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Lefkada Gulet Charter Guide

Lefkada or Leucas Island (area: 302,5 sq. km) is surrounded by a total of 24 islets – Aristotle Onassis’ Skorpios being one of them. It connects to the opposite coast of Central Greece via a floating swing bridge (length: 50 m). The bridge offers easy access to Lefkada to visitors from all over Greece as it connects to parts of Egnatia Odos [Road] junction, Preveza-Aktio sea tunnel, Central Greece’s Aktio International Airport and the ports in Igoumenitsa (Ipeiros) and Patras (Peloponnese). On Lefkada you will find noteworthy sights, churches and monasteries, picturesque villages, lush vegetation, idyllic coves of turquoise waters, busy and secluded beaches of stunning beauty, a significant cultural heritage and hospitable locals.

Up until the 6th c. BC, Lefkada was part of the Akarnania coastline. It owes its name to Lefkata, the cape with the towering rugged white cliffs on the island’s southern tip. Lefkada has been inhabited since Neolithic times and flourished as a Corinthian colony. In 1204, after Constantinople’s occupation by the Franks, it became part of the Despotate of Epirus [Ipeiros]. Later on, the Turks, Venetians, French and British occupied the island. In 1864, it became part of Greece along with the other Ionian Islands.

Lefkada Town
Lefkada is the island’s capital and port town (population: approx. 8,000). It is linked to the coast of Central Greece via a floating swing bridge. The town planning includes picturesque alleys, small squares, traditional houses, elaborate belfries and paved pedestrian zones, according to the Medieval European urban planning style. Its historic centre has been built following the Venetian urban design plan, known as a “fish backbone” plan, unique in Greece and Europe and a fine example of excellent antiseismic construction. The city is surrounded by a canal and a lagoon, while, farther north, lies Gyra, a sandy beach that forms a fine circle, dotted with windmills and scant vegetation.

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