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.