Lefkada is an island of the Ionian Sea and belongs to the island complex of Eptanisa. It lies between the islands of Corfu and Kefalonia. It is very close to the shores of the western mainland of Greece. Only a small strip of sea separates the island from Akarnania and a fifty meter floating bridge connects them. Lefkada covers an area of 302.5 square kilometers and is the fourth in size Island in the Eptanese complex, with a population of 23.000 people. Lefkada along with the islands of Meganissi, Kalamos, Kastos, Scorpios, Skorpidi, Mathouri, Sparti, Thilia, Kythros and other smaller ones around them, constitutes the province of Lefkada with the city of Leukada as capital and is divided into 6 municipalities (Lefkada, Ellomenos, Apollonion, Karyas, Sfakioton and Meganissi) and two counties (Kalamos and Kastos). Lefkada’s coastline is also very rich. It is comprised of impressive beaches, peninsulas, capes - the Lefkata Cape in particular - coves that make magnificent natural ports, distinguishing the ones of Vlihos, Syvota and Routha in the east and Vassiliki in the south side of the island. Many consecutive coves exist in Meganissi creating small but impressive fiords.
In Lefkada, you can visit a great number of Archeological places. The visitor can start his route from the Municipality of Lefkada , continue to the Municipalities of Ellomenos and Apollonia, ending up to Kalamos. Lefkada is well known for its paradise beaches, with the blonde sand and the turquoise water. They have been awarded with blue flags, always in the first place of the international voting via internet.
Beaches, impressive in length and divine in beauty are located at the west coastline of Lefkada. Sandy with crystal water, beaches with the vegetation that reaches the edge, beaches with wild and imposing rocks, amazing beaches… Amoglossa, Castro, Gira, Aghios Ioannis, Pefkoulia, Aghios Nikitas, Milos, Kathisma, Gialos, Egremni and Porto Katsiki.
Porto- Katsiki, Kathisma and Egremni appear in the cover pages of famous tourist magazines and newspapers, worldwide.
The east and the south side of Lefkada, offers lee, small and large beaches, with pebbles and paradise water: Ligia, Nikiana, Perigiali, Nydri, Desimi, Poros Ammousa, Agiofilli, Vassiliki.
In Meganissi, you can find many small, magnificent beaches, in a fiord shape: Aghios Ioannis, Spilia, Pakoumaki, Ampelakia, Atherinos, Limonari are the most well known beaches of Meganissi.
In the island of Kalamos and Kastos, you can swim, peaceful, lonely, pebbled beaches, accessible from the sea side.
From the town of Lefkada, Kariotes, Ligia, Nikiana, Perigiali, Nydri, Vlichos, Poros, Syvota, Vassiliki, Aghios Petros, Athani, Dragano, Exanthia, Drimonas, Kalamitsi, Aghios Nikitas, Tsoukalades, Lefkada.
A very important part of the cultural heritage of Lefkada is its traditional cuisine and its traditional products.
Honey from thyme which grows in Dragano and Athani, pasteli and mantolato, soumada( refreshment from bitter almond), liqueur like rozoli, mint, rose, traditional ladopitta (oil pie), ladokouloura (oil rolls), oil from the perennial olives, avgotaracho from lagoon’s ivari, white and red wine are products from the land of Lefkada.
Especially, wine which is produced from a rare variety of "berjami" or barzamino, (which was probably brought from Venetians in 1684) and cultivated in the Municipality of Sfakiotes, Karya, Apollon and Ellomenos of 200 m to 700 m altimeter, is considered one of the best varieties of our country.
Other varieties of Lefkaditian wine is giomatari, black sweet, keropati, white and lagkero, soft and mild wine. The viniculture from ancient years was one of the most profitable and favorite agricultural occupations, mainly on the highlands and less on the plain side of the island. Many ancient writers were referring to the Lefkaditian wine like, Plinios, the senior (23-79 bc) and Athineos (160-250 ac) in his work "Deipnosophistae".
In Lefkada, the Union of Agricultural Association was founded in 1915 with the name TAOL, offering exclusively products from Lefkada like red and white wines produced mainly from the grape varieties "Vardea" and "Berjami" as well as the finest virgin olive oil.The fishes and the sea products of Ionian Sea are also of the finest quality.
For more information please visit www.lefkada.gr
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