Lefkada short break walking holiday

Lefkada short break walking holiday

  • Apr - Oct
  • Small Groups
  • 3-5 days
  • Customizable

"Discover the best of Lelfkada in four days with your own private local guide!.."

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This 4-day Ionian islands walking holiday in the lush green island of Lefkada, will offer you the opportunity to explore its overwhelming nature and dramatic coastlines with breathtaking views… old network of footpaths… steep cliffs and stunning white beaches with turquoise waters… traditional mountainous villages… delicious local food and wine… friendly and experienced local guides…

Lefkada is covered with evergreen trees and lush vegetation as the Ionian is one of the greenest regions of Greece. Rain is not infrequent, however the rewards for the traveler are captivating sunsets, colourful rainbows, a dreamlike landscape and stimulating smells of herbs and flowers.

Lefkada, especially in early spring and autumn, is a herbalist’s paradise. Due to the high percentage of rainfall, it boasts a high biodiversity rate, being the home of many rare plants and herbs. We have arranged for an expert herbalist to give you a unique tour into the island’s flora!

You cannot leave the island without exploring the numerous little islands and islets scattered within Lefkada’s tiny archipelago by boat. You’ll reach secret caves and solitary bays that are only accessible by sea…

Here is an example of what you will experience during your private Lefkada short break walking holiday:

Join our Chania short break walking holiday and you will:


images Walk and explore the history, culture and natural wonders of Lefkada,

images Enjoy 2 unique hikes and discover the island’s overwhelming nature and dramatic coastlines with breathtaking views,

images Walk to magical parts of the islands that you would never discover on your own,

images Explore the numerous islands of Lefkada’s tiny archipelago and reach solitary emerald green coves,

images Visit monasteries, Byzantine chapels with rare frescoes, ancient monuments

images Swim and snorkel at stunning white beaches with turquoise waters,

images Learn about the local herbs and plants, birds and other members of the animal kingdom!

images Sample organic, home-made food locally produced wherever you eat,

images Experience customs and traditions, cultural happenings,

images Stay at a traditional family-run guesthouse,

images 3-day, 4-day or 7 day walking holiday adapted to fit your schedule… possibility to combine this walking holiday with visiting Ithaca island or the Zagorian villages and Vikos gorge…

The carefully chosen walks during our Lefkada shortchanged break walking holiday are graded as easy to moderate. We will walk mainly on paths of moderate gradient with ascents of up to 500m in a day. We will walk up to 5-6 hours in the day including stops to rest and for lunch. Being predominately limestone some parts of our paths can be quite rough and stoney.

Flexible itineraries are available based on the needs of our guests. We can organise a more challenging or a more relaxed-pace itinerary offering you more time to relax and enjoy the sea and sun of the Ionian. 3, 4 and 7 day itineraries are offered as well as a self-guided option. Lefkada can also be combined with Ithaca and Kefalonia islands or the Zagorian villages & Vikos gorge in Northern Greece.

We have reserved for you a lovely authentic family-run guesthouse at a very central location.  The owners are very hospitable and helpful and are known to provide the most delicious breakfasts. We’ll send you full details.

The combination of natural beauty and culture but also the hospitality of her residents will make this holiday unforgettable for you.

Solo travellers are welcome. It’s always more fun to walk with a group of like-minded travellers.

We organise the Lefkada short break walking holiday all year round apart from August when it’s too hot.

The best time to visit:

  • March: blossom is out.   
  • April to June: for wild flowers, sunshine and moderate temperatures. The Easter period is recommended as it’s one of the most important celebrations in Greece and you’ll have the chance to experience traditional feasts and gatherings.
  • September to October: for warm seas, gentle weather and autumn flowers. Grapes and olive harvests.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@nofootprint.gr

CHANIA SHORT STAY WALKING HOLIDAY FEES

4-day walking holiday staying at traditional family-run guesthouses:

All prices are per person for two people sharing a standard double room.

  • 2 people: 540 EUR pp

  • 3 or 4 people: 467 EUR pp

  • 5 plus people: 387 EUR pp

    Supplement for single rooms:

  • 4 nights – EUR 60


We offer group and special offers at our Ionian islands walking holiday. Please contact us for further information…


Lefkada short break holiday fees include:

  • Transfers from and to Aktio (taxi costs 30 EUR each way)
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • 2 guided walks
  • Guided boat tour
  • 24% VAT
  • Transfers to and from our starting and ending walking points
  • An arrival briefing on the island of Lefkada
  • Introduction to the local biodiversity, flora and fauna

Book your walking holiday at Lefkada, Kefalonia & Ithaca…

 

Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO LEKFADA & CIRCULAR WALK AROUND EGLUVI PLATEU
Welcome to Lefkada and transfer to Your traditional guesthouse at the most picturesque village of Ag. Nikitas. Briefing and opportunity to explore the village’s stunning beach.

In the evening, you will explore the beautiful plateau high above the highest village of Lefkada (730m) and until recently the most populated one, Egluvi village. Traditionally villagers used to grow wheat in sophisticated terraces around the village, and after the end of the harvest, they would make their own mix of flours using the windmills that were strategically situated in the nearby high hills. Our walk follows a circular route where you’ll have the opportunity to explore ruined windmills, abandoned terraces and threshing floors, as well as remote chapels, while enjoying panoramic views of the Ionian sea.

While the village of Egluvi today holds less than 30 inhabitants and no wheat is cultivated, the few remaining local families grow in the fertile grounds one of the most renowned varieties of lentils. We’ll have dinner at the village’s main square under the shade of evergreen trees, where you’ll have the chance to try the famous lentils and other delicious local “mezes”.
DAY 2: WILD HERBAL TOUR & HIKE THROUGH ANCIENT OAK FOREST TO TOP OF MT. SKAROS
We will start our walk from the picturesque village of Kolivata where you will meet one of the most emblematic figures of Lefkada Island, Aris the herbalist. Aris will take you on a walk around the fertile valleys of Kolivata to introduce you to the local endemic medicinal plants and talk to you about their traditional uses through the centuries. After this unique herbal immersion we will have a small lunch break at the local tavern, where Maria, the owner, serves mouth-watering dishes with the products she grows in her garden.

We’ll continue to Mt Skaros, famous as the place where Ulysses took his sheep to pasture, and as one of the island’s most precious habitats. Located up in the river-crossed mountain, it is made up of centuries’ old moss-draped trees, especially a very rare type of oak which can only be found in Lefkada and in a handful of other forests in Europe. During the Venetian and Ottoman occupation guards were posted throughout the forest to protect it. At the top you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding islands and scattered picturesque villages.
DAY 3: BOAT TOUR TO SURROUNDING ISLANDS AND SOLITARY COVES
Today we will be able to explore Lefkada by boat. Lefkada has one of the more dramatic coastlines, where white rocks dive into turquoise waters. Our boat tour will start from Dessimi beach located in the south of the island. From Dessimi beach we will cross over to Meganisi Island and make our first stop for swimming to a remote private beach. From there we will visit Papanikolis cave where legend has it that the famous Greek Papanikolis submarine was hiding during the Second World War. The cave is considered one of the biggest sea caves in the whole Mediterenean and it is still used today as a refuge for boats during stormy weather.

After the visit to the cave, we will head to Paradise beach which is accessible only by boat, to enjoy lunch at a superb tavern, whose owners offer delicious home cooked meals from their own produce and catch of the day. The ideal end of a perfect day!
DAY 4: FREE DAY
We have allowed for a free day for you to relax and explore the rest of the island of Lefkada. The options are endless and we will be happy to recommend excursions or activities for your last day.

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