Lefkada Town is located on the north-eastern part of the island and is its capital town. It is connected to the mainland of Greece by a narrow channel, so the island is accessible by car. A truly remarkable place, full of amazing combinations of old and new, Lefkada Town is best explored via walking. Just a short stroll from the centre of this picturesque town is our lovely hotel.
Lefkada Town is highly tourist developed, but retains several traditional traits, such as many beautiful old churches, museums and worth visiting sights. A walk around Lefkada Town will take you to the most important landmarks of this little place, offering a unique experience.
Starting the walk from the entrance of Lefkada Town, at the port of the island, and going to the right, you get to Gyra. This is a very pleasant walk, as it passes through the western part of the famous lagoon of Lefkada Town, a magnificent sea park, home to rare seabird species. The view remains fantastic throughout the entire walk around Gyra, which measures 7km.
Another pleasurable way to stroll around Gyra, which is located very close to our Lefkada hotel, is by taking the road leading to the fort of Agia Mavra, while passing by some of the highlights of the island. First comes the historical building of Lefkadas Wine Production Cooperative and then the best part of Gyra, a thin strip of land with abundant greenery and beautiful wild white lilies.
The road then leads to the church of Panagia tis Gyras, built according to the typical western style, with excellent iconography and the marble gravestones of many eminent Lefkada citizens, such as the poet Angelos Sikelianos.
Next on the way are the old church of Agios Ioannis Antzoussis and the beach of Agios Ioannis. This is a lovely beach with fine white sand and pristine waters. In summer, it gets crowded by surfers from all over the world. The beach has perfect conditions for the practice of water sports, especially windsurfing and kite, so it is a heaven for surfing enthusiasts and professionals.
As a backdrop to Agios Ioannis beach stand four impressive windmills. This spot is famous, as it was the place, where Napoleons army was defeated by the Greek and British troops on March 9th, 1810.
Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni
Returning from Gyra, take Pefaneromenis Avenue from Lefkada Town and have a delightful walk until you reach Kouzounteli area. A panorama of the Venetian olive grove and the sea awaits you there. Walking uphill the same road, past the village of Fryni with panoramic views, visitors reach the great Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni, the patron saint of the island.
The monastery is relatively new, built in the 19th century in Zakynthian style, and hosts an amazing iconostasis, created by the painter Eustathios Prosalentis. Again here you can enjoy the stunning sea and inland views, extending from the lagoons to the Ionian Sea and the mountains of Epirus in mainland Greece.
Castle of Agia Mavra
The final part of this educational walk around Lefkada Town is the fort of Agia Mavra, an imposing Medieval fortress, used in the past as a promontory protecting the town from enemy attacks. The castle, surrounded from all sides by water, seems to have been constructed on a separate island. Inside the fortress there is the famous church of Agia Mavra, which is still well preserved.