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Unlike many other European summer beach hotspots, this secluded, unassuming little beauty is the sort of island that you only hear about on the grapevine. Lefkas outdoes itself when it comes to the great outdoors, with miles of sandy beaches swathed in golden sunshine, turquoise waters perfect for swimming and a variety of watersports, plus an abundance of walking trails that will reward you with visions of waterfalls, forests and craggy mountains.
Lefkas is the hidden diamond of Greece, located just off the mainland in the western Preveza region. With Lefkas holidays, you're getting much more bang for your buck; it's not just about the sun, sea and sand here, it's a treasure trove of fun and adventure, just begging to be explored.
Lefkada's Folklore Festival
This fabulous event has been part of Lefkada Town's hectic calendar for over 40 years and it is showing no signs of slowing down. Playing host to a huge range of dance, choreography, music and performance artists, the festival is definitely not one to be missed. Usually, it is scheduled for August, so keep an eye out for the dates when planning your summer holidays to Lefkas.
The island of Meganisi is a stone's throw away from Lefkas, accessible via ferry from Nidri within 20 minutes. One visit to this beautiful spot, even if it's just to take a stroll along the harbour and grab a traditional drink in one of the rustic tavernas, will be enough for you to appreciate just how stunning this tiny Ionian Island is.
Mikros Gialos Beach
It's difficult to choose one beach on Lefkas that's outstandingly beautiful and if there was a competition for the title, the contest would be incredibly close. However, Mikros Gialos may be the one that would walk away with the golden crown. With luscious green hills forming its backdrop and the inviting crystal clear waters washing up on the white beaches, it's quite simply a Greek paradise.
Hike to the Nidri Waterfalls
Located just on the outskirts of town, the Nidri Waterfalls are off the beaten track and require a little gentle hiking to reach them, but the sights that await you are totally worth it. Take a dip in the turquoise pool before stopping for a bite to eat at the taverna on the way back to the resort.
Windsurf in Vassilliki
Often considered to be the best windsurfing spot in Europe, it'd be rude not to test your mettle whilst you're here! Whether you're familiar with windsurfing or just starting out, the fantastic wind conditions vary throughout the day to make a stint on the sea possible for anyone. Just as a heads up, mornings are best for beginners, before the winds really start to gust!
Island Hop around the Satellite Islands
As there are ten islands within sailing distance, island hopping is a popular pastime for visitors to Lefkas. Climb aboard one of the regular boats that disembark from Nidri or Vassilliki and explore to your heart's content.
One of the more bustling Lefkas resorts, this beachfront spot is perfect for anyone wanting the best of both worlds. The hubbub of a lively village combined with the natural surroundings that hide secluded spots make Nidri a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. It's an ideal spot for avid walkers, with the waterfalls well worth a visit.
Peace, tranquillity, seclusion; these are just three words that will be able to describe this picturesque, dreamy spot situated on the south east coast of the island. If you're after a little rest and relaxation and wish to avoid the hustle and bustle of a busy resort, this is the place for you.
Unspoilt seascapes, mountains dominating the horizon, seafood restaurants dotted along the waterfront, Nikiana is a picture of beauty, with jaw-dropping views and an equally incredible atmosphere. Take some time out in Nikiana, and you will feel like you're light years away from everyday life.
Take a look at the great value Lefkas holidays from Direct Holidays for the opportunity to escape to an island where you can well and truly unwind and recharge your batteries.