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    The unspoiled island of Lefkada lies just off the west coast of Greece. Complete with sun, sand and a healthy dose of legend, this charming destination has all the ingredients for the perfect Greek holiday.

    Lefkada is connected to the mainland by a causeway where the 14th century fortress of Agia Mavra stands guard. Lefkada Town lies just beyond the fortress. The town square is a hive of activity, hosting performances during the annual summer arts festival, and religious processions on feast days. Visitors can immerse themselves in the history of the region at the Archaeological Museum. The historic monastery of Panagia Faneromeni is also worth a visit. Founded in 1634, it sits in beautiful hilltop gardens and offers magnificent views of the town.

    Lefkada is known for its beaches, especially along its west coast. The crown jewel is Egremni beach, which is a long stretch of sand surrounded by sheer white cliffs and an impossibly turquoise sea.

    Porto Katsiki is equally spectacular. Carved dramatically into the surrounding hills, visitors can reach it by descending around 80 steps. Lefkada's green-topped cliffs, golden sands and deep blue sea are the reason tourists flock over every year.

    The hills of the interior conceal timeless villages and wild olive groves. Hikers can explore forests and beautiful waterfalls, while adventurous souls can trek to the top of Mt Stavrota, the highest point on the island.

    Whether looking for a family beach holiday, boat-tripping around the ten satellite islands in the region, or exploring beautiful landscapes and ancient towns, Lefkada offers the perfect destination for an unforgettable trip.

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    Lefkada has a Mediterranean climate with mild, rainy winters and hot, sunny summers. December and January are the coldest months with average temperatures hovering around 49°F (9°C). Cold winds can also blow in from the north during winter. This is not a great time of year to visit as most of Lefkada's attractions are outdoors.

    Summer is hot, though holidaymakers may receive some cool sea breezes. Early summer is a great time to go. Visitors can relax on the beach or explore the interior without getting too warm. July and August are the hottest months, with average temperatures of around 79°F (26°C). This is the driest time of year to visit Lefkada, but the beaches will be crowded. The winds pick up on the south coast in July, making conditions perfect for kitesurfing.

    Autumn has some warm sunny days, but carries the threat of thundershowers. Visitors can enjoy some perfect evenings in September and October. They can stroll around the local shops, and visit the best bars and restaurants after summer tourists have left.

    Aktion National Airport
    Location: The airport is situated 12 miles (20km) north of Lefkada Town, on the Greek mainland.
    Time: GMT +2
    Getting to the city: There is a daily bus service from the airport to Lefkada, Preveza and Vonitsa. The journey time to Lefkada is around 30 minutes and tickets can be purchased from the driver.
    Car Rental: KapaRent, Drive, Greenmotion and Hertz are all represented at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: A taxi from the airport to Lefkada Town will cost around €40 and take 25 - 30 minutes. Note, there may be an extra charge for travellers with lots of luggage.
    Fascilities: There are limited facilities at the airport. However, there are a couple of shops, including duty free, a cafe, and ATMs in the terminal. The airport can get quite congested in the summer, but there are a couple of tavernas (Greek restaurants) to be found near the terminal building for those needing a break.
    Parking There is a limited amount of parking available at the airport.

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