Introduction To Lefkas (Lefkada)

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Why Lefkas?
Lefkas Island (Lefkada to Greek people) is a beautiful and fertile, ever – green, mountainous island
on the west coast of Greece much beloved by nature lovers and yachtsmen.
It is set in the Ionian Sea like Corfu, Kefalonia and Zakinthos, but much less developed.

Lefkas is 32km long and 14km wide and has the advantage that it is linked to the mainland by a swing bridge.
The nearest airport is Preveza, located on the mainland some 40 mins from our portfolio of Villas.
It is well-serviced by charter flights in the summer.

Villas Sikia, Lemonia and Kerasia are situated on the Krypsones Private Estate above the village of Vliho
to the south of Nidri which is a busy harbour and holiday town
with plenty of facilities including many trip boats leaving from the quayside daily to explore nearby islands such as
Meganisi, Scorpios, Ithaca and Kefalonia. 
Villas Helonaki and Helones are on the hillside at Periyiali, just north of Nidri.

Around the Island
In the north of the Island is the main town – Lefkas Town – close to the bridge presided over by Santa Mavra Castle.
Following the east coast road south leads through a succession of small villages with beaches
affording calm waters and views offshore to the smaller islands, all the way down to Vassiliki in the south –
one of Europe’s best wind surfing locations.

The west coast has a series of spectacular beaches backed by white cliffs and pine forests
with a myriad of turquoise and aquamarine iridescent water colours
and is sparsely developed. Exploring the mountainous interior rewards with the discovery of hidden,
sleepy villages and amazing panoramas at every turn. 
The landscape is covered with olives, cypress, citrus and pine trees and swathed in wild flowers in the spring.

History
According to legend, the poetess Sappho chose the southern point of the island
as the place for her love-torn leap from cliff-top to her death.
The archaeologist Dorpfeld believed the Ithaca of Homer’s Odyssey was Lefkas and Odysseus’s Palace was at Nidri.
First signs of settlement date back to 4000 B.C. then in the 7th Century B.C.
 the island was colonised by the Corinthians who started the main town and the canal.
Control changed hands frequently in the following centuries – the island fell to the Macedonians, the Romans (198 B.C.),
Franks, Sicilians (1296), Turks, Venetians (1694) and even the British (1810) and finally came within the Greek State in 1864.

Food and Drink
Good news for visitors is that a fertile island such as Lefkada produces wonderful local produce
and the surrounding seas provide their bounty, all at very reasonable prices.
Local delicacies include spicy sausage and salami, citrus fruit, figs, thyme honey and the finest lentils anywhere.
The island is well furnished with vineyards (1700 hectares) which produce very good quality wines such as Lefkaditiki Yi.

All over the island are traditional tavernas for outdoor, informal dining serving typically Greek starter plates
such as tzatziki (garlic, yoghurt and cucumber dip) and kolokithakia (fried courgettes) followed by well known main dishes
 such as Moussaka, Stifado (beef stew with shallots), Calamari (deep fried squid) and grilled meats on the spit.
International cuisines are also readily available.

Yachting
The world’s finest yachts visit the waters off the east coast in the summer.  
At the other end of the scale, many visitors hire small boats with outboard motors
to explore the coastline and find their own “private” cove to picnic, swim and sunbathe.

The area attracts keen sailors who appreciate that the inland Ionian Sea is a relatively safe place
 to practice their pursuit as the winds are predictable in the afternoon and many destinations are within easy reach.

In September up to 200 sailing boats participate in the Southern Ionian Regatta – a spectacular sight!


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