At the entrance of the City of Lefkada is the medieval castle of the city, built by the Venetian Ioannis Orsini at the beginning of the 14th century. The castle took its name from the church of Agia Mavra which was located in the same place. This church also gave its name to the island of Lefkada for a long period of history. The castle is located on the edge of the small strait that forms between Lefkada and the opposite coast of Acarnania and is surrounded by a moat.
Most of the city’s streets start from the bridge that connects the city with the opposite shore and have a radial layout. The city’s main thoroughfare is the now-defunct Derpfeld Street, named after the famous German archaeologist Wilhelm Derpfeld, who carried out significant excavations in Lefkada in the early 20th century. On Derpfeld Street are some of the city’s most notable buildings as well as the best-preserved old churches. Many of the city’s old churches were built during the 17th century and are of Baroque style. Due to the great seismicity of the area, almost all the bell towers are made of metal.
The statues of three important writers born in Lefkada, Angelos Sikelianos, Aristotle Valaoritis and LefkadiouHern stand out in the city. Among the places to visit in the city, the archeological museum stands out with findings from the excavations of Derpfeld.
Parga is part of the Prefecture of Preveza near the Acheron river and opposite the islands of Paxoi. Its charm is made up of small stone walks that lead up to the castle at the top of the hill, pretty two and three-storie traditional buildings with wooden balconies and inviting shops and bars with a view of the tiny island right of the bay of the village.
Sandy beaches, underwater caves, tiny bays and green hills are there for the lucky visitors. According to tradition the islands were a part of Corfu but Poseidon, the ancient Greek God of the seas, tore the two pieces of land away from the island so he can live there undisturbed with his lover Amphitrite.
While there don’t forget to:
– Take a boat tour around the two islands that will get you to bays and beaches that can only be reached by boat.
– Take advantage of the waves and windsurf
– Explore the island following old routes, especially the one from Mousmouli to Porto Ozias and the one from Manesatika to Ipapanti to the north of the island.
Sivota is a beautiful place blessed with lots of greenery and crystal clear waters. The small village boasts lots of small taverns, bars and cafes for all tastes and also has a marina for small boats. Apart from enjoying a day at the beach, don’t forget to visit the numerous chapels scattered around the area and on the two tiny islands right of the Sivora bay.