Capital and main port of the island, the town of Lefkada is located in the northern part of the island, and is one of its most bustling destinations. With the colourful, traditional houses, the quaint alleys, the beautiful squares and churches at its key features, it will be your reference point during your stay here.
It is worth visiting Bosketo Park –known also as the Garden of Poets– located next to the port, and observe closely the busts of famous personalities of the island such as Aggelos Sikelianos, Aristotelis Valaoritis, Dimitris Golemis, etc. Do not forget to walk on the wooden bridge of the town in front of Mela pedestrian walkway with restaurants, bars and cafes at a stone’s throw from the port. The locals also call it the bridge of sighs or bridge of lovers.
Dorpfeld Pedestrian Street is one of the busiest parts of the town, and owes its name to the German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld, who made many important excavations. There you will find the most beautiful buildings of the town and the best-preserved churches.
Its most important sights include the Castle of Agia Mavra, at the entrance of the island next to the bridge of Lefkada, dating from 1300, the Archaeological Museum on the west coast, the Monastery of Faneromeni with the Museum of Ecclesiastic Art in Fryni (3 km), and the ancient town of Nirikos, just 2 km outside the town.
The town is surrounded by a lagoon –one of the most important wetlands in the Ionian Sea, integrated in the NATURA 2000 network as a protected area of great ecological importance and characterised by the RAMSAR treaty as a wetland of international importance-, while the beaches of Agios Ioannis, Gyra and Kastro are found very close to it.