Favorite thing: You should not only remain on the main streets but also wander in the small streets of Lefkas. You will certainly find pleasant houses. This one makes would make a painter's delight (also a photographer's!) with the white of the walls on the blue of the sky added with the other blue of the entrance and some green of the vine! How peaceful!
In the center of Lefkas, a few narrow side streets are escaping from the main street. They are lined with colorful fishermen houses.
There are no really ancient buildings as the city is often hit by earthquakes that destroyed most of the buildings. It was hit in 1948, 1953, 1971 and more lightly in 2003.
Most houses are partly made of wood and corrugated iron, even if it does not show : usually, the basement is built with stones and the upper level is made of painted wood and corrugated iron
Favorite thing: The traditional “regular” wear, worn everyday, is now exceptional. Only a few elderly women coming from mountain villages still wear it. It is a plain black dress with occasionally a black scarf. The traditional “feast” wear is more colored and worn now on the occasion of folk shows.
The main street is pedestrian only.
The northern part of the main street (Goulielmou Dairpfeld), from the lagoon to the main square is very touristy. The southern part (Stratigou Ioniou Mela, after the main square, has better kept its character. There are different shops, several cafeneion that serve skewers and sometimes kokoretsi. Close to the end, the post-office and several fish-mongers.
Favorite thing: The fortress of Agia Mavra (Santa Maura, or Saint Maura) stands on a shingle hillock, 3km north of the city. It was built in the 13th century by Giovanni Orsini, a Frankish knight. It has been extensively altered by Venetians and it suffered damages from several earthquakes and from an accidental powder explosion in 1888.
This photo shows the city center, on the right.
The oblique line in the middle is the road coming from the bridge, between the brackish water lagoon on the left and the channel on the right.
Until the beginning of the 90s, there was a small ferry that took less than a dozen cars at a time. In order to fulfill the needs of the increasing traffic, a floating bridge has been installed. It is an old ferry that has been arranged as a bridge. Most of the time, visitors will not even pay attention that they cross a strip of sea. Only when several boats are waiting to access the canal, the bridge moves to allow their passage while it is the turn of cars to wait for a few minutes.
Even when they have been improved, roads in Lefkas are narrow and spaces where you can park to take a photo are scarce. Then, it is not a big surprise if these two photos were taken from the same place, the first one in 2001, the second in 1976.
The difference between them is striking: in 1976, there were open spaces, west to the city (left on the photo). In 2001, everything had been built!
More views from the hinterland, this time towards Nidri and it's privately owned islands of Skorpios, Skorpidi, Sparti and Mandouri as well as Meganisi. The latter is reached from Nidri by daily ferry.
Nidri is "the" major resort on Lefkas, despite not having a brilliant beach. You can see that it's location is pretty splendid, surrounded by greenery and offshore islands. Hard to believe from these views how bustling and sprawled out the place is.
Fondest memory: Views like this.
The architecture of Lefkada was mainly influenced by the West civilisations and particularly by the Venetians.
In 1948, a major earthquake destroyed the largest part of Lefkada Island and for that cause, only a few of the architecture have survived.
Lefkada has also elements of the post-Byzantine traditions, you can see in churches.
Vassiliki is certainly a place to sit and while away a few hours. Always something to watch.
Fondest memory: Watching the boats coming and going, people watching. Generally being allowed to not do much except watch the world go by.
Lefkas is blessed with beautiful, beautiful churches, dating from the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, most importantly the Church of the Holy Trinity. The church is built entirely of white marble, produced by Paros itself. It contains icons by Parian artists, and now houses post-Byzantine icons which at one time used to decorate the three smaller churches in Lefkas.
Fondest memory: The images of our orange roller come to mind. This elderly gentleman was quite tickled when he caught us by surprise as he rolled oranges down the centre of the street. After all, who expects an orange to roll past your feet on a deserted cobblestoned street.
A simple life is led by the 500 inhabitants of this rather rural, but beautiful little town. A stroll through Lefkas, is like a step back into time.
Lefkas is a very green and fertile island, particularly in Spring.
Fondest memory: The lushness of the island and dense tree coverage.
I think this is looking down towards Syvota.
Lefkas has so many wonderful view-points, looking down to the coast or the spectacularly green interior, or even over plains.
Fondest memory: Just being able to enjoy such beautiful scenery.