Friday, August 25, 2023

Lefkada, Greece

This June we visited a wonderful Island on the West Coast of Greece. It sits in the Ionian Sea with its beautiful blue waters. The island has a bridge so you can drive to it, has a small town and various villages and ports. It has been developed in a lovely way with small hotels and mostly Airbnbs dotted along the hillsides many with lovely views. It has mountains, beaches, farms, abundant flowers, butterflies, plant life, and biodiversity. 

The Island is best visited in June before the crowds in August, I would say it would be beautiful in all seasons but the warmer weather is best for swimming, you can also do windsurfing in Vasiliki. 

Being an island seafood is abundant, We went with my friend from university a fellow dietitian and a local so had lovely insight on where to eat. This restaurant was particularly great with local fish, greens, and desserts; you can sit right by the water. 

Giannis Tavern Λυγιά 311 00, Greece. 

One aspect that makes Lefkada very special is how Green it is compared to other Greece Islands in the Aegean sea which tend to be dryer, It has waterfalls and great hiking also. We visited Nydri Falls close to the town of Nydri a port (where you can take boat rides from). It also has a great cafe at the start of the trailhead with wonderful fresh orange juice, we enjoyed this after the hike. It was full of butterflies also and really magical. 

I enjoyed walking along the country roads in the morning seeing horses, chickens and farms. 

The town of Lefkada is delightful with alleys and great restaurants.

The best sunsets are on the West side of the Island as you drive along the coast there is a lovely lookout near Paralia Kathisma and Deck Beachside Cafe at Paralia Pefkoulia is great had one last frappe here before leaving the Island. 

As we had the Greek yogurt and honey with the frappe overlooking the water before starting our 3-4 drive back to Athens I felt a little teary this truly is a special Island in its beauty and charm. We hope to return one day. 

We drove there and back but I think there is an airport close by with many flights from Europe. 

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