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Best Things to do in Lefkada: Sports activities adventures & tours

Best Things to do in Lefkada: Spots activities adventures & tours - Tripatricks

The best things to do in Lefkada are vital for your holiday here.

Lefkada, the fourth largest island in the Ionian Sea, it combines hospitality, tourism, adventure as well as impeccable elements of mainland Greece, with the beauties of an island.

Lefkada island, is an attraction of hundreds of thousands of tourists each year, due to its connection with the mainland's coasts through the floating bridge.

Lefkada has all the elements that will make your summer holidays unforgettable!

The sights of the island are countless, as well as the places you should definitely visit. We recommend the 10 things you should not miss out on this beautiful island.

Things to do in Lefkada: Spots and activities not to miss out here - Tripatricks

 

1. A walk in the city of Lefkada is one of the best things to do on the island. It is at the same time the port of the island and has a special urban web, reminiscent of "fishbowl".

Walk in the beautiful alleys, which will lead you to small squares and observe the traditional houses, the elaborate bell towers and the paved footpaths and the colorful small buildings and bars.

Things to do in Lefkada: A walk in the city of Lefkada Spots and activities not to miss out here - Tripatricks

 

2. The fortress of Aghia Mavra is at the entrance of the city and was built in 1300 by Sicilus Ioannis Orsini in order to repel the pirates.

Today it hosts the Logos and Art Festivals.

Things to do in Lefkada: The fortress of Aghia Mavra Spots and activities not to miss out here - Tripatricks

 

3. Visit the lagoon, which is one of the most valuable wetlands in the Ionian Sea. It is protected by the Ramsar International Convention, being considered a wetland of international importance and is a place that will impress you.

The area operates a perennial fish farm.

Things to do in Lefkada: Visit the lagoon Spots and activities not to miss out here - Tripatricks

 

4. Visit Angelos Sikelianos museum. The house where Angelos Sikelianos was born and raised, it has been recently renovated and redesigned to a small and modern museum.

The belongings of Sikelianos and his previous wives, the original copies of his poems and his documents as well as the sounds and the visuals within this museum will travel you into time, and will also educate you during your visit in Lefkada.

Things to do in Lefkada: Visit Angelos Sikelianos Museum Spots and activities not to miss out here - Tripatricks

 

5. Take your bike and explore the island. Especially the city of Lefkada and its nearby beaches or the mountainous part of the island are all some ideal areas for cyclists.

Ask the locals for the best routes, take water and a hat with you and get ready for rectangles.

Things to do in Lefkada: Take your bike and explore the island Spots and activities not to miss out here - Tripatricks

 

6. Nydri is considered to be the largest tourist resort on the island. It is ideal for diving and water sports, while there is also the pulse of the nightlife of the island.

From his harbor commute ships for Meganisi, Ithaca, Kefalonia and Sterea Hellas as well as private cruises and private boat tours.

Things to do in Lefkada: Visit Nydri Spots and activities not to miss out here - Tripatricks

 

7. Explore the beaches of the island with crystal clear waters. Kathisma is ideal for water sports, the exotic beach of Egremni and the famous Porto Katsiki are just some of the dozens of options for summer dives.

Both windsurfers and kite surfers will be thrilled at Ai-Giannis Beach and Vassiliki. Find private tours here.

Things to do in Lefkada: Explore the beaches of Lefkada Spots and activities not to miss out here - Tripatricks

 

8. In the nearby islands of Kalamos and Kastos, you will discover unique beaches with crystal clear waters and impressive caves.

Find tailor-made private cruises and private boat tours and include Kalamos and Kastos on your day trip!

Things to do in Lefkada: Visit Kalamos and Kastos island Spots and activities not to miss out here - Tripatricks

 

9. The waterfalls of Akoni are still a special location of the island. Escape from the heat of the summer in an exotic environment that wondered the two great writers of Lefkada, Angelos Sikelianos and Aristotelis Valaoritis, who often tell them in their works.

Due to the difficult off-road access of Akoni waterfalls, try our 4x4 private tour.

 

10. A very important cultural event of the island is the International Folklor Festival, which takes place in August.

From the bands and artists from many countries of the world they meet each in Lefkada and exchange the creations of their spiritual and artistic tradition. Events include dance, music and cultural meetings.

 

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Best Things to do in Lefkada: Spots activities adventures & tours - Tripatricks

Angelos Sikelianos Museum: Α precious micro museum for a Great Poet

Angelos Sikelianos Museum: Α precious micro museum for a Great Poet in Lefkada - Tripatricks

How to enclose into a museum a world-wide intellectual vision, a national brand, a real intellectual, a great poet, and yet a perishable man suffering from affection in love?

Αll this was Angelos Sikelianos, who, without the two women of his life, the American Eva Palmer Sikelian and Anna Kapanaris Sikelianos, might not be able to unfold.

Angelos Sikelianos Museum: Α precious micro museum for a Great Poet in Lefkada - Tripatricks

 

The grand visions of Sicilian in a shell-jewel

The Sicilian Museum is the first to wish to present:

1. The core of Sikelianοs overall work and interpret his position as a national poet.

2. The realizations of his overall poetic work with his actions (Delphic Feasts) and his position as a political being and intellectual.

3. The presentation of Sikelianos and his relationship with Eva and Anna, as well as the Greek and international reality.

In the two-floor house that was born and lived in his childhood in Lefkada, Sikelianos, it finally became possible to develop the vision and the act of the poet, but also the Sikelianοs himself.

Angelos Sikelianos Museum: Α precious micro museum for a Great Poet in Lefkada - Tripatricks

 

Exhibits and exhibition material

Anna's wedding dress and her woven handcuffs for Angelos and her clients, the hand-made clothing that Eva wore for herself and the Delphic Feasts, her passport, her red hair that she cut when she was in America.

Also, other publications rare and manuscripts of Angelos and other exhibits, are animating moments and situations around Sikelianos early life.

Angelos Sikelianos Museum: Α precious micro museum for a Great Poet in Lefkada - Tripatricks

 

The exhibition architecture

The architectural museological study followed the partitioning of the house, the whole concept conveying the feeling of a house that is celebrated a poem above the common measures and hosts an equally pious poet.

Earthy and tender colors enhance the sense of familiar space.

Oxidized metals indicate the passage of time, while sounds and narratives, the voice of the poet, amplify the experience of the visitor.

Angelos Sikelianos Museum: Α precious micro museum for a Great Poet in Lefkada - Tripatricks

Real exhibits with the breeze of time and time alternate with animated images that vibrate the rest of figurative and writing content.

Angelos Sikelianos Museum: Α precious micro museum for a Great Poet in Lefkada - Tripatricks

The faces of the poet and his life stamped into the walls to look at us, while his bold writing drew the walls and burst into the interior of the building as a reminder of the inaccessibility of his national presence and his immediate visions.

Angelos Sikelianos Museum: Α precious micro museum for a Great Poet in Lefkada - Tripatricks

The visit ends with Sikelianow and his life-gatherers, Eva and Anna. Both of them with the same loom supported the creative act and the survival of Angelos.

Angelos Sikelianos Museum: Α precious micro museum for a Great Poet in Lefkada - Tripatricks

The NBG (National Bank of Greece) has commissioned a specialized cinematographic group to create a 15-minute event for an experiential tour of the Angelos Sikelianos Museum.
Angelos Sikelianos Museum: Α precious micro museum for a Great Poet in Lefkada - Tripatricks
This act of corporate social responsibility delivers to Lefkada the poets, the intellectuals and the artists the museum that suits its great poet, a museum that eventually fits her.

You have to visit this really wonderful museum on your holidays in Lefkada island, in the town of Lefkada.

 

  

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An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

Climbing up the mountain of Lefkada towards Englouvi, there is a sudden surprise you will find in this adventure in Lefkada. 

Four huge antennas are witnessing the Abandoned US Army Base, a ghost area with a wondering past, right at the edge of the steep slide of the mountain.

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

We took all the way to the end of the steep and narrow mountain road following the signs, and we made some photos to show you in this blog, that we thought you might like.

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

This NATO base was built almost 50 years ago, in the 60's by the American Army in the cold war.

As USA needed to keep an eye in the area during the cold war, they built that massive and super modern infrastructure, for its ages, with the huge antennas, in order to control the area.

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

The base was fully equipped with all the up to date facilities, although the remote location of the base made the procurement significantly difficult.

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

This base was build in the idea of independence and autonomy. Oil tanks, electricity generators or ruins of basketball courts to keep the soldiers fit, are among the things that someone can find here.

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

Its rising period lasted for almost three decades, and the base influenced a lot the local economy of the island of Lefkada.

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

Finally, in the early nineties after the fall of the USSR its operations were judged as obsolete by the US government, and it finally shut down. 

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

Now it reminds more of a ghost area, but the view from here is extremely stunning. A great place for a tour while on holidays in Lefkada.

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

The shutting down was followed by the deliverance of the base to the greek army, that didn't bring any big change. An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

The Greek Army after keeping it for a few years inactive, it handed it over to the municipality of Karya village in order to renovate it and use it as a touristic attraction.

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

The lack of drinking water in the wider area, as well as its remote location, kept the costs really high to maintain such a project.

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

The base lies abandoned for almost 30 years now, and though it didn't have an official touristic ending, its creepy leftovers are still a unique touristic attraction of great mystery and lost memories. 

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

A great place of inspirational background for capturing great pictures if you are into it.

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

I personally die for areas like this one, and I do not lose the chance to kill those moments with my camera.

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

So, just relax and enjoy the rest of this photo shooting.

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

 

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

 

An Abandoned US Army Base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada - Tripatricks

 

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The historic windmills of Lefkada island

The windmill is one of the symbols of Greek islands, it has appeared in In Lefkada, the construction of the mills started later- in the Venetian Rule era. only 5 have remained at Gyra area and Agios Ioannis - Tripatricks

The windmill is one of the symbols of Greek islands, it has appeared in the area between the 12th and 13th century.

Windmills are spreading from Crete over to the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, as well as in the Ionian islands and Lefkada in a high frequency.

Visiting windmills is a great thing to do on your holiday in Lefkada. 

The windmill is one of the symbols of Greek islands, it has appeared in In Lefkada, the construction of the mills started later- in the Venetian Rule era. only 5 have remained at Gyra area and Agios Ioannis - Tripatricks

In Lefkada, the construction of the mills started later- in the era of the Venetian Rule. Initially, there used to be up to 12 windmills, and only 5 have remained at Gyra area and Agios Ioannis- both not far from the city of Lefkada.

The windmill is one of the symbols of Greek islands, it has appeared in In Lefkada, the construction of the mills started later- in the Venetian Rule era. only 5 have remained at Gyra area and Agios Ioannis - Tripatricks

The Orlof's windmill is left in the best condition and has a bar with a stunning sea-view. The windmills of this areas have Russian names because they used to grind the grain imported from Russia until the beginning of 20th century.

The windmill is one of the symbols of Greek islands, it has appeared in In Lefkada, the construction of the mills started later- in the Venetian Rule era. only 5 have remained at Gyra area and Agios Ioannis - Tripatricks

The last active windmill stopped working only in 1954. 

The windmill is one of the symbols of Greek islands, it has appeared in In Lefkada, the construction of the mills started later- in the Venetian Rule era. only 5 have remained at Gyra area and Agios Ioannis - Tripatricks

More windmills you will see almost in every village of Lefkada, most of them are ruined over the years but they are still beautiful.

The windmill is one of the symbols of Greek islands, it has appeared in In Lefkada, the construction of the mills started later- in the Venetian Rule era. only 5 have remained at Gyra area and Agios Ioannis - Tripatricks

The older ones can be found in the mountain of Lefkada. They are abandoned for many years, most of the inside the forest hides by the vegetation and the pine trees of Lefkada. 

The windmill is one of the symbols of Greek islands, it has appeared in In Lefkada, the construction of the mills started later- in the Venetian Rule era. only 5 have remained at Gyra area and Agios Ioannis - Tripatricks

Once upon a time, they used to serve the mountain villages of Lefkada,  producing flour for the local needs. 

Just a bit more hiking in the mountain and you will definitely see more and more windmills.

The windmill is one of the symbols of Greek islands, it has appeared in In Lefkada, the construction of the mills started later- in the Venetian Rule era. only 5 have remained at Gyra area and Agios Ioannis - Tripatricks

If you try to explore the other side of Lefkada, the more alternative one, then get ready for some medieval ruins in the heart of the Mediterranean.   

 

 

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