Cruise around Lefkada

During our summer vacation in Lefkada we took an one day cruise around the island. We sailed with Nidri Star company and the cruise costs 20 euro per person, children under the age of 6 go for free. We took the boat from Vasiliki port and we headed North. We passed the Southern part of Lefkada – Cape Ledkada and Lighthouse Doukato, and we went North. Cape Lefkatas, one of the most famous rocks in antiquity and to which allegedly the island owes its name, is located on the southwestern tip of the island and 50 km away from the centre of Lefkada town (1 hour and 25 minutes’ drive). It owes its name to its white colour during sunset, while many people claim that it comes from Lefkos, the companion of Odysseus or Lefkatas, a young man who in his attempt to avoid Apollo that persecuted him, jumped off the cliff. Also known as Kavos tis Kyras (Lady’s Cape), Kavos tis Nyras or Kavo Doukato, it impresses visitors with its towering steep rocks emerging from the sea causing admiration and with the wild and at the same time beautiful natural landscape. In fact, according to tradition it is this cape that poet Sappho fell from when Faonas did not respond to her loving feelings.

For the whole trip I couldn’t believe the beauty of the blue water – it was stunning. 

We stopped at a beautiful, desert beach, West from Porto Katsiki.

When our boat arrived on the beach there was no one there. I felt like I was lost on a paradise island – alone with this marvelously beautiful nature. 

A perfect rest – being alone on the beach.We didn’t have time to feel this happiness for a long time as soon several boats docked on the beach. By the time we left the beach it was not dessert anymore – it was crowded. 

We got back West to visit the most famous beach in Lefkada – Proto Katsiki for a swim. The boat anchored in the middle of the bay – far enough from the beach, but still close to feel the atmosphere of this famous place. 

We had some time for swimming, jumping from the boat and I personally had a lot of fun. The water is unbelievably beautiful, and I could enjoy it far from the crowded beach.

Our next stop was the port of Fiscardo on Kefalonia island. Kefalonia is the largest island in the Ionian Sea and is famous with its varied natural beauties, long sandy beaches, picturesque bays and impressive caves. Fiscardo is the only village left untouched by the major earthquakes of 1953 which makes it an interesting tourist destination. 

We had a short stay to relax, to have a fast lunch in a restaurant near on the port. As expected the food was very good. 

Just before leaving the port, another ferry, much bigger than ours, arrived and suddenly the port got jammed by tourist. We were happy to arrive earlier than the others, otherwise it would be impossible to move. 

The next stop was Ithaca – the homeland of Odysseus – the beloved land where he struggled to comeback after his long journey after the Trojan war described in Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. We stopped on a hidden beach for sunbathing and swimming. 

Still, I couldn’t believe the beauty that surrounded us. Mountain and sea are combined harmoniously there with beautiful bays and enchanting beaches, scenic trails and traditional villages. 

Next stop was Papanikolis’ Cave (Meganisi) – a a striking natural cavern. This is the cave which the captain of the legendary Papanikolis was using as a hideout during the Second World War. Papanikolis was one of the most successful Greek submarines during the Second World War. Though not so impressive from the outside, the true nature of the cave unfolds after the ship enters. the color of the water flickers off the cave walls to give a mesmerizing effect. 

We entered with the ship in the cave to take some photos. 

Next we circled the island of the Greek shipping billionaire Aristotle Onassis – Skorpios. Skorpios It was the site of Onassis’s wedding to former United States First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy a wonderful place turned into a private land with all necessaire facilities. On the island there are several houses, a tennis court, a hippodrome and a car garage. It is said that the island was bought by Ekaterina Rybolovleva, daughter of business magnate Dmitry Rybolovlev. The 24-year-old purchased the island in the Ionian Sea, west of Greece, from Onassis’ sole surviving heir, granddaughter Athina Onassis Roussel, 28, for a reported £100million.
We stopped on a tiny rocky beach, with no access to the mainland for a little swim. 

Even from the sea the island looks impressive.

At last we passed by the small inhabited island of Madouri. It is the island on which the great poet Aristotle Valaoritis was born, raised and wrote his poems. The island is declared as a landmark museum and was inherited by hit great grandchildren of the Valaoritis family.

At about 18:30 we got back to Vasiliki’s port. Even we were quite tired been all day exposed to sun and wind the ferry trip was a very good experience. I could definitely recommend it as a must do think in Vasiliki! 😊

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