Love Greece, but long to visit the Caribbean? Then discover Lekfada, an Ionian island with surprisingly tropical scenery, from never-ending stretches of white sand and turquoise waters to an interior drenched in mountainous greenery.
Connected to the mainland by a bridge, Lefkada is possibly the easiest of the Greek islands to access, with no need to take a ferry. The island is a peaceful place, filled with stunning beaches, quiet villages and friendly locals. Nightlife is lowkey, but unlikely to be missed when the daytimes are filled with paradisiacal landscapes and dreamy scenery. The mesmerising Porto Katsiki is one of the most impressive (and photographed) in Greece, with its wild white cliffs reflecting the never-ending blue of the sea. Close by, Egremni Beach is sure to transport you directly to the equator, with its silver sand and crystal clear waters reminiscent of the idyllic beaches of Tahiti, Bali, Barbados and Bermuda.
Head to windswept Vasilki on the south coast for the region’s best windsurfing, famed throughout Europe for its cross-shore winds. In the morning, the sea is touched with a light breeze, resulting in flat waters perfect for beginners. Around lunchtime a strong cross-shore wind develops (known locally as ‘Eric’), providing some of the best windsurfing conditions in the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, over on Kathisma Beach, adrenaline junkies can sign up for a day of paragliding, whilst nature lovers can explore the island’s network of underwater canyons, gorges, reefs and caves with a programme of scuba diving and snorkelling.
Take advantage of Lekfada’s premium location with excursions to the nearby islets of Ithaca, Kastos, Kalamos and Meganisi, and catch a glimpse of the famed Scorpios Island, once the private retreat of the Onassis family and now being transformed into a new luxury development.