Lefkada (Leucas, Leucadia, Lefkas or Leukas), is a Greek island located in the Ionian Sea on Greece's west coast, connected to mainland by long causeway and floating bridge. Lefkada is the principal town of the isle and seat of the municipality. It is situated on Lefkada Island's northern part, 1 hour away (by automobile) from Aktion National Airport. Lefkada Island is part of the regional Lefkada unit. In 2011, Lefkada municipality, which covers Lefkada Island and the smaller islands Kalamos and Kastos, had 22,650 inhabitants on a total area of 335.8 km2 (129.7 ml2).
Lefkada measures 22 miles (35 kilometres) from north to south, and 9 miles (15 kilometres) from east to west. Its highest point is Stavrota mountain, 1,158 m (3,799 ft) above sea level, located in the middle of the isle. The east coast section of Lefkada Island has small resorts of Nikiana, Perigiali and Lygia, all north of Nidri, the biggest resort on the island.
12 miles (20 kilometres) south of Nidri is the resort Vasiliki, which is a popular windsurfing center. There are ferries to Ithaca and Kefalonia from Vasiliki. South of Vasiliki is situated Cape Lefkada, where Sappho, famous Greek female poet, allegedly leapt to her death from 30-meter high cliffs.
The famous Porto Katsiki beach is located on the west coast of Lefkada Island. The island was attached to mainland Greece. In the 7th century BC the Corinthians dug a trench on its isthmus.
The first museum, situated in Europe, for Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904, known also by his Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo, was an international writer famous for his books about Japan, born on the island and named after it), was inaugurated on July 4, 2014 in Lefkada, as Lafcadio Hearn Historical Center. The museum contains rare books, early editions and Japanese collectibles.
Highlights: Santa Mavra Fortress, Agios Nikitas, Kalimitsi, Agios Petros, Nydri
Lefkada Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Lefkada Island dock (anchor) at Nydri - port town on the eastern coast.
Port Lefkada Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Lefkada Island, Greece. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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