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.