Lefkas (Lefkada) is an island with plenty of places to visit include Karia, the largest of Lefkada’s mountain villages and Meganisi island, where times does seem to have stood still and of course, where you find the huge and imposing sea caves.

Lefkas has actually only been an island since 600 BC when the Corinthians cut a canal through the sandbanks that connected Lefkas to mainland Greece.

A couple of years ago a friend and I needed to escape London life for a quick break in September to catch the last of the summer sun. We booked a bargain week holiday with one of the main package holiday companies and flew out to the island of Lefkas, not knowing what to expect.

We had a small, but functional apartment with a balcony within a complex of 6 other apartments a short distance from Nidri beach which had a great choice of watersports including parasailing, snorkelling and a variety of inflatable rides pulled by speedboat.

The island is quite rural in places and you could quite happily explore by foot or take a local taxi to the main town of Preveza, which is a characteristically picturesque Greek town. In Nidri the restaurants and shops are very much of the same calibre as any tourist town and finding a really good meal was difficult, in fact the most entertaining meal was on a boat trip to a small volcanic looking island called Meganissi. Once you have hiked up to the top (which can be quite a trek) there is one restaurant which will feed and entertain you with the likes of an eighty year old widow who can dance while balancing a heavy table on her head (a remnant of the years gone by when women carried the water from the sea balanced on their heads.) Levkas holidays can be strange as well as wonderful!

Another highlight of the island of Levkas is the ease at which you can explore the other neighbouring islands, we couldn’t get a holiday in Kefalonia because at the time it was the height of fame for Captain Corelli’s mandolin, but we fortunately discovered, to our delight, that you could take the local ferry and return the same day (this was infinitely cheaper than taking the tourist ferries which are anchored nearby the main harbour.) We also passed by the distinctive island of Ithaca which invokes thoughts of ancient myths and legends or chance a glimpse at the high-life, when you swim in the waters around the private island of Skorpios where Jackie Onassis is buried.

One negative about Levkas was the weather, we had a lot of torrential rain that September and it is difficult to find things to do if the weather is bad, if you enjoy walking and waterspouts and exploring the land and seascape then this is just the place for you. However, if you’d like great food and lots of live events, then the other islands of Greece will stand you in better stead.

The best beach on Levkas

Aghiofili beach on Levkas is great for snorkelling. Definitely somewhere to visit during Lefkas holidays


Question about Levkas nightlife

We are getting on a bit and don’t want to end up in some Faliraki type place. We want somewhere where the menus are in Greek, not English. Is Levkas suitable and if so, what town is best?

David and Wendy


Yes Levkas is a decent option for authentic Greek, in general staying away from the islands with airports or large ferry services is preferable.