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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 July 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 25 JULY 2015 17 FEATURE wel of the Ionian most of resort towns are peppered along the eastern coast, it is the west coast that has all of the best beaches. Nydri in the east remains the main port for cruises and boat hire though, so it's worth checking out the schedules a few days in advance as departures change depending on the time of the year and boats do tend to set off early in the morning. Porto Katsiki in the south, perhaps the best known and most photographed, could easily be twinned with Navagio in Zakynthos; a narrow stretch of fine white sand flanked on one side by an impressive cliff face and on the other by crystal clear turquoise waters. A few kilometres north, you'll find breathtaking Egremni beach and then Kathisma, which is probably one of the easiest ones to access by car and therefore very busy. Younger crowds also love Vassiliki both as a resort/beach/water sport hub but also as a starting point for cruises to other beaches and islands. We could go on and on: the bays at Kalamitsi, Pefkoulia, Aghiofili and so many others. You'll never run out of swimming options here. We based ourselves in the quaint fishing village of Agios Nikitas, which lies 13kms south of Lefkada town on its west coast. This is what a Greek holiday should be about. Despite there being a wide range of budget accommodation options here, Agios Nikitas retains all of its small village character. Be prepared though as the secret is out, and you may have to book early to ensure a room here in high season. The village has its own cute beach, set in front of a collection of laidback bars and tavernas, very popular with families. Nearby Mylos beach, just around the headland and accessible either on foot or via one of the boats from Agios Nikitas harbour, gives you that castaway feeling. Beautiful waters, no sun loungers or beach bars in sight: pure bliss. It's worth trying to be on a beach or boat when the sun sets on the western part of the island; the colours have to be seen to be believed. With all this talk of beaches, I haven't even got round to mentioning the food. Meat lovers, you must make a point of stopping at the Delimaris outlet in Lefkada town. You will find amazing salami and sausages, which are available in Athens, but the fact that you can buy them freshly- made opens up a whole other level of foodie heaven. Another must visit is Rachi restaurant in Exanthia village: known as the restaurant above the clouds, it is the most unexpected place I've ever visited on a Greek island. Tucked away in a small village alleyway, this place is a gem. Great décor, soundtrack and views matched by some equally great dishes using local ingredients. Have your camera at the ready, you won't even believe the colours right in front of you and it really isn't a holiday unless you can make your friends jealous, right? * For more stunning travel destinations head to www.everymatic.com and www.facebook.com/everymatic The magnificent view over Milos Beach. Standing over Porto Katsiki.
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