Lefkas picks up top holiday award
Liz Waugh: January 2012
The Greek holiday island of Lefkas has picked up a top tourist award in an online poll of top holiday destinations.
Lefkas, also known as Lefkada, is one of the Ionian group of islands that lie off the west coast of Greece and is connected to the mainland by a long causeway and floating bridge.
Lefkas was voted 'Favourite Coastal Destination' in a poll in the Philoxenia Tourism Awards. The announcement was made at the opening ceremony of an International Tourism Fair in Thessaloniki.
Lefkas is an island that has grown in popularity in recent years. The low-lying east coast of Lefkas is the main tourist strip with many hotels backing a string of good beaches.
Lefkas has several islets offshore that are popular for boat excursions while the west coast has rugged cliffs, rocky shores and some very dramatic coastal caves.
Lefkas is not very large, just 30km by 12km and has a population of about 20,500. Although it has no airport, Lefkas is served by international and domestic flights to the airport at Preveza on the mainland nearby.
There are also daily buses to Preveza from Athens and ferries from Italy to the mainland port of Igoumenitsa which is a two hour drive from Lefkas.
As well as being popular for beach holidays, Lefkas is also known for yachting holidays thanks to a large number of sheltered inlets and several offshore islets, including the holiday island of Meganissi.
Lefkas also has a world famous windsurfing beach at Vassiliki beach in the south.
Two major tourist boosting projects have been given the go-ahead on Lefkas recently. One is a €22 million project to widen and dredge a 6km channel near Lefkas Town and the other is a €17.6 million project to build a marina at Vassiliki.