Lefkada is the fourth largest island in the Ionian Sea. Together with the islands Kalamos, Kastos and Meganissi (also well known as Princes’ Islands) is a municipality with capital the town of Lefkada and because of its geographical position its also very accesible through a waterway long bridge about 20 meters. Lefkada and the greek “Evia” island are the two unique islands in Greece which they can be accessed only by your car.
In 1963 when the Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis bought the Scorpios,
(a small island which is located opposite the eastern coast of Lefkada and more specifically close to the famous touristic Nydri village)
Lefkada acquired a world reputation, hosting occasionally dense crowds
and famous personalities from all over the world…
Lefkada’s history is about the Sappho’s myth suicide at Cape Lefkada and is related to other myths linking the island to the ancient Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite and to Odysseus, the hero of Homer’s Odyssey.
The German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld, having performed excavations at various locations of Lefkada, was able to obtain funding to do work on the island by suggesting that Lefkada was Homer’s Ithaca, and the palace of Odysseus was located west of Nydri on the south coast of Lefkada.
There have been suggestions by local tourism officials that several passages in the Odyssey point to Lefkada as a possible model for Homeric Ithaca..
Lefkada has several attractions. Just outside of the city and directly opposite from the pontoon bridge (the opening is approximately 40 ft.) is the Enetic castle of Lefkada.The castle is well known as the “Agia Mavra” castle.
Within the city there is the archaeological museum where you can enjoy works of art as well as findings from the Paleolithic to the Roman times and the marina of Lefkada, which is considered to be the largest and most organized marina in the Mediterranean sea.
At the entrance to the town next to the port is the famous park of poets (the locals tend to call it Boscetto) which hosts the figures from great personalities of the island like the poet Valaoritis, Sikielianos and Lefkadios Chern who left their artistic vibe and admired works.
But in Lefkada a visitor has to walk over the wooden bridge which is built above the channel ( located right in front of the pedestrian zone with its coffee-bars) next to the city’s port. The inhabitants call it “Bridge of Sighs” or “Bridge of lovers”. Built at the beginning of the previous decade and its architecture allows the venetian air in town. On the beach of Gira near the town there are the four windmills (than twelve who were older) which up to the end of the 20th century were used to mill large quantities of cereals derived mainly from Russia. Near Frini village (just outside the town of Lekada) is the Faneromeni’s Monastery which is a sacred Art Museum.
There are also the waterfalls of Dimosari just outside the Nidri village and the gorge of bee in the municipality of Sfakiotes. Cape Lefkata located on the southernmost tip of the island and where according to mythology committed suicide the greek poet of love “Sapho” causes admiration to those who visit.
Except from the above attractions the visitor can enjoy the amazing nature of Lefkada. There are wonderful (famous worldwide) beaches in Lefkada (as many of the tourist guides and visitors have been repeatedly rated them on the top of the best beaches in the Mediterranean sea. Those beaches are the well-known Porto Katsiki beach, Egremni beach, the Kathisma beach, Agios Nikitas with its lovely village, the Pefkoulia beach and the Kokkinos Milos beach which every year attracts many millions of tourists around the world….
The Nikiana village is built at the foot of the mountain of Skaron and is a great natural beauty which blends the greenery of the trees with the blue of the Ionian Sea, creating a unique atmosphere. Nikiana is located on the east side of the island of Lefkada in distance 7 km from the town of Lefkada. The privileged position of Nikiana’s village and the tourist infrastructure which Nikiana provides, attracts every year tourists who visit the location to enjoy the sea and the natural beauties. Lovers of the sea and the mountains will find paradise in Nikiana and they can enjoy both the beautiful beaches and the wild beauty of the mountains of Skaron.
Matina’s Studios in the beautiful Nikiana village wish you a lovely stay and wonderful holidays in Lefkada island.