Situated on the Ionian Sea on the west side of mainland Greece, Lefkada was connected to the mainland by a small isthmus, but in 800 BC, conquering Corinthians broke the isthmus with a canal. Today the island is connected by a bridge and is accessible by car.
Lefkada, surrounded by blue water, hosts many beaches and is a popular summer destination. Visited by strong winds, Lefkada also attracts windsurfers and kite surfers.
Equally popular attractions are the churches and monasteries found on the island. Visitors are drawn to the captivating Venetian architecture, wooden domes, and frescoes. Most of these historic buildings were constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Agios Ioannis Atzoussis, a church near the main town, is built into a rock above the Agios Ioannis beach. The church of Panagia Hodegetria near the village of Apolpina was established in the 15th century and is one of the oldest Byzantine monuments on the island. The Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni, considered a significant religious monument, is located between the village of Frynio and the island capital. These and many other attractions make Lefkada a popular destination for tourists throughout the year.