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.
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 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 last active windmill stopped working only in 1954.
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 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.
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.
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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