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Lefkada Beaches Greece Greek Holiday Destinations

Lefkada has two main beach resorts Nydri on the east coast and Vasiliki in the south. Nydri is a bustling tourist centre awash with bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and leisure activities. It's also the place to book yourself on a boat trip round the nearby islets or to unspoilt Meganisi where you can spend a day on the beach before catching the early evening ferry back to Lefkada. Vasiliki is one of Europe's premier windsurfing centres and attracts hordes of young visitors who come here for action packed adventure holidays.

If you're staying in Lefkada Town and want a quiet beach nearby, head out to Yiras on the western shore of the lagoon. It's about 40 minutes walk from the town centre or you can catch a bus. The four kilometre long beach is never crowded even in high season as most visitors prefer the more popular east and west coast beaches.

Small and relatively quiet pebble beaches pepper the east coast as far as Nydri which is the most touristy place on the island so steer clear of it if you're on the hunt for a secluded spot. You'll find all manner of tourist facilities in Nydri and a bewildering choice of boat trips to the islets which lie a short distance offshore. Some trips include swimming stops, a barbecue lunch on the beach and a few hours spent on Meganisi, the largest of Lefkada's satellite islets. You'll by pass the Onassis owned islet of Skorpios where armed guards protect the graves of the shipping magnate, his sister Artemis and children Alexander and Christina. Some excursions include a stop for a swim off the northern side of Skorpios. Boats to Meganisi dock at Spartahori and from there you can head three kilometres south west to Agios Ioannis, one of the islet's best beaches. To explore the remote beaches at the eastern end of Meganisi you'll need to bring a car or moped over from Lefkada with you or spend a night or two on the islet.

Many visitors to Lefkada book package holidays through one of the two major activity centres in Vasiliki Bay Club Vass, which specialises in windsurfing tuition, and nearby Wildwind which offers various activities including sailing, white water canoeing and rafting. Vasiliki's location between two mountains creates a special wind system which makes the bay a windsurfers' paradise. The gentle morning breezes are ideal for learners while advanced surfers and sailors thrive on the challenge of the strong winds which whip up later in the day. A huge range of activities, besides various watersports, are provided by the two holiday centres which lay on everything from horse riding and parasailing to boat trips and beach parties.

The island's loveliest beaches are located in the south west corner of Lefkada where the startling blue water is arguably the best in the Ionian Sea. Yialos, Egremni and Porto Katsiki beaches are all accessible via roads leading off the main west coast road. The steep descent down to Egremni deteriorates into a rough track for the last two kilometres. Many holidaymakers based in Vasiliki take water taxis round Cape Lefkatas to spend the day on the far superior beach of Porto Katsiki.