It’s taken me the longest time to blog about our travels in Lefkada, and I think it’s probably because I wasn’t sure if there would be a need for it. The relaxed vibe of the island encourages a slower pace than most tourist destinations. With that slower pace came a desire to sleep in at our Lefkada Villa, stroll along the beach and use all the additional daylight hours to nurse a cold cocktail. When you do want to venture out and find something to do, Porto Katsiki, Nidri Waterfront and even Lefkada Town are the perfect outings.
How do you get to Lefkada Island?
Although Lefkada island is easily accessible, being one of the only ones connected to the mainland, it is relatively unaffected by tourism. It’s a hidden gem of the Greek Isles, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg like our visit to Santorini did!
We rented a car and drove 5 hours to Lefkada from the Athens Airport which was cost-effective for the group of us. You can, however, fly into the small, local airport too. The closest airport is the airport of Aktion/Preveza, about 25 km from Lefkada Town. There are also four buses a day between Athens and Lefkada.
Checking into our Lefkada Villa:
If you’re looking up Lefkada hotels or accommodation, I hope you come across this Villa in Nidri. Villa Octavius is the very reason we decided to include Lefkada on our Greece 2017 Trip, after we visited Santorini. When we wrote about our Best & Worst Moments of the trip: out of all the travel problems we encountered, snagging this Villa for our week stay was one of the ‘Best Moments’.
Although our Lefkada villa was located a few streets back from the ocean, the spectacular panoramic views of the islands of Skorpios and Meganisi were visible from almost every room. The Villa is full of cosy nooks to lounge in and not feel overwhelmed by a full house. The four-bedroom Villa housed four of us couples comfortably and we never felt on top of each other. The pool area was the perfect spot to tan all day, and the jacuzzi was where we usually chose to end the night off.
Most guests opt to return to this Villa when looking for accommodation in Lefkada, and I can’t blame them. Steve and Monica, the hosts and owners of the Villa, are always updating the Villa and really make you feel at home. It was truly the best place to stay in Lefkada with a group of friends and we would love to return again. If you don’t believe us, check out the reviews!
What to do in Lefkada?
Mostly, we relaxed on the beach or around the pool at our villa, soaking in the Greek sunshine. When we did leave the comfort of a lounging chair, we strolled around Lefkada Town or found a spot to eat and people watch along the Nidri Waterfront. I think the beauty of Lefkada is to try avoid filling everyday with a tourist activity and rather explore when you’re tired of tanning and lounging.
Exploring the Nidri Waterfront:
The Nidri Waterfront is absolutely beautiful. With the backdrop of Meganisi Island in the distance and a bustling harbour, you could sit along the promenade at one of the many restaurants and people-watch all day. It’s also where you will catch a ferry or a boat for your day trip tour to see the other surrounding islands.
Breakfast at Maraboo Beach:
We found this little gem on a morning walk in search for good caffeine. Maraboo Beach is definitely one of the more modern spots along the Waterfront and functions as a sort of beach-club, with seating on the beach and on the patio.
Drinks at Maraboo Beach:
We loved this place so much that we came back a few times, once even for pre-dinner drinks when they had a DJ playing vibey music and the sun was just about setting.
I had no idea that Lefkada was known for some of the most beautiful Mediterranean beaches until I had researched the destination a bit more. Getting to Porto Katsiki was slightly nerve-racking. The 75 minute drive from Nidri to Porto Katsiki involved very narrow roads with very steep inclines and sharp corners. We managed the drive in a minivan, but if we did it again, I’d opt for the tiniest car possible, or just take the ferry.
The beach is usually very busy, so you will have to have some patience with the crowds.
Things to know about Porto Katsiki:
There is quite a long set of steep stairs to get to the beach below, so I would not overpack. You have to pay for parking, sunbeds and umbrellas on the beach.
Flip flops or water shoes are a must on the pebbled beach. I wish I had packed rubber shoes like these Havianas to walk along the beach in and even into the water. The best ones have the buckle and ankle strap, so you don’t lose them in a wave.
Would you add Lefkada to your Greece Itinerary?
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Updated: 10 August 2019.
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