Menta

Lefkada

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Accommodation

  • Upper level: Open plan living/dining area (TV, DVD, WiFi) with door to balcony. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Twin bedroom (A/C) with door to balcony. Shower room.
  • Lower level: Double bedroom (A/C) with doors to terrace/pool area. Double bedroom (A/C) with doors to terrace/pool area. Bathroom (half bath with shower over). Store room (washing machine).
  • Outside: Barbecue. Covered dining terrace (fridge). Sun terrace. Poolside shower. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (8m x 5m) with infinity edge and corner Roman steps.

Sitting proudly upon a quiet, gently graduated hillside, above the charming village of Sivota, overlooking sleepy vistas of yachts large and small cruising in the cobalt coloured bay below, Menta welcomes guests with an abundance of laid back Lefkan charm. This simply styled property is wonderfully located, just 1km from the shops, family-run tavernas and restaurants of Sivota harbour, whilst simultaneously enjoying breath-taking views across the Ionian Sea to the nearby islands of Ithaca and Kefalonia.

To the front of Menta, the verdant hillsides and glistening waters below create a stunning backdrop to the outdoor terrace and private infinity pool, an invitation to spend many a carefree hour soaking up the glorious Greek sunshine, swimming, cooking on the barbecue and delighting in the sunset over the hills to the west. Stone walls and an abundance of shrubs, flowers and greenery help Menta seamlessly blend with the surrounding hillsides, carpeted with ancient olive trees in a classic Mediterranean tableau.

Well proportioned, both upstairs and down, high ceilings enhance the lightness and airiness of the principal rooms. Welcoming in the sunshine and refreshing light summer breeze, wide doors in the two large double bedrooms provide direct access onto the ground floor terrace, whilst on the upper level, a large balcony off the twin bedroom and living room is yet another prime spot for admiring that wonderful vista across the bay. This balcony also has good space for all guests to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the morning sunshine, or maybe a relaxing dinner al-fresco… twinkling stars above, twinkling harbour lights below!

Pretty Sivota has a bakery and a good minimarket for everyday essentials with larger shops (plus an attractive beach) at Nydri, about a 20 minute drive or in the island capital Lefkada Town (45 minutes) where you will find much local colour to enjoy amongst the labyrinthine streets.

Various attractive beaches lie within easy distance; Afteli is just 6.5km while Mikros Gialos and Disimi are each within a 20 minute drive and have a further smattering of restaurants, tavernas and shops to explore. Additionally, the wilder and more rugged west coast is home to several beaches considered some of the most beautiful in all of Greece. Famous for its unspoilt landscape and clear blue waters gorgeous Porto Katsiki (a hugely scenic boat trip from Nydri) located on the south west tip of Lefkada is widely considered to be amongst the top 10 beaches in Europe.

Property licence number: MHTE 0831K91000393501.  Internet provision is via a satellite connection.

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Great Things to Do Near Menta

Sivota Bay

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.

Mikros Gialos Beach

Hop in the car and drive 15 minutes to the beach at Mikros Gialos. This beautiful sandy bay has a variety of bars and restaurants to explore as well as gorgeous white sands and turquoise waters to be enjoyed. You can rent sunbeds and umbrellas here as well, so there’s no excuse to not relax!

Visit Vasiliki...

Just 15 minutes away to the West you will find the bustling village of Vasiliki. If you are interested in water sports this is just the place for you! With clubs along the seafront offering surfing lessons and equipment rentals, Vasiliki has everything you need to practise your moves on the waves. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars here playing popular music, and designated areas on the beach for bathers.

Afteli Beach – untouched paradise!

Just 10 minutes from Sivota Bay by car 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!

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.

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!

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!

Take a walk around 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!

Explore the Gramaphone 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.

Papanikolis Sea Cave, Meganissi

This cave is the second largest cave in Greece and is believed to have been the hideaway for the Papanikolis submarine during the Second World War. The cave can only be reached by boat, which can be rented from Nydri on the mainland or from Sivota in the south of the island.

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!

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, of course!

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.

Take the ferry to Kefalonia...

Kefalonia is an island of dramatic mountains, thickly forested hillsides, pale golden beaches and a cobalt coloured sea and only one hour away by boat. You can go with your car or go as a foot passenger. We recommend taking the car as although the island is small, you will be able to make much better use of the time if you can jump in a car to explore as many of the traditional villages and sandy beaches as possible!

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.

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.

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.

Spend a day on Ithaca

Ithaca, the second smallest of all the islands in the Ionian Sea (the smallest being Paxos) is well known around the world from Homer's epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey and his central hero Ulysses. You can catch the ferry from Vasiliki or from Nydri, which takes around an hour, and spend the day exploring this historic island full of tradition, legend and myth!

Nearby

Towns

Sivota 20 mins
Nydri 20 mins
Ligia 30 mins
Lefkada Town 40 mins

Beaches

Vasiliki 15 mins
Mikros Gialos 15 mins
Nydri 20 mins
Ligia 30 mins
Lefkada 45 mins
Porto Katsiki 45 mins
Egremni 50 mins

Airports

Preveza 60 mins
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