Tentoura

Lefkada

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Accommodation

  • Upper level: Open plan living/dining area (TV, DVD, WiFi) with doors to balcony. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Twin bedroom (A/C) with doors to balcony. Shower room.
  • Lower level: Double bedroom (A/C) with doors to terrace and pool. Double bedroom (A/C) with doors to terrace and pool. 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.

This charming, simply-styled stone property, surrounded by ancient olive trees, is enviably positioned above the bay of Sivota, one of the most natural and unspoilt marinas in the Ionian Islands. Sleepy vistas of yachts and boats meandering into the harbour can be enjoyed for hours whilst gazing out from the private infinity pool, breakfasting on the traditional stone terrace or dining under the stars on the upstairs balcony while the lights in the small harbour side town twinkle below.

Thoughtfully planned to take full advantage of its privileged vantage point and commanding views, the attractive design of Tentoura is evident as soon as you arrive. On the lower level, two double bedrooms benefit from direct access onto the part-shaded terrace bordering the private pool and look out to the stunning panorama across the hillside around the bay and over the sea to the neighbouring islands of Ithaca and Kefalonia. Sunshine sparkling off the blue waters of the Ionian further enhances the sense of relaxation that permeates the bedrooms.

On the upper level the twin bedroom also enjoys those same gorgeous views and has access onto a large balcony through patio doors. The open plan living/dining area also provides access onto the balcony via wide French doors that can be swung open, drawing the sunshine and fresh sea air in to this bright and lofty space. Décor throughout is light and minimalist, with tiled floors helping to keep the property cool in the hot summer months, while air conditioning in each bedroom provides an extra boost of freshness.

Nearby Sivota (1.4km) has a bakery and minimarket for all essentials alongside a good choice of restaurants and tavernas in which to sample the local cuisine. Slightly further afield are the picturesque beaches of Desimi, Mikros Gialos and Steno, all within a 20 minute drive. Each of these beautiful coastal spots is also home to local restaurants and tavernas where you can pick up refreshments during your visit. In just 45 minutes by car you can be in the North of the island where Lefkada Town, the capital, offers a myriad of Mediterranean streets to explore.

The beaches on the western coast of Lefkada are among some of the most beautiful in Greece and well worth discovering – ideally by boat on one of the regular trips leaving from Nydri.  In marked contrast to the calm and quite sheltered beaches on the East coast, those in the West tend to be more wild and rugged with water sports such as wind and kite surfing being very popular. Two of the most notable, Porto Katsiki and Egremni have even been listed amongst the top ten beaches in Europe.

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

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Great Things to Do Near Tentoura

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 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.

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!

Egremni Beach - one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece...!

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 walk down the 350 steps from the top of the cliff, however these are currently closed due to restoration works. Safety first... The seclusion and views from this beach will be worth the effort it takes to arrive at this 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 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.

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!

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

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

Airports

Preveza 60 mins
Times are approximate

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