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The bustling beachfront village of Nidri is the main tourist destination on the island ofLefkas. However, while it may be the most popular resort on the island, it still retains an air of rusticity, uncrowded streets and picture perfect scenery. From the tree-lined beaches that offer views across to the various neighbouring islands dotted along the horizon, to the clear waters perfect for a paddle, Nidri is a fantastic resort for holidaymakers looking for a lively but authentic Greek island experience.
The village itself is awash with tradition yet has managed to add some modern flair. Restaurants and bars are plentiful, and Greek cuisine is readily available. You'll also find a couple of clubs that are perfect for partygoers who don't want to take off their party shoes quite so early.
As far as Greece's party islands are concerned, Lefkas is one of the more low-key options, providing holidaymakers with the best of both worlds. You'll find restaurants, bars and clubs when needed, but without overtaking the general ambience of your Lefkas holiday.
Just a short boat trip away, Skorpios is the privately owned island designed by shipping billionaire, Aristotle Onassis. Its owner transformed it from the barren landscape that it once was into a lush retreat that it is today and while it's still a private space, there is a small snippet of coastline that has been set aside for visitors to enjoy. Hop on a hired motorboat to sail towards it before jetting off to another of the local islands for a light al fresco lunch.
This pretty island can be found southeast of Lefkas and is a popular island to visit, particularly by adventurers who are hoping to visit the network of sea caves that Meganisi boasts. One such cave, Papanikolis, was once believed to be the secret hideaway of a submarine during WW2.
Don't worry - you won't need to be an avid hiker to make the trek to these beautiful waterfalls. It's a pleasant 4km walk across relatively flat land, through olive groves and pretty scenes. Once you arrive at the waterfall, you could enjoy a revitalising swim in the cool waters before admiring the landscapes that surround you.
Take a Trip on the M/S Christina
Arguably one of the best boat trips on offer, an excursion on M/S Christina provides you with breathtakingly beautiful views as well as the chance to explore the nearby islands of Kastos and Kalamos. Explore old villages, snorkel in the Ionian or lie back on your soft sunlounger as you soak up the warm rays. You will also be able to enjoy a scrumptious lunch, including the Greek speciality, Tzatziki.
Hike in the Hills
If you're after something a little more challenging, a hike into the hills offers incredibly fresh and fragrant air, as well as breathtaking views of the surroundings. The area around Nidri is full of walking routes and coastal paths that will keep you occupied if you love to walk.
Get Blown Away in the Ionian
Watersports are popular in Nidri, but windsurfing is a real highlight. The wind conditions that this corner of the island provides are excellent, which explains why windsurfing and sailing are so popular.
As far as the island of Lefkas is concerned, Nidri is the resort of choice for anyone wishing to find the best of both worlds. While its streets are awash with plenty of tradition, it's also a vibrant hub of activity for anyone looking to enjoy their evenings, too.
The nearby resort of Geni would suit anyone looking to be in a quieter base, yet within easy access of the bright lights should they want to inject a little pace into their otherwise laid-back break. Great tavernas are strewn throughout the village, each offering rustic Greek food in beautiful rural surroundings, while Dessimi beach is particularly beautiful if you're hoping to relax and unwind.
Take a look at the affordable Nidri package holidays from Direct Holidays and you will realise that the Greek Ionian islands are truly beautiful places, perfect for a summer getaway to remember.