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Agios Ilias Community

Tel: +30 26450 39225, Fax: +30 26450 39225

Above Syvros is the village of Ayios Ilias, built at a very high altitude. It is the second highest mountain village on the island after Englouvi and the vegetation here is quite sparse because of the altitude. Ayios Ilias was an old refuge for the locals seeking sanctuary from the regular pirate raids, and flocks of sheep and goats were also kept here in the summer. Marantochori, a large village with a long tradition, lies on the central road which leads from Nydri to Vasiliki.


Agios Nikitas Community

Tel: +30 26450 97469, Fax: +30 26450 97465

  Twelve kilometers form the capital of the prefecture, adjoining the sea, looms the traditional fishing village of Agios Nikitas. Traditional houses, amphitheatrically arranged in the verdant landscape around the sea, give their own gift to the passage of time. Very quiet with a view to the endless azure of the Ionian Sea and the misty tops of the mountains of Epirus, it attracts the visitor like a magnet, calling him to live in the pure nostalgia of nature.
  The crystal clear waters at the beaches from Langada to the village, the fresh fish and also the traditional hospitality of the people of Lefkada, will transport you to a different way of life and will fascinate you. Further west of the settlement is the unspoiled sandy beach of Mylos, which is sure to win the heart of even the most demanding visitor.
This text (extract) is cited December 2003 from the Lefkada Hoteliers Association tourist pamphlet (1998).


ATHANI (Village) LEFKADA

Athani Community

Tel: +30 26450 33146

A picturesque mountain village looking down on the seashore of Gialos. Following the route south along the rocky southern coast through rugged but extremely beautiful countryside one can get to the marvellous beaches of Engremni and Porto Katsiki. At the termination of the route we arrive at the southernmost point of the island, the Lefkata Promontory. It is near here that the ruins were discovered of an ancient temple of Apollo Lefkata. According to the ancient poet Menander, the poetess Sappho of Lesbos fell from here onto the rocks when Phaedon didn't return the love she had for him. In front of us is the Ionian Sea. The sunset from here is a sight worth seeing.


  Kalamos is not a conventional island. It is a tall mountain range which floats on the sea, its northern side overgrowing with towering, thick pine trees. It is obvious to even the non-specialist visitor that these pines are of a special species.
  They perch everywhere, even at the most precipitous points, sprouting from the rocks and reaching as far as the edge of the sea, as though they insisted on demonstrating their superiority over the place.
  Even at the first sight from a distance, then, Kalamos captivates with its unusual, wild landscape. Kalamos has a surface area of around 20 square kilometres and a highest mountain peak of 200 metres.
  There are around 580 permanent residents, increasing in the summer when friends and relatives visit the island.
  The centre of the island is the port of Kalamos, which is on the eastern side. This is where many people sailing the Ionian moor their boats in order to visit the island, enjoy some seafood at a seaside taverna or seek refuge from bad weather.
  Work being carried out for the widening the port will increase the number of boats that can be moored here and ease sea transport, which is the island's only means of communication with the rest of the world. A caique makes four to five connections to and from Mytika daily in the summer, bringing passengers and all types of goods to cover the needs of the island's few residents. The island has a simple, rural atmosphere.
  The houses of Kalamos, clambering high above the port, are stone-built, most with tiled roofs, built tightly-packed next to each other and intersected by narrow, winding lanes.
  The road which connects the port with the village rises quite steeply and has many bends. The few cars, used mainly for transporting goods, drive carefully along the narrow roads. A new road starting at Kalamos ascends high into the mountains and passes through an amazing pine forest, terminating at the island's other small village, Episkopi.
  Here the few houses, worn by time, are used as summer residences, drawing their owners to Episkopi each year. It is as though time stopped 50 years ago. The residents' boats, a vital means of transportation and communication with the rest of the world, are kept at the small, new port. Episkopi is only ten minutes from the port to Mytika on the mainland coast of Aitoloakarnania...
  On the other side of the island is Porto Leone, a charming, little bay so named by the Venetians who first drew up the maps of the area.   Nearby is an old bridge built many centuries ago. The pine forest is very rare and the only other forests of this type are found on the Sporades islands in the Aegean Sea. It is a thickly-grown verdant forest, powerful and vibrant and home to many species of birds. The road from Kalamos to Episkopi also leads down to the little beach of Ayios Konstantinos. Here, right in front of the waves, there is a small and pretty private church dedicated to Ayios Donatos, a saint encountered mainly in the Ionian Islands. Built in stone with a ceramic tile roof, it stands alone with only the thick foliage to keep it company; soon it will be in need of care, however, in order to protect it for the future.
  Ayios Ioannis, which is one of the oldest churches on the island, is almost completely ruined. A plaque still remains with an inscription (1648) of the date when the church was most likely built. Other churches are the church of Ayios Minas, the church of Episkopi, and Ayios Georgios in the cemetery.
  The island has long been farmed. Its mountain is lower in the centre and towards the south and is much easier to farm at this point. In the past there was also vine cultivation, but all that remains of this today are the walls that were used to hold the earth in. There are many olive trees and three windmills at Agriapidia, where the whole harvest would be gathered. Kalamos has small, mainly pebbly, beaches with brilliantly clean waters, access to which is mainly from the sea.
  Near the port are the beaches of Myrtia and Asproyiali, whilst further south are Agriapidia, Pefkoi and Kefali with Kedros, Alexaki, Kipoi and Trachilos to the west. The island also has some interesting caves.
  The road that goes from Kalamos to Episkopi has not had much of an effect on the landscape and is ideal for all those who delight in rambling through a beautiful natural environment. The island has only a few cultural monuments. It does, however, have a remarkable natural landscape and an atmosphere which transports the visitor to eras long gone. ve a remarkable natural landscape and an atmosphere which transports the visitor to eras long gone.

This text is cited April 2004 from the Prefecture of Lefkada URL below, which contains images


KARYA (Small town) LEFKADA

Karya Community

A mountain village of Lefkas, with a tradition in embroidery, some of which is on display at the Folk Art Museum. If you visit the village on 11th August you can see a representation of the Lefkadian wedding. At the old monastery of St. George at Skari you can see remarkable 17th century frescoes. You can get to it by following the road to Nikiana.


  Kastos is a low-lying, long and narrow little island covered in olive trees and at which dozens of boats sailing over the Ionian Sea moor safely each day. It is also an excellent place for fishing. It has only fifty permanent residents, which rises to 500 in the summer when friends and relatives gather here.
  Kastos has a greatest width of 900 metres and a surface area of six square kilometres. It has many low hills, the tallest of which is no higher than 150 metres. The island's west coast is rugged, whilst the east coast has many small beaches, which can be accessed from land or the sea. These are Ambelakia and Fyki in the south, Vali, Koilada, Ayios Aimilianos, Limni, Kamini and Vrisidi...
  There are only a few roads on the island, and it is for this reason that there are no cars. The distances are very short and the people move around on foot and, of course, by boat. Every resident of the island has his own boat or small speedboat. The Saracene bay, the natural bay on the west of the island, also has a small mole which makes anchorage possible even during bad weather, so that the island will not be cut off by the strong southerly winds...
  At Kalikerimi there is an olive grove with very old olive trees. They are tall with thick trunks and giant roots which indicate that they must be several hundred years old. At Ayios Aimilianos, a little to the north of the port of Kastos, there is a small cave, Fokotrypa (Seal Hole). It is around 30 metres deep with a little sand within it. From its name we can conclude that in the past seals would seek refuge here. The island's pathways provide for pleasurable walks and are generally quite accessible and straight.
  The view from the pathway along the ridge which goes towards the north is exceptional. In addition, the small road which was recently built provides for a delightful stroll through the verdant landscape, which exudes a sense of peace and calm. The ancient remains at Vigla are evidence for the possible relationship of the island with Meganisi and Kalamos from ancient times (the Tafios islands).
  Kastos is linked by caique with mainland Greece. There are a few connections each day to and from the coast of Mytikas on the other side of the island, which is also Kastos' central marketplace. The caique is the island's only connection to the outside world. The island has fanatical supporters who come here each summer to pass a few carefree and peaceful days in an atmosphere that is different and in an environment that is still clean and unpolluted, as though it were located on the edge of the world.

This extract is cited April 2004 from the Prefecture of Lefkada URL below, which contains images


The village of Kastos is built around the harbour in an amphitheatre pattern. The houses, most of which are boarded up, are very spread out on large plots of land and surrounded by olive trees, giving a feel of comfort and openness. They are all two-storey, made of stone and with red-tiled roofs and wooden window-shutters painted in different colours. Many of these houses have large balconies with large doors leading onto them. This picture exudes the comfort of earlier days, and a visitor who comments that it is reminiscent of Greece in the 1960s would be quite justified. The village has a few restaurants which specialise in seafood, serving the fresh fish trawled up by the island's fishermen. A proper water supply system was recently installed on Kastos, thus easing the lives of the residents.

This extract is cited April 2004 from the Prefecture of Lefkada URL below, which contains images


KATOCHORI (Village) LEFKADA

Katochori Community

Tel: +30 26450 95238

  Lefkada is one of the Ionian Islands, known as the 'Eptanisia' in Greek, which lie in the Ionian Sea. The island is less than 100 metres from the mainland coast of Akarnania, to which it is linked by a floating bridge. The channel of Lefkada is 50 metres wide. Lefkada has an area of 302.5 square kilometres and is the fourth largest of the Ionian Islands with a population of 23,000. The Prefecture of Lefkada consists of Lefkada and the surrounding small islands of Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos, Skorpios, Skorpidi, Madouri, Sparti, Thileia and Kythros. The Prefecture is divided into six municipalities and two communities. Lefkada has a Mediterranean climate. It has many hours of sunlight daily and is typified by mild winters with increased rainfall and hot summers with cool breezes. 70% of the island's terrain is mountainous. It has tall mountains, the tallest peak being in the centre at Stavrota (1182 m.). The western side of Lefkada is precipitous with many long, sandy beaches.
  It also has narrow plateaus, fertile valleys and ravines with rich vegetation. Olive trees are spread over the whole island whilst cypress trees grow here and there, creating a distinct landscape. The island's exceptional flora includes many pine forests and some forests with a special variety of oak tree. Another variety of tall and thick pine tree which grows on the edge of the sea is to be found on the island of Kalamos. Lefkada has plenty of waters, mainly springs but also streams which flow from high above, creating small waterfalls. In the north of the island is a lagoon which provides an important wetland environment for many species of birds.
  The landscape is complimented by the traces of human habitation, old and new. Agricultural buildings, such as the dozens of watermills, the olive presses, threshing floors, the simple stone-built houses and the unique domed stone dens are evidence of the importance of farming on the island. The salt-pans and fish farms indicate another side of life on Lefkada. The churches and the monasteries provided support to the Greek and Christian culture of the island during the difficult years of the Tourkokratia (Turkish rule), roviding an artistic escape through the Byzantine tradition and western influences. The icons and wall-paintings are unique works of art. The town of Lefkada itself, with its historic centre, town houses and narrow lanes and the Kastro of Ayia Mavra (Santa Maura) - these are the unique features which go to make up the cultural heritage of the island. They tie together the precious memories of the past and lead us to the Lefkada of today.

This text is cited April 2004 from the Prefecture of Lefkada URL below, which contains images


Lefkada Community

  The town of Lefkada, whose history goes far back into the mists of time, is associated with Sappho and Phaon, Apollo and Artemis, the Trojan War, Odysseus and the Homeric Ithaca, with East and West, with her destiny. The town, which has been the vital heart of the island since medieval times, is today a friendly, modern city. A number of significant figures in arts and letters originated here, including the poets Aristotelis Valaoritis, Angelos Sikelianos and Lefkadios Hern, historian Nikos Svoronos and others. The town has been characterized by the Ministry of Culture as a "region of particular natural beauty", and by the late art historian Angelos Prokopiou as a "geological phenomenon". It features crystal clear waters, a coastline lacey with coves and inlets, the beaches at Aghios Ioannis and Gyra, and the mills; it is full of sights such as the medieval Venetian fortress and basilica churches with interesting carved wooden icon screens. It has a folklore museum and an archaeological museum and art gallery featuring post-Byzantine icons.
  It has a large number of cultural associations and a historic philharmonic orchestra, and hosts festivities in August, celebrating Literature and Art and the International Folklore Festival, all of which offer unique artistic experiences to local people and visitors alike. It is a town, which offers fresh, inexpensive fish in traditional tavernas, Ionian serenatas, and the hospitable spirit and warmth of its people. It’s a town with nightlife, full of movement, passions and dreams, a town in which the visitor can come and go 24 hours a day thanks to the causeway connecting it to the mainland. It is also a base from which one can visit the mountainous areas of the island, and travel to the nearby island of Meganissi, Cephalonia and Ithaki, taking advantage of the frequent and regular boat services and the good roads.
This text (extract) is cited December 2003 from the Lefkada Hoteliers Association tourist pamphlet (1998).


LYGIA (Village) LEFKADA

Katouni Community

Tel: +30 26450 71394

  At a distance of 5 kilometres from the town of Lefkada we reach the first coastal village, the very beautiful Lygia. Its picturesque port with the fishing boats, the wonderful clean beaches and the azure waters charm and fascinate the visitor. In Lygia there are hotels and rooms for rent, fish tavernas and restaurants, supermarkets and every kind of shop. It is a village pulsing with life and a vibrant tourist industry, with good-hearted, king and hospitable inhabitants. Lygia is suitable for your holidays and your stay here wil be unforgettable. Three kilometres from Lygia is Katouna, a traditional settlement with old houses and a wonderful little square at its heart. Around the square are small tavernas which serve excellent food. It is also worth paying a visit to the church of Panagia with its beautiful bell-tower, and that of Agios Varvaros with its glorious iconostasis and excellent icons. A walk through the cobbled streets of the village is sure to enthrall you.
This text (extract) is cited December 2003 from the Lefkada Hoteliers Association tourist pamphlet (1998).


Neochori Community

Tel: +30 26450 92451, Fax: +30 26450 92451

  The community of Neochori consists of the settlements of Megalo Avlaki, Paliokatouna and Neochori. Connections to the town and the rest of Lefkada are made by regular bus routes and taxis. The verdant landscapes of olive groves and the various forms of the mountains, invite the wanderer to enjoy the wonderful harmonious balance of nature by, for example, taking simple walks or cycling.
  Recently-built hotels with many comforts (swimming pool) and very good prices, as well as rooms for rent with modern facilities (individual bathroom), are on offer to our guests. From Neochori, one can enjoy the remarkable vista of the small cluster of islets spread out before you. Between them there is also Madouri, the island of the great poet Aristotelis Valaoritis, which belongs to our community. Many tourist agencies offer daily excursions to all beaches of the island, as well as renting cars and motor bikes, making it possible to visit and enjoy the beauties of the whole island.
This text (extract) is cited December 2003 from the Lefkada Hoteliers Association tourist pamphlet (1998).


Meganisi, A relaxing rhythm

  Meganisi is a small island covered in vegetation lying to the east of Lefkada with an area of almost 20 square kilometres and a permanent population of 1,200. It lies at a distance of four nautical miles from Nydri, with which there is a daily ferry-boat connection. It has three villages, Vathy, Katomeri and Spartochori, and three quaint ports, Spilia at Spartochori, Atherino at Katomeri and Vathy. The island's capital is the village of Katomeri, which is located high above Vathy and is also the seat of the Municipality of Meganisi.
  In ancient times Meganisi was probably known as the island of the Tafiots. This name appears for the first time in Homer, probably taken from the myth of Tafios, son of Poseidon and King of the region. Homer mentions that, when he left for Troy, Odysseus entrusted King Mentor of the Tafiots with his ships.
  Other people believe that Meganisi was the island of Asteria, which is also mentioned by Homer. On Meganisi there are still several bays in which ships sailing over the Ionian Sea can find shelter. These include Ambelaki, Balos, Platiyiali, Svourna, Kolopoulos, Dichali, Limonari, Elia, Limni, whilst there are also caves in the south-east of the island. The most noted of these is the so-called Cave of Papanikolis. This is a cave situated in the sea on the island's south-west coast; it is around 30 metres deep and has sand in its interior. Tradition has it that this was one of the hiding places for Papanikolis' submarine, so that the enemy would not spot it.
  It is also said that during the period of Turkish rule a priest (papas) and his students sought refuge here in order to save themselves from the pirates. Other interesting caves are the Giovani cave, a little further above the Cave of Papanikolis, and the Daimonas cave. These beautiful caves can only be reached via the sea. Every day, small caiques come here and to the island's surrounding sandy beaches, giving the visitor to Meganisi the opportunity to view this exceptional scene, with the sheer, hanging cliffs. The villages consist of small farmers' houses, many of which are stone-built.
  The pretty little streets, tiny like 'kantounia' or alleyways, evoke other eras and the few cars which exist on the island, as well as the small bus which serves all the island's residents and visitors, are careful when moving around. Spartochori is built above the port of Spilia on high cliffs with an exceptional view. The area is a luscious green. Pine trees reach out until as far as the edge of the sea and provide the perfect shade for walking. The ascent up the footpath from the port to the village high above is made easier with the help of some small steps. Somewhere in the middle of this walk there is a small opening onto the Cave of the Cyclops, which is still unexplored.
  Many locals believe that this cave is very large and it is quite likely that the area took its name from the cave, as 'spilia' means cave in Greek. Katomeri is three kilometres further down.
  The small and spartan, clean little houses also provide the stamp of the rural life of the village's inhabitants. Those who have stayed are farmers and fishermen, whilst those who left were expert boatmen and sea captains. Olives and vines are the main cultivations here as well. Large olive groves, such as the Misoi olive grove, with giant olive trees which grow on the plateaus and on slopes fixed with dry stone walls so that they will hold well in the earth, everywhere fill the landscape. The area thus once had many olive-presses, both privately and cooperatively owned, only a few of which survive today. There is, however, one machine which still operates normally. This is the Zavitsanos olive-presses in the village of Spartochori. The Municipality of Meganisi has recently undertaken to restore the horse-drawn olive-press of Panoutsos at Vathy and to turn it into an industrial museum.
  Many abandoned windmills are scattered around on the high peaks over which the winds blow; these were at their most glorious in an earlier period, in the 19th and 20th centuries. Most of these are on raised areas above the port of Atherinos. They are situated at points where they will be found by the south, west and east winds. These mills were all privately owned and usually took the nicknames of their owners, such as the mills of Bakolas, Patsis or of Hymos. One of these, Paliomylas (Old Mill) still stands proudly, solidly built in stone, even though its roof is missing. There are many, around forty, threshing floors here still, located high up, made of stone and remnants of the old farming life. They were worked non-stop, so as to separate the wheat from the other produce. One of these is the Konidaris threshing floor. The island's little water was drawn from wells which were opened at various points on the island. Today only a few wells are still in operation, although they stand out for their artistic quality.
  Most of them are built in stone and have very low circular walls with small openings above. The well of Ferentinos at Spilia as well as Rementanis' well-known one are typical. The island has many valuable Christian monuments. The small monastery of Ayios Ioannis Prodromos (St John the Baptist) is built on the pebbly beach on the west of the island. It may no longer have any fine wall-paintings or architecture to show, but it does have a great history. Without having been fully confirmed, tradition has it that the monastery was founded before 1477. It is said that it was destroyed by pirates who then threw the Saint's icon into the sea, from where a fisherman dragged it up in his nets. In 1800, the monk Ioannis Patrikis, who was from a rich family and much loved on Ithaki and also on Meganisi, which he visited often, sent a nun over to rebuild the monastery.
  The nun made constant appeals for money, along with her assistant the Meganisian Vasilis Politis. It is said that for this purpose they even reached as far as the Tsar of Russia. The monastery was finally rebuilt and the nun remained there until her death. Her grave lies between the foundations of the old and new walls of the sanctuary. It is believed that the church of the cemetery of the Ayioi (Saints) Constantine and Eleni, which belongs to the parish of Vathy, was built in 1620 and the style of the wall-paintings generally fits in with this date. It is a single-aisled wooden-sculpted church with a built iconostasis.
  Sections of a wall-painting representing a horse-backed saint, Ayios Georgios, were recently found under a thick layer of plaster. There is evidence that monks lived here before the church was built. In 1790 the shipowner Malamas restored the temple and donated the land to the cemetery. The new windows which were opened during the restoration destroyed a part of the wall-painting of Ayios Georgios. The church of Ayios Nikolaos is also ttached to a cemetery and was recently restored. It is located in the area of the plain, a little outside of Bosoi, and dates to the early 19th century.
  Meganisi is an island full of unadulterated natural beauty, it is hospitable and peaceful, without many cars and noisy activities.It is ideal for walking along the many footpaths which cover the island and the narrow roads which have little traffic. And it is especially ideal for all those who seek simplicity and authenticity. The Meganisians, who love their island, are respectful towards the environment and take good care of it, preserving its features unadulterated. activities.It is ideal for walking along the many footpaths which cover the island and the narrow roads which have little traffic. And it is especially ideal for all those who seek simplicity and uthenticity. The Meganisians, who love their island, are respectful towards the environment and take good care of it, preserving its features unadulterated.

This text is cited April 2004 from the Prefecture of Lefkada URL below, which contains images


NIKIANA (Village) LEFKADA

Alexandros Community

Tel: +30 26450 71384, Fax: +30 26450 71384

  Between Lygia and Perigiali, 9 km from the capital of the island, is the wonderful picturesque fishing village of Nikiana.
  Built at the foot of the Skaros mountain, it is a combination of verdant green and magical azure, which offers comfort and variety during your holiday as you can find whatever you want here.
  Nikiana is an ideal place for windsurfing, skiing and fishing as well as for climbing, with the ability to offer every visitor whatever they may desire. A little further on is the hermitage of Agioi Pateres (the Holy Fathers) with a panoramic view and also the important mountain settlements of Alexandros and Kolyvata which are worth a visit as is the Skaros mountain where you will find the unique oak wood.
This text (extract) is cited December 2003 from the Lefkada Hoteliers Association tourist pamphlet (1998).


NYDRI (Village) LEFKADA

Nydri Community

  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.


PERIGIALI (Village) LEFKADA

  The village of Perigiali is located on the road leading to Nydri, a short distance after Nikiana. Through the harmonious combination of natural beauty, tradition and modernization it appears both simple and wonderful and is sure to charm any visitor with its fascinating view of the verdant islets. Its beaches are many and the waters are very clean, whilst its proximity to Nydri, one of the main ports of Lefkada, makes it even more busy. It is worth taking a visit to the Kokkini Eklissia (‘Red Church’) built in 1478 which, in 1821, was turned into a base of operations for the leaders of the revolution, and also to the church of Agion Panton and the settlement of Platystomo, with its impressive panoramic vista. The folklore tradition which flourishes in the area, along with the unspoiled hospitality of the locals will never be forgotten.
This text (extract) is cited December 2003 from the Lefkada Hoteliers Association tourist pamphlet (1998).


POROS (Village) LEFKADA

Poros Community

Tel: +30 26450 95475, Fax: +30 26450 95475

  Poros is a coastal village of Lefkada, on the southeast side of the island, built among the verdant stillness, close to the sea. Its charming view of the surrounding islands and the deep clear waters of Mikros Gialos (Little Beach), ideal for swimmers, is something you will never forget. The sea reflects the vibrant colour of the nature and displays the unique, deep azure-green of the Ionian Sea. Above Poros is one of the most ancient buildings on the island. It is a watch tower which surveys Cephalonia and Ithaki, and it is for this reason that Poros can be characterized as a 'balcony' form which one can clearly see the islands of Arkoudi, Oxies, Ithaki and Cephalonia. Also in Poros you wil find traditional tavernas with excellent Lefkadian food and, naturally, the unforgettable hospitality of the Lefkadians.
This text (extract) is cited December 2003 from the Lefkada Hoteliers Association tourist pamphlet (1998).


SFAKIOTES (Municipality) LEFKADA

  According to tradition, the region of Sfakiotes took its name from the Cretans who settled here from the village of Sfakia in Crete in the 16th or 17th centuries. It is a primarily mountainous region which stretches out over a fertile valley. It includes the villages of Spanochori, Lazarata, Asproyerakata, Kavalos and Pinakochori. The growth of the villages over the years means that they have now almost joined together. Olive trees, bountiful orchards and ineyards go to create the verdant landscape which stretches out all around. The view towards Lefkada town and the Ionion Sea is magical from every point here.
  The villages of Drymonas and Exantheia also come under the Municipality of Sfakiotes. These lie on the western side of the island and, although there is less vegetation here, the view here is also breathtaking. There are many things to see here. Nature took care to furnish these parts with a rare beauty. One of these is the ravine of Melissa. Within this ravine, in between the villages of Kavalos and Apolpainas, are the remains of small settlements. Old water-mills, perhaps the island's oldest, are also located between these villages; these are mentioned in a Decree of Voltaire Bryennios which was published in 1355. This area is included in a special programme for regeneration so that all those who want to walk along pathways which will lead them to the beauties of nature will be able to visit.
  The old folks say that this is where the 'hair' would be washed, i.e. the dowries of the girls who were preparing for marriage. There are many stone bridges in the ravine and the surrounding areas, as well as wells and springs from which the crystal-clear waters still gurgle and at which the visitor can quench his thirst and rest.
  At Frya, in between Kavalos and Asproyerakata, are the remains of Turkish wells dating from 1478-1684 and which were built using a special technique. One of these supplied water to all the villages in today's Municipality. There are two ancient plane-trees in Frya, one of which is believed to have been planted in 1845.
  A wine-press belonging to the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives is also to be found here. This is an important monument directly connected to the life of the region during the period when wine-making was one of the primary forms of employment on the island.
  The wine-press of Sfakiotes was founded in 1929 and is still in operation. The Union of Cooperatives has a total of four wine-presses, the oldest being that at Vasiliki which was founded in 1927. The third is at Exantheia and the newest, which was founded in 1950 and continues to operate today, is opposite the Kastro (castle) at Ayia Mavra (Santa Maura).

This extract is cited April 2004 from the Prefecture of Lefkada URL below, which contains images


SYVOTA (Settlement) LEFKADA

A picturesque coastal village hiding in a sheltered cove, like a fjord. Because the cove is extremely well protected from the elements, it is an ideal place for mooring yachts. All around are the verdant hills. A short distance from Syvota is Hirospilia, where Doerpfeld uncovered some neolithic finds. On the way from from Poros to Syvota one can visit the villages of Fterno, Vournikas, Sivros and Agios Ilias. From Agios Ilias one can follow a footpath to get to the summit of Mount Stavrota.

This text is cited December 2004 from the Ionian Islands Region General Secretariat URL below, which contains image


SYVROS (Village) LEFKADA

Syvros Community

Tel: +30 26450 39379, Fax: +30 26450 39379

The whole of the Syvros region is full of a unique and varied beauty. Lower down the olive trees prevail and as the altitude increases so do the plane trees. The place has many waters and crops whilst old farmers describe how Syvros once had the greatest number of watermills, 24 in total, to serve the needs of the local population. Here and there can be spotted the springs of the Kerasia ravine, one of the most beautiful on the island. All those who love rambling will soon be able to enjoy walking along the paths which wind through the beautiful locale, taking in the wonderful natural beauties as well as the delightful forest of Daphne. The Karoucha cave, which is well worth a visit, is near Syvros


Tsoukalades Community

Tel: +30 26450 97248, Fax: +30 26450 97248

  Following the northwest route around the island, passing the pine covered Faneromeni monastery with its panoramic view of the Ionian Sea, one comes to the village of Tsoukalades. A village which has harmoniously interwoven tradition with modernity and offers peace and quiet as well as comfort.
  In the area Tsoukalades is the marvelous beach of Pefkoulia where the verdant pine trees literally touch the crystal clear sea and create a charming picture; a picture, which liberates all the senses. An invitation to all those who love exploration is the until now unexplored cave of Ai-Yiannis in the area. It is also worth paying a visit to the area of the Primary School where the sunset will charm even the most difficult visitor. In addition, a walk through the pine wood of the village, alone or accompanied, is sure to leave all nature lovers speechless.
This text (extract) is cited December 2003 from the Lefkada Hoteliers Association tourist pamphlet (1998).


VASSILIKI (Village) LEFKADA

Vassiliki Community

  Vassiliki is in the centre of southern Lefkada. A wonderful, classical, Greek fishing village ready to serve you on the edge of the bay of the same name. Sandy beaches, endless, crystal clear waters, deep or shallow are able to satisfy all needs. The area of Ponti has been classed as on of the best world wide for windsurfing because of the peculiar climatic conditions.
  Crowned by overgrown slopes, the area offers the visitor a wonderful sensation of nature as well as the chance to enjoy a number of activities such ads horse riding and cycling. Ferries operate continuously to and from Porto Katsiki, Agiofili, Cephalonia and Ithaki. Vassiliki also has its own nightlife, which is equal to anything on offer from the nightlife in Lefkada.
This text (extract) is cited December 2003 from the Lefkada Hoteliers Association tourist pamphlet (1998).


VLYCHO (Village) LEFKADA

Vlycho Community

Tel: +30 26450 95282

  On the eastern side of the island, about 20 km from the town of Lefkada, lies the delightful bay of Vlycho.
  On one side of the bay is the wonderful traditional village of the same name, crammed between the mountain and the sea. Opposite Vlycho is the settlement of Geni, an area known for its beauty, rich vegetation and marvelous view. The beach of the village is suitable for mooring and serving yachts.
  There are also playgrounds, a football pitch and basketball court in Vlycho, as well as an organized circuit for radio controlled cars. You can enjoy a swim at the dentilated beaches of Dessimi, or seek out the idyllic tavernas next to the sea in Geni, where you will find fresh fish and can try all the local specialities. The morning walk from the village of Geni to the chapel of Agia Kyriaki offers a challenge to any visitor. The whole route is dense with vegetation and the view to the bay of Vlycho and the Stavrota mountain chain is very impressive. At the end of the road, a paved pathway leads to the chapel. In the same area it is also possible to visit the grave of the archaeologist, Derpfeld.
This text (extract) is cited December 2003 from the Lefkada Hoteliers Association tourist pamphlet (1998).


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