LEFKADA, the Ionian Mecca for wind surfing, possesses a low-key easy charm, often passed over for the more publicised merits of nearby Corfu and Zakynthos.
On the plus side, media ambivalence has shielded Lefkada from rampant over-development; while its unique location, practically kissing the western mainland and accessible by car via a short bridge, has made it the perfect weekend getaway for Athenians escaping the capital’s concrete contours.
Culture isn’t a strongly-marketed asset (especially in Nidri’s “golden mile” strip of sports bars and taverna touts). Instead, Lefkada’s narrative is one of hidden bays tucked between precipitous limestone cliffs, empty winding roads, enchanting micro-villages and dizzying views. Sand to the west, pebbles to the east. Lefkada’s most celebrated beach, Porto Katsiki, with its curvacious boulders and surreal peacock-coloured waters is frequently listed among the planet’s most stunning.