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Yachting in the area

 

Lefkas is really a group of 24 islands of varying sizes, the main island of which stands out for its stunning turquoise water and its endless, white sandy beaches, lying mainly along the west coast.

One of these beaches, considered to be amongst the finest in Europe, is Porto Katsiki. A wild, dramatic beauty awaits the visitor there.

On the west coast of the island, one of the most famous beaches is Kathisma, a long stretch of sand with clear blue water, while the glorious beach of Egremni must be visited.

The eastern side is dominated by the verdant Prinkipo islands with their scenic anchorages and sandy bays. This is where Onassis' island, Skorpios, is to be found, and Madouri, the home of the great poet Aristoteles Valaoritis.

On the small islets of Meganisi, again to the east, such as Kastos and Kalamos, the visitor encounters particularly lovely places, fine beaches, traditional villages and people whose hospitality cannot be beaten. In the same area, the great, sheltered bay of Vlichos, that cuts deep into the shoreline forms a splendid natural harbour, welcoming all crafts sailing the Ionian Islands. The green peninsula of Vlichos embraces the beach and curves round opposite Nidri, while a beautiful deep bay at Sivota, reminiscent of a fjord, affords safe anchorage to the many boats that seek refuge there from bad weather or simply for relaxation.

To the southwest, on the other side of Vasiliki, the peninsula and cape of Lefkatas is to be found. From this point on, the most remote and most awe-inspiring stretch of the west coast begins.

One of Lefka's most important natural features is Gira. A long, narrow strip of white sand 7 km in length rings a lagoon in the north of the island, starting from a point right behind the fortress of Santa Maura, forming the Ammoglossa (Tongue of Sand) that reaches as far as the other side, beyond the town.