Known for its unspoilt, incredible beauty, warm, sandy white beaches, and beautiful stone-carved houses. Lefkada is one of the Ionian island, a Paradise on Earth.
Attracting thousands of beach lovers, windsurfers, kite surfers and people who love sailing around the many islands. Traveler’s from all around the world, have this gorgeous region at the top of their bucket list. For some, just swimming in its emerald-colored waters and exploring the depths, is the way to spend their vacation.
But that’s not the only thing Lefkada offers. Being home to some of the most exotic seascapes, it boasts colourful stone-house villages that have fish taverns by the sea. All the villages have their own charm and unique personalities. It is the perfect romantic escapade for newlyweds. Linked by Greek mythology to the goddess of love, Aphrodite.
History of Lefkada
The name ‘Lefkada’ originated from the Greek word Lefkas, referring to the white rocks that are a distinctive feature of the south part of the island.
Lefkada is in the Ionian Sea. Connected to the west coast of mainland Greece by a swing bridge, which makes access easy. According to Greek mythology, the poetess Sappho, jumped to the sea from these white rocks as she couldn’t endure the torture of her love for Phaon.
It was during the 7th century that the Corinthians had colonized the island and by 650 BC, the new town of Lefkas built a canal that would separate the mainland from Lefkada. During 650 BC, the island flourish and many of its cities bloomed.
The island also took part in the Persian wars, playing a significant role during all the battles. Other than this, it also took part in the Peloponnesian War.
Today, Lefkada is brimming with tourists interested in its rich history and vibrant nightlife. The English and Turkish occupation of Lefkada led to many writers and poets (Yakumo Koizumi also known as Lafcadio Hearn and Angelos Sikelianos) wrote about the conflicts and struggles of the Greeks.
The architectural heritage of Lefkada takes its roots from the Venetian period. Despite having suffered a massive earthquake in 1953, the island still has its cultural and architectural heritage sites reserved.
There are many hotels and museums that still have traditional Greek architecture preserved.
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