What’s in a name and why do so many Greek islands have more than one name?
People have been living on the Greek islands for a very long time and you know how languages change over time. Some islands have kept their ancient name while others now use a more modern version. I have also noted that people from different countries might use one version of a name much more than the other. No matter what you call the island of Lefkada, it is a wonderful island to explore.
Why is Lefkada “Our Greek Island” when there are so many beautiful Greek islands to discover?
That’s a great question. Almost 26 years ago John and I decided to get married in Athens so his mother could attend the wedding. We also decided to take the time to travel around Greece. Our honeymoon lasted two months! Getting married is always a great adventure, no matter who you are, but for me as an American, traveling overseas to not only meet my soon to be new family (that didn’t speak English) but to also plan a wedding in a church with a priest that also didn’t speak English… (that is another fun story for another blog post). What I want to tell you about is the honeymoon; well, only the part about all the many islands we visited and why we like Lefkada the best.
We have traveled to more islands than most people and this is what we think makes a great island It should be big enough so you don’t get bored but small enough so you feel like you are still on an island. It needs to have at least one really great beach. It needs some night life but still have places to explore that have not yet been “discovered”. It must have great people, fun and interesting to meet and to watch. It is always a plus if the island has entertainment like celebrations, festivals or shows. Towns of different sizes are nice to explore for different reasons and it is nice if the island has activities that all ages and family members can enjoy… that is Lefkada!
Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes are all wonderful, must see islands. They do have the “Greek Island look” of white washed homes and churches with blue domes. They are all very arid and dry. Great places to visit and people do by the boat full (3 to 4 cruise ships at a time). In the summer months these islands are packed with tourists, which can be fun if you like that sort of thing.
Lefkada, “The Emerald Island,” is cool and refreshing but still has some of the most incredible beaches in Greece (and the world). In one report I read, Mykonos has the #1 best beach in Greece while Lefkada has the #2 and #3 best beaches in Greece. I don’t know about you but I would rather have #2 and #3 with plenty of room, than the best beach with no room to hang out. I will tell you more about the fantastic beaches in Lefkada in another post shortly – but right now, more reasons to love Our Greek Island!
What’s to Love?
The Beaches… we always go to at least 3 beaches. Kathisma, Egremnoi, Milos and Porto Katsiki are our top picks. The sports we enjoy are swimming and hanging out on the beach (is that a sport?). The Ionian Islands (which Lefkada is part of) are the perfect islands to sail… we have done a handful of times and have wonderful memories, especially when the boys were young. We also enjoy watching the many yachts from around the world as the pass by. If you don’t like to sail big boats you might enjoy windsurfing or kite surfing. The bay on the coast of Vasiliki is where noted European competitions are held each summer.
We love to eat fresh fish along the water’s edge but also enjoy dinners in the main square in the city of Lefkada watching all the people out on a Saturday night. The food on the island is always fresh and there is plenty as Lefkada is large enough to support itself and grows most of what is needed to feed the population and the many summer guests. I think I will tell you more about the culture and architecture in another post soon to come.
Wow. There is just so much to share about this great place!