It was a pleasure to walk the streets of the city. I have discovered the nice smell of flowers in the gardens, the smell of olive oil coming maybe from the cellars, the kitchens and I suppose also from wood of houses treated with olive oil against the water damage. Some of the houses also had units with perfume that was sprayed in the air. Fun!more
Nydri used to be a humble fishing village, until some day of 1963 Aristotelis Onassis, the famous Greek shipping tycoon and founder of Olympic Airways, bought the small island of Skorpios, just in front of the village. Onassis’ vision was to make Skorpios his private hermitage and turn Nydri into the “Greek Monte Carlo”. The place indeed had its...more
It was a pretty dark night, when we visited Maria’ s tavern at Kollivata village and it looked like a well-lit platform, full of flowers and subtle perfums, swinging in the darkness. Pretty magic!Other than this, Maria enjoys the reputation of the best cook on the island which is not to be neglected. You can eat delicious cooked meals, among which...more
This is one of the oldest taverns of Lefkada city (opened in 1948), a place that still echoes the serenades and the cheerful stories of “buraneli” (old residents of Lefkada). Located on a paved little street of the old city, it looks like a colorful movie scene. The food is excellent, the wine is dark “verzami”, everything is just the way it should...more
If you happen to be at picturesque Syvota and you think you’ve found the most beautiful balcony of the village, step up! This is Trocolo! Charming café-bar, colorful, well-decorated, with cozy arm-chairs and lovely view on the Syvota bay and the sailing boats. On the ground flour, you’ll find the “trocolo”, an old wooden machine for the pressure of...more
When night falls in Nidri the best thing to do is head down to the harbour area.This is where it all happens, and there are countless places to eat and drink.Our evenings consisted of going out around 9, down to the harbour, have a slap up meal and then stroll along looking at all of the luxurious boats.On a few nights we did go to "Saloon Bar" on...more
I like this place so much, for a bunch of reasons:-Placed by the sea. In one of the best spots of the island for windsurfing. It also operates as a windsurfing club.-Open all year round. -Cool music-Great views (sea waves)-Helpfull stuff-Nice bar-Nice barmen-Remoted location-Swimming available before, during or after drink. (best when...more
The roads in Lefkada are in very good condition and that regards not only to the main peripheral road, but also to the network of roads that cross the mountainous hinterland. However, they are pretty narrow, with continous bends and it is necessary to drive slowly and not to exceed your traffic lane.more
On Ioannou Mela street, the main pedestrian street of Lefkada’s old city, you’ll find a lot of shops with local delicacies, such as nougats with honey and almonds(my favorite is “Santa Maura”), liquor “rosoli”, flavored with fruits, flowers and cinnamon, wines made by the local grapes “verzami”, salami “Delimari”, jams and others. Do check the ingredients to make sure that you buy an authentic product, with no technical flavors and preservatives.
Also, in the city’s bakeries you’ll find the famous “ladopita”, some kind of cake with olive-oil, occasionally flavored with orange or lemon. It tastes super!
However, it is not equally easy to find the local species of legumes ( lentils from Eglouvi, chick peas and vetches) which are famous for their intense taste and aroma. The production is very small and it hardly covers the local needs. But if you go to the mountainous villages Eglouvi, or Karya and ask the locals, you might be lucky. Don’t be surprised if the price for the lentils is about 10 euros per kilo. If you have a delicate palate, you find out that it worth’s it.
It’s a very old and strong cultural institution (since 1962), with the participation of folk dance groups from all over the world. The multi-cultural events begin with the big parade of “peace and friendship” and last for one week (the last week of August). Most of the events take place at the city of Lefkada, at the courtyard of the Primary...more
A traditional lefkadian wedding is being represented every year, on the first ten-days of August, at Karya village. It’s a tradition that takes place continuously since 1979, as a revival of old customs, songs and dances about wedding, with the participation of locals and tourists, alike. The celebration lasts for three days, during which Karya is...more
Rural fests in Greece have very deep roots in the agricultural life of the past years. People used to gather and celebrate the new crop, with songs, dances and free food for everybody and this remains quite unchanged up today! Lentils at Lefkada, sardines at Lesvos, eggplants at Arkadia, cherries at Edessa, mushrooms at Grevena, chestnuts at Paggeo...more
Toponymy in Greece is difficult.1 More often than in any other country, the same name will apply to several locations. 2 If you look at several maps, even considering only Greece designed maps, you will notice that the same place can be named differently.3 Even if the name written in Greek fonts is the same, it can be transcript in different ways,...more
At the port of Nydri, there are three companies that offer daily cruises to Porto Katsiki or Egremni beach, Fiskardo on Kefallonia island, Kioni on Ithaki island, Papanikolis cave on Meganisi island and Skorpios, the island of Aristotelis Onassis, the famous Greek shipping tycoon. This sounds really grate – so thought I, too – BUT keep in mind that...more
Nidri is the most turistic area of Lefkada island, it's full of litlle studios, hotels, restaurants and all type of bar and cafè, souvenir shops and more, but for me it's to much false...It's look like a Southempton beach, or Rimini area where everything is builded for tourists.....It's good for a night or for a walk in a cloudy day, good for...more
A small backpack would be handy for when you go hiking up to the waterfall and in the mountains. The beach is really rocky as you walk in, so a cheap pair of flip flops or sandals would be ideal.We were here in July and even though we were told it was unusual it did rain for a few days,not cold just wet so its a good idea to bring light...more
The west coast of Lefkas has no beautiful beaches. Most are narrow and more made of small boulders than sand. The few available, such as one in Ligia were quite busy. This is why we looked on the continent side of Drepano bay. Fortunately, not all beaches on the continent were occupied by souvlaki-to-be! This one, at Plaghia, was almost desert with...more
Everybody has noticed how grilled pork ribs and souvlaki are very tasty in Greece. If you ask for the reasons, you will be answered that it is because pigs live half wild, feed on acorn and graze aromatic plants.This is true but this is only a part of the truth. I have found the hidden part and I have photos to prove it.Greek pigs feed on seafood...more
Katouna is a small mountain village, 5 km from Lefkas, 3 km from the sea (Ormos Drepanou) that can be reached either from Kariotes or from Lighia (smaller road that meets the other one half way). Though close to highly touristy places on the coast, it has kept its look. It seems that the road is a dead end on the small square and though this is not...more
Mylos beach is the perfect place to do kitesurf and windsurf...
In Mylous, one of Lefkada’s beaches you will find many fans of Kite surf. This new extreme sports is hosted every summer in Mylos beach where the races of Kite Surf Open, are organised from the Prefecture’s Local Authority. This sport triggers adrenaline when the mistral wind blows in high speeds of 30-40 miles kite.
It is still under research what makes the lentils of Englouvi so special, with full taste and valuable nutritious elements. Probably it is the place, the climate, the endless care of the cultivators, who deny using chemicals and herbicides, as well as the soil composition, rich in limestone and potassium. Don’t miss the chance to try a plate of...more
Even if Lefkas has now much more tarred roads than it used to have, there remains many dirt roads, even dirt tracks and this is a good thing as it slows down a little bit the tourist's pollution. Wandering on the smallest trails often allows to discover beautiful landscapes.more
The photo was taken in 1976 from the road that climbs to the central plateau of the island. It shows at the bottom of the valley, the sea side village and resort of Nidri.The closest small island is Nisis MadhouriA little further, three islands:On the left, the smallest is Nisis Skorpidi, privately owned by the famous ship owner's family, the...more