We explored the mountain of Lefkada with a unique tailor-made private day tour.
The real adventure during your holidays in Lefkada!
A unique experience during our day including traditional and abandoned places in Karya, Englouvi and the top of the mountain of Lefkada.
Among the rest spots, we also visited Kavalikefta, Gyra and Kastro beach, with my friend Christoph from Austria!
Every tour is a specific experience combined with tradition and culture, and for this specific one, we decided to overcome the normal path and to explore amazing alternative ideas to spend your time in Lefkada.
The mountainous Olive Oil Factory in Platistoma
We had an early meeting in the morning with Christoph and we headed straight to the Mountainous oil Factory of Lefkada at Platistoma.
The owner welcomed us warmly and he showed & informed us about the history of the olive oil in Lefkada, the traditional techniques as well as the modern ones.
The place has also an external section where it is developed as a museum with the most traditional Lefkadian machines for olive oil production that you can imagine!
The old ruined windmill in Karya village
Then we left to see a demolished old traditional windmill in the forest of Karya village.
After a few meters of walking among the pine trees and the spider net... yes the old windmill is still there after all these years, just waiting for us!
Then we explored Englouvi and the rural daily life of the village.
We passed through the main square of Englouvi and we saw people drinking their morning coffee and others walking the beautiful footpaths of the village.
The abandoned "ghost" US Army base
Our Next stop was the abandoned US Army base at the top of the mountain of Lefkada.
An abandoned area for almost 3 decades now, it shut down after the end of the cold war.
It is a ghost place where you can easily travel in time by watching the ruins of the hi-tech of that time.
A wonderful area with huge antennas used for strategic defensive air control back in time.
Profitis Helias chapel
Later we visited Profitis Helias the small white church you will see at the top of the mountain of Lefkada.
An awesome view overlooking the northwest, the north and also the east side of Lefkada! A perfect spot for a fruit salad and some hydration on such a hot day.
At an altitude of over 1000 feet stands the chapel of Prophet Elias, protector of the village of Englouvi. The area is considered to be among the most interesting and remarkable parts of Lefkadas. It attracts both local and foreign visitors.
The view from there is unique: the mountain of Nikiana, Sfakiotes, Skaroi of Lefkada, and the immense Ionian Sea...
Every year on the eve, they make a Feast of Saint Elias.
The Folklore Museum of Karya village
Our next stop was the Folklore Museum in Karya where we learned about a special local embroidery technique of a lady from who lived in Karya village between 1860 and 1950 called Maria Koutsochero.
Due to the fact that she was missing one hand since her accident at a young age, she implemented a special one-hand technique on the clothes that she made.
We also saw old local antiques from 200-300 years ago. An amazing place that connects you with the p[ast and the local tradition of the mountainous Lefkada.
After a light and delicious lunch with Mouzaka and Papoutsakia in Karya village in the most traditional taverna of Lefkada called "Ta Platania", we took our way to Kavalikefta beach on the west side of Lefkada.
It was Christoph's very first desire to see the rock formations inside the turquoise waters. After having a coffee and some water in the canteen we took some photos at the beach.
Gyra and Agios Giannis beach
The last stop of the tour was Gyra and Kastro beach where we saw windmills by the sea and also an old abandoned discotheque from the 1980s ruined over the years by the sea.
After all, this was just an excellent day with Christoph and his great and polite personality.
Really happy to meet you, my friend!
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