varieties of flora and fauna. The abundance of long light rushes and grasses provide the perfect shelter for many birds throughout the year, whilst some migratory breeds only arrive during the warm summer months. One special visitor are the pink flamingos, which use the waters for feeding between May and August while the weather is at its warmest. Other breeds you may spot at these sea lakes are cormorants, herons, swans and white egrets.
The Faneromeni Monastery
Spend an afternoon exploring the Faneromeni Monastery, which is the only monastery currently in operation on the island. Each year, a festival is held here 50 days after Easter and a market is set up along the roadside. It is located near the village of Frini in the North of the island and from its position atop a hill there are wonderful views over Lefkada Town and across the sea to the mainland.
Visit the Folklore Museum in Karya
Established as a tribute to Maria Koutsochero, this small museum showcases her unique embroidery technique, taught to young girls of Lefkas when Maria lost her hand in an accident. This intricate stitch was developed over 100 years ago and was conceived to show the cultural tradition of the region and the island’s beauty.
Visit the elusive Egremni Beach
Located on the West Coast of the island, Egremni is a 2km stretch of white sand and cobalt blue waters and can either be accessed by boat from Vasiliki or Nydri. Usually you can also access the beach by descending 350 steps which take you down to the sand, however the steps are currently undergoing restoration! Safety first... The seclusion and views from this beach will be worth the effort it takes to reach this elusive destination!
Go dolphin spotting..
Just onto the mainland in Preveza you will find a company offering eco-cruises that guarantee dolphin and sea-turtle sightings. The team will take you out on their boat and around the Ionian Islands searching for this beautiful animals. Make sure to take your camera with you and learn about the conservation of dolphins and their habitats during your trip!
Originating in Hawaii, this style of surfing is a much calmer way to get out on the water. For one thing, the less waves, the better! SUP involves standing on a surf board and paddling along with a long oar. It involves a great deal of balance, but once you have mastered the technique this leisurely activity is a great deal of fun. Lessons for beginners and board rental is are available from Club Vass in Vasiliki in the south of the island. Head down with a plan to spend the day in the village and on the beach, and maybe incorporate this gentle sport into your schedule!
Look out for Bee-Eaters
Among the wide variety of wildlife on the island, the gloriously colourful European bee-eater can also be spotted during the summer months. This bird has a beautifully vibrant plumage whose behaviour is fascinating to watch is you are lucky enough to spot one. They nest underground or in soft cliff walls, and despite their name, eat a variety of bugs, butterflies and beetles, as well as bees!
|Lefkada Town||40 mins|
|Mikros Gialos||15 mins|
|Porto Katsiki||45 mins|