This magical Greek island is one of my favourites. The waters are an incredible iridescent blue, thanks to its location in the Ionian Sea. My favourite three beaches on the island are Egremni, Port Katsiki and Kathisma. Lefkada is connected to the mainland via a long road and floating bridge, which means if you are brave enough to drive in Greece, you can get there in five hours from Athens.
Lefkada is the birthplace of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite and the site of Sappho’s suicide. The Greek poet leapt to her death from the 30-metre-high cliffs at Cape Lefkada.
I recommend doing a boat tour from Nydri, on the island’s west coast, which will take you past Cape Lefkada, and then on to see Porto Katsiki, Egremni and, my personal highlight, the private island of Skorpios. Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis married Jacqueline Kennedy here in 1968, and Onassis, his son Alexander and daughter Christina are all buried in the island’s Panagitsa Chapel. I loved being able to see the small boats at the Skorpios boat quay that Alexander and Christina (and Jackie O’s children, Caroline and John Jnr) played with when they were young.
Whatever you do, don’t leave Greece without visiting the Ionian paradise of Lefkada.