Are you travelling to Lefkada? You cannot miss out on this stunning beach and have an amazing time windsurfing, sightseeing, and so much more.
Are you looking for an exotic island, but you don’t feel like flying halfway across the world for it? If you’re a European tourist dreaming of visiting the great Caribbean islands, Lefkada is the island for you. The Caribbean of Greece, as many call it, Lefkada is one of the most magnificent Greek islands. Positioned right in the heart of the Ionian Sea, this stunning island offers an array of beaches and activities for tourists to enjoy. The fact that it’s connected to the mainland by a small bridge, makes it easily accessible by car. Aside from wonderful natural landscapes, Lefkada also offers a myriad of the most scenic beaches in Greece. Agios Ioannis Beach is precisely one of those that you must visit on your holiday. Here’s why this is one of the spots that will capture your every breath.
Agios Ioannis Beach
Agios Ioannis beach is the closest beach to Lefkada Town. Only a few kilometres separate the beach and the town. The long beach is surrounded by golden sand and bluely-green waters that will captivate you entirely once you see it. An exotic landscape surrounds the area, which is why numerous tourists visit Agios Ioannis year after year. It is well-organized with sunbeds and umbrellas facing the wonderful sea. For a charming atmosphere, old windmills will be there to offer all the cosiness you need at Agios Ioannis. The beach is wonderful for enjoying an array of water sports, including windsurfing. If you take a look at the left side of the beach, you will notice one of the most beautiful and famous sights in Lefkada – the Church of Agios Ioannis Antzousis.
Reaching Lefkada is very easy because it is connected to the mainland with a bridge. Therefore, you won’t have any trouble reaching any of the spots on the island either. You can choose from an array of options to reach Agios Ioannis, from any location on the island. If you want to go to the beach from Lefkada Town, it’ll take 3.5 km / 2.1 miles. n
Private transfer is one of the best options if you’re visiting Lefkada for the first time. You can easily book private car hire online and get a transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car. The chauffeur will pick you up directly at Aktion/Preveza airport or your hotel, depending on your preferences.
For those more experienced, you can also rent a car in Lefkada. If you’ve already visited the island earlier, and you know how to reach the main spots, then renting a car will be your cup of tea. For 14 euros a day you can rent a good car, and pick it up directly from the Aktion/Preveza airport or your hotel. Drive wherever and whenever you want, organising your island tour in whichever way you prefer.
Thing to Do
Agios Ioannis Antzoussis
As mentioned before, Agios Ioannis Antzoussis is one of the gorgeous sights in Lefkada. If you ever choose to visit Agios Ioannis beach, you must pay a visit to this stunning whitewashed church with interesting icons. The small chapel of Agios Ioannis Antzoussis lies in a rock, right above Agios Ioannis beach. This small charming chapel is the oldest church of Lefkada and is build back in the 16th century. Franks built it on the site of an ancient church. You’ll recognize it by a stone roof and an old bell tower.
Agios Ioannis attracts many skilled windsurfers. If you’re a fan of this water sport, you’ll love the time spent there. Due to the perfect winds that blow on the beach, the atmosphere is absolutely perfect for windsurfing. You’ll have the chance to meet a large number of fellow windsurfers because everybody who enjoys the sport is sure to visit it at least once during their trip to Greece.
Where to Stay
Ageras Santa Marina
When it comes to accommodation options, Lefkada boasts a wide variety of hotels, apartments and villas. If you decide to stay near Agios Ioannis beach, then Ageras Santa Marina will be a wonderful choice. You’ll find this charming accommodation only a few meters away from the beach. The complex offers an array of studios and maisonettes. Every one of them has their own balcony or veranda, overlooking the sea. Guests can enjoy a full spectrum of facilities including a private bathroom with bathtub or shower, hydro massage, air conditioning, fireplace, flat-screen TV and wi-fi. A fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, oven, and hot plate will also be at your disposal. For guests with small children, Ageras Santa Marina provides baby cots too. If you have a pet, you can announce its arrival, and you’ll be allowed to have it in your room. Ageras Santa Marina in Lefkada offers a private parking area, barbecue, sitting room with TV, as well as a beautiful garden.
The Apartments of Kastro Maistro are another accommodation option close to the Agios Ioannis Beach. In the complex, guests can enjoy a selection of fully-equipped studios, apartments, and attics. Kastro Maistro offers 25 sqm studios, a deluxe studio, 40 sqm apartments, attics, and deluxe attics that can accommodate between 2 and 8 guests depending on the type of room. If you choose the Deluxe Attics, you’ll have the chance to enjoy either 2 or 3 bedrooms. That is a wonderful option for tourists travelling in large groups, such as big families or groups of friends. Maistro Apartments in Lefkada provides their guests with a full spectrum of amenities, from air conditioning and free Wi-Fi access to satellite TV and a private bathroom with a shower. If you’re bringing your baby, they can provide a baby cot too. Guests can enjoy a fully equipped kitchen with the necessary equipment. The rooms come with a balcony or veranda with a sea view on the gorgeous Ionian Sea. At Kastro Maistro Apartments, guests will also have access to a big swimming pool with a poolside bar and private parking lot, a playground, a ping pong table, and a buffet breakfast.
Where and What to Eat
Nissi Mediterranean Kuzina
The choice of restaurants and bars is truly vast in Lefkada. One thing is for sure, you will never be hungry, no matter which part of Lefkada you choose. However, if you happen to visit Agios Ioannis Beach, then you must visit Nissi Mediterranean Kuzina. This warm and welcoming place is only 1.5 kilometres away from the beach and definitely worth a trip. All the dishes they make are home-made in their kitchen and prepared using the freshest ingredients, which are delivered daily to the restaurant. For salad lovers, Caesar salad will be a dream come true. The special of BBQ pork with pureed corn will be a delight for all the meat lovers. Do you prefer seafood? No problem. At Nissi Mediterranean Kuzina you can order delicious fried calamari, seafood pasta and shrimp pasta alongside sea bass with celeriac purée. For more seafood specialities, be sure to try shrimp spaghetti, seafood linguini and shrimp linguini. You cannot imagine a Greek restaurant menu without moussaka, so don’t miss out on trying this delectable dish precisely at Nissi Mediterranean Kuzina. Their beef fillet and the BBQ pancetta pork belly with creamed corn is something worth ordering too. Many guests are raving about their fish soup, zucchini balls, and sea bass fillet so if you make another visit, try as many different dishes as possible.
Are you looking for authentic home-cooked meals? How about tasty desserts and a mixture of unique fresh ingredients, high-quality cheese and home-made dough? If that sounds mouth-watering, then you’ll have to have a meal at Nirikos. The lovely restaurant is a bit farther away from Agios Ioannis Beach, but it’s worth every kilometre. You’ll find a relaxed atmosphere and amazing food only 3.3 kilometres away from the beach. Their fried zucchini, Greek salad, and souvlaki make your taste buds dance in a sweet symphony. Eggplant saganaki, schnitzel a la cream, and fried Aubergines are what makes this restaurant famous. On top of that, they make a variety of pizzas that many claims to be the best ones in whole Greece. From lamb chops and moussaka to stuffed burger with tzatziki, saganaki, and bluefish. Nirikos will have something for everyone’s taste. Don’t miss out on the delectable pannacotta and a variety of other delightful desserts.
Travelling to Greece will be a wonderful experience. If you add hopping to Lefkada to it, you’re really going to be in for a treat. Be sure to pay a visit to a wonderful Agios Ioannis Beach and make the most of your holiday. From enjoying sightseeing and windsurfing to having amazing food, your trip to Lefkada will be unforgettable.