Nikiana, a small charming village, settled in the green hillside of Lekfada. I would describe it as the anti-dote to the crowded and loud beach-destinations in Greece !
I love it here, as I can connect to the sea, enjoy an intact beach surrounded by cypresses and typical vegetation. It is worth going for a beach exploration as there are lots of hidden gems in this area.
Enjoying the unspoilt pebble beaches
Most of these small sandy pebble beaches are unspoilt with calm atmospheres and pleasantly refreshing waters. Don’t expect umbrellas and loungers though. Take your flip flops, a hat and a towel and follow the main road walk. If you are into diving, then head north to Episkopos, for their diving center. You can stay at Thomais Boutique Hotel.
The sparkling sea at Limni beach is stunning in the afternoon sun. Many residents of Episkopos and Nikiana come to this beach, but it is mostly uncrowded. Don’t worry if you are a non-swimmer because the beach has gradual depth. While there are no beach bars, you could purchase refreshments and snacks at a store that is just across the street. However, I would advise you to get your picnic (or breakfast) at Il Forno bakery, as they serve excellent artisan bread, baklava and other freshly made local pastries
Exploring Nikiana is easy
Exploring Nikiana is easy: this fishing village is simply organized along a main street, with a picturesque port. The main restaurant of the village serves fresh seafood. But to feel the real spirit of this place, you could look for smaller tavern-like places like the Breath of Zorba. The restaurant has a charming retro look, and the food is just divine. An excellent choice if you are planning a romantic diner by the sea.
Heading south, to Nidri
Public transport on the island is outstanding. Thus you can easily take a short trip north to Lekfada, Or head south to Nidri one afternoon and see the local museum. The museum itself is not large but features artifacts that tell a fascinating story of Lefkada. Some of the pieces date back to the Neolithic era, while others were unearthed at Hirospilia, a nearby archeological site.
If you don’t mind breaking a sweat, you could go on a hike to Ag. Pateres Monastery. This sacred place is nestled in Mount Skaros, the hills outside Nikiana. The views from up there are just breathtaking, and you won’t see too many people along the way. Keep in mind that the trail leading to the monastery is steep. Luckily, you could also rent a car and drive up there if you are not in the mood for a workout. You may see a piece of Greek history and enjoy the landscape.