Lefkada Town is the capital of the island of Lefkas. It is situated on the north east coast, where the island is joined to the mainland by a causeway and a 50 metre swing bridge. As well as being the administrative and commercial capital of Lefkas Island, Lefkada Town is also a tourist destination in it’s own right. Since it was opened, Lefkada Town’s new Lefkada Marina has become enormously popular and has led to an influx of new visitors, bringing new shops and restaurants to cater for them.
How to arrive to Lefkada
Lefkada belongs to the Ionian Islands and it is located above Ithaca and Kefalonia and west of the Prefecture of Aitoloakarnania. Lefkada is separated from mainland Greece by a 25-meter artificial canal and two bridges connecting it.
During summer months several charters and domestic flights are arriving to Preveza airport. The airport is connected by local buses. The trip to Lefkada takes about 30′ from the airport.
Lefkada-Athens distance is 385 km. You can go by car via the bridge connecting Lefkada with Aitoloakarnania without having to transfer the car to the ferry boat.
The ports of Igoumenitsa and Patras are the two largest ports that are gateways to the Ionian Sea. From Nydri and Vassiliki there are daily ferry boats connecting Lefkada with Kefalonia, Ithaca and the smaller islands of Scorpios, Sparta, Meganisi, Madouri, Princess, Skorpidi.
Lefkada Town is a very pleasant, friendly, typical Greek town. It is an ideal place to stay on holiday. As well as travellers staying for one night before they board their yacht, many tourists use the town’s hotels as a base for visiting the local beaches. But even if you are staying in one of the other holiday resorts on the island it is worth making a visit to Lefkada Town one day during your holiday for the shops, museums and atmosphere.
The main shopping street in Lefkada Town is pedestrianised, and runs through the middle of Lefkada Town from the traffic lights to the North Harbour.
The shops are not in any order, and you will find fish shops, gift and souvenir shops, boutiques, cafes and electrical shops all side by side. Most of the shops are open from about 08.30. In the heat of the summer they often close for a few hours in the afternoon, and then re-open when it becomes cooler in the evening.
The main supermarkets in Lefkada Town are not on the Main street; they are a few hundred metres to the south of the centre and are open all day. One third of the way along the Main street from the North Harbour you will find the Main Square of Lefkada Town, full of friendly cafes where you can sit and watch the world go by.
The Main Square becomes especially lively in the evenings, when families and couples come out in the warmth of the evening to enjoy a drink with friends – a beautifully Greek atmosphere!