Exploring Lefkada on foot
Lefkada is most famous for its marvellous beaches and impressive turquoise sea. However, the hinterland, with its lush green valleys and rugged mountains dotted with picturesque villages, is also spectacular and most definitively worth a closer look.
There is no better way to explore the island than on foot. This allows you to enjoy the calming silence, marvel at the unspoilt nature and breathtaking views, and discover the hidden romantic ruins of monasteries and watermills. As you go, you may meet the locals with their donkeys and goats on their way to the fields. They will always be happy to stop for a chat and to give you advice on your route.
Here are some of our favourite walks
Skaron Forest: starting in the village of Kollivata, or from the road just before arriving there, a walk in the Skaron forest, known for its rare species of oak tree, is a complete immersion in nature. If you're feeling in the mood for something more challenging, you can continue all the way to the top of the mountain where you will have an amazing view over the mountain villages, the sea and many of the other Ionian Islands.
...enjoy the calming silence, marvel at the unspoilt nature and breathtaking views, and discover the hidden romantic ruins of monasteries and watermills.
Melissa Gorge: from the road between Kavalos and the memorial on the Lefkada to Karya road, the Melissa Gorge walk is for lovers of flora and fauna, much of which is unique to the area. Although peace and quiet reign today, the remains of water mills, bridges and other constructions are reminders of a livelier past.
Dimossari Gorge and the Rachi Waterfall: just a few kilometres outside Nydri one of our favourite walks takes you along a river shaded by plane trees and into the Dimossari Gorge. Following the rocky track past the Plane café, crossing the river on stepping stones and ascending the steps (though take care, as these can be slippery!) up the rock, you will soon come to Rachi Waterfall with its inviting pools of refreshing mountain water... perfect for a swim after a hot walk! The best time to see the waterfall is in Spring.
If you are interested in walking in the Ionian Islands, one of our Local Managers, Lida Out, has written a guide, "Lefkada on Foot" (Fagotto Books, ISBN 978-960-6685).