Greece, Lefkada Island, Beach Ligia (Sunrice) by Apostolos J. Doulias

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Lefkada Island, which lies in the Ionian Sea, is located on the western coast of the Greek mainland. This impressive island is joined with Greece by a floating bridge, so visitors do not need to take a ferry to go there. With a long history that started from the ancient times, after the fall of the Byzantine Empire, Lefkada was ruled by the Venetians, Turks, French and British, before its accession to the Greek state in 1864.

Lefkada has a mountainous terrain with two high peaks. The island is fertile and very green in the inland. The cultivated portion of the island consists of groves of olives and vineyards. This mix of natural vegetation and cultivated crops provides a lovely lush green cover to the island. The coastline is rugged, especially on the western side of the island, where cliffs plunge down to beautiful beaches. On the eastern part there are islets, which make fine harbors.

Lefkas Town is the capital of the island and it is located near the place where the island joins mainland Greece through a floating bridge. The town offers traffic-free streets and small squares, where tourists can walk about and enjoy shopping. The laid-back atmosphere of the town is contradicted by trendy yachts that visit the new marina. At the entrance of Lefkada Town, there is the Castle of Saint Mavra, the potector of the island.

The villages of the island, like Agios Nikitas, Sivota, Vassiliki, Karya, Poros and Kalamitsi, have their own prominent features that charm tourists. In particular, Vassiliki is popular for windsurfing, the mountainous village of Karya offers stunning landscape, Kalamitsi is close to three amazing beaches, while Agios Nikitas, Sivota and Poros offer a charming atmosphere for holidays.

Apart from the traditional villages and the lovely sceneries, Lefkada is mostly famous for its stunning beaches. Porto Katsiki, Egremni and Kathisma are only few of the impressive beaches in Lefkada. With crystal water, relaxing coastline and surrounded by rugged cliffs, these three beaches are considered among the finest beaches in the Mediterranean Sea.

Very popular is also Agios Ioannis, where the afternoon wind is perfect for windsurfing and kite surfing. While the western side of Lefkada is famous for the impressive beaches, the eastern side has beautiful villages. Nidri, for example, is a popular tourist resort and its small port serves ferries to other Ionian islands, like Meganisi, Ithaca or smaller islands, such as Kalamos and Kastos.

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Comments (59)

Mauro Frison on February 4, 2012

Magic sunrise! Very warm colours and nice view. Ciao! Mauro

vladanscekic on February 4, 2012

Wonderful sunset!


Rolland Dominique on February 5, 2012

J' aime cette belle photographie

Toute mon Amitié


АЙРАТ ХАЙРЕТДИНОВ on February 5, 2012


A..W.. on February 5, 2012

Beautiful. LIKE Greetings

Radiomanchego Alamo on February 6, 2012

Una puesta de sol preciosa. Colorido fantástico. Me gusta mucho. Saludos desde Sevilla (España)

senmax on February 6, 2012

Very beautiful picture. LIKE.

H.Warren on February 6, 2012

How very beautiful,well done, Harry

mbe21 on February 8, 2012

Hi Apostolos,

What a beautiful sunrise shot, the colours are fantastic and your timing was just right. Well worth getting up early for this one. LIKED

Best wishes from Ireland Mick

::::=UT=:::: on February 11, 2012

Beautiful shot



AJ30 on February 15, 2012

Great shot, I like it. Have a nice evening, greetings.

Leyterhs Papapetros on February 18, 2012


INKA on February 23, 2012

Excellent magical composition !


Warm greetings.Inka.

Ho Thi Duc Tu. on February 25, 2012

Magnifique coucher du soleil ! L+F. Cordialement Duc Tu.

Haggs on February 29, 2012

Very beautifully caught image Like

ocramnano on March 5, 2012

Fine composition,gorgeous sunset, excellent work. Warm greetings.

jadwigafoto on March 17, 2012

A beautiful sunset. Thank you for the nice comment. Greetings. L

Stan Pawlak on March 28, 2012

Very beautiful view , Wonderful Colors!!! ( like ) BEST WISHES FROM POLAND KALWAP

hongtran on November 9, 2012

Very nice sunset .Nice shot .Like . Greetings hongtran .

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Photo taken in Epar.Od. Lefkas - Vasilikis, Ligia 311 00, Greece
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    • Camera: SONY DSLR-A350
    • Taken on 2011/04/23 06:21:26
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