| Lefkada town
The town of Lefkada and capital of the island, is separated from the shores of Aitoloakarnania, through an artificial channel with two bridges. One of them is movable on a canal, while the other is biggest.
The town with its traditional feature, shows part of the islandĘs cultural inheritance. Narrow cobblestone paths, traditional houses and old churches, all add to the beauty of this island. Take a walk around and see the experience it.
In the town of Lefkada you will see some of the most important sites of the island. Like Saint Mavras castle or the castle of Orsini, as it is else called. It was built in 1300 and hosts cultural events. The castle is built in front of a sea-lake and it is the most important aqua-land of the island, where many species of birds and animals find shelter.
The most impressive part of the town, is Bosketo park, with busts of eminent Zakynthians (Angelos Sikelianos, Aristotle Valaoritis, etc.).
Venetians did not influence the townĘs architecture as in Corfu and Zakyntho. The current town started to build in 1684, after the order of archon Morosini and people transferred their residences outside the castle. Earthquakes affected it. So houses were mostly small, double-decked wooden buildings with tiles. Most of the times, the floor was wooden, while the ground floor had stones. Due to the catastrophic earthquakes, people had to rebuild their houses. They used the same materials, but the upper part was light, with a steel sheet. It is a technique used even today. In the historic center you will see many that kind of buildings. Of course there are the noblemen old mansions, built in large building plot with yards. Like Zoulinou residence, where the Public Library of Lefkada is hosted today as and the Collection of Afterbyzantine Icons of Ionian Art.
In Daiperfeld Street you will find many malls and tourist shops. While all around the central you will find cafes, taverns and lots of bars. Worthwhile visiting are Lefkadas churches. Of Saint Spyridonas dated from the 17th century and of Saint Nikolaos built in 1687 in baroque style. Really interesting are also the churches of Pantokratoras and Saint Minas.
DonĘt miss visiting the town museums. The archaeological and folkloric museum, the Public Library and Charmoglios Library, revealing important parts of the islandĘs cultural inheritance. The beach of Gyra, near Kastro is a real piece of work.
In Lefkada you will find hotels and rooms to let for all wallets. Options for entertainment satisfy all demands.