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Travel guides, maps and books for Lefkada island and Epirus

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Lefkada the complete guide

Natalia Katifori

The complete guide to Lefkada accompanied with 180 photographs and detailed maps holds the key to understanding the pace and sense of humour of the people of Lefkada, the legends and the special cultural traditions. It guides you along the amazing footpaths, through stunning mountain villages, reveals quiet hidden beaches, churches and imposing monasteries.
Also the off-road routes reveal unknown landscapes of exceptional natural beauty.

Available languages: greek, english, german, italian, french, czech, dutch.

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Lefkada, a concise guide of the best

Thermos Nikos (editor)

A truly up-to-date guide to Lefkada, written by people who live on the island and experience its daily life. The accurate information it provides is a guarantee that you will make the best of the valuable time of your holidays, free of any trouble.

This guide, richly illustrated, with its proposed routes and accurate mapping will lead you step by step to the island's hidden secrets. 

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Lefkada on foot

Out Lida

Lefkada is one of the seven Ionian Islands, situated on the west coast of Greece. This walking guide invites you to explore the island on foot and to enjoy the wonderful flora and fauna, the mountainous interior, overwhelming views, picturesque villages and monasteries.

The book includes 31 walks: 27 circular walks and 4 walks from village to village. One walk on the nearby small island of Meganissi is also included. The descriptions of the walks are detailed and accurate and the book includes maps, photographs and GPS coordinates. There is also information about the distances, height differentials and the levels of difficulty of the tracks. 

Available languages: greek, english, dutch

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Α Walk through Lefkada's old town

Konstantinos Sklavenitis

The building construction in Lefkas is one of the most interesting approaches throughout the Hellenic area as well as abroad. The reason lies in the dual construction form. It is actually a study on the unlimited opportunities, as far as the building construction is concerned, of the pre-industrial era as well as the aftereffect of the greek construction tradition throughout the centuries, combined with the aquatic character of the region over which it was created: on actually floating surroundings. Its static system, in particular, within which the two materials (stone and wood) were used statically independently is apparent only to Lefkas. The specific system, along with a wealth of variations, remains immune to the strongest of earthquakes.

For the first time in modern history there is a reference to mixed building structures in the description of the 2nd of October 1613 earthquake, where it is noted among others that: “any houses built with wood timbering in the area of Agia Mavra had their roof tiles collapsed and smashed, whereas any stone buildings cracked from top to bottom, collapsed and had their roof tiles smashed too.” (note: Priest Nik. Zambelios, 1613).

The foundation type of the stone construction, going back to prehistoric times, as well as the way of attaching the wooden superstructure with the Pontelarisma and the naval architecture techniques, create conditions enabling the humble buildings of Lefkas to face the strongest concussions successfully and resist vigorously against the repeated decline.

Being fully aware of the parameters of the Lefkas construction and morphology, I believe that K. Sklavenitis’ depictions transform a technical issue into a visual one, striking the most sensitive chords with all of us who grew up in the alleys of Chora and were bathed in the Ionian mistral.

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Ionian, the inland sea: Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos

Thermos Nikos - Barbikas Ilias

...and also Skorpios, Madouri, Arkoudi, Atokos and main ports and bays of Lefkada


The first detailed edition on these islands which are still untouched by mass tourism. 
Including:

- historical facts,

- sights and attractions, 

- walking routes,

 - beaches as well as 

 - a detailed navigator for all the important harbours and bays in the greater area which is considered to be one of the best sailing destinations in the world. 


The book is complemented with a selection of exquisite photographs and illustrations.

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The cookery of Lefkada

Voutsina Evie

A book about cooking as well as about the people of Lefkada, written by a lefkadian author, for this land of azure light, of the olive tree and cypress, of emerald seas. Evi Voutsina returns to her roots in writing this book, after having roamed around the whole of Greece for at least twelve years, researching and recording the country’s gastronomic culture. Her search does not stop at writing down recipes. She is interested in the techniques of food preparation, the conditions of life, the human aspect and all the ‘little touches’ that give each dish its particular taste: everything that constitutes the ethos of food. 

Evie Voutsina’s book “The Cookery of Lefkada” was awarded the 2008 GOURMET Prize in the category of ‘Book of Gastronomy by a Greek author’

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Concise history of the castle of Santa Maura

Sfetsas Markos

A visitor's guide

The guide is a valuable asset for the visitor who wishes to learn the history of one of the few archaeological sites accessible in Lefkada in a condensed and fairly comprehensive way.

Due to the fact that the current situation of the castle is far from ideal and there is an absence of a tourist guide that can provide precise information, this book is a vital source of information for all those who want to have a clear image of the portions that can be visited as well as of the most important buildings of the castle of Santa Maura.

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Wilhelm Dorpfeld`s Lefkada

Thermos Nikos (editor)

Today, about a hundred years after they were taken, one is struck by these photographs' high standard of artistic quality and accuracy of detail. Dorpfeld nearly always featured human figures in them, to give a better impression of dimensions and proportions.

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Lefkada, a journey in time

Berger Fritz

“I carry my memories of Lefkas inside me as images. They are images full of light and shade, shapes and colour, full of people, flowers, trees, hills and the sea. I see the sorrowful eyes of women in smart local dress, I see a café full of men playing backgammon, I taste the aromatic homemade bread of Akrivis and the olives served with it, the spicy cheese, I hear the donkeys, the goats, the sheep, the ceaseless trill of the cicadas everywhere. They are images which remain or which arise only for a short while. Then houses appear which have been damaged by the earthquake, a cold night and the old lady, Arsenia sat alone in front of the fire.”

Fritz Berger

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Lefkada, people and places

Berger Fritz

With touching photographs, Fritz Berger takes us to the Lefkas of the past - to places, people and their work. The pictures show a harsh, frugal life photographed with respect and poetic charm - a time not so long ago and yet lost forever.

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Lefkada - A piece of Greece to take home

Papadopoulos Thanos

The first coffee table album dedicated to Lefkada. Through the exceptional photography work of Thanos Papadopoulos the metaphysic enchantment of the poets' island is revealed.

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The flora of Lefkada

Lazaris Babis

In order to see and admire Lefkada's vegetation you must bend over, kneel on the earth, peer closely at the ground, make obeisance or in other words be humbled by small wild flowers, be scratched by spiny brooms and pricked by thorns, to be able to appreciate a marvellous peony under some bush, walk for miles to be granted the boon of the sight of the complex shapes and colours of the orchids that grow from one end of our land to the other!

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Ionian sea charts

Thermos Nikos

Fagottobooks editions with the permission of the Hydrographic Service of the Hellenic Navy successfully completed an admittedly hard task: The publication of a completely up to date double-sided map of the Ionian sea region.

The first side depicts the XE21 map by the HSHN, originally printed in 2002, including all the vital mariner information up to February 2013. The region, being reproduced at 1:250.000, scale includes all the Diapontia islands north of Corfu all the way down to the northern part of Zakynthos. The highly sophisticated design of the map offers unmatchable clarity and enhanced information detail.

On the second side of the map we can see the Inland Sea, on a 1:95000 scale which includes Lefkada and the small islands as well as the Northern part of Kefalonia and Ithaki.

The complete edition is supplemented with accurate representation of the following ports: Paliokastritsa Corfu, Gaios Paxoi, Lakka Paxoi, Syvota Thesprotia, Lefkada's canal, Vathy Meganisi, Kalamos, Vathy Ithaki, Kioni Ithaki, Fiskardo Kefalonia, Aghia Evfimia Kefalonia. Additionally the aerial view of the Lefkada canal on a 1:20.000 scale, which includes all the available nautical information, and a detailed part of Lefkada canal up to Preveza significantly adds to the usefulness of the map. All the existing maritime dangerous areas and hazards are strongly marked.

The map is printed on waterproof Polyart paper which is highly resistant to refolding. The fine selection and illustration of the Ionian sea chart map makes it an ideal tool for mariners, where in most cases you would need to purchase 2 or even 3 maps for the whole area.

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Lefkada complete map

Thermos Nikos (editor)

Laminated, reliable and detailed map of the island (also Meganisi, Kalamos & Kastos) including even off road destinations.
With:
-Survival guide for short holidays
-Information about the beaches, food and entertainment
-General city map
-Sights

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Lefkada: Pocket Map & Mini Guide

Laminated double sided map
 

Side A: Lefkada roadmap with 34 photographs of famous beaches and other sights.
Side B: Getting to know the town and the surrounding areas.

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Lefkada, the island's complete roadmap

Thermos Nikos (editor)

New updated map of Lefkada island. The only one with a detailed beach index - including the less famous - and an index of the island's sights. It includes a map of the historic centre of Lefkada city with suggested walking routes through the most significant buildings dating British period and the other city sights as well as further suggested routes around the island.
 

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See the titles of Fagottobooks editions for Lefkada and the Ionian Islands in detail. The complete catalogue of publications may be found at www.fagottobooks.gr.