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7 Things you absolutely have to do in Lefkada this fall

#1 Watch the sunset (and take the perfect sunset photos)

#location: the little bridge at the east pier

Lefkada offers a charming mix of places to take outdoor photos. This small wooden bridge is one of the city's most iconic and photogenic spots. Stand in the middle of the bridge and you will have the best view over the canal. The best time of the day to shoot this bridge is during the golden hour (shortly after sunrise or before sunset).

#location: akrotiri Lefkatas

When the sun dips into the Ionian sea of Lefkada you want to ensure that you are in the right place to capture an iconic shot of sunset. Akrotiri Lefkatas is a dream for any photographer who adores taking landscape pictures. To succeed with the golden hour, when the natural light is softer and redder, try to go there at least one hour before sunset.

#location: Rachi, Exantheia village

Exantheia is rightly described as the Ionian balcony, since the panoramic sea view captivates the visitor with its imposing presence. At Rachi you will feel as you are floating on a cloud; the scenery is nothing short of spectacular.

#2 Visit the mountainous Lefkada or take a roadtrip from Lefkada

#Mountainous Lefkada

Mountainous lefkada has a vivid traditional character and is the perfect choice for nature lovers.The picturesque stone-built houses and the ceaseless variety of nature in the villages that form the region of Sfakiotes, enchant visitors from the first glance.

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Hiking walk starting from Kolyvata

Hiking walk starting from Englouvi

#Epirus

Epirus is a well-hidden secret, a thriving paradise. Oh! Did we mention that Epirus is right next to Lefkada? Now you have no excuse not to visit this wild beaty called Epirus.

Excursion to Preveza

Excursion to Parga

Excursion to Acherondas-Glyki

 

#3 Nourish your skin and body

Indulge in an experience of absolute relaxation by offering to yourself a massage session, some facial treatment, a spa therapy with essential oils or an authentic traditional Turkish bath (hamam). Strengthen you body or clear your mind with yoga, pilates or tai-chi classes.

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#4 Spend an afternoon strolling around the Castle of Agia Mavra, Gyra and Ai Giannis

A very pleasant stroll starting from the town of Lefkada is round the western lagoon, the walk of Gyra ending at Ai Giannis beach. It is 7 km long and the great attraction is that all along the views are exceptional, a pleasure for nature-lovers.

#5 Visit the archaelogical museum of Lefkada

The Lefkada Archaeological Museum is housed on the ground floor of the old Town Hall where the Municipal Cultural Centre is also located, it is small but very well laid out and its exhibits of finds, photographs and accompanying information are instructive for the visitor , as to the region’s dynamics, the changes that had a decisive impact on its economy, its relations with neighbouring areas and the activities of its inhabitants in antiquity. The major part of the exhibits is constituted by the important work of excavation carried out at the beginning of the 20th century by the German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld, who, applying advanced and inter-disciplinary methods, searched the island for evidence to prove his theory that Lefkada was Homer’s Ithaca. The museum’s exhibits cover an extensive period of time from the Palaeolithic to Roman times. Exhibits come from various locations on the island, such as the ancient capital Nirikos and its environs, the Chirospilia caves (in Evgiros, a village in southern Lefkada), Asvotrypa (in the village of Fryni, a suburb of Lefkada town), Chirotrypa (near the village of Apolpena), the Nymphs’ Cave at Agia Kyriaki, Boliatsos cave, the tombs in Nydri, the cemeteries of the ancient city of Lefkada, the Skaroi Hill, Meganissi and other sites.

Operating hours: Open daily except from Mondays, 08:30-14:45
Admission: General 1€, student free
Telephone: +30 2645021635
Address: A. Sikelianou & N. Svoronou Str., Lefkada

#6 Go bird-wathcing

Equip yourselves with binoculars and prismatic lenses to observe the multifarious varieties and rarity of Lefkada's population of bird fauna. The island's lagoon, included in Natura's web, is the home of flocks of endemic and migratory birds and you will be able to capture a view of rosy flamingos.

 

Autumn sailing in Lefkada

 Calm seas and clear blue skies for the adventurous sea lovers

September is probably the month to experience the best of Lefkada. This time of  year is idyllic for your sailing holidays in Lefkada because the weather is amazing (the temperature is not exhaustingly hot, the wind is just perfect for sailing and the waters  are the warmest of the year), the crowds dissipate (but everything is still open) and the marine traffic has decreased which means that most of the sheltered bays  are almost private.

Where to go sailing

The sea area between Lefkada, Ithaki and the opposite mainland coast is considered by experts ideal for boat rides and sailing. Some of the Lefkada’s harbours and bays which are worth visiting by boat are the following: Nydri, Vlycho bay, Dessimi bay, Mikros Gialos, Syvota, Agiofylli, Vassiliki bay. Sailing around the impressive Cape Lefkatas, visit some of the most famous beaches such as: Porto Katsiki, Egremnoi and Megali Petra. The south coast is rocky and steep, with very deep waters. The west coast is particularly exposed to northwest winds that blow in the afternoon; however, you can anchor at the beaches near Thileia island, and also at the north-western end opposite Kithros islet with its interesting beach named ‘’Beretta’’.

Important tips

No matter how calm the sea is on the western side, you shouldn’t spend the night there because weather can change suddenly. Be extremely careful in the Cheiromitis Shoal as well as in Atherinos bay. Most of the island’s anchorages are on the northern coast, while there are quite a few on the east coast as well.

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Find your map: Ionian sea charts