Though Lefkada is considered as a much more quiet and serene destination than other Ionian islands, like Corfu and Zakynthos, it actually offers a lot of Lefkada activities for fun and active holidays, close to nice accommodation options. Alternative and nature tourism is very popular, as Lefkada offers many possibilities for such activities.
All around the island there are amazing villages with stunning verdant landscape and trekking trails, ideally explored by hiking or biking. Renowned for its wonderful beaches with golden sand, crystalline waters and windy conditions, Lefkada is also ideal for windsurfing and kite surfing.
Windsurfing has become one of the most popular Lefkada activities in the last years. Lefkada is worldwide known for its international windsurfing competitions and excellent facilities. In the summer, part of the marvelous coastline of Lefkada gets affected by thermal winds, which make up the ideal conditions for windsurfing.
The two best spots for windsurfing on the island are Vassiliki and Agios Ioannis, both sandy beaches with turquoise waters and windsurfing schools and equipment stores. Vassiliki, located 38km south of Lefkada town, presents an extraordinary phenomenon with winds creating rough waves, perfect for all levels of windsurfing, during the afternoon. Agios Ioannis is found on the northern part of the island, near Lefkada town, and has equally exciting windsurfing conditions.
Lefkada kitesurf, being one of the favourite Lefkada activities of many locals and tourists alike, is mostly concentrated in the wonderful beach of Myloi next to Agios Ioannis. The beach enjoys fantastic winds and offers professional kite surfing equipment and lessons with experienced and awarded tutors.
Thermal winds blow steadily in high speeds, allowing surfers to perform high jumps and impressive maneuvers. Surfers from all over the world come every year to experience Lefkada kitesurf in this marvelous location with crystalline waters.
The variant green landscape of Lefkada, full of verdant hills and lovely gorges, is also perfect for mountain biking. Stay in one of the comfortable accommodation options in Lefkada Town, Nidri or Vassiliki, rent a mountain bike from the many bike rental agencies and start exploring the magnificent scenery and traditional villages around the island.
You can find many charming pathways through high mountains, green fields, springs, as well as canyons. There are also organized rides, starting from Nidri and Nikiana, as mountain biking is one of the most popular Lefkada activities.
Apart from mountain biking, an excellent way to explore the natural beauty of the island is by hiking. Follow one of the old footpaths and step into magical landscapes. Visit traditional villages and romantic, fairytale-like spots with breathtaking views, while exercising.
Most beautiful and popular routes include Melissas Gorge, Dimosari Canyon and Skaron forest, all three with flourishing greenery and wild beauty, constituting a very important part of the ecosystem of Lefkada. Near Lefkada town there are also nice walks around the Lagoon and through olive groves to the monastery of Faneromenis.