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  Nydri and the surrounding area of the Municipality of Ellomenos are located on the south-east side of Lefkada. It has many outstanding physical beauties, both on the coasts as well as the hinterland, which leave every visitor in awe. In this region the morphology of the earth varies. It combines the island's largest fertile plain, Englimenos, with the mountain ranges of Platystoma, Vakeris, Neochori, Alatros and Fternos, with the beaches and tourist resorts that are visited by thousands of holiday-makers.
  The large, leeward bay of Vlychos, which extends far into the dry land, constitutes an excellent natural harbour, hospitable to all the boats which sail in the waters of the Ionian Sea. The whole of the Vlychos peninsular is a luscious green which hugs the coast and reaches round as far as the opposite side from Nydri. It is as though the islands of the Prinkiponisa (Prince's Islands), which are small wooded islands, Skorpios, Skorpidi, Madouri, Sparti and, further away, Meganisi float upon the calm sea. And opposite, on the edge of the horizon, the coast of Akarnania on the Greek mainland, frames this unique and exquisite picture, a picture which differs during every hour of the day. A few years ago, Nydri and its surrounding area was nothing more than a small fishing community. Most of the inhabitants lived in small, semi-mountain villages located higher up, at Rachi, Vavkeri and Platystoma, and were involved in agriculture, live-stock rearing and fishing, as were all the villagers of the island. The rapid development of tourism gave the area a great push and won over the majority of the locals. Today, the place is very different from how it was in the past.
  In addition, the development of tourism also changed the demographic distribution. The residents moved from the interior mountain massifs to the coasts, where they became involved in tourism, at the same time continuing their winter agricultural occupations in the villages. The whole of the coastal zone from the village of Periyiali as far as Vlychos has merged into one compact area. There are dozens of luxury hotels and rented rooms, restaurants, shops and tourist offices which offer up-to-date tourism facilities, serving the most demanding visitor.
  The beautiful and immaculately clean sandy beach, which stretches out for kilometres ahead, provides bathers with the opportunity to try out all kinds of water sports.
  Even though the area is quite developed touristically, it has not lost its natural beauty. Thick vegetation with olive trees, pines and cypresses provide a framework for the carefully constructed tourist infrastructure. The orderliness and cleanliness help to maintain exceptionally civilised surroundings. The region's beauties are not just limited to its sandy beaches and to its cosmopolitan character, though it has many important historical, natural as well as cultural monuments to show, both along the coast and inland.
  With Nydri, Lefkada's most visited tourist resort, as a starting point, we commence on our first route a little outside the centre of the village.   The visitor will be able to enjoy the region's beautiful landscape, with the rich olive trees, fertile orchards and vegetable gardens to the west. This route can be made in combination with a delightful walk which passes through the area of the excavations, wedged in between the sea and the mountain, in the area of the Steno Haradiatikon and which leads on to Vlychos. This is where the German archaeologist Wilhelm Dorpfeld discovered some tombs and circular buildings, showing that the region was inhabited from at least the Early Bronze Age (2000 BC).
  Dorpfeld was he inspiration behind the theory, based on one interpretation of the Odyssey, that Lefkada was indeed Homer's Ithaki, and placed Odysseus' palace at Nydri. Many of Dorpfeld's finds - votive offerings, vases and Mycenean remains - are on display in the Archaeological Museum of Lefkada. Dorpfeld himself loved the island so much that he wanted to be buried here. His grave is located on the peak of the hill at the edge of the Vlychos peninsula, above the charming little church of Ayia Kyriaki. There is a theory that this little church is built on top of an ancient temple of the Nymphs.
  Continuing from Vlychos turning to the left, the route continues between two ancient olive trees in the verdant region of Yeni, in front of the beach of Desimi. A small footpath at the end of the road leads to the little church of Ayia Kyriaki, offering another view of Nydri which is as equally amazing. The journey to Ayia Kyriaki can also be made in a small, rented caique. A small, uphill road above the bay of Vlychos leads to the village of Haradiatika and continues from there to the hamlet of Alatros. Just like all the other tiny, mountain villages of the region, Alatros is today abandoned...
  There are many water-mills preserved in the ravine, remnants of the agricultural life of the place and testimony to the existence of strong-flowing waters which the locals used in order to grind their crops. Ascending southwards, after Vlychos we reach Katochori. This is a small, picturesque hamlet with stone-built houses. It was once the seat of the Municipality and the buildings which housed the public services, such as the courts, still stand. In this village is the church of Ayios Haralambos, with icons dating to the 16th century.Further south on this route, on the left of the central road, is Poros, an old village which clambers up a steep slope in a westerly direction, as though it has turned its back to the sea. This village is surrounded by green vegetation and looks as though it lives according to its own peaceful rhythms. Above the village, at a distance of less than 800 metres, are the remains of a tower, from which a lookout was obviously kept over the whole of the surrounding region.
  According to Dorpfeld, this tower, as well as the remains of an ancient olive-press which was found here, date to approximately the 4th century BC. After Poros, the road descends through the village and leads down to two delightful sandy beaches, Rouda and Mikro Yialo, which lie next to each other, impressing the visitor so much that he will not know which one to choose first. And here the water is brilliantly clean and crystal-clear, a deep blue, whilst the green of the vegetation is reflected on its surface.
  Continuing in a southerly direction, the small village of Fterno is to the right of the central road. From here the view over Rouda is magical. This is where the road which leads through the ravine of Haradiatika ends, offering the visitor the especial pleasure of being able to go on yet another exceptional ramble and to discover the region's natural beauties. A second route starts from Nydri and follows a slightly upward road which leads, through a verdant landscape, to the farming hamlet of Rachi. From here, ascending towards the west, we encounter a shadowy footpath which clambers up the slope of the Dimosari ravine.
  This footpath has been hewn through the rock and is secure; it is quite perfect for the summer months. At the end of the footpath there is a series of rocks over which water rushes quite forcefully, creating a waterfall. The water collects in a natural basin. In the summer there is less water, but the ramble through the verdant and refreshing landscape is still exceptionally pleasurable. The Dimosari ravine is considered to be an important wetland. In his poems, the poet Aristotelis Valaoritis has sung the praises of the flowing water, gazing over at the landscape of Madouri.
  A few kilometres above the village of Rachi is Vavkeri, another of the region's picturesque mountain villages, full of greenery and with plenty of water. The history of the village begins in the 16th or the 17th centuries. Today there are only a very few residents left. The view over Nydri from here is truly magical.

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Population Census

Year Population
1991 682
1981 694

Geographical Data

Type of location: Port, Beach, Beaches under Ministry of Environment Inspection, Town hall, Blue Flag 2012, Blue Flag 2013, Blue Flag 2014
Postal Code: 31084
Tel +30 26450
Altitude: 6 meters
Longitude: 20o 42' 35.55" E
Latitude: 38o 42' 20.65" N

Located at/in/on:
East (E) coastline of: LEFKADA, Island, IONIAN ISLANDS , GREECE

Distances:
16 Kilometers North (N) the capital of the island LEFKADA, Town, IONIAN ISLANDS , GREECE

Geographical Boundaries

NYDRI (Village, Town hall) belongs to ELOMENOS (Municipality)
ELOMENOS (Municipality) belongs to LEFKADA (Island)
LEFKADA (Island) belongs to LEFKADA (Prefecture)
LEFKADA (Prefecture) belongs to IONIAN ISLANDS (Island complex)
IONIAN ISLANDS (Island complex) belongs to GREECE (Country)
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