Lefkada is the easiest Ionian island to get to by car as it is connected to the mainland by a floating bridge. And, as above, this route has recently gotten easier and quicker following the completion of the Olympia and Ionia Odos (aka Motorway 5) which have cut travel time almost in half to about 3.5-4 hours from Athens.

The island features incredible beaches under dramatic cliffs, rich forests and an August full of cultural events. Particular standouts are the Lentil Festival in the village of Eglouvi, the Traditional Wedding in Karya and the International Folklore Festival – a dance festival featuring groups from all over the world promoting friendship, communication and cooperation.

Lefkada is also a top choice for kitesurfers and windsurfers who take advantage of the islands reliable winds.