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Where to Stay in Lefkada in 2024 – Best Areas and Hotels

Discover the best places to stay in Lefkada for a picturesque Greek island getaway. Perfect for couples, families, and solo travelers.
Where to Stay in Lefkada

Trying to decide where to stay in Lefkada? This Ionian Sea gem is accessible by road, connected to mainland Greece via a floating bridge. With its rich history and resilience through five major earthquakes, Lefkada retains its charming island architecture amidst the challenges of nature.

The island’s landscape is a tapestry of Mediterranean greenery, with traditional villages, ancient olive groves, pine forests, and cypress trees dotting its hilly terrain. It also boasts some of Greece’s most stunning beaches, including Porto Katsiki, Kathisma, and Egremni.

I recently had the pleasure of staying at Noemie Studios, boasting a 9.2 rating, tucked away in the tranquil village of Athani. My friends and I were craving a quieter spot, away from the bustling crowds, and this place was a treasure. Despite Athani not being a seaside village, the sea views were breathtaking, and it was conveniently located just a 15-minute drive from the majestic Egremni beach and 20 minutes from the scenic Porto Katsiki. The room’s boho style really spoke to my taste – fresh, clean, and stylishly appointed with everything brand new. Even better, I managed to avoid the high-season price spike, which felt like a steal in the middle of August.

Best Places to Stay in Lefkada

This guide will delve into the best areas to stay in Lefkada, taking into account your travel preferences, budget, and the duration of your visit. To simplify your planning, we’ve highlighted top accommodation picks, from quaint guesthouses to luxurious resorts, ensuring your Greek island getaway is as idyllic as the setting itself.

1. Lefkada Town, best place to stay for first time

Entrance to Lefkada Town
Entrance to Lefkada Town

Lefkada Town, the vibrant heart of the island, is where your journey begins. It’s a laid-back hub that’s conveniently your first stop when arriving from the mainland. Perfect for those who are short on time but want to soak up the island’s essence before venturing further into Greece. Even if the beaches here are quieter compared to the rural coasts, they share the same breathtaking views and a relaxed vibe.

For an unforgettable experience, the coolest thing you can do is head to Agios Ioannis Beach. It’s not just about the beach but also its ambient bars and historic windmills that add to the charm. Plus, with the sun on your skin, it’s a beachgoer’s paradise.

The best places to visit in town are the Orpheus Folklore Museum and the Archaeological Museum. They’re treasure troves of local culture and history. After soaking up the town’s heritage, stroll through the historic center and marvel at traditional Greek architecture, buzzing bars, and the main commercial stretch filled with unique local boutiques.

Looking for adventure? Try jet skiing along the Lefkada coast for a thrilling ride with stunning views, departing right from central Lefkada Town. If you’re curious about the island’s quaint villages but lack transportation, consider a private tour that showcases the island’s top attractions, scenic villages, and vistas.

Don’t miss out on the Main Square, where you can catch the local vibe over coffee before hitting the main shopping street. And for a nautical twist to your day, the Marina Lefkada is the go-to spot to admire boats, catch a ferry, or even splurge on renting a private yacht.

When hunger strikes, Restaurant Thymari is my recommendation for a fantastic Greek meal. It’s a short stroll from the harbor and serves up a delightful array of dishes that’ll satisfy your palate without breaking the bank. It’s the perfect way to end a day in Lefkada Town.

Best Hotels in Lefkada Town

2. Nikiana, a quiet fishing town on the east coast of Lefkada

Nikiana, Lefkada
Nikiana, Lefkada

I discovered the charm of Nikiana nestled between the bustling town of Lefkada and the lively Nydri, just a 10 km journey from each. Nikiana is the family-friendly secret of Lefkada, perfect for escaping the crowds.

Relaxation is second nature here, with tranquil holidays and hillside hikes as the main attractions. Tourist facilities are few, adding to its unspoiled charm. A handful of tavernas, local shops, and waterfront bars offer a taste of the simple life by the sea.

The beach at Nikiana is untouched by commercial hustle. You won’t find rows of sunbeds and umbrellas here, except for a few under the taverna and apartment complex shade. Instead, pine and cypress trees provide a natural canopy during the midday heat.

You don’t need your own boat to enjoy Nikiana. It’s the perfect spot to book a trip to nearby beaches or islands. As for accommodation, there’s a choice of cozy studios, apartments, boutique hotels, and villas, catering to a range of tastes and budgets. Each stay promises a personal slice of Greek paradise.

Best Hotels in Nikiana

3. Nidri, best place to stay in Lefkada for families

View of Nidri
View of Nidri

I just love Nidri—it’s the liveliest resort in Lefkada, only a 20km jaunt south of the main city. It’s where I found a bustling port bustling with ferries to Meganisi, Ithaca, and Kefalonia, making it a gateway to island exploration.

As an added thrill, hiring a yacht and taking a trip out to the secluded isle of Skorpios ranks as the coolest activity here. The views of Lefkada from the water are simply unbeatable, offering a fresh perspective of the island’s beauty.

Nidri is a hotspot that has it all. I found shops for every need, ATMs, and convenience stores right around the corner. Dining out was a treat with a variety of local and international flavors, including Italian and Indian cuisines. For those who venture into the hills, the traditional windmill awaits, serving as a charming photo op that captures the essence of Greek culture.

When night falls, the beachside bars are the perfect spots to unwind and soak up the festive atmosphere. The local beaches, like Nidri Beach with its Blue Flag status, are not only great for relaxation but also offer the best views on the island accompanied by some excellent bars.

The beaches here are postcard-perfect with their golden sands and clear blue waters. I could lounge at a beach bar or dine with a view, all against the lush backdrop of pine, cypress trees, and verdant valleys. With Nidri’s family-friendly vibe, those visiting by car can find a plethora of stunning beaches within a short drive, making it a little slice of heaven for any family excursion.

There’s no shortage of sights in Nidri either: Dimosari Gorge —a stunning expanse of natural beauty framed by mountains and olive trees—there’s something for every eye and camera.

For couples, Nidri’s scenic charm and the cheaper yacht hire options make it an exceptional choice for a romantic getaway. The tranquil mornings are ideal for watching the sunrise with your loved one, offering a quiet moment before the day’s adventures.

Whether you’re eager to learn how to yacht on calm waters, hire a motorboat for ease, or explore the local tavernas in the hills like Pavlos at Haradiatika for a taste of authentic Greek dining, Nidri ensures a balance of attraction and tranquility. It’s a place where great attractions and restaurants exist amid small crowds, allowing visitors to enjoy the essence of Greek island life.

And when it comes to places to stay, Nidri caters to every taste and budget. But a word to the wise: if you’re planning to come in July or August, book early! The secret of Nidri’s charm is out, and rooms fill up fast.

Best Hotels in Nidri

4. Geni and Vlycho

Just south of Nidri, I stumbled upon Geni, a serene sailing resort that’s a magnet for sport enthusiasts. Nestled in a bay across from Vlycho, Geni offers a stunning natural harbor that’s a sailor’s dream.

Vlycho (or Vlicho), a seaside village stretching along the coast, is bustling with bars and taverns. While it lacks a beach, its two-kilometer spread along the sea brims with boat repair and mooring spots. It’s a marina that draws some of the most impressive yachts from across the Mediterranean, looking for a luxurious stay or a weekend retreat.

Even without a beach at Geni and Vlycho, you’re in luck if you’re up for some exploration. Rent a boat and set off to discover secluded coves and small beaches dotting the bay. And if it’s a beach day you’re after, Desimi Beach is just a sail away, complete with bars and shops for a refreshing break.

For those planning to stay, Geni and Vlycho offer a wide range of accommodations. From cozy guesthouses and apartments to boutique hotels and lavish villas, there’s a place for every taste and budget.

Best Hotels in Geni and Vlycho

5. Mikros Gialos

Mikros Gialos
Mikros Gialos

Down on the southeast tip of Lefkada, right below the village of Poros, lies the quaint resort of Mikros Gialos. Known to locals as “Poros Beach,” it’s a hidden gem that’s become a tourist favorite, complete with a Blue Flag beach stretching to a charming little port.

The beach itself is decked out with sun loungers and umbrellas, offering a panoramic view of serene blue waters. Stroll along the shore and you’ll find an array of bars, shops, and taverns serving up local flavors and seaside charm. For adventure seekers, there’s a variety of water sports to get your adrenaline pumping and a playground that keeps the kids in high spirits.

As night falls, the place quiets down, making it perfect for savoring local cuisine in the taverns or enjoying a laid-back evening at a bar. If you’re considering a stay, there’s no shortage of cozy accommodations—from breakfast-offering apartments to small hotels and spacious villas. For the camping enthusiasts, there’s even a spot right next to the village to pitch your tent and sleep under the stars.

Best Hotels in Mikros Gialos

6. Syvota

Syvota Village in Lefkada
Syvota Village in Lefkada

Syvota nestles quietly in a bay, a secret haven especially popular among those sailing the seas in yachts and boats, with a welcoming port to moor in. It’s a peaceful escape, just a 33-kilometer drive from the buzz of Lefkada Town, on the southeastern edge where the Ionian Sea whispers to the shores.

This Greek village is a picturesque scene with streets and homes adorned with blooms and greenery. At the end of the breakwater, there’s a lovely beach where sand meets pebble, and the harbor brims with boats bobbing on the water. The beachfront road is lined with bars, cafes, restaurants, and shops, all inviting you to indulge in local life.

Evenings here are lively, not just with village guests but also with sailors docking for the night. The village caters to every need, offering a mix of accommodation options from room and breakfast setups, quaint hotels, to luxury villas. You can feel the pulse of the village come alive at night, as the day’s quiet beauty turns into a vibrant social scene.

Best Hotels in Syvota

7. Vasiliki

View of Vasiliki Bay in Lefkada
View of Vasiliki Bay in Lefkada

I’ve always been one to blend adventure with relaxation on my vacations, and Vasiliki in Lefkada is where I strike that balance perfectly. Nestled at the southern tip of the island, it’s a bustling resort second only in popularity to Nidri on the island. With a sprawling beach that’s a haven for kitesurfing and windsurfing, it’s no wonder Vasiliki draws in a crowd. It’s also a safe haven for families—the beach is kid-friendly, with plenty of space to lay out a towel and soak up the sun and surf.

Vasiliki’s port buzzes with activity, where the local fishing fleet docks, and passenger ships from Ithaca and Kefalonia make their approach. This area, especially along the harbor and the coastal road, brims with life at night. Bars, restaurants, and cafes line the streets, alongside shops selling keepsakes, making it the heart of nighttime fun.

Staying in Vasiliki means you have options to suit any budget—from quaint apartments and small hotels to lavish villas for those looking to splurge. And for the budget-conscious, there’s camping, which lets you save your pennies for more windsurfing. Whether you’re here for the water sports or just to enjoy the lively evenings, Vasiliki has something for everyone.

Best Hotels in Vasiliki

8. Athani, best place to stay in Lefkada for the beaches

Porto Katsiki Beach

I discovered Athani, a quaint village in Lefkada, nestled on a hillside with a history dating back to the 15th century, a Venetian legacy. It’s just a scenic 45-minute drive from the town, winding through breathtaking landscapes.

Staying in Athani feels like a retreat into tranquility, where summers stretch out endlessly and visitors soak up the sun’s embrace. Although the closest beach is a mere 3.5 kilometers away, the views of the Ionian Sea from here are unmatched.

I’m captivated by Athani’s proximity to three stunning beaches: Yialos, Egremni, and the famous Porto Katsiki. They’re perfect for sea lovers looking for a slice of paradise.

Local attractions are a journey through time. I found myself exploring the 16th-century Monastery of Agios Nikolaos and the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to Apollo, each telling stories of the past.

Evenings in Athani are serene, with a leisurely pace that’s perfect for unwinding. There’s a variety of dining and drinking spots that invite you to relax. The accommodations range from cozy apartments to luxurious villas and hotels, offering a stay for every taste and budget.

Best Hotels in Athani

9. Agios Nikitas

Agios Nikitas
Agios Nikitas

I’ve found my slice of paradise in Agios Nikitas, a quaint resort nestled on Lefkada’s west coast. Just a 12-kilometer drive from the city and 40 minutes from the airport, this place is a gem for anyone looking to stay in Lefkada.

It’s like stepping into a postcard scene here, with the village set against a backdrop of lush biological diversity. Local farmers tend to their crops, surrounded by slopes dressed in pine and cypress trees. The beach? A picturesque mix of sand and pebble, decorated with rocks left by ancient landslides.

Strolling through the village is a delight. The pedestrian-only streets buzz with life, offering everything from shops to ATMs, mini-markets, bars, cafes, and restaurants. Following the coastal walkway, you’ll end up at a charming port where fishing boats bob in the water.

Choosing to stay in Agios Nikitas means you’re never too far from Lefkada’s most stunning beaches like Milos, Kathisma, and Pefkoulia.

As for nightlife, it’s all about the easy-going vibes—perfect for unwinding with a relaxed drink and a lovely dinner. Whether you’re looking for apartments, hotels, or villas, Agios Nikitas has a spot for you to call home during your island getaway.

Best Hotels in Agios Nikitas

10. Lygia, best place to stay in Lefkada for families with kids

This quaint seaside village is a gem for family stays, especially when you’re bringing the kids along.

The pebble-and-sand beach may be cozy, but it’s gently sloping and safe for little ones to wade and splash around. Tucked along the shore are taverns where you can indulge in local cuisine as the sea breeze complements your meal. Around the small port, you’ll find more buzz with bars and seafood taverns to enjoy a meal with a view.

Choosing Lygia means embracing tradition just a short drive from Lefkada. It’s a place that rewards you with outdoor adventures, like trekking through the ‘Valley of Love’ trail. And when the sun sets, the promenade bars offer a delightful spot to unwind, with good transport links if you’re looking to explore the town’s vibrant scenes.

For accommodations, there’s a variety of apartments, villas, and small hotels that promise comfort and convenience. It’s an easy choice for a family-friendly stay that balances relaxation and local charm.

Best Hotels in Lygia

How to get to Lefkada

Getting to Lefkada by car is a breeze, and it’s not just the island’s beauty that draws people in. It’s also incredibly accessible via a floating bridge from the mainland at Agia Mavra. The journey from Athens takes about four hours, and it’s a bit more from Thessaloniki, but it’s worth noting Lefkada is one of the few islands that’s a short hop from there.

Although there’s no ferry from mainland Greece to Lefkada, sea routes do connect from Nydri and Vasiliki to other Greek delights like Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Ithaca, Meganisi, Paxi, and Corfu. I always check out the schedules and book my tickets on ferryhopper to plan my sea travels. It’s simple and lets me hop from one gorgeous Greek island to another with ease.

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