Visiting Lefkada Town On The Island Of Lefkas, Greece

Lefkada Town profile
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Email

Disclosure: This article may contain links to products or services (including Amazon) that pay me a small commission. This is at no extra cost to you.

With its old town, marina, and many restaurants, Lefkada Town is an essential destination for visitors to the Greek island of Lefkas. It is also an easy day trip from Preveza on the Greek mainland.

Why Spend A Day In Lefkada Town?

Lefkada Town is the main town of the island of Lefkas (also known as Lefkada). It is in the far northeast of the island, connected to the Greek mainland by a long causeway. This means that it is equally accessible to those visiting the mainland region of Epirus as to holidaymakers on Lefkas.

Harbour full of boats with tall masts. There are hills behind the boats
The harbour is full of boats

The town has ancient origins but most of what you see today has its roots in the Middle Ages, when the area was under the control of the Venetians. It is full of narrow alleyways and colourful houses, with numerous bars and restaurants. A promenade beside the busy marina is lined with cafés, and you can walk across the causeway to reach a historic castle.

The Old Town Of Lefkada

Although at first sight the narrow streets and stone houses seem typically Greek, look closer and you’ll note some distinguishing features. The bright colours, particularly on the main roads, recall the Venetian era. And some of the more modern houses have been built with wooden frames and covered with sheets of metal, in an attempt to absorb the impact of frequent earth tremors.

Narrow street of Lefkada Town, with old stone houses, some painted in different colours. There are chairs and bicycles outside some of the houses
A narrow street in the old town

Walk up to the central square, surrounded by cafés and restaurants, and stop to look at the 17th century Church of St Spyridon. You might also visit one of the town’s several small museums – particularly recommended are the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Phonographs.

Lefkada Lagoon And Causeway

A walk along the causeway is an activity in its own right. It crosses the Lefkada Lagoon, an internationally protected wetland. At certain times of year the lagoon is home to a variety of birdlife, including pelicans and little egrets. Peer down to the mud below the road and you will spot a vast range of small fish, plants, and other marine organisms.

Shallow water of a lagoon. Land is jutting out into the water, covered with different plants. In the background are houses and hills
The lagoon is teeming with plants and wildlife

About halfway along the causeway you come to a long spit of land that forms the edge of the lagoon and the northernmost part of the island of Lefkas. Here the road is connected to the land by a floating bridge, which swings around to let yachts and large boats through.

The Castle Of Santa Maura

Immediately on the other side of the floating bridge is the remains of the Castle of Santa Maura (or Agia Mavra). This was built around 1300 by a Sicilian count to control access to the island. The castle was later occupied by the Venetians, Ottomans and French (amongst others). It was substantially destroyed during the Second World War.

Today you can walk around the ruins of the fortress and enjoy the sea views. The outer walls and ramparts are well preserved, and parts of the buildings – including the 20th century garrison – are still standing. You can also visit the small church of Agia Mavra, which remains in use.

Ruins of a medieval castle surrounded by grass. There are trees and hills in the background
The ruins of Santa Maura Castle

How To Visit Lefkada Town

  • If you are staying on Lefkas, the main road around the island connects the coastal resorts to Lefkada Town.
  • From the mainland Lefkada Town is 28 km from Preveza. Preveza is served by an international airport.
  • Buses run between Lefkada Town and the tourist towns around the coast. There are also bus services to the mainland and the airport. The journeys are inexpensive but note that you need cash to purchase a bus ticket.
  • You may wish to consider hiring a car but be aware that parking is limited.
  • There are lots of shops and places to eat and drink in the old town and along the coastal promenade.
  • If you are planning a longer stay in Lefkada Town have a look at the accommodation options on booking.com.

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Pinterest

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

About WorldWideWriter

Picture of the author

WorldWideWriter is owned and managed by Karen Warren.

I have been writing and travelling for many years (almost 70 countries at the last count), and I’ve visited every continent except Antarctica. This website is my attempt to inform and inspire other travellers, and to share some of the things I’ve discovered along the way. Read more…

FOLLOW ME

Want a regular dose of inspiration and information from WorldWideWriter?

Sign up to our mailing list now!

Buy Me A Coffee