Access to Lefkas

The coasts of Lefkada lie in close proximity to the Greek mainland. A floating bridge--20 m in length--connects Lefkada to the mainland, but turns sideways every hour for 5-10 minutes, thus allowing for the passage of small ships. Leukada town is situated on the north coast of the island, approximately 20 minutes by car from Aktion National Airport. Lefkada Island has a distinct charm and an easy, not expensive life.

Access and communications with the rest of Greece are never cut off. You can reach Lefkada by car, airplane or a boat through Kefalonia.

Arriving in Lefkas across the floating bridge, you turn left following signs for the city centre. After 800 m, there is a big square where opposite you will see on your right hand “Hotel Lefkas.” At that point, turn left and follow signs for Karya and Sfakiotes. After you pass the village of Lazarata, which is the head-village of Sfakiotes, there is a sign for Drymonas--turn right. Follow the road for about 10 km, then you will find the entrance of Drymonas and Naturavillas.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful island!

Access Map

History

Lefkada is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, off the west coast of Greece, connected to the mainland by a long causeway and floating bridge. The principal town and capital of the island is Lefkada. The island is part of the archipelago of Ionian islands (including Lefkada, Corfu, Kefalonia, Ithaka, Zante, Paxoi and Kithira) and represents the fourth largest Ionian island in terms of land and population.

The Ionian Sea is named after the mythical figure Io, a priestess of Hera and daughter of the god Linarchos, who wandered over the sea to the area of the Ionian Islands. Her unbelievable beauty made Zeus fall in love with her, but this triggered the jealousy of his wife, Hera, who transformed Io into a cow.

Lefkada took its name from Cape Lefkata or Kavos of Kera, situated at the southern end of the island. In ancient times, the cape was called White Stone or White Edges. A local legend claims the ancient Greek female poet Sappho committed suicide by jumping from the cape’s high rocks to heal her wounds from her love for Faonos. Near this area is a temple dedicated to the god Apollo.

Centuries ago Lefkada Island was called Agia Mavra, taking its name from the church built in the castle of Agia Mavra opposite the town of Lefkada. For many years the island’s main city of Lefkada stood around this castle, but the Venetians later transferred it to its present location.

German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld conducted excavations at various ancient sites around Lefkada. Citing his Bronze Age discoveries, Dorpfeld suggested that Lefkada was Homer's Ithaca and the palace of Odysseus (Ulysses) was located west of Nidri on Lefkada’s south coast.

The Lefkadians have taken part in many historical conflicts, including the Battles of Salamis (480 BC) and Plataea (479 BC) during the Persian Wars. Later, during the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), they fought alongside the Spartans.

Culture

Lefkada, similarly to the rest of the Ionian islands, is rich in culture, with lots of traditions and customs which root back to a history of hundrends of years. The "karsanic" embroidery, Christmas, New Years and Easter local customs are only some of the most important characteristics of the local culture. The island is quite famous for its embroidery and weaving, an art carried on through time among the women of the island, especially in the area of Karya.

The International Folc Festival takes place every summer on the island since 1962, featuring traditional dance and music shows from countries all around the world, with the corresponding artist participation. The fests of Literature and Art, first organised in 1955 in Lefkas, and carried on ever since, is another important cultural event recognised, respected and loved all around Greece.

Lefkas is considered to be the home of poets, and artists in general. It has given birth to two of the most famous Greek poets, Aristoteles Valaoretes, whose home is situated onthe picturesque island of Madouri, and Angelos Sikelianos (Angel Sicelian) inspirer of the Delphic Ideal.

Drymonas

Drymonas is a small traditional village in Lefkas, where the stone houses have been built in local architectural style and one can find narrow, paved hill paths on which to wander. Drymonas lies on a slope, protected from the winter wind, with a magnificent view of the Ionian Sea and spectacular sunsets that will please any traveler.

This traditional village has a rich vegetation (including wild trees called “koutsoupies,” “pournaria” and “kyparisia”) that helps the microclimate of the place to remain cool and dry during the summer months.

The distance from the well known beaches of “Kathisma” and “Agios Nikitas” is 7 km.

 
   
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