Lefkas, Greece

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Sweeping mountains and a turquoise sea, Lefkas encapsulates the dramatic panorama of Greece.

Across a canal originally excavated in 640BC, a swing-bridge joins the spectacular island of Lefkas to the Greek mainland. Twenty one miles long and nine miles wide, Lefkas is divided by the towering spine of Mount Stavratos, so that each corner of the island has its own character.

To the north, windswept dunes and ruined fortresses; to the west, magnificent beaches of perfect sand beneath steep limestone cliffs; the east, more sheltered, with honey-coloured beaches stretching as far as the eye can see.

Gorgeous countryside dotted with villages and crooked backstreets with multicoloured houses in Lefkas town complete a magical picture.

And to round it off, the Acheron River is thought to be the ancient River Styx – gateway to the

Regular boat trips leave Nidri to visit the nearby islands of Madouri, Meganissi and Skorpios, now owned by Onassis’ grand-daughter Athena.

Ferries to Kefalonia and Ithaca run daily throughout the summer. Paul Walters video.

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