HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS walking holiday in KEFALONIA, LEFKADA AND ITHACA
This week-long walking holiday in the lush green islands of Lefkada, Ithaca and Kefalonia will offer you the opportunity to explore their overwhelming nature and dramatic coastlines with breathtaking views… their old network of footpaths… steep cliffs and stunning white beaches with turquoise waters… traditional mountainous villages… delicious local food and wine… friendly and experienced local guides…
Tour Duration: 7, 10 or 14 day(s)
Group Size: Small groups
Season: April – October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Low season Per Person Price: 7-day package: EUR 717, 10-day package: EUR 1,052 (check our offers for groups)
High season Per Person Price: 7-day package: EUR 797, 10-day package: EUR 1,157 (check our offers for groups)
Early in the evening we will visit the town of Lefkada. One of the most unique features of this beautiful island is the Gira lagoon, a Natura 2000 site that’s located literally in the middle of the town. Despite the proximity to the town, birds adapted well and have made Gira Lagoon a favorite migratory stop. You will walk along the perimeter of the lagoon as you keep an eye out for pelicans, flamingos and ducks. Supper at a traditional tavern where you can try the local “meze”.
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 turquoise waters of Milos are the best rewards after our walk! From Milos we’ll either take a 5-min boat trip or walk to the picturesque village of Ag. Nikitas where we will end the day with supper at one of our favourite local taverns.
We’ll follow the coastal trail and admire the steep cliffs and rock formations and 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 hills. We’ll then walk shortly to the mountainous village of Athani, amidst olive groves. We’ll end our day with a delicious supper and fine wine at the village’s tavern!
We’ll then take the trail that leads to the beach of Aphales, and then continue our pleasant walk towards Frikes. By the time we arrive the sun will be setting and a glorious sky will await us. Transfer to our guesthouse near the main port and town of Vathy which we’ll explore later in the evening.
We will follow a circular walk starting from Fiscardo towards the northern part of the island. It connects quaint hamlets, passes through cypress and strawberry tree forests, agricultural fields, beautiful secluded beaches where we’ll stop for a swim and a picnic, as well as various historical sites, such as the ancient tomb of Throni, the old village of Psilithrias, a Venetian footpath and Battaria which was a 1940 German anti-aircraft base.
Supper at our favourite tavern where you can taste the acclaimed cuisine of the island.
We will stop at Assos’ delightful fishing port for a refreshing swim at the crystal clear waters of the bay and lunch before continuing our walk on the peninsula to the ruins of the old Venetian fortress. We will end our day with a visit at the most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean, Myrtos beach, with its white pebbles and turquoise waters.
From the mindblowing beach of Antisamos, surrounded by vivid green mountains, we will walk the narrow path through dense plant life reaching the hidden beach of Koutsoupia. Opportunity to swim at its secluded crystal blue waters before continuing to the village of Poros. You will be rewarded at the end of the day with a delicious farewell supper.
The walks during our weekly walking holiday in Kefalonia, Lefkada and Ithaca, 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 (7-, 10- or 14-days) 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.
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 Kefalonia, Lefkada and Ithaca, or the south Ionian islands, all year round apart from August when it can be quite hot to walk.
Spring and autumn are the best times of the 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 the 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.
The combination of natural beauty, culture but also the hospitality of the residents will make this walking holiday in Kefalonia, Lefkada and Ithaca, unforgettable for you.
Check photos from this eco-friendly walking adventure in Lefkada island…