Greek Islands Guide

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Lefkas, one of the Ionian group of islands, is connected to the mainland of Greece by a swing-bridge. Lefkas only became an island in 600 B.C. when the Corinthians cut a canal through sandbanks so severing it from the mainland.

The easy access from the mainland, plus the islands close proximity to the airport at Preveza, can reduce travelling time to the island considerably. Close by lies the island of Scorpios, famous for its connection to the Onassis family.

Lefkas town is located at the northernmost tip of the island. It suffered damage from earthquakes in 1948, 1953 and 1971. In an attempt to limit any damage from further earthquakes, many of the buildings upper storeys are constructed from corrugated iron. The streets of the town are kept free from traffic, so the town has a quiet village-like atmosphere. There is an attractive main square and a number of richly decorated Venetian churches.

Nidri is the Islands' main tourist resort, and is located about half way between Lefkas Town and Vassiliki. Situated on the East Coast of Lefkas, Nidri has its own small ferry port with ferries to Kefalonia, Ithaca and Meganissi. The village has a good selection of bars and tavernas to suit all tastes. The beaches are mainly pebble and shingle, although sand has been added in areas.

The village of Vassiliki despite the earthquakes, still retain a lot of it's older buildings. It has a pleasant harbour area lined with pavement cafes and tavernas. The harbour is a popular with yachts and flotillas as a stopping off point. There is no bank, but there is an ATM and money can easily be exchanged in the local travel agencies. The beach is mainly pebble and shingle, and gently shelves into the water. The village is one of the most popular windsurfing centres in Greece.

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