Lekada, Ulysses homeland, is a precious green stone in the turquoise blue waters of the Ionian Sea, an island of contrasts characterised by rugged mountains and lush green valleys. If you are a nature lover Lefkada’s mountains, waterfalls, ravines, natural springs, gorges, canyons, lagoon, forests, lush vegetation and rare wild flowers… will enchant you.
8-day recommended walking itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival at the island of Lefkada and transfer to our traditional, family-run guesthouse. Today we’ll start with an easy walk through the olive groves west of Lefkada town. We’ll pass the small white washed church of Ag. Ioannis Antzousis, the oldest church of Lefkada and visit the significant Faneromeni monastery from where you will enjoy a fantastic view of Lefkada town, the Gira lagoon and mainland Greece. After a short walk we’ll end up at the beautiful Ag. Ioannis beach. Welcome supper at one our favourite local traverns where you can taste the island’s acclaimed gastronomy.
Day 2: Despite the proximity to the town, birds have adapted well and have turned Gira Lagoon into a favorite stop for migratory birds. You can either cycle along the perimeter of the lagoon or walk as you keep an eye out for pelicans, flamingos and ducks. Later in the evening, we’ll start our walk from the village of Ligia and follow the path towards the Waterfall of Episkopos. On the way you’ll hear the merry singing of birds and the purling of little streams in this lush valley. The views to the surrounding islands are breathtaking. We’ll end our walk at the picturesque mountainous village of Katouna where you’ll taste home made food at the local tavern. If we are lucky we’ll listen to live folk music as well!
Day 3: Today during the day you may wish to enjoy one of the beautiful beaches of the bay around the village of Nydri or take a rented boat to one of the surrounding little islands and remote bays. Late in the afternoon we’ll take you to a very lonely part of Lefkada, the tip of mountain Skaros, one of the most important natural habitats of Lefkada. We’ll hike from the village of Nikiana and the lush green valley and follow the beautiful trail to Skaros and the remnants of an ancient oak forest. After a short break to admire the stunning views of the bay, the surrounding islands and blue waters of the Ionian sea, we will descend towards the village of Nikiana and have supper at the local tavern by the beach, famous for its delicious fish dishes.
Day 4: Rest day. Opportunity to rest or explore the island’s stunning beaches or the surrounding islands.
Day 5: Today we’ll make our way towards the traditional settlement of Kalamtitsi, where the elderly women still wear traditional clothing and the most important means of transportation is by donkey. We’ll take the ancient trail via a gorge towards another traditional village, Exanthia. After a short break to admire the panoramic views of the green hills of the island and endless deep blue of the Ionian sea, we’ll have a light lunch under the shade of pine trees. We’ll then descend a beautiful path to Drimonas and then the remote beach of Milos, ranked amongst the islands’ nicest beaches. From Milos we’ll either take a 5-min boat trip or walk to the picturesque village of Ag. Nikitas where we will end the day with supper at one of our favourite local taverns.
Day 6: Today we’ll explore the west side of the island and the island’s most remote and famous beaches; Porto Katsiki and Egremni voted the best in the Mediterranean (by Conde Naste Traveler). We’ll start our walk from Lefkatas Cape, the southern point of Lefkada island. The lighthouse there was built on the ruins of the ancient temple of Greek God Appolo, Leucatas. You’ll observe the 200-ft white cliffs that give the island its Greek name. In antiquity they served as a trial by ordeal (the “Lefkadian leap”) for accused persons. It is the place where Sappho allegedly leapt to her death by jumping from the high cliffs. We’ll follow the coastal trail and admire the steep cliffs and rock formations and the turqoise-blue waters of the Ionian Sea. We’ll stop for a swim at the magnificent beach of Porto Katsiki; a long and sandy beach surrounded by impressive hills. We’ll then walk shortly to the mountainous village of Athani, amidst olive groves. We’ll end our day with a delicious supper and fine wine at the village tavern!
Day 7: Rest and swim at one of the island’s numerous beaches during the day. Later in the afternoon we will walk inland and explore two of the island’s mountainous villages. We’ll start from Kolivata, a village hidden in the greenery, and follow the most beautiful ancient path to the once deserted but now restored village of Alexandros. The day will end with a superb supper and live music!
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