Walking holiday in Lefkada

Walking holiday in Lefkada

Highlights of this ADVENTURE walking holiday in lEfkada island

Explore ancient paths that lead through astonishing landscapes with waterfalls, ravines, natural springs, gorges, canyons, lagoon, forests, lush vegetation to the stunning beaches of the island…

Key Information

Tour Duration: 7 days
Group Size: Small groups
Season: March – November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Low season Per Person Price: 7-day package: 682 Euro (check our offers)
High season Per Person Price: 7-day package: 737 Euro (check our offers)

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This week-long walking trail holiday in the lush green island of Lefkada will offer you the opportunity to explore its overwhelming nature and dramatic coastline with its breathtaking views… its old network of footpaths and cobblestone donkey tracks… steep cliffs and stunning white beaches with turqoise waters… traditional mountainous villages… delicious local food and wine… friendly and experienced local guides…

Lekada, Ulysses homeland, is a precious green stone in the turquoise blue waters of the Ionian Sea, an island of contrasts characterised by rugged mountains and lush green valleys. If you are a nature lover Lefkada’s mountains, waterfalls, ravines, natural springs, gorges, canyons, lagoon, forests, lush vegetation and rare wild flowers… will enchant you.

By joining our walking holiday in Lefkada, Greece, you’ll get introduced by a local to a side of the Ionian that few people know about.

7-day walking holiday in lefkada holiday itinerary

Day 1: Orientation and introduction to the history and culture of Lefkada
Arrival at the island of Lefkada and transfer to our traditional, family-run guesthouse at the coastal town of Lefkada. Orientation and introduction to the history and culture of the island of Lefkada. Today we’ll start with an easy walk through the olive groves west of Lefkada town. We’ll pass the small white-washed church of Ag. Ioanis Antzousis, the oldest church of Lefkada and visit the significant Faneromeni monastery from where you will enjoy a fantastic view of Lefkada town, the Gira lagoon and mainland Greece.

After a short walk we’ll end up at the beautiful Ag. Ioannis beach. Welcome supper at one our favourite local traverns where you can taste the island’s acclaimed gastronomy.

Day 2: From the Gira Lagoon to the waterfalls of Episkopos
One of the most unique features of this beautiful island is the lagoon that’s located literally in the middle of town which is a Natura 2000 site. Despite the proximity to the town, birds adapted well and have made Gira Lagoon a favorite migratory stop. You can either cycle along the perimeter of the lagoon or walk as you keep an eye out for pelicans, flamingos and ducks.

Later in the evening, we’ll start our walk from the village of Ligia and follow the path towards the Waterfall of Episkopos. On the way you’ll hear the merry singing of birds and the purling of little streams in this lush valley. The views to the surrounding islands are breathtaking. We’ll end our walk at the picturesque mountainous village of Katouna where we’ll taste home made food at the local tavern. If we are lucky and one of the locals is in a good mood we’ll listen to folk music! (Walking time: 3 hours hours. Actual walking: 5 hours.) 

Day 3: Hike to the top of mountain Skaros to admire the view
Today during the day you may wish to enjoy one of the beautiful beaches of the bay around the village of Nydri or take a rented boat to one of the surrounding little islands and remote bays.

Late in the afternoon we’ll take you to a very lonely part of Lefkada, the top of mountain Skaros, where Ulysses used to take his sheep. The forest Skaros is one of the most important natural habitats of Lefkada. We’ll hike from the village of Nikiana and the lush green valley and follow the beautiful trail to Skaros and the remnants of an ancient oak forest. After a short break to admire the stunning views of the bay, the surrounding islands and blue waters of the Ionian sea, we will descend towards the village of Nikiana and have supper at a local tavern by the beach, famous for its delicious fish dishes. (Walking time: 5 hours. Actual walking time: 7 hours.)

Day 4: Rest day
Opportunity to rest or explore the island’s stunning beaches or the surroudning islands. The island of Lefkada is surrounded by a total of 24 islets, including the renowned island of Scorpios, once property of Aristotelis Onassis. The options are endless and we’ll be happy to offer you advice.
Day 5: Ancient trail connecting traditional villages
Today we’ll make our way towards the traditional settlement of Kalamtitsi, where the elderly women still wear traditional dress and the most important means of transportation is by donkey. We’ll take the ancient trail via a gorge towards another traditional village, Exanthia. Ancient cypresses and olive trees will be our companions. After a short break to admire the panoramic views of the green hills of the island and endless deep blue of the Ionian sea, we’ll have a llight lunch under the shade of pine trees.

We’ll then descend a beautiful path to Drimonas and then the remote beach of Mylos, ranked amongst the islands’ nicest beaches. Swimming and snorkeling at the crystal turqoise waters of Milos are the best reward after our walk! From Milos we’ll either take a 5-min boat or walk to the picturesque village of Ag. Nikitas where we will end the day with supper at one of our favourite local taverns. (Walking time: 3 hours. Actual walking time: 5 hours.)

Day 6: Coastal trail with steep cliffs & impressive beaches to Vasiliki bay
Today we’ll continue exploring the west side of the island and its most remote and famous beaches; Porto Katsiki and Egremni, voted the best in the Mediterranean (by Conde Naste Traveler). We’ll follow a coastal trail from Athani village and admire the steep cliffs and rock formations as well as the turquoise-blue waters of the Ionian Sea. We’ll stop for a swim at the magnificent beach of Porto Katsiki, a long and sandy beach surrounded by impressive cliffs.

After a light snack we will walk to Lefkatas Cape, the southern point of Lefkada island. The lighthouse there was built on the ruins of the ancient temple of Greek god Apollo, Leucatas. You’ll observe the 200ft white cliffs that give the island its Greek name. In antiquity they served as a trial by ordeal (the “Lefkadian leap”) for accused persons. It is the place where Sappho allegedly leapt to her death by jumping from the high cliffs. We’ll then follow another path leading to the beautiful bay of Vasiliki, one of the most famous spots for windsurfing internationally. We’ll end our day with a delicious supper and fine wine at the village’s tavern!

Walking time: 3 hours. Actual walking time: 6 hours.)

Day 7: Circular walk and collection of herbs
Rest and swim at one of the island’s numerous beaches during the day. Later in the afternoon we will walk inland and explore two of the island’s mountainous villages. We’ll start from Kolivata, a village hidden in the greenery, and follow the most beautiful ancient path to the once deserted but now restored village of Alexandros. During the walk we’ll introduce you to the most common herbs one can encounter around Lefkada and depending on the season you’ll be able to gather thyme, oregano, lavender, sage to name a few. The day will end with a superb supper and live music!

Our walks of this weekly walking holiday in Greece are graded as moderate. We will walk mainly on paths of moderate gradient with ascents of up to 500m in a day. We will walk up to 5-6 hours in the day including stops to rest and for lunch.

Flexible itineraries are available based on the needs of our guests. We can organise a more challenging or a more relaxed-pace itinerary offering you more time to relax and enjoy the sea and sun of the Ionian sea. You can also combine this holiday with a walking holiday in other islands in the Ionian Sea such as Kefalonia and Ithaki.

Solo travellers are welcome. It’s always more fun to walk with a group of like-minded travellers.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

We organise our walking holiday in Lefkada island in Greece all year round apart from July and August when it can be quite warm. Spring and autumn are the best times of year for walking. In spring nature is at its most abundant. The Judas tree and the broom are flowering and the island is covered with a blanket of wild flowers. During the walks you can also discover rare orchids. The colorful butterflies are a feast for the eyes; you smell herbs like thyme, oregano and sage. In the summer, it is a little drier but in autumn the first rains bring a new shower of flowers and amazing autumn colors.

We have reserved for you a lovely authentic family-run guesthouse. The owners are very hospitable and helpful and are known to provide the most delicious breakfasts.

Lefkas is in a very central location and is very well connected with other islands in the Ionian (Ithaki, Cephalonia, Zakynthos) if you wish to continue your holiday.

The combination of natural beauty, culture but also the hospitality of her residents will make this walking holiday in Lekfada Greece, unforgettable for you.

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