Geography and Infrastructure
Lefkada, or Leucas is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece, connected to the mainland by a long causeway and floating bridge. The city of Lefkada, is at the north of the island, approximately 20 minutes by automobile away from Aktion National Airport. Lefkada Town (population: 6,903), 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 Lefkada, where the Greek female poet Sappho allegedly leapt to her death from the 100 foot (30m) high cliffs.The West coast, facing the great expanse of the Mediterranean, has the famed beach of Porto Katsiki. Lefkada was attached to mainland Greece (see above about Homer’s Ithaca being Lefkada). The Corinthians dug a trench in the 7th century BC on its isthmus.