Some places are so good they come recommended via hushed tones, with caveats of keeping the information to yourself. Lefkas is one such place. An island nestled off the west coast of the Greek mainland, Lefkas has inexplicably managed to stay below the tourist radar, and remains unspoilt and authentic.
A couple of larger resorts are dotted on the east coast of the island, Nidri being the biggest. A former fishing village, it was discovered by sailing fans and today an impressive array of yachts moor up alongside traditional fishing boats. Happily, this has given rise to a selection of family-friendly restaurants and bars joining the ranks of the classic Greek tavernas, creating a diverse social scene in the resort. Just seven miles north lies Nikiana, which replicates Nidiri’s success, on a smaller scale.
If you’re looking for something even less populated by travellers – head west. Agios Ioannis on the extreme north west of the island features more olive trees than buildings on its postcard-perfect beach – and that’s the largest place for miles.
Exploring the island’s network of hiking and biking paths is the main way to pass the day on Lefkas – expect waterfalls, cooling pine forests and 1,000 metre mountain peaks – with views that befit the effort of ascending them. Island hopping is another draw – Lefkas enjoys access to 10 smaller satellite islands, accessible via the quay in Nidri or Vassiliki.