Where to Stay in Lefkada This Summer and Why

Are you wondering where to stay in Lefkada for your next beach vacation? I had the same dilemma before I visited the island, so I’m here to help!

I’ll start off by saying that there are many wonderful places to stay in Lefkada, depending on what type of experience you are looking for.

If you want a quiet and relaxing vacation, then the smaller towns and villages scattered around the island are great options. But if you’re looking for something more lively with nightlife and activities, then the main town of Lefkada is probably a better choice.

However, no matter where you decide to stay, you’re sure to have an amazing time in this beautiful corner of Greece.

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Above Egremni beach in Lefkada, Greece
I’ve visited several Greek islands to date, but the color of the sea in Lefkada still amazed me

Best places to stay in Lefkada, Greece

When deciding on the best area to stay in Lefkada, you should know that different locations on the island cater to different interests:

  • Lefkada Town: Best for nightlife
  • Agios Nikitas: Best for the western beaches
  • Vassiliki: Best for watersports
  • Nidri: Best for families

My top pick


Dimarion villas in Lefkada

Dimarion Villas in Agios Nikitas

9.0 “Superb” rating on Booking.com

Villas with private infinity pools and free parking

In walking distance to Agios Nikitas village

Lefkada Town: Best for nightlife

Lefkada Town is the capital city and it’s located in the northeastern part of the island, being connected with the Greek mainland by a causeway and a mobile bridge.

Since there’s no airport in Lefkada, the capital will likely be your first encounter with the island, except if you’re coming by ferry (check my how to get to Lefkada post for more details).

Why you should stay in Lefkada Town

Lefkada Town is a great choice for people looking for active nightlife and other activities besides relaxing at the beach and swimming.

You’ll find several clubs scattered around the town where you can break a sweat dancing, while the new Lefkada Marina has a great selection of tavernas, cafes, bars, and restaurants as well as a shopping center. You can also rent boats from the Marina.

Why you shouldn’t stay in Lefkada

You shouldn’t pick Lefkada Town if you want to have a quiet, relaxing holiday and you don’t like crowds.

I remember passing through it on our way to Agios Nikitas and it was bustling with people despite both the pandemic (we visited in 2020) and the late hour (it was almost midnight).

It was not the best sight for our tired eyes, especially since way too many people paid no attention to cars and crossed the streets randomly.

Porto Katsiki Beach, Lefkada
Porto Katsiki

Best beaches near Lefkada Town

The best beach near Lefkada Town is probably Paralia Agios Ioannis. It has sunbeds and umbrellas, but you can also bring your own. There are also tavernas around and plenty of parking space around.

Do pack your water shoes, because while the beach has some sand portions, there are also plenty of pebbles and rocks. Agios Ioannis Beach is also a popular kite surfing spot.

Another nice beach is Ammoglossa, a white stretch of sand near the mobile bridge that connects Lefkada with the mainland. Despite being on the smaller side, the beach usually doesn’t get very crowded.

It is also not as windy as other beautiful beaches on the island and there are no facilities on the premises. Right next to Ammoglossa, you will find Kastro beach.

Accommodation options in and around Lefkada Town

Here are a few accommodation suggestions in and around Lefkada Town:

  • ERIEL Boutique Apartments Aparthotel – Chic, modern studios in Lefkada Town. 9.7 “Exceptional” rating on Booking.com.
  • Filippos House Apartments – Comfortable apartments for 4, in the middle of the town. 9.0 “Superb” rating on Booking.com.
  • Sti Chora Apartments Apartments – Budget-friendly, modern apartments, slightly outside the city center (but still within walking distance). 8.9 “Fabulous” rating on Booking.com.
  • ioniangems Luxury villas – The villas can accommodate up to 4 – 6 people and have infinity pools with views of the island and sea. They’re located on a hill, around 11km away from Lefkada Town, so a car is required. 10 “Exceptional” rating on Booking.com.

Agios Nikitas: Best for visiting the western beaches

Agios Nikitas is a tiny (I’m not even kidding, it’s basically one street) fishing village on the northwest side of the island, about 13 kilometers away from Lefkada Town.

Why you should stay in Agios Nikitas

In my opinion, Agios Nikitas is the best place to stay if you want to visit the western beaches (which are the most beautiful on the island by the way), but you don’t want to have to drive to get to a beach every single day (since it has 2 beaches that you can walk to).

This is the main reason why I chose to stay in Agios Nikitas myself.

Milos beach, Lefkada
Milos beach seen from the trail

Why you shouldn’t stay in Agios Nikitas

Since the village is small and popular with tourists it can easily get crowded during the summer months. Besides, there’s not much to do during the evenings, besides dining at a local taverna or watching the sunset.

Best beaches near Agios Nikitas

The most popular beach is the eponymous Agios Nikitas and this is mainly because it is very easily accessible: the main street ends there. The beach is sandy, not very big and there are no sunbeds or umbrellas.

However, I preferred Milos beach instead, which can be reached on foot or by boat. If you choose the first option you should know that you’ll need to climb over a pretty high hill to get to the beach. It’s no easy feat, especially in the summer heat.

Nevertheless, I still recommend doing it, at least once, since you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view of the beach and the shockingly blue-azure color of the water.

On the other hand, if you decide to go by boat, pay attention to the time of the last return journey or you’ll still have to climb over the hill to return to your accommodation.

I should also mention that Milos is often listed among the best beaches in Lefkada, along with Kathisma, Egremni, and the famous Porto Katsiki.

Speaking of Kathisma, it’s located only 7 minutes away by car (3.5 km) from Agios Nikitas. And while the other two are farther away (45 minutes and one hour respectively), it’s still really easy to visit them from Agios Nikitas if you have a rental.

Accommodation options in Agios Nikitas

Despite its small size, there are many accommodation options in Agios Nikitas, but things get a bit more complicated if you have a car with you.

That’s because the main street (though it looks more like an alley) of the village is accessible only to residents. So you either need to find a place that offers parking or park on the side of the main road coming from Lefkada Town, where it’s usually quite difficult to find a free spot.

Since we visited Lefkada with our personal car, a secure parking spot was mandatory for us. But I also wanted to be within walking distance of the village. We also preferred a private villa since it was the summer of 2020 and we wanted to practice as much social distancing as possible.

We ended up picking Dimarion Villas, which not only fulfilled all three criteria but also had a refreshing private infinity pool at a fairly decent price.

There are 4 villas in total, each with its own pool. However, one of the villas is split into 2 studios (ground and upper floor) and the pool is shared between these two suites.

best areas to stay in Lefkada
Dimarion villas, Agios Nikitas

However, there are other options as well (with and without parking):

  • Santa Marina Hotel 3-star – Good value-for-money hotel with parking. The rooms include different meal options (breakfast or half-board) and a sea or a poolside view. 8.4 “Very Good” rating on Booking.com.
  • Aletro Villa Villas – Affordable and modern two-bedroom villas with free private parking, near the main street of the village. 9.3 “Superb” rating on Booking.com.
  • The Ionian View Aparthotel – Modern studios with sea view, free parking and an outdoor swimming pool. 9.1 “Superb” rating on Booking.com.
  • Evridiki’s Studios Apartments – Budget-friendly studios close to the beach. 9.1 “Superb” rating on Booking.com.
  • Beyond Villas Luxury villas – Spacious villas right above Milos beach. The villas have private pools and panoramic views of the Ionian sea. Milos is reached by a flight of stairs (private access). 9.3 “Superb” rating on Booking.com.

Vassiliki: Best for watersports

Vassiliki is another small village, located in the southern part of the island. Here you’ll find one of the two ports of Lefkada.

Why you should stay in Vassiliki

Vassiliki is a popular location for water sports activities, in particular windsurfing. Having some late-night bars dotted around, you’ll find here a bit of an active nightlife. Besides the popular Porto Katsiki beach is located relatively close: just 30 minutes away by car.

The village is also a good base if you want to island-hop to Kefalonia since the ferry for Fiskardo leaves from here.

Why you shouldn’t stay in Vassiliki

It is pretty windy here most of the time (hence why is a prime location for windsurfing) and the local beach (Vassiliki Beach) is not the best.

Porto Katsiki beach, Lefkada, Greece
Porto Katsiki

Best beaches near Vassiliki

The best beach close to Vassiliki is probably Porto Katsiki, the postcard beach of the island. It is a white pebbled beach with stunning azure waters, bordered by dramatic cliffs. There’s a generous parking lot right above the beach.

Agiofili Beach is a beautiful cove with crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling, a feat a bit unusual for Lefkada whose waters are usually milky blue.

While you can reach it by car, I highly suggest you take a boat ride (only takes 10 minutes) from Vassiliki port instead. The road is not paved (it’s just plain dirt) and the parking space is both limited and pretty expensive.

Ammoussa Beach like Agiofili is recommended for snorkeling. The beach has no sand, only pebbles and there are usually lots of fish in the water, especially during the first part of the day. You can reach it by a dirt road in about 16 minutes from Vassiliki, but again my recommendation is to take a boat trip.

Vassiliki also has a local beach, the eponymous Vassiliki beach, but as I already mentioned is not a very good one: the waters can sometimes be muddy (probably due to the port), it’s mostly rocky, and there are many windsurfers.

Accommodation options in Vassiliki

Here are a few accommodation ideas in Vassiliki:

  • Steven Apartments – Cheap and comfortable rooms with sea views. Parking space is available. 9.7 “Exceptional” rating on Booking.com.
  • Romanza Studios Studios – Well-priced studios with sea views. 9.6 “Exceptional” rating on Booking.com.
  • Aktes villas Villas – Beach-front villas with a shared pool. 8.9 “Fabulous” rating on Booking.com.
  • Casa Demi Holiday homes – One-bedroom modern villas for up to 4 people, with free parking. 10 “Exceptional” rating on Booking.com.
  • Meltemi Studios Aparthotel – Modern studios with garden or sea views, located close to the port. 9.4 “Superb” rating on Booking.com.

Nidri: Best for families

Nidri (also spelled Nydri) is one of the busiest and most popular destinations on the island. It is a small town, located on the east side of Lefkada and also a port.

Why you should stay in Nidri

Nidri offers a wide array of accommodations and activities for everyone: from families to single people looking to have fun. There are tavernas, clubs, bars, and coffee shops to suit any taste.

The waters are usually really calm here in contrast to the western beaches where the waves can get plain scary at times, so it’s a great place to stay if you’ve got kids.

Nidri is also a port so you can use it as a base if you want to visit the nearby local islands of Meganisi and Ithaca. Or you can hire a motorboat (there are a lot of companies to choose from here) at a really cheap price for the day and explore on your own.

Egremni Beach from above - Lefkada
Egremni Beach from above

Why you shouldn’t stay in Nidri

If you want to see the unreal milky blue waters that Lefkada island is famous for, then Nidri is not for you. While the beaches here are nice too, they don’t have that wow factor that the western ones do.

Best beaches near Nidri

Nidri beach is a long and narrow strip made from a mix of pebbles and coarse sand. The emerald waters are calm and shallow, so it’s a great place for families to swim in. The small islands around Nidri add a very green background.

Desimi beach is only 15 minutes away by car from Nidri. It’s located in a bay and usually, it’s not very crowded.

Accommodation options in Nidri

Here are some accommodation suggestions:

  • Thalassaki house Apartment – A 2-bedroom apartment overlooking the port and the small island of Madouri. Free parking is available. 9.9 “Exceptional” rating on Booking.com.
  • Aggelos Apartments & Deluxe Studios Apartments – Self-catering, modern studios with a shared outdoor pool. 9.4 “Superb” rating on Booking.com.
  • Amoroza Villa Villa – Modern, one-bedroom villa for up to 4 people with a private swimming pool. 10 “Exceptional” rating on Booking.com.
  • Athineon Hotel – Comfortable and affordable rooms close to the beach and Nidri center. 9.4 “Superb” rating on Booking.com.
  • Orion Hotel 3-star – Chic rooms with mountain or sea views. They have free parking, a seasonal swimming pool and a bar. 9.2 “Superb” rating on Booking.com.
  • Hotel Nydri Beach 2-star – Affordable rooms with breakfast included. 9.1 “Superb” rating on Booking.com.

Other things to know

Which side of Lefkada has the best beaches?

The western part of Lefkada has the most beautiful beaches, however, this side of the island also gets strong waves at times, so it might not be the most suitable for a family with small kids.

Where do you fly into to visit Lefkada?

To reach Lefkada, you would fly into Aktion National Airport (also known as Preveza Airport) on the mainland of Greece. This is the closest airport as Lefkada Island itself does not have an airport.

Where should I stay in Lefkada?

In my view, Agios Nikitas is the ideal place to stay in Lefkada because it’s easy to explore the western beaches from here, but you don’t need to drive every day as it also has two beaches within walking distance.

Final Thoughts

I hope this post helped you take a decision on where to stay during your vacation in Lefkada, whether you want to see those stunning waters the island is famous for, participate in water activities, or simply have fun and relax on the beach with your family.

Also, don’t forget to check out my other GREECE content for more travel inspiration and tips about this beautiful country.

Happy travels~


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