Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece (IV)

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Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece (IV)

Lefkada is a Greek Island in the Ionian Sea, on the west coast of Greece, which is linked to the mainland by a long road and a floating bridge. It has many beautiful beaches and amazing landscapes. This article series covers the best tourist objectives in Lefkada, Greece. Subscribe to our Blog and make sure you don’t miss any of our travel news & updates!

 

 

8. Asomaton Monastery

 

The monastery is located just outside the village of Vaukeri. To access the monastery, you drive through a beautiful route of wild nature. The establishment of the monastery is believed to be during the 16th century, and according to historian K. Mahairas, it was established way before 1681. In the past, it used to be one of the richest and most distinct monasteries of the island, experiencing great prosperity during the 18th century, during the Venetian rule, with 19 cells, much land and animals in its ownership. The ruins of the cells, the guest rooms, the storage spaces, the stables and the olive mills are samples of remarkable architecture and evidence of its great economic prosperity.

 

The initial temple was a small single spaced room with a saddle wooden roof that was completed by low cells. At the church’s ledger, significant frescoes created towards the end of the 16th century – beginning of the 17th century and that covered the entire surface, still survive.

 

 

9. Castle of Santa Maura

 

Built on a strip of land, the Castle of Agia Maura is the symbol of Lefkada and stands imposing on the island’s entrance. It is an exceptional example of defensive architecture of its time. It was built around 1300 by the Franc ruler Ioannis Orsini, who received Lefkada as dowry for his marriage to the daughter of the Despot of the Mainland  Nikiforos I.

 

The castle protected the capital of the island and was an important defense against pirates and other enemies from the beginning of the 14th century up until 1684. In 1479 it was conquered by the Turks who built a large arched bridge, with 360 arches that stretched across the lagoon, from the beach to Kalikani, supporting the pipes of the aqueduct that brought water to the castle. This project that characterized the entire region was destroyed by earthquakes. Some traces survive today under the lagoon’s water.

 

Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece (III)

6. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Valaoriti's Island Madouri

 

Madouri is located across Nydri. It belongs to the complex of Tilevoidi islands and the Prigkiponisia islands. The little island belongs to the Valaoritis family, who’ve built their mansion here. There is also a temple in Gothic style on the island, also property of the family. This is where Aristotelis Valaoritis grew up and lived and today the island of Madouri belongs to the poet’s great grandchild.

 

7. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Cape Lefkata

 

At Lefkada’s southern-most point is the Lefkada Cape. The cape is one of the most well known ancient rocks, probably the “White Rock” mention by Homer, as it consists of 60-meter high white cliffs that stand above the waves of the Ionian Sea. During the ancient era (1200 B.C.) it was the location where sacrifices took place to appease the gods and the Spirit of Tempest. In later years (400 B.C) they used convicts for sacrifices, to whom they gave the chance of salvation. Before throwing them on to the rock, they would tie birds and feathers around their bodies for a smoother landing. If the convict survived they would let him live.

 

Earlier cults were replaced by a temple of Apollo – well known throughout the ancient world. Apollo was also a god of the sea, protector of the seafarers and was believed to heal the body and soul. Every year, probably at the beginning of the spring, feasts would take place with people from all over Greece attending them. The leap to the rock is attributed to Apollo as a means against excruciating erotic passion. In the 6th century B.C. the tradition of leaping by those in love was widespread since it is mentioned in different verses by many ancient poets. This is commemorated by Sapfo, the great ancient female poet and it is from these verses that it is assumed that she also leaped to the Rock of Lefkada. The myth still lives on today and that is why it is known as Kavos tis Kyras, which mean the Cape of the Lady. Today there in nothing left of the temple of Apollo since in its location stands a lighthouse.

 

The lighthouse was built in 1890. It’s truly one of the most amazing tourist objectives in Lefkada, Greece. It is 14 meters tall and its visible height is 70 meters. In 1890 it functioned with oil, emitting a white light up until 1950, when it was destroyed by an earthquake and it was replaced by an automatic acetylene torch. In 1956 the lighthouse was restored and was fitted with new lighting equipment fueled by oil. From 1985 onwards it functions as a monitored electric lighthouse with a white flash every ten seconds and a brightness that is visible from 24 nautical miles away. It has a beautiful view of Kefalonia and Ithaki. Visiting it can overwhelm the visitor with awe and fear. The steep cliffs, the blue sea, the wind that blows up there allows the visitor to feel the aura of the place which the ancients chose as their place of worship, animal and human sacrifice. Choose to visit this place during sunset when the sun paints the cliffs in red. The experience is incredible.

Points of Interest in Greece

Greece has a number of popular cities and destinations that truly satisfy any traveler's tastes — be it those looking for history, beaches, wine tasting, medieval structures, nightlife or even archeological digs. It is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, with some major cities or points of interests to include, but not limited to the gems below:

 

Points of Interest in Greece: Athens

The country's largest, most influential metropolitan center, and also the capital city, Athens, is most known for the Parthenon. Athens was built in honor of the goddess, Athena. It is one of the world's oldest cities, with recorded history dating back nearly 3,400 years.

 

Points of Interest in Greece: Delphi

Delphi is home to the famous oracle of Apollo, which is a major archaeological site.

 

Points of Interest in Greece: Mykonos

Mykonos, often compared to Ibiza, touts a cosmopolitan lifestyle, sophisticated nightlife and picturesque villages — all adding to its allure.

 

Points of Interest in Greece: Thasos

Thasos is one of the smaller islands with a big reputation thanks — in part — to the treasures of its natural beauty, rich history, character and local color.

 

Points of Interest in Greece: Santorini

Santorini is a volcanic island known for its beautiful views, towns, and sunsets. With its popular black volcanic beaches and infamous Red Beach, Santorini offers picturesque views, eclectic cuisine, a bustling nightlife and excellent wines.

 

Points of Interest in Greece: Crete

Crete, the largest and most populated of the Greek islands, with a population of over 500,000 inhabitants, boasts the most temperate climate, and mountainous views; it’s no wonder this is the jewel of the Greek Islands tourism list.

 

With sites such as the Acropolis in Athens; Archaeological sites of Delphi, Olympia and Mystras; the medieval city of Rhodes; and Mount Athos, Greece is also home to approximately 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (8 tentative).

 

It’s a true paradise of endless possibilities!

Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece (II)

Lefkada is a Greek Island in the Ionian Sea, on the west coast of Greece, which is linked to the mainland by a long road and a floating bridge. It has many beautiful beaches and amazing landscapes. This article series covers the best tourist objectives in Lefkada, Greece. Subscribe to our Blog and make sure you don’t miss any of our travel news & updates!

 

4. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Ai Lias

 

Built at a height of 1.015 meters, above the village of Egklouvi, is the chapel of Ai Lias and it is the best location for a view of the whole Lefkada from above. 

The date that the chapel was built is carved on a stone above the chapel’s entrance:  1 May 1869. The floor was laid in 1890 as inscribed on one of the tiles. In 1879 a big earthquake struck and the chapel collapsed. It was rebuilt without a dome, but rather a tiled roof. A cistern is found outside the chapel, which is surprising at such a height.

 

 

5. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Archeological Museum of Lefkada

 

The Archaeological Museum of Lefkada is housed on the ground floor of the Town Hall along with the Cultural Centre. It is small but very significant. Its remarkable collection of findings, photographs and the information that accompany them give the visitor an idea of the dynamics of the region, the changes it suffered, which determined its economy, the relations amongst the different regions and the inhabitants’ activities during ancient times. An important section of the exhibits has been derived from the excavations carried out by the archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld who used innovative methods and interdisciplinary ways of searching the island for evidence to substantiate his theory that Lefkada was Homer΄s Ithaca. The exhibits of the Museum cover a long time period, from the Paleolithic Period all the way through to the Roman Period. They have been found in different locations of the island, such as in the ancient capital Niriko and the surrounding regions, in the caves of Heirospilia (in Eugiro, a village in the south of island), in Asvotrypa  (in the village of Fryni – a suburb of the town), in Heirotrypa (an area of Apolpaina village), in the cave of the Nymphs in Agia Kyriaki, in Mpoliatsos Cave (in the central and highland mainland), in the burial mounds (Early and Middle Bronze Age), in Nydri, in the graveyards of the ancient town of Lefkada, in the Skaroi Mountain, in Meganisi  etc.

 

The Museum, which is considered one of the most important tourist objectives in Lefkada, Greece, is housed in the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Lefkada (A. Sikelianou & N. Svoronou). The findings appear to cover a large time period that begins from the middle of the Paleolithic Age (200.000 – 35.000 B.C.) up to the later Roman Period. The museum exhibits the finds from the excavations of German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld, in a separate space, who developed the theory that Lefkada was Ithaca in Homer’s poems. The museum houses tools, ceramics, brass items, jewelry and grave gifts mainly from ancient Niriko, Nydri, Hoirospilia in Eugiro and the cave of Fryni.

Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece (I)

Lefkada is a Greek Island in the Ionian Sea, on the west coast of Greece, which is linked to the mainland by a long road and a floating bridge. It has many beautiful beaches and amazing landscapes. This article series covers the best tourist objectives in Lefkada, Greece. Subscribe to our Blog and make sure you don’t miss any of our travel news & updates!

 

1. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Agia Kyriaki

 

If you go beyond Nydri Beach and look towards the sea, what will surely catch your eye is the chapel of Agia Kyriaki. According to an inscription found inside the church, “the holy temple was built in 1906 and is the property of Kakonas”.  Right next to the building there’s a staircase leading to a cave at about 3-4 meters height. Many icons were found inside. You can reach the chapel by sea, or by land. Specifically, just outside Vlyho, there’s a road leading to Geni and Desimi, which at some point branches out and if followed towards the left leads to the chapel. The road is tarmac up to a certain point and can be accessed by car, but the last 200 meters before reaching the chapel turn into a very narrow footpath. A local festival is organized every year on the 6th and 7th of July, at Vlyho, a region across the chapel, next to Nydri.

 

 

2. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Agioi Pateres

 

The monastery stands for centuries on a rocky landscape, 5 kilometers above Nikiana, towards Alexandros, inside a cave, close to the region of Skara. It is one of the oldest Christian temples found on the island. Church sources state that the Three Fathers who came to the island after the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, Bithynia, 325 A.D. became monks here and took shelter in the cave. They taught the Gospel until the end of their lives. Their graves were found in a neighboring cave, where the simple chapel of Hermitage that was built in their honor.

 

 

3. Tourist Objectives in Lefkada, Greece: Agios Donatos

 

Above the village of Egklouvi, at a height of about 900 meters, lies a church that was initially dedicated to Agios Dometios. When renovating it in 1980, the locals dedicated it to Agios Donatos, the Episcope of Lefkada from 284 A.D., who, according to the legend, fell off a tower during the persecutions against the Christians. The remains of this tower can be found a few meters away from the church. Agios Dometios is celebrated on August 7.

Most Beautiful Beaches in Lefkada, Greece (II)

It’s difficult to say which is the best beach in Greece. Which is the best for kids? Which is the best for swimming? Which is the best for partying? You don’t have to go through all that any more. Cheap Travel Hunter helps you decide where to go. Follow our series of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada, Greece:

 

6. Ammoussa

Ammoussa Beach is very close to Vasiliki. You can reach it by diverting off the main road, at the village of Marantohori. It is a small, pebbled beach, which has a tavern, a café and accommodation.

 

7. Atherinos

The Atherinos Fjords is one of the most popular mooring sites for yachts, because the waters here are like a swimming pool. You can reach it by car from Katomeri (1km), or from Vathy (2km). The beach of Fanari at the Atherinos Cape is one of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada, Greece and offers canteen facilities.

 

8. Desimi

Located within a bay on the external side of the Vlyhos peninsula, Desimi is only 5km away from Nydri. It’s a small, pebbled beach, ideal for canoeing. There are many caves along its shores, which you can explore. Desimi also has two campsites nearby.

 

9. Egremni

Egremni is probably the most amazing beach in Lefkada. Insanely wide and with a stunning landscape, it is located 30km away from the Centre of Lefkada. It’s large, sandy and surrounded by steep cliffs, hence its name Egremni, meaning ‘Cliffs’. The scenery reminds visitors of the Caribbean, since the waters have a light turquoise color and are crystal clear. There is a canteen just after the parking lot and another one on the beach, right after you go down the steps. You may rent out sun beds and umbrellas, although the cliffs surrounding the beach offer plenty of shade most of the day. Access to the beach requires going down 350 steps. Alternatively, you can reach Egremni with a tourist boat departing either from Vasiliki or Nydri. Nevertheless, if you have decided to come to the beach, the scenery and the waters will reward you. Once you’ve got here, there’s no excuse to miss the sunset!

 

10. Gialos

The beach of Gialos is on the west side of the island, at short walking distance from Egremni. It’s an endless beach and a favorite for campers. It’s at least 3km long, probably the longest, and definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada. The rocky, wild scenery in combination with the blue sea offer a unique surrounding environment. Even though access to the beach is not easy since the road is narrow and winding, the natural beauty will reward you. The beach has a canteen and a tavern.

Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites (II)

A World Heritage Site could be a lake, a forest, an island, a monument or a city, recognized for its symbolic role in history, and which today is a famous tourist attraction.

 

As of 2013, UNESCO has a total of 981 sites: 759 cultural sites, 193 natural sites and 29 mixed sites, scattered across 160 countries.

 

Today we conclude our series of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites with 5 more amazing attractions:

 

6. Mont Saint-Michel, France

Mont Saint-Michel is a 78-meter-high granite cliff in the Gulf of Saint Malo, France. The site consists of a fortified village and a monastery (built from the 8th century until the early 19th century). It played an important role in the history of France, being the only place that could not be conquered by the British armies during the "100-year War". It currently is one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the most visited tourist attraction in France.

 

7. Petra, Jordan

Petra is an archaeological and historical city in southern Jordan, well known for its stone architecture and water piping system. The estimated date for the construction of this town is 312 B.C., Petra joining the list of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1985.

 

8. The pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The pyramids of Giza are among the best-known pyramids of antiquity, which were considered among the seven wonders of the ancient world. The pyramids are located to the West of the Nile Valley, at about 8 km Southwest of the city of Giza and 18 km from Cairo, the capital of Egypt.

 

9. The Acropolis in Athens, Greece

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient Greek fortress situated above the city, and the most famous Acropolis. Among the buildings that attract the most tourists at this site, we must mention the Parthenon.

 

10. Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya or "Lion Rock" was briefly the capital of Medieval Sri Lanka. The city is built of massive stone and its interior is decorated with frescoes illustrating, what according to the myths, would have been the King's harem. Sigiriya in Sri Lanka is definitely one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites.

 

Best Places to Eat in Athens, Greece

Eating, in particular “going eating”, is regarded as a social event in Greece. The focus is more on communication rather than eating. Dishes are never ordered for one person only. All ordered dishes are placed in the middle of the table and each person takes what they fancy. In this article we will discuss about the best places to eat in Athens, Greece.

 

Also when paying everything is paid together, separate bills are not usual in Greece and are jokingly referred to as “paying the German way”.

 

People eating late, before 10 pm you will only find full bars in the tourist restaurants in the Plaka, which have adapted to reflect the customs of their foreign guests.

 

There are few possibilities to eat foreign food in Athens, but the diversity of Greek cuisine more than makes up for it. It should, however, be remembered that in Greece the meals are usually served lukewarm. If you would like your food hot, you must say so when ordering.

 

For the not-so-hungry, Ouzo bars are recommended, in which snacks are served with Ouzo or Metzedopolia – these are bars, similar to the Spanish tapas bars, in which the guest has the ordeal of choosing between up to 100 appetizers. Keep reading to discover the best places to eat in Athens, Greece:

 

1. Balthazar (Gourmet restaurant)

The restaurant is located in a neoclassical building. The interior design has been completely modernized. It serves international gourmet cuisine.

 

2. Platanos (Regional restaurant)

Long-established tavern with good food at sensible prices.

 

3.Avissinia (Regional restaurant)

Guests are served typical northern Greek dishes here. It’s worth visiting on Sunday evenings as normally on Sundays the entire restaurant sings along with the live music.

 

4. Kouzina Cine Psirri (International restaurant)

The terrace of this restaurant turn into an outdoor cinema during the summer where you can watch motion pictures. And during the winter there is live music here every Sunday.

 

5. Strofi (Regional restaurant)

The restaurant Strofi serves good traditional Greek cuisine at affordable prices. You will have a glorious view of the Parthenon from the roof terrace, here at one of the best places to eat in Athens, Greece.

 

6. Tzitzikas kai o mermingas (Regional restaurant)

The restaurant is not in the town center but in the district of Halandri. The menu is only in Greek. If anything is unclear, you can take a look in the kitchen and select your food right there.

 

7. Eden (Regional restaurant)

Eden was the first vegetarian restaurant in Athens. It is located in a stylish, restored building. The restaurant attracts a mixed crowd. The products used are organic.

 

8. Amaltheia (Café)

This coffee house is a great place to hang out, especially on cooler days. Warm yourself by the fireplace and enjoy a crepe from the generous menu.

 

9. Café Melina (Café)

This café is dedicated to the diva Melina Mercouris. The actress and singer is omnipresent in photographs and film posters.

 

10. Psara’s Taverna (Regional restaurant)

One of the oldest taverns in the city and best places to eat in Athens, Greece, is located in the Plaka. You can try a variety of delicious seafood dishes in “Psara’s Taverna”. The atmosphere and service are excellent.

Most Beautiful Beaches in Lefkada, Greece (I)

Lefkada is one of the Ionian Islands situated on the west coast of Greece. Meaning “White”, Lefkada takes its name from the white rock cliffs on the south of the island. It has many amazingly beautiful beaches, some of which are famous throughout Greece, Europe, and the world. Today, we start our series of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada:

 

1. Agiofili

Agiofili is a breathtaking beach. It’s located on the northeast side of Lefkada Island, in a picturesque little bay, nearby the village of Vasiliki. Its waters are blue-green and crystal clear. To get there, you can take a small boat from Vasiliki or follow the bumpy dirt road that starts somewhere in the southeast side of the village. Your trip will definitely be worthwhile because this is one of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada.

 

2. Agios Nikitas

The beach of Agios Nikitas resides in the village with the same name, 12 km northwest from the town of Lefkada. It’s very small in length, with majestic turquoise waters and white sand, being a complex and unique beauty. This beach is surrounded with bars, cafes and fish taverns, offering the opportunity to accompany your swim with a great tasty meal.

 

3. Ai Giannis (Meganisi)

You can reach the shore of Ai Giannis from Spartohori, by car. There are many olive trees and bushes along the beach, which offer shade and great comfort during hot summer days. The small Monastery of St. John the Baptist is located 3 km from here and looks out on Lefkada, across the waters. On 24th of July, there’s a festival that takes place by the sea, very interesting for tourists visiting the island.

 

4. Ai Giannis (Miloi)

The beach of Ai Giannis is one of the closest beaches to the town of Lefkada. It‘s just 3 km away from the town and it’s one of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada. Ai Giannis is a long beach, with turquoise water and strong winds. This is where the classic windmills of Lefkada stand, creating a magnificent scenery. Every summer, the beach of Ai Giannis is a meeting spot for top Windsurfing and Kite surfing league. The surrounding area provides surf lovers with specially designed accommodation to cater for their needs, cafes and windsurfing clubs.

 

5. Ammoglossa

As indicated by its name, Ammoglossa (sandy tongue) it is a strip of sandy land that extends into the sea. It is located north of the island and visitors can admire it when arriving from the continent. Ammoglossa is a marvelous beach, which has deep blue and crystal clear waters on one side and a natural lagoon great for swimming and exploring on the other side.