Lefkada

Ionian Islands

Lefkada combines thickly forested mountains, lush valleys and paradise beaches. From every corner of the island, you glimpse views that will stun you into silence. Despite all this, Lefkada for the most part, is not overly developed and attracts a more upmarket holidaymaker.

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The Pretty Good Guide

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  • where to eat
  • local beaches
  • to-do
  • phone numbers
  • important
  • transport to greece
  • transport in greece
  • boat hire

Pretty good recommendations

Minas Taverna

East coast of Lefkas island in Nikiana village, just 10 Km away from Lefkas town and 7 Km from Nidri.

Minas is a traditional family run fish restaurant operating since 1955, located on the East coast of Lefkas island in Nikiana village, just 10 Km away from Lefkas town and 7 Km from Nidri.
It is one of the most popular restaurants of the island, a “must visit" during your stay. It offers an exceptional culinary variety of fresh fish & seafood, vegetarian delicacies, pasta as well as grilled meat, in combination with a breathtaking view and good service. The staff will always welcome you with a smile and happily serve you, making sure your overall experience is unique and exceeds your expectations.

Tel: (+30) 2645 071480

www.minas-lefkada.gr

 

 

Ey Zhn Restaurant

On the back street off the main square of Lefkada Town

This great restaurant is situated in a back street off the main square. The menu offers a range of Mediterranean/ Asian/ European dishes. Here you will try something different. Greek fresh food with spices from all over the world.

Mob: (+30) 697 4641160

www.facebook.com/EY-ZHN-1976740092550572/

 

 

Rachi Restaurant

Exanthia Village

A nice restaurant with spectacular views on Exanthia village. Unfortunately here you cannot book. You will have to go and wait. Around 19.30 is the best time.

Tel: (+30) 2645 099439

www.rachi.gr
www.facebook.com/rachiexanthia/

 

 

The Yacht Bar

Sivota Bay

Located on the opposite side of the harbour to the other shops, tavernas etc. The Yacht Bar is a very pleasant place for a drink in the evenings.

Tel: (+30) 2645 031507

 

Breath of Zorba Taverna

Nikiana

Family tavern where you can sit at a table on the beach listening to the waves gently lap the shore and watch the moonlight reflecting off the mirror-like sea. Home made Greek specialities at a real Greek island setting.

Tel: (+30) 2645 071449

www.facebook.com/zorbaslefkada

 

 

V3 Cafe Bistro

Center of Zakynthos

Beautiful atmosphere, super cute staff, delicious food and spectacular cocktails. Here you can enjoy your breakfast or brunch. Not many choices for dinner, but delicious food. Here you will also find Sushi.

Tel: (+30) 2645 022882

www.facebook.com/v3cafebistro/

 

 

La Storia Restaurant

Agios Nikolaos (Port)

A traditional Greek restaurant which also hosts a Greek evening in the summer season on Friday nights and it is always fun. Great choice for lunch and dinner.

Tel: (+30) 2695 031635

www.facebook.com/pages/category/Restaurant/La-Storia-Family-Restaurant-291206084373670/

 

 

Spiridoula Taverna

Sivota Bay

Spiridoula and husband run this excellent taverna which specialises in fish. Her husband is one of the local fishermen. He also sells his catch from his boat every other morning when he returns from sea. You can also buy his fish (if he is not in his boat) directly from the fridge at the taverna

Tel: (+30) 2645 031182

www.facebook.com/pages/category/Seafood-Restaurant/Spiridoula-496876723726717/

 

Thymari Restaurant

Historical Center of Lefkada

A contemporary place in traditional Lefkada. Thymari is established in a traditional building of the historical center of Lefkada. It\'s guests are hosted in a cobblestone courtyard among dozens of flowers and fresh herbs. The location is ideal for a quiet and relaxing dinner.
Extra virgin olive oil, fresh vegetables, fresh meat and fish, are solely used in the preparation of the dishes. For frying, sunflower oil is being used. No canned products, commercial sauces, cooking powders or premade frozen products are being used, as well as microwave ovens. The pasta is fresh, handmade, daily prepared in our facilities. The sauces which accompany the meat dishes are made from beef bones without adding any other artificial substances.
The wine list is extensive and is consisted of labels by Greek and international winemakers. Many of our wines are offered by the glass with a Vinito wine dispenser or Coravin method.

Tel: (+30) 2645 022266

www.thymari-lefkada.gr
www.facebook.com/Thymari-lefkada-1420400521511908/

 

 

Monato Restaurant

Kathisma Beach

Monato restaurant is located at the Kathisma beach famous for its unique sunset. This is a sophisticated and modern decorated restaurant in complete harmony with its surroundings environment. It proposes dishes from the New Greek Cuisine building on the tradition and inspired by contemporary creative trends. Monato promises culinary delights and offers a very good price - quality ratio. Enjoy delicious dishes and a coffee or drink, accompanied by the spectacular views of the Ionian Sea at any time of day. The premises are offering sunbeds on the beach where drinks and meals can be served, parking, mini market (with newspapers, cigarettes, etc.), modern toilets, showers and changing rooms.

Tel: (+30) 2645 097094

www.facebook.com/monatorestaurant/
www.monato.gr

 

 

Seaside Restaurant

Geni

Seaside Restaurant: This restaurant is located in the area of Geni and has been widely recognised for its ocean view, excellent service and fantastic food.
Tel: (+30) 26450 95604.

www.seaside-lefkada.com/el/restaurant-ell/
www.facebook.com/seasidegenilefkas/

 

 

Agnantio Taverna

Sivota Bay

This is located above Sivota Bay. You need to drive up the steep hill out of Sivota. When you come to the junction at the very top, you turn right on the main road (towards Lefkas Town). After about 200 metres, you will see a pink taverna on your right hand side – this is Agnantio. It serves excellent traditional home cooking – pastitio, mousaka, stuffed vegetables and so on.

Tel: (+30) 2645 031696

www.agnadiorestaurant.gr/en/home
www.facebook.com/Αγναντιο-290044091200112/

 

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Pretty local beaches

Pretty good things to do

Diving

With so many outstanding bays, Lefkada is fabulous for snorkelling but also diving. Lefkas Diving Centre, Nikiana (courses for all levels, PADI specialties)
www.lefkasdivingcenter.gr

 

Windsurfing, Kite Surfing and Dinghy Sailing

Vasiliki and the Windmills (Myloi) on Lefkada is a mecca for watersports (about 10 mins drive away). The thermal winds on a summer\'s afteroon provide the perfect conditions for windsurfing, kite surfing and dinghy sailing. There are various watersports centres all along the coast at Vasilliki offering all kinds of water fun for children and adults alike.
http://www.milosbeach.gr
www.clubvass.com
www.windsurfvassiliki.com

 

Day Trip to Skorpios Island

From Nidri and Vasiliki, there are regular ferries as well as private boat trips. The southern part of Skorpios Island used to belong to the Onassis family has a lovely beach where cruise boats are permitted to anchor.

 

Day Trip to Fiskardo on Kefalonia Island

Fiskardo on Kefallonia has one of Greece\'s prettiest harbours lined with colourful neo-classical houses dripping with clashing bougainvillea.From Nidri and Vasiliki, there are regular ferries as well as private boat trips.

 

Day Trip to Ithaca Island

Ithaka, full of romance and charm, was said to be the home of Odysseus. Tickets can be purchased from the harbours of Nidri and Vasiliki.

 

Mountain Villages

Lefkada is not just about gorgeous beaches and turquoise sea. The island has densely forested mountains with lush and fertile valleys. There are some lovely mountain villages where the traditional life of the island still prevails. Amongst these are Vafkeri, Englouvi, Karia, Katouna and Premendinos.
Here we can arrange for you a day mountain trip with a jeep (“safari” trip)

 

Lefkada Town

The main town and marina of the island exude a wealthy atmosphere. The architecture is unusual - the majority of buildings were destroyed in a major earthquake and the brightly coloured new buildings have been constructed out of metal. There are plenty of beautiful shops, restaurants, bars and cafes to visit. In addition, the site of Ancient Lefkas is a short distance from the existing town, there is the fort and drawbridge that can be visited and some impressive caves. The moat and marshland on either side of the causeway offer spectacular views and dramatic skies.

 

Dimosari Gorge & Ronies Waterfalls

Spectacular scenery in an oasis of calmness, an easy walk through the gorge, ending up in a pool of fresh water. An easy walk through through the gorge, truly compensating experience.

 

Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni

Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, this 17th century monastery is one of the most famous on the island. From here, you will enjoy some panoramic views.

 

Alabaster Cave

The cave is situated 1.5 kms from Lefkas Town. Its alabaster-like stalagmites and stalagtites are impressive.

 

Venetian Castle of Agia Mavra

It is strategically located on the Lefkada Island besides the Drepanos channel within close distance to Hora, only 1.2km away and it can be seen from the entrance of the island. Apart from the castle, there is also a 17th Century church in this lovely, traditional spot on the island. The original building of the castle of Agia Mavra was constructed in 1300 by the Sicilian Ioannis Orsini with the main aim of protecting the new capital of the island, which was transferred on Lefkada from the town of Kaligoni and to defend the island from the pirates and other enemies.

 

Monastery of St George

Despite the fact that it is now ruined, it is the most remarkable architectural complex of Lefkada with a long historyIts iconostasis, created in 1724, is especially interesting, since it is a replica of the iconostasis of the temple of Saint Minas in the city.Apart from the monastery, here you will see fantastic sunsets over Meganisi, the largest of the nine satellite islands.

 

Pretty useful phone numbers

General

Pretty Greek Villas:
Tel: (+30) 2696 061414 or (+30) 211 780 3203

Taxi (Nidri):
Tel: (+30) 2645 092000

Taxi (Lefkada):
Tel: (+30) 2645 024600

 

Health

Hospital:
Tel: (+30) 2645 025371

Dr Metatasi & Dr Tzepelis:
Tel: (+30) 694 7039924 (located above Post Office in Nidri)

Health Centre, Vasiliki:
Tel: (+30) 2645 031065

 

 

Emergency

Emergency Call:
112

Police:
100

Fire:
199

Doctors SOS:
1016

Road Assistance:
10400 (ELPA)

 

Pretty important

Toilets

Greece sewerage operates on a septic tank which is the reason for the seas being so clean. However, this means that you CANNOT put any toilet paper, sanitary towels or baby nappies down the toilet. If you do, it can cause serious blockage requiring a plumber. Please remember to put all paper etc in the bin provided next to the toilet. We do not like to deduct from a security deposit but if the plumber is called and it is because paper has been put into the toilet during your stay, the cost of the repair will need to be deducted from your security deposit.

 

Suntan lotions

Some suntan lotions and oils contain a dye that leaves a permanent orange stain on towels, linens and pool liners. Please avoid using these suntan products because most villa owners will now request to deduct from the security deposit in order to replace items that have been dyed. When using the pool, please shower before entering.

 

Water

In this area the tap water is not drinkable. It is fine though for cooking and brushing teeth. Since water is scarce in the summer in Greece, please use only what you need.

 

Air-conditioning

If your villa has air-conditioning, please close all doors and windows when in use. Some villas have a system where if a door or window is left open, the air-con will not work so please check this first if you are experiencing problems.

 

Hot water

The hot water system for most villas is on an immersion system. This means you need to switch on the boiler for the water to be heated. The switch will be in the main electricity panel of the house and usually is turned on for your arrival. It is easy by mistake to turn this off during your stay, so if you find that you do not have hot water then please check the electricity panel first.

 

Dishwasher

Most villas will have a dishwasher. Please rinse plates before putting them inside. Some areas of Greece (such as Porto Heli) have a very high salt level in the water so dishwashers do not work very well and you may find that glasses and cutlery are smeared.

 

Umbrellas

Greece can be very windy so we would be very appreciative if you could close any sun umbrellas at the villa when windy to avoid them breaking or flying away.

 

Animals

All villas are situated in the countryside so if screen doors or shutters have been fitted please use them so that unwanted animals don’t get inside the house. The villas are all thoroughly cleaned before arrival but it is still possible that you may see the odd spider, mice, rat, scorpion, cockroach, snake or lizard inside. If you do and think it is a problem, please let us know so that we can deal with it straightaway. Wasps – it is impossible to know in advance whether wasps are going to be prevalent in a particular location or not. If you do find that wasps are a nuisance, burning Greek coffee on a plate seems to keep them away.

 

Siesta Time

For villas that are situated within villages and towns, the siesta hours are 14:30hrs – 17:30hrs. During this time, please try to make as little noise as possible.

 

Shop & Bank Opening Hours

Large chain supermarkets (such as AB, Galaxias, Carrefour) are open Monday to Saturday from around 08:30hrs – 20:45hrs. Closed on Sundays.
Most other shops are open as follows:
Monday: 08:03hrs – 13:30hrs
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs
Saturdays and Sundays: On most islands, shops are open 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs. However, in traditional places frequented mainly by Greeks you will find that shops will be open on Saturdays until 13:30hrs and closed on Sundays.
Banks vary but are generally open from 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs. Some banks stay open for an hour or two longer.
Bakeries and mini-markets tend to be open every day.

 

Taxis and Porters

Taxis, porters and car hire are not included in the price of your villa. Please settle up directly with your driver, porter or car hire representative. When departing from your villa, if you require a taxi or porter, please ring or email us 24-48hrs in advance to arrange.
If you pre-book a taxi and do not notify us to cancel it, we will deduct this from your security deposit. Please note that we need to receive the cancellation in writing 24 hrs at least before the time you have booked the taxi. For airport transfers, we need at least 1 month’s notice in July/August and at least 2 weeks notice in all other months so that your booking can be replaced.

 

Security

Greece is still generally a very safe country. However, when you are not at your villa please close windows and lock the doors.

 

Garbage

Please dispose of your garbage regularly because the high temperatures can attract vermin if left for too long. Unfortunately, very few areas of Greece have recycling so please put your rubbish in the nearest municipal bins (usually green). On Hydra, there are also lots of cats so please don’t leave rubbish bags outside.

 

Breakages

It is very rare for us to deduct money from a security deposit and we do not deduct money for the odd glass, cup or plate that might get broken. However, if you do happen to break or damage something please let us know.

 

Departure Time

At the end of your holiday, please vacate your villa by 10:00hrs unless we have agreed a later time with you. Please return keys to key box at end of stay.

 

Transport to greece

Preveza airport is the closest airport to Lefkada and is serviced by charter flights from the UK and various European airports.

Three good websites for flights from the UK are

www.travelsupermarket.com
www.flightcomparison.co.uk
www.charterflights.co.uk

A good UK flight agent is
Scott at Belgrave Travel on 01708 380357 or
Barry Lewis at Charter Flights on 02087 140 025 or
email him mailto:
barry@charterflights.co.uk

For non-UK flights, a good website is
www.edreams.com

 

There are two ways to get from Italy to Igoumenitsa:

Venice to Igoumenitsa
Ancona to Igoumenitsa

travel.viva.gr/en/ferries

The journey time from Igoumenitsa to Lefkada is approx. 2 hrs.
From the mainland, you cross onto the island via the causeway and bridge.

 

Three good websites for flights from the UK are

www.travelsupermarket.com
www.flightcomparison.co.uk
www.charterflights.co.uk
Easyjet also fly into Athens from various European airports:
www.easyjet.com

For non-UK flights, a good website is
www.edreams.com

Please contact one of the PGV team for advice about where to book flights.

 

There are three ways to get to Lefkada:

Fly to Preveza Airport direct.
Fly to Athens and drive to Lefkada.
Ferry to Igoumenitsa and drive to Lefkada.
 

 

Transport in greece

From Preveza airport to Lefkada

The representative from our preferred car hire company on Lefkada will meet you outside the Arrivals Hall of the airport between the exit doors and the taxi rank.

Guests travelling from outside the EU need an international driving licence and their normal domestic driving licence in order to hire a car in Greece.

Car Hire rates 2020 per week

Group

Car Type

01/4 - 16/5 21/52121/5

17/5 - 27/6

28/6 – 17/7

-

19/7 – 22/8

 

 

27/9 - 31/10

&

13/9 - 26/9

 &

 23/9 – 2/9

 

A

Fiat Panda A/C or similar

€140

€125

€235

€320

B

NISSAN Micra 1,2 A/C or similar

€170

€210

€260

€340

C

TOYOTA Yaris 1.4 A/C or similar

€195

€231

€280

€360

D

NISSAN Note 1.4 A/C or similar

€220

€245

€315

€400

F2

Toyota Yaris A/C, or similar

 

 

€230

€265

€350

€455

 

F3

Nissan Pulsar, A/C or similar Automatic

€280

€315

€420

€505

G

Seat Arona (SUV) or similar

€350

€380

€490

€630

J

Suzuki Vitara (SUV) A/C or similar

€385

€435

€560

€665

K

NISSAN Evalia, 1,6 A/C or similar, 7 seats

€385

€435

€560

€665

L

MERCEDES Vito, 2,2 A/C, 9 seats

€470

€525

€620

€700

 

Additional Information:
The above prices are weekly rates.
Prices include Third Party Liability with no excess; Collision Damage Waiver (CDW Insurance) with an excess of Euro 400-1000 depending upon the model of car – this can be reduced with extra insurance; Theft Protection; Personal Accident Insurance; Unlimited Mileage; 23% VAT and all local taxes; Pick-up and Drop-off at Preveza Airport; One additional driver; Baby seats & boosters – free of charge.

 

From Preveza airport to Lefkada

For villas that do not require car hire or where guests are arriving separately, Pretty Greek Villas can pre-book a taxi transfer on your behalf. Taxis are payable at the same time as the balance for your villa. The taxi driver will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall of the Airport holding a sign with your name on it.
If you cannot find the taxi driver,
please call our emergency number 0030 211 780 3203.

2020 Transfer prices from Preveza Airport to:

 

 

LOCATION

Taxi (1-4 passengers)

Minibus (5-7 passengers)

Minibus (8-15 passengers)

Aghios Nikitas 

€65

€105

€135

Lefkas Town

€45

€80

€110

Nidri & Katouna

€65

€105

€135

Sivota

€90

€145

€195

 

 

 

From Athens Airport to Lefkada

For villas that do not require car hire or where guests are arriving separately, Pretty Greek Villas can pre-book a taxi transfer on your behalf. Taxis are payable at the same time as the balance for your villa. The taxi driver will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall of Athens Airport holding a sign with your name on it. 
If you cannot find the taxi driver please call our emergency number 0030 211 780 3203.

2020 Taxi prices from Athens Airport are as follows:

Location

Taxi (1-4 passengers)

Minibus (5-7 passengers)

Minibus (8-15 passengers)

 

Aghios Nikitas

 

€595

 

€810

 

€960

 

Lefkas Town

 

€550

 

€765

 

€915

 

Nidri

 

€595

 

€810

 

€960

 

Sivota

 

€625

 

€840

 

€985

 

Vassiliki

 

€625

 

€840

 

€985

From Athens Airport to Lefkada

The drive from Athens airport to Lefkada takes approx. 5 hrs.

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Guests travelling from outside the EU need an international driving licence and their normal domestic driving licence in order to hire a car in Greece.

2020 Car Hire Rates per week 
(please add Euro 20 each way for pick up/drop off at Athens Airport)

 

Group

 

Car Type

 

1/4 – 31/5

 

1/6 – 30/6

 

11/7 – 25/8

 

26/8 – 30/9

 

1/10 – 31/3

 

A

 

 

NISSAN Pixo

 

€133

 

€213

 

€236

 

€173

 

€115

 

B

 

 

HYUNDAI i10

 

€150

 

€225

 

€248

 

€184

 

€127

 

C

 

 

NISSAN Micra

 

€156

 

€242

 

€265

 

€196

 

€133

 

CD

 

 

FIAT Panda

Diesel

 

€265

 

€322

 

€357

 

€276

 

€225

 

D

 

 

NISSAN Note

 

€207

 

€288

 

€317

 

€225

 

€156

 

DD

 

 

TOYOTA Yaris

Diesel

 

€294

 

€363

 

€403

 

€305

 

€253

 

DDD

 

 

FORD Focus

Diesel

 

€322

 

€391

 

€437

 

€345

 

€282

 

JD

 

 

FIAT 500X Diesel

 

€357

 

€414

 

€449

 

€391

 

€305

 

K

 

 

NISSAN TIIDA

 

€288

 

€368

 

€426

 

€310

 

€253

 

K1

 

AUDI A4

 

€322

 

€403

 

€449

 

€356

 

€294

 

KD

 

 

BMW 116 Diesel

 

€334

 

€460

 

€552

 

€403

 

€311

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group

 

Car Type

 

1/4 – 31/5

 

1/6 – 10/7

 

11/7 – 25/8

 

26/8 – 30/9

 

1/10 – 30/3

 

KDD

 

 

SKODA Octavia

Diesel

 

€425

 

€541

 

€610

 

€472

 

€397

 

HD

 

NISSAN Qashqai Diesel 2x4

 

€449

 

€575

 

€644

 

€483

 

€403

 

GM

 

 

SCODA Citigo Automatic

 

€230

 

€322

 

€357

 

€265

 

€196

 

G2

 

 

NISSAN TIIDA Automatic

 

€357

 

€495

 

€547

 

€414

 

€288

 

GD

Recommend boat hire

We can arange boat hire for any guests staying at our Fiskardo or Assos villas through our recommended Boat Hire companies

Please reserver your boat hire through the 'Manage Your Booking' section to our website. If you require your access codes, please contact one of the PGV team.
arrivals@prettygreekvillas.com.

Private Cruise with Skipper on Modern RIB

For the 2019 season, this cruise is bookable by private parties on any day of the week. The boat is a modern 29 foot Scorpion RIB. The skipper will take you to nearby islands and bays of your choice such as Fiskardo, Ithaca, Kalamos, Kastos, Meganisi and Porto Katsiki. The day lasts from 9am until about 6pm-7pm. Suitable for a maximum of 8 guests. The cost is Euro 400/day for the boat, skipper, soft drinks and snacks. Fuel is charged at the end of the trip at local fuel rates. A beach barbecue can be organized at Euro 15/person. To make a reservation, please complete the Special Requests box on your Arrival Form. 

Boat Hire on Sivota

Sivota Boat Hire is a small company with 9 boats for hire located in Sivota harbour.

Sivota Boat Hire Prices 2020:

Boat Type

Low Season/day

High Season/day

30 HP Standard

€60

€70

70 HP Standard *licence needed

 

€100

 

€120

 

Additional Information:
Low Season - May, June, July, September; High Season - August
Prices include Third party Insurance. The propeller and the underside of the boat are not covered.
Boats must be returned to the harbour by 18:00hrs.
Boats are charged on a daily basis excluding petrol. Petrol is paid extra on return and is charged at approx. €2/litre depending on local petrol prices.
Life jackets, sun canopy and sea charts of the area are supplied with the boat and instruction will be given upon collection.
 

 

Private Cruise with Skipper on Traditional Caique Boat

Enjoy a day out on a beautifully renovated, traditional wooden ‘Caique’ boat. The cruise can be booked for either a half day or full day. The skipper will take you to nearby islands and bays where you can also enjoy dolphin and turtle watching as well as lunch at an excellent taverna. The cruise can take up to 24 guests. For details and prices, please contact us through the Special Requests box on your Arrival Form.  

Boat Hire on Nidri

Trident Boats is located in Nidri and with around 20 boats for hire.

Nidri Boat Hire Prices 2020:

Boat Type - no licence required

Passengers

Price/day

25 HP wheel

6

€45

30 HP Standard

7

€50

30 HP Standard

8

€60

30 HP Deluxe

7

€80

30 HP Luxury

8

€80

 

 

 

 

Boat Type - licence required

Passengers

Price/day

60 HP

8

€110

90 HP RIB 4 stroke

8

€130

115 HP

7

€130

150 HP RIB

8

€150

 

Additional Information:
Prices include Third party Insurance. The propeller and the underside of the boat are not covered.
Boats must be returned to the harbour by 18:00hrs.
Boats are charged on a daily basis excluding petrol. Petrol is paid extra on return and is charged at approx. €2/litre depending on local petrol prices.
Life jackets, sun canopy and sea charts of the area are supplied with the boat and instruction will be given upon collection. Cool boxes are available upon request.