Lefkada

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This article is about the island; see Lefkada for the village on the Greek island of Paros in the Cyclades.
Statistics
Capital:Lefkada
Periphery:Ionian Islands
Area:325 km²


Ranked 51st

Inhabitants:20,900 (2001)


Ranked 51st

Pop. density:? inh./km²
ISO 3166-2:GR-26
Car designationEY (Lefkada
Λευκάδα)
Number of municipalities6
Number of independent communes2
Area codes in Greece:11+30+26450 (north)
11+30+26460 (south)
Name of inhabitantsLefkaditi
Postal code:310 (expect for the city and Nidri)
Website:Homepage of Lefkada (http://hellas.teipir.gr/prefectures/english/Lefkada/Lefkadas.html)
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Municipality
Postal code:311 00
Code for the municipalities36xx
Municipal code:3606
Address of administration (city)Angelou Sikelianou and
Valaoritou Sts,
Lefkada 311 00
Website:http://www.lefkas-city.gr

Lefkada, or Lefkas (Greek: Modern: Λευκάδα, Ancient/Katharevousa: -as) is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, connected to the mainland by a long causeway and floating bridge, as well as the island's capital city. The city of Lefkada, or Lefkas Town, is at the north of the island, approximately 20 minutes by automobile away from Preveza Airport.

Lefkada Town(population: ca. 10,000), has a pedestrianised main street, a marina, and bus access to Athens.

The east coast section of the island has small resorts of Lefkada, Nikiana and Perigiali, all north of the largest resort on the island - Nidri. It is set in a sheltered location with views across to Skorpios - owned by Aristotle Onassis, Meganissi and other small islands, as well as the Greek mainland. The main coastal road from Lefkada to Vasiliki runs through the town, although a bypass is being built. There are regular car ferries to Kefalonia, Ithaca and Meganissi.

20km south of Nidri is the resort of Vasiliki - a windsurfing center. There are ferries here to Kefalonia and Ithaca.

South of Vasiliki is Cape Lefkatas, where renowned Greek female poet Sappho allegedly leapt to her death from the 100 foot (30m) high cliffs. There are spectacular views across to Ithaca and Kefalonia, however the 16km (10 mile) unpaved road is enough to put off all but the most determined.

The West coast, facing the great expanse of the Mediterranean, has the hyped beach of Porto Katsiki. To the North, there are numerous beaches, with pale golden sand and powerful waves - a sharp contrast to the more popular East Coast.

Folklore has it that once upon a time, thousands of years ago, Lefkada was attached to mainland Greece. Some say the Leleges, its first inhabitants, tramsformed into an island, others that the Corinthians dug a trench in its isthmus.

On August 14 2003, the island was rocked by a powerful earthquake, measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale, 30km (20m) off the west coast. There were some reports of minor injuries and damage. Roads were cut off by mudslides, especially the road linking the southern part of Lefkada. About a thousand vehicles left the island. The quake was felt in nearby Corfu, Kefalonia, and as far away as Athens.

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Climate

Its climate for much of the island has hot summers and cool winters expecially in the mountains.

Transportation

Municipalities

Name of municipality Municipal code Seat Postal code
Apollonii 3601 Vasiliki 310 82
Ellomeno 3602 Nydri 311 00
Karya 3604 Karya 310 80
Lefkada 3606 Lefkada 311 00
Meganissi 3607 Meganissi 310 83
Sfakiates 3608 Lazarata 310 80

The municipalities excludes the two independent communes of Kalamos (code 3603) and Kastos (code 3605), its postal codes are 310 81.

Communities

Communities and subdivisions in the Lefkada area include:

On the Island of Lefkada

Outside of Lefkada island

The four communities on Kalamos used to be part of the Kefallinia prefecture but are now part of the Lefkada prefecture.

Notable persons

(in chronological order)

External links:

(in Greek and English)

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