With the digging of a canal in the VII century BC Lefkada, an integral part of the mainland, became an independent island. Passed under Ottoman rule, which lasted two centuries, endured the rule of other great powers, in 1864 the island of Lefkada managed to be called thanks to England, which handed it over to Greece.
A photo from above could tell about the general appearance of the island. They enchant the ancient villages, which are gently nestled in olive trees and vineyards. The desire to be subdued is provoked by the east coast, which is defiantly sheltered and with calm beaches. An ideal place for solitude. The south coast is the place from the island of Lefkada, where the beaches with white rocks and turquoise sea waters are one of the most picturesque on the Ionian Sea. It is on this coast is the southernmost point of the island - Cape Lefkada, also known as the Leap of Sappho. His name is due to the legend that a poet rejected in her love ends her life by throwing herself into the sea.
Having experienced more than one or two earthquakes, the capital city of Lefkada today is an attractive town with low buildings and bustling life in its narrow streets. The heart of the tourist industry on the island of Lefkada beats with full force in the most developed resort center of the island - Nydri. According to archaeologist Wilhelm Dorpfeld, this city is the capital of the kingdom of Odysseus, not Ithaca. To be so prestigious and visited, Nydri has to thank for its beautiful beaches, great location and unique views.
South of Nydri are several other resorts and fishing villages. Vasiliki, for example, located on a large windy bay, is extremely attractive to windsurfers and is considered one of the best places in Europe for this sport. Its picturesque harbor has ideal places to relax, such as taverns under the shade of tall trees.
The west coast of Lefkada is rich in beautiful beaches, but not commercialism. Tourists are accommodated in rural houses or camping sites.