Ionian Island Holidays
020 8459 0777
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WHY IONIAN ISLAND HOLIDAYS?

AWARD WINNING HOLIDAYS

We are delighted to have been voted "Best Villa/Self Catering Holiday Booking Company" as well as "Best Medium Holiday Company To Hellenic Europe" for five consecutive years, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, as well as Runner Up for "Favourite Specialist Tour Operator" in the 2013 Telegraph Travel Awards.
Telegraph Travel Awards Runner Up 2013
British Travel Awards Winner 2015
British Travel Awards Winner 2014
British Travel Awards Winner 2015

NO HIDDEN EXTRAS

Our prices are per person with no hidden extras. We include:
  • Flights with 20kg luggage allowance
  • Fuel Surcharges
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers (where applicable)
  • Car Hire (where specified)
  • Welcome Pack
Plus, we offer an additional 10% off for under 16's on most holidays!

EXPERT ADVICE

Our team of experienced and knowledgeable advisers are here to make your holiday to the Greek islands memorable - and for the right reasons!

GREEK ISLAND PERSPECTIVE

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An island only since the sixth century BC when a channel was dug through the low isthmus connecting it to the mainland. Lefkada has its own unique appeal, possibly due to the fact that the Venetians handed over the island to the Turks in the 16th and 17th century, in return for control of nearby Kefalonia and Ithaka. On the other hand, could it have a connection with the romantic legends of two renowned beauties from a much earlier age?

Sappho, desperate after being spurned by her lover, fled to the high cliffs of Cape Lefkada on the extreme southwestern tip of the island. Here she threw herself into the sea, in ancient times a certain cure for unrequited love. She died!

Over the following centuries, criminals and lunatics were forced to repeat the act, sometimes with rudimentary wings attached, by priests from the nearby temple of Apollo in an annual ceremony. Nowadays, hang-gliders and parapentes manage Sappho’s Leap with much more success. In the 8th century AD, Saint Mavra, the black saint famous for her beauty and purity, sought sanctuary on the White Island to escape an unwanted suitor. She lived in solitary contemplation until her death, when her sainthood was assured after the discovery that her tomb would cure sickness and drive out evil spirits.

Today, Lefkada is still largely an agricultural island with thriving olive groves, vineyards and a famous lace-making cottage industry. Development of tourism has been confined to a few resorts such as Vassiliki and Nidri on the east coast. Elsewhere, the loudest noise might be from the surf breaking on shingle or the echo of goat bells through the olive trees. In spring, rare orchids thrive on the verges and the woods are bright with the purple blossom of the Judas tree.

Many of the older women in the rural areas still wear the traditional Lefkadian costume, consisting of two skirts, a brown headscarf and a rigid bodice. Stop for a retsina in a small kafenion and soon you will be engaged in conversation by a friendly local, who will be only too happy to point out all the local attractions.

Lefkada Town, the island’s capital, is situated at the north end of the island beside the narrow isthmus. It is an intriguing hotchpotch of narrow streets, timber, stone and even corrugated iron houses, with a busy harbour full of yachts. The town hosts a number of art and cultural festivals throughout the summer. The fascinating Epiros coast on the mainland is within easy reach across the swing bridge with its guardian fort of Agia Mavra.

Nidri, on the coast road 15 kilometres south of Lefkada Town, is a bustling resort in a beautiful setting from where boat trips can be taken to Onassis’ island of Skorpios, Meganisi and the Inner Islands. There is a ferry port with a daily scheduled service to Kefalonia and Ithaka and nearby a waymarked trail leads up to the Dimosari Cascades. Streams and waterfalls are extremely rare in the Ionian Islands as most of the rainfall disappears deep into the underlying limestone. Vasiliki, further down the coast is one of the world’s finest windsurfing locations and another ferry port for Kefalonia.

To discover the real Lefkada, take any of a number of quiet country roads that wind up green valleys towards the rugged mountains. Apart from the outstanding views of the inner Ionian Sea dotted with islands, many of the oldest monasteries can be explored including Agia Panaghia Odigirata, near Lefkada Town on the main road to Lazarata. Dating from the 15th century, with wonderful frescoes, recently restored, this is just one of many old churches scattered across the island. West and north of the mountains there are a series of traditional stone-built villages untouched by tourism. Typical of these are the five villages surrounding Lazarata, including Spanohori.

These quiet villages, set back from the coast, are ideal bases from which to explore Lefkada’s magnificent west coast. From the village of Agios Nikitas, set in a glorious position above a crescent of sand and soft shingle, a whole series of wonderful beaches run north and south, some such as Mylos only accessible by water taxi. To sit on an empty beach as the sun sinks gently towards the western horizon, towering white cliffs glowing pink and the sea turning from turquoise to deep blue, this must surely be one of life’s most memorable experiences.

  • Explore secluded coves and islands from Nidri in your own motor boat
  • 3 island cruise around Kefalonia, Ithaka and Meganisi
  • Enjoy the beaches on the west coast – Agios Ioannis, Agios Nikitas, Kathisma, Milos & Porto Katsiki
  • Visit Lefkada Town for its plateia (square) shopping and cosmopolitan nightlife
  • Windsurfing and dinghy sailing in Vassiliki
  • Kite surfing at Agios Ioannis beach
  • Karia, the old capital and one of the most picturesque mountain villages on the island
  • The impressive Zagori mountain range on the mainland range with one of the world’s deepest gorges Vikos Gorge
  • The Dimosari waterfalls near Nidri in mid and low season.
Flights for this season
Sunday departures
Direct flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham
PREVEZA (PVK): for Lefkada, Meganisi, Paxos and Parga/Epiros Coast
SUNDAY FLIGHT
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London Heathrow Preveza Dep: 09:40hrs
Arr: 15:15hrs
Dep: 16:15hrs
Arr: 17:45hrs
£55.00 British Airways
BA 9130/1C
T5 From: 29th May
To: 2nd Oct
London Gatwick Preveza Dep: 06:35hrs
Arr: 12:00hrs
Dep: 12:55hrs
Arr: 14:25hrs
None Monarch Airlines
ZB 3690/1
South Terminal From: 1st May
To: 9th Oct
Manchester Preveza Dep: 06:45hrs
Arr: 12:15hrs
Dep: 13:15hrs
Arr: 14:55hrs
£35.00 Monarch Airlines
ZB 7004/5
T2 From: 1st May
To: 9th Oct
Birmingham Preveza Dep: 07:25hrs
Arr: 13:00hrs
Dep: 14:00hrs
Arr: 15:30hrs
£35.00 Monarch Airlines
ZB 5872/3
Main Terminal From: 22nd May
To: 25th Sep
These timings are quoted in local time and may be subject to alteration. Greece is 2 hours ahead of the UK. Check-in time for UK is 2 hours prior to departure and in resort, due to security requirements, check-in should be 3 hours prior to departure.
Flights for 2017
Sunday departures
Direct flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham
PREVEZA (PVK): for Lefkada, Meganisi, Paxos and Parga/Epiros Coast
SUNDAY FLIGHT
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FROM TO OUTBOUND
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INBOUND
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SUPPLEMENT
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DETAILS
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TERMINAL
DEPARTURE
DATES
London Heathrow Preveza Dep: 09:40hrs
Arr: 15:15hrs
Dep: 16:15hrs
Arr: 17:45hrs
£55.00 British Airways
BA 9130/1C
T5 From: 28th May
To: 1st Oct
London Gatwick Preveza Dep: 06:35hrs
Arr: 12:00hrs
Dep: 12:55hrs
Arr: 14:25hrs
None Monarch Airlines
ZB 3690/1
South Terminal From: 30th Apr
To: 8th Oct
Manchester Preveza Dep: 06:45hrs
Arr: 12:15hrs
Dep: 13:15hrs
Arr: 14:55hrs
£35.00 Monarch Airlines
ZB 7004/5
T2 From: 30th Apr
To: 8th Oct
Birmingham Preveza Dep: 07:25hrs
Arr: 13:00hrs
Dep: 14:00hrs
Arr: 15:30hrs
£35.00 Monarch Airlines
ZB 5872/3
Main Terminal From: 21st May
To: 24th Sep
These timings are quoted in local time and may be subject to alteration. Greece is 2 hours ahead of the UK. Check-in time for UK is 2 hours prior to departure and in resort, due to security requirements, check-in should be 3 hours prior to departure.

TRANSFERS

Hire cars will be waiting at the airport.

Approx transfer time: 30 mins to 1 hour

PRE-BOOKING YOUR AIRCRAFT SEAT

To pre book your seat please contact the airline directly quoting Ionian Island Holidays as your tour operator, your booking reference number, flight number, date of departure and specific flight request. Payments for these seats are direct with the airline.

AIRLINE CONTACT DETAILS

British Airways: 020 8714 0020
Monarch Airlines: Visit Website

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE

20kg for checked baggage, 5kg hand baggage.
Security restrictions may apply, please contact the airline, the airport or ourselves before departure.

FLIGHT ONLY

We are able to offer a limited number of flights direct to Kefalonia, Preveza and Corfu. Contact out UK office for further details on 020 8459 0777.

AIRPORTS ASSISTANCE

Please also fully inform us of any disability or walking difficulty you may have, so we can provide assistance at the airport. This must be made at least 7 days before departure.

San Nicolas Hotel
SAN NICOLAS HOTEL
MIKROS GIALOS, LEFKADA
Stylish and contemporary boutique hotel located on the waterside
Boutique Hotel with shared swimming pool
Villa Akrogiali
VILLA AKROGIALI
DESIMI BAY, LEFKADA
Delightful villa in Desimi Bay with spectacular views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Anamnisis
VILLA ANAMNISIS
PERIGIALI, LEFKADA
Spectacular family villa with breathtaking sea views
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Apomera
VILLA APOMERA
KALAMITSI, LEFKADA
Idyllically positioned villa with outstanding views and wonderful sunsets
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Flisvos
VILLA FLISVOS
DESIMI BAY, LEFKADA
Delightful villa in Desimi Bay with spectacular views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Levanda
VILLA LEVANDA
PERIGIALI, LEFKADA
Perfectly positioned villa in a delightful setting with exquisite views
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Olivia
VILLA OLIVIA
PERIGIALI, LEFKADA
Perfectly positioned villa in a delightful setting with exquisite views
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Thalassa
VILLA THALASSA
DESIMI BAY, LEFKADA
Delightful villa in Desimi Bay with spectacular views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Toulipa
VILLA TOULIPA
SIVOTA, LEFKADA
Perfectly positioned villa with exquisite views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Violetta
VILLA VIOLETTA
SIVOTA, LEFKADA
Perfectly positioned villas with exquisite sea views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Sunrise
VILLA SUNRISE
NEAR LIGIA, LEFKADA
A comfortable family villa in a beautiful setting overlooking the fishing village of Ligia
4 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Votsalo
VILLA VOTSALO
DESIMI, LEFKADA
Delightful villa in Desimi Bay with spectacular views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Valmira
VILLA VALMIRA
KATOUNA, NEAR LIGIA, LEFKADA
A comfortable two bedroomed villa situated on a wooded hillside above the small fishing village of Ligia
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Mostra
VILLA MOSTRA
KATOUNA, NEAR LIGIA, LEFKADA
A comfortable two bedroomed villa situated on a wooded hillside above the small fishing village of Ligia
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Rouda Village Apartments
ROUDA VILLAGE APARTMENTS
MIKROS GIALOS, LEFKADA
Superbly located, comfortable apartments with fantastic views
11 apartments with shared swimming pool
Villa Vrahos
VILLA VRAHOS
PERIGIALI, LEFKADA
A magnificent villa in unique location with captivating sea views
4 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Almyra
VILLA ALMYRA
PERIGIALI, LEFKADA
A striking contemporary villa in a spectacular hill side location with panoramic sea views
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Anna
VILLA ANNA
AGIOS NIKITAS, LEFKADA
A delightful independent villa in a picturesque setting near Agios Nikitas
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Galini
VILLA GALINI
AGIOS NIKITAS, LEFKADA
A delightful independent villa in a picturesque setting near Agios Nikitas
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Erato
VILLA ERATO
AGIOS NIKITAS, LEFKADA
A delightful independent villa in a picturesque setting near Agios Nikitas
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Mahera
VILLA MAHERA
NEAR GENI, LEFKADA
An exclusive waterfront villa beside Vlichos Bay with views to the White mountains
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Rouda Beach Villas
ROUDA BEACH VILLAS
MIKROS GIALOS, LEFKADA
Spacious and comfortable villas close to the beach on Lefkada’s south coast.
Three 2 bedroom beach villas each with private swimming pools
Villa Athina
VILLA ATHINA
AGIOS NIKITAS, LEFKADA
A delightful independent villa in a picturesque setting near Agios Nikitas
1 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Rouda Village Apartments
ROUDA VILLAGE APARTMENTS
MIKROS GIALOS, LEFKADA
Superbly located, comfortable apartments with fantastic views
11 apartments with shared swimming pool
Villa Athina
VILLA ATHINA
AGIOS NIKITAS, LEFKADA
A delightful independent villa in a picturesque setting near Agios Nikitas
1 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Akrogiali
VILLA AKROGIALI
DESIMI BAY, LEFKADA
Delightful villa in Desimi Bay with spectacular views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Votsalo
VILLA VOTSALO
DESIMI, LEFKADA
Delightful villa in Desimi Bay with spectacular views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Rouda Beach Villas
ROUDA BEACH VILLAS
MIKROS GIALOS, LEFKADA
Spacious and comfortable villas close to the beach on Lefkada’s south coast.
Three 2 bedroom beach villas each with private swimming pools
Villa Galini
VILLA GALINI
AGIOS NIKITAS, LEFKADA
A delightful independent villa in a picturesque setting near Agios Nikitas
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Apomera
VILLA APOMERA
KALAMITSI, LEFKADA
Idyllically positioned villa with outstanding views and wonderful sunsets
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Valmira
VILLA VALMIRA
KATOUNA, NEAR LIGIA, LEFKADA
A comfortable two bedroomed villa situated on a wooded hillside above the small fishing village of Ligia
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Anna
VILLA ANNA
AGIOS NIKITAS, LEFKADA
A delightful independent villa in a picturesque setting near Agios Nikitas
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Flisvos
VILLA FLISVOS
DESIMI BAY, LEFKADA
Delightful villa in Desimi Bay with spectacular views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Violetta
VILLA VIOLETTA
SIVOTA, LEFKADA
Perfectly positioned villas with exquisite sea views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Thalassa
VILLA THALASSA
DESIMI BAY, LEFKADA
Delightful villa in Desimi Bay with spectacular views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Erato
VILLA ERATO
AGIOS NIKITAS, LEFKADA
A delightful independent villa in a picturesque setting near Agios Nikitas
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Toulipa
VILLA TOULIPA
SIVOTA, LEFKADA
Perfectly positioned villa with exquisite views
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Mostra
VILLA MOSTRA
KATOUNA, NEAR LIGIA, LEFKADA
A comfortable two bedroomed villa situated on a wooded hillside above the small fishing village of Ligia
2 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Anamnisis
VILLA ANAMNISIS
PERIGIALI, LEFKADA
Spectacular family villa with breathtaking sea views
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Olivia
VILLA OLIVIA
PERIGIALI, LEFKADA
Perfectly positioned villa in a delightful setting with exquisite views
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Almyra
VILLA ALMYRA
PERIGIALI, LEFKADA
A striking contemporary villa in a spectacular hill side location with panoramic sea views
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Mahera
VILLA MAHERA
NEAR GENI, LEFKADA
An exclusive waterfront villa beside Vlichos Bay with views to the White mountains
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Levanda
VILLA LEVANDA
PERIGIALI, LEFKADA
Perfectly positioned villa in a delightful setting with exquisite views
3 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Vrahos
VILLA VRAHOS
PERIGIALI, LEFKADA
A magnificent villa in unique location with captivating sea views
4 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
Villa Sunrise
VILLA SUNRISE
NEAR LIGIA, LEFKADA
A comfortable family villa in a beautiful setting overlooking the fishing village of Ligia
4 bedroom villa with private swimming pool
San Nicolas Hotel
SAN NICOLAS HOTEL
MIKROS GIALOS, LEFKADA
Stylish and contemporary boutique hotel located on the waterside
Boutique Hotel with shared swimming pool