Porto Katsiki is considered one of the top beaches in the world.

Lefkada is on the Ionian Side of Greece. Porto Katsiki beach was so blue it looked like a blue paint can had fallen over into the sea. We had to reach the beach by staircases of 100 steps or more.

100 steps or more to the beach
100 steps or more to the beach

We stayed in a villa near Karia, a village which is nicknamed the “embroidery capital of the Greece. IMG_5185Nydri is the larger town nearby. It was a good 20 minute drive down the mountain to get to the port town of Nydri.

Restaurant recommendation: Taverna Kara Boulas IMG_5264 IMG_5642 IMG_5212 IMG_5234 IMG_5237 IMG_5248 IMG_5253

Excursions on Lefkada were totally different from any of the other Greek islands we’ve been to. Lefkada is old-fashioned in the way that it’s not touristy and it has an authenticity to it. When you look onto the port from the mountainside, it looks like a 1950’s postcard.

IMG_5197A full week there was perfect. You can walk right up to any boat on the port and ask for the two cruises I recommend. Captain Gerasimos’s boat with the huge eye on the mast is the one I recommend. Our villa was a paradise to come home to everyday. http://www.booking.com/hotel/gr/lefkada-villas.html

Excursions to check out:                           IMG_5867

  • star gazing cruise (from the port)
  • Onassis cruise (from the port)
  • amusement part in Nydri
  • The Fort of Aghia Mavra

photos by Patrick and GIna

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