Here's our guide to sports and recreation on Lefkada. There's something for everyone!
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Many consider Lefkada to be a wind surfing paradise. The calm, shallow bays, the excellent weather conditions and the beautiful coastline make it one of the best places in the Mediterranean for beginners and experts alike.
In the south of the island is the famous windsurfing spot of Vasiliki, whose beach slopes down very gradually making it ideal for beginners. Further out to sea, more advanced windsurfers will get their fill of thrills! You can organise lessons, or simply hire equipment.
Contact: Club Vass (Vasiliki), tel. +30 26450 31588
NB If you're a client of The Thinking Traveller and would like to have private or group tuition for wind surfing or stand up paddle boarding, let us arrange it for you - click here for more info.
The clear blue waters of the Ionian are the ideal spot for a diving experience. Certified divers can try one of the guided dives, while those who are new to scuba diving (including children) can choose from a range of courses to start experiencing all the watery wonders that 70% of our planet holds.
Contact: Nautilus dive centre (Vasiliki/Nidri), tel. +30 6936181775, www.underwater.gr
NB If you're a client of The Thinking Traveller and would like to do a PADI Open Water Course, let us arrange it for you - click here for more info.
Pirate ship adventures (for children!)
Explore the sea with the Odysseia, an ancient Greek warship. Captain Jerry will take you to a big cave for some pirate swimming. Then, as the beach lunch is being prepared you can go snorkelling around the boat to search for water creatures. In the afternoon, when the wind picks up, you can help the captain hoisting the sails. After all this hard work the captain likes to do a spot of Greek dancing with the crew.
Contact: Odysseia, tel. +30 6932310975, www.odysseia-lefkada.eu
Other watery fun
The calm waters off the coast of Nidri on Lefkada offer the perfect conditions for all kinds of fun watersports activities including the following: water skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, banana boats, rubber ring and crazy sofa rides and canoe rental.
Contact: Dennis Watersports (Nidri), tel. +30 6932154625
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Whether you fancy a picturesque sunset ride on the beach or trekking along Lefkada's beautiful mountain tracks, there's a great variety of equestrian adventures on the islands for you. The breed of horse you will ride is the beautiful Greek Aravani, whose smooth and sure-footed gait will ensure you have a comfortable excursion.
Here's a few options provided by Aramis Farm to choose from:
Sunset beach riding
After leaving the farm in Apolpena and passing the lagoon, you will reach the beach of Agios Iannis in time for the beautiful sunset.
Time (approx.): 2hrs 15min
Wild nature riding
You will head up to the deep canyon of Mellissa, along mountain paths, through pine woods, over ravines and past old water mills and streams.
Time (approx.): 3hrs (not available in July and August)
Basic horse riding
A short ride in the riding pen or through the village and olive groves, ideal for those with little experience.
Time (approx.): ½hr or 1hr
Rides for children
A memorable first experience for little ones!
Time (approx.): 15min
Contact: Aramis Farm (near Lefkada Town), tel. +30 6938816164
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Mountain biking and cycling
Whether you want a gentle family ride around the olive groves taking in local villages, waterfalls and churches or prefer something more vigorous that will take you up to one of the highest points on the island, there is a wonderful variety of mountain biking and cycling opportunities on Lefkada. Over 70% of the island is mountainous, providing a playground of tracks and trails for keen mountain bikers. A biking destination that is as yet relatively unexplored, Lefkada is truly a hidden gem.
If you want a guide (something we recommend if you want to get the most out of the experience) contact Get Active who know the island as well as anyone and can tailor rides to suit your needs. They also have all the necessary equipment available (helmets, gloves, etc.) and an excellent selection of bikes, such as the 2012 Specialized Rockhopper hardtail mountain bike, built for cruising roads and slicing through single tracks. Fitted with hydraulic disc brakes and 27 gears, it will help you get anywhere.
Contact: Get Active (Nidri), tel. +30 6989456445 - www.getactivelefkas.com