Day 1: ARRIVAL AT LEFKADA AND RELAXED WALK AMONGST OLIVE GROVES.
Arrival at Lefkada and check in at our chosen family run guesthouse. After a briefing on the week's activities, we will go for a short walk amongst olive groves around the beautiful coastal town of Lefkada. Highlights include visit to the oldest Christian church of the island, Ag. Ioanis Antzousis and the short climb up to Faneromeni monastery to admire the views out across the island and Ionian Sea. Your first day on the island wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the beach, and Ag. Ioannis’s white sands and translucent waters are the perfect introduction to what will become a daily tradition on this holiday. As is dinner at a top tavern, in time for sunset.
Day 2: WALK ALONG THE FAMOUS GIRA LAGOON & HIKE INLAND TO EPISKOPOS WATERFALL. Today’s morning walk is at the island’s famous Gira Lagoon, a bird filled wetland and a Natura 2000 protected site very close to Lefkada town, which is conveniently located on the migratory path of birds such as wild duck, moorhen, flamingos pelicans and, sometimes even swans. Walking around the lagoon is an idyllic immersion into the island’s fine natural heritage. We have time for a second evening walk today, starting from the charming fishing village of Ligia and hiking along an inland path to Episkopos waterfall, with brooks and birdsong adding to nature’s harmoniousness along the way. Heading up to the elevated and exquisite village of Katouna, you will have earned a superb tavern dinner with great views and, if we are lucky, great local music too.
Day 3: WALK & EXPLORE SKAROS MOUNTAIN AND ITS ANCIENT OAK FOREST. In the morning the choice is yours – another beautiful day by the beach or a boat trip out to a neighbouring island. Our afternoon hike starts from the east coast village of Nikiana and climbs gently to one of the island’s most remote and very tranquil spots: Skaros Mountain, famous for the place that Ulysses took his sheep to pasture and where nowadays the surrounding, ancient oak forest is considered one of the island’s most precious habitats and wild places. After taking in the wonderful Ionian views, we descend back to Nikiana for our traditional dinner.
Day 4: HIKE ALONG STUNNING GORGE TO EXANTHIA VILLAGE. Today we delve into deep traditional Lefkada, hiking to the old village Kalamtitsi which, in many ways, feels delightfully unchanged by time, where elderly women still don traditional black dresses and use donkeys to negotiate the mountain paths and roads. Continuing on along trails bedecked with cypress trees and olive groves, we hike through a stunning gorge that leads us to Exanthia village, the perfect picnic spot overlooking more Ionian idylls. Our afternoon ends down on Mylos beach near the village of Drimonas, with top swimming and clear waters for those who like to snorkel. Walk or boat back to Ag. Nikitas village for a taverna dinner in this stunning waterside spot.
Day 5: COASTAL WALK FROM SOUTH TIP ALONG LEFKADA'S SPECTACULAR BEACHES. Today is the day to be blown away by beautiful beaches. Starting on the island’s south tip lighthouse on Lefkatas Cape, where the cliff and seascapes take your breath away. And indeed it is the perilous drops from these cliffs that gave the island its name, where criminals were forced to take the ‘Lefkadian Leap’. We will only be leaping from sandy bays into tranquil waters, however, heading west towards Porto Katsiki and Egremni, considered some of the Mediterranean’s finest bathing spots. After plenty of beach time at Porto Katsiki, we head inland to Athani village in a stunning olive grove filled mountain location. More stunning views, more stunning food at the local taverna.
Day 6: BOAT TO ITHACA AND EXPLORATION OF THE NATURAL HABITATS OF THE ISLAND. Today we’ll take the short boat ride to Ithaca and the picturesque fishing port of Frikes. We’ll take the narrow path that leads through the mountain towards solitary beaches. You’ll enjoy the lush green vegetation, olive groves and terraced slopes as well as the beautiful sea views nearly all the way towards the beach of Marmakas. Marmakas got its name from the white pebbles on the bottom which are shining like marble. Tall eucalyptus trees offer ample shade so we can stop to relax, swim and have a picnic.
We’ll then take the route that leads to another beautiful beach, Aphales, and then continue our pleasant walk towards Frikes. By the time we arrive the sun will be setting and a glorious sky will await us. Transfer to our guesthouse near the main port and town of Vathy which we’ll explore later in the evening.
Day 7: PLEASANT WALK THROUGH UNSPOILT LANDSCAPE WITH GREAT VIEWS. Today we’ll start the day with a pleasant and relaxed walk towards the Matathia plateau following an isolated track through an unspoilt landscape and great sea views to the Homeric Arethousa Fountain, where Odysseus’ swineherd, Eumaeus, brought his pigs to drink. The scenery at the fountain is breathtaking. We’ll then continue to the beautiful Pera Pigadi beach where we’ll plunge into its crystal clear waters. Relax the rest of the day.
Day 8: FERRY TO KEFALONIA AND CIRCULAR WALK FROM PICTURESQUE PORT OF FISCARDO. Stroll around Fiscardo, a picturesque and beautiful Greek harbour village, unique in Kefalonia as it retains the architecture and ambience of a long gone era, when the Venetians ruled Kefalonia. The picturesque harbour is surrounded by Venetian-style houses painted in pastel colours.
We will follow a circular walk starting from Fiscardo towards the northern part of the island. It connects villages, passes through cypress forests, strawberry tree forests, agricultural fields, beautiful secluded beaches where we’ll stop for a swim and a picnic as well as various historical sites such as the ancient tomb of Throni, the old village of Psilithrias, as well as the Battaria, which was a 1940 German anti-aircraft base.
Supper at our favourite tavern where you can taste the acclaimed cuisine of the island.
Day 9: ANCIENT PATH THROUGH OLIVE GROVES AND CYPRESS TREES TO ASSOS BAY
We will start our walk from the rural mountainous village of Kokolata and follow the ancient tracks, through olive groves and Cypress trees that grow in abundance on this part of the island, towards the village of Kortheas and the beautiful village of Assos. You will enjoy magnificent views of the coastline, of mountains dropping straight into the sea, and breathtaking views of the rustic village of Assos, its peninsula and the fortress.
We will stop at Assos’ delightful fishing port for a refreshing swim at the crystal clear waters of the bay and lunch before continuing our walk on the peninsula to the ruins of the old Venetian fortress. We will end our day with a visit at the most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean, Myrtos beach, with its white pebbles and turqoise waters.
Day 10: HIKE THROUGH VIVID GREEN MOUNTAINS TO HIDDEN BEACH
We will start the day with a visit at the Melisanni Lake where you will have the opportunity to take a short boat ride around the underground lake. We will then continue at the village of Sami where we can enjoy a drink before our walk through the most distant part of the island of Kefalonia.
From the mindblowing beach of Antisamos, surrounded by vivid green mountains, we will walk the narrow path through dense plant life, reaching the hidden beach Koutsoupia. Opportunity to swim at its secluded crystal blue waters before continuing to the village of Poros. You will be rewarded at the end of the day with a delicious farewell supper.
Walk and discover Naxos and the unspoilt Small Cyclades
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