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.