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Aigli

PINELOPIS 4
LEFKADA TOWN, 31100 LEFKADA, GREECE

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A charming place to stay in the capital of Lefkada Island: a 200-year-old town house converted into a romantic little hotel with stylish rooms & suites; an inviting courtyard garden and a good breakfast.
There’s lots to enjoy on Lefkada. The island has spectacular beaches, charming villages, beautiful peaceful countryside. The capital of Lefkada also has its charm. It has one of the best marinas in the Ionian Sea and the atmosphere is pleasantly lively, especially in the summer when sailing crowds gather. Aigli, a charming family-run hotel must be the most upmarket (and environmentally friendly – it has been awarded the “Green Key”) little place to stay in town. It’s a carefully restored 200-year-old townhouse, with at its centre a courtyard garden where a delicious breakfast is served and where during the day and evening you can enjoy light meals and a fantastic selection of Greek wines. Rooms and suites, eight in total, are decorated in an elegant romantic style. They are attractive and clearly conceived to impress, with four-poster beds, ornate chandeliers, pretty bathrooms and a few little luxuries. Most open on to the courtyard garden where you will find plenty of quiet corners to sit out; a few are on the first floor and have balconies. Owners Manos and his Polish wife Gabriella live very near, and they are kind and helpful hosts.

What makes it special to me

It is always a joy to find a romantic little hideaway in town. The Aigli is a peaceful and stylish boutique hotel, and it was wonderful having breakfast in the shade in the courtyard.

But what you should keep in mind

The suite in which I stayed (the yellow suite) didn't get much sunlight. The best suites are probably those that are on the first-floor, but these need to be booked early!

ADDRESS
PINELOPIS 4
LEFKADA TOWN, 31100 LEFKADA, GREECE
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OPENING PERIOD
All year
PETS
Allowed with prior agreement
CREDIT CARDS
MASTERCARD, VISA, AMERICAN EXPRESS
Website
OWNER
Manos and Gabriella Manolikaki
TELEPHONE
69.86.96.00.00
EOT NUMBER: 0831Κ112Κ7953001
ROOMS

6 rooms/suites for 2 persons
2 suites for up to 3 or 4 persons

Lefkada luxury hotel

RATES

Prices for two persons from 80 Euro per night (winter), breakfast and taxes included. For a full overview of room rates, please check the website of the Aigli Hotel or contact them.

ROOM FACILITIES

En-suite bathroom (shower or bath)
Television with DVD player
Internet access
Mini-bar
Espresso machine
Air conditioning
Safe
Hairdryer

OTHER FACILITIES

Sitting room (winter only)
Courtyard cafe and winebar
Massage and beauty treatments (on request)
Bicycles

MEALS

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Breakfast is served in the courtyard garden or in one of the suites, which in the winter is used as a sitting room. I was treated to eggs, crepes, yoghurt with honey and grapes, and freshly squeezed juice. It was pretty good!

During the day and evening you can order light meals and snacks (such as bruschetta, salmon sandwiches, chicken with ginger, traditional pies, salami & sausages from Lefkada, salads and local deserts) exclusively made by local products at the charming courtyard wine bar of the hotel (“Mavros Lagos”). Wine lovers will be in heaven: there is a choice of 80 different labels of Greek wines including several rare and unique vintage.

For dinner you also have a good choice of restaurants at walking distance. Very close by, Thymari, a charming Greek/Italian restaurant, is supposed to one of the best on the island. Catering from one of the better Greek restaurants in town (Gogo Gefseis) can be arranged.

 

CHILDREN

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Aigli is not a typical hotel for family holidays, but children are welcome and you can ask for a cot/crib or an extra bed for a child to be placed in your room. The suites can accommodate a family of four. Babysitting can be arranged.

Lefkada is a wonderful island to visit with children. There are so many wonderful beaches to go to, and if your holidays are not in the middle of the summer, you can take your kids for nice walks in the hills. The coastal villages have a lot of charm (enjoy the simple pleasures of just strolling around and eating an ice-cream). In the more touristy places you can sign up for water sports, rent a pedal boat or canoes, and  there are places where you can rent little motor boats for the day (no licence needed).

ACTIVITIES

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Beach life
It’s okay if you just want to spread your towel on the beach and be lazy, but let the action tempt you. The nearest beach, Agios Ioannis (5 minutes by car), gets a good breeze and is great for water sports. It has a resort offering windsurfing, kite surfing, fly board and hover board. If you are experienced you can rent equipment, but for beginners there are lessons too. Or try your hand at scuba diving (at Nydri), sea kayaking (at Vassiliki) or sailing (at Nydri). You can rent a sailing boat for the day, with or without a skipper, while sailing lessons and training are offered as well. You can also rent a small motorboat for the day (again, in the port of Nydri) so you can explore nearby islands and swim in the many beautiful little coves on the east coast of Lefkada.

Walking
The hilly/mountainous inland of Lefkada is peaceful and pretty – definitely worth exploring on foot – but walking trails are limited. Paths usually go somewhere, a farm, a chapel, a field, but also end there. There are, however, many narrow country roads that barely get any traffic, so if you don’t mind walking on asphalt, you can make beautiful long walks.

Horseback riding
Ride horses at the Aramis farm in Apolpena (3 km from the town). Lessons for beginners as well as rides through hills and olive groves and on the beach.

Waterfalls
Visit the waterfalls of Nydri, a short walk from the village of Rachi. Bring swimwear and a towel, and cool off in the azure-coloured rock pools. Best in springtime – not much water actually falls after May.

Wineries
Some of the finest Greek wines come from Lefkada. After you try some at the wine bar of the Aigli you may feel inspired to tour the wineries where the are produced. “Lefkas Earth” near Vassiliki is one of the better known and is open to the public. Ask Manolis which other ones are worth visiting.

LOCATION

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The Aigli hotel is located in a quiet, narrow street in the town of Lefkada, barely a hundred metres away from one of the sea-front promenades.

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DIRECTIONS

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Lefkada is an island you can drive to – it is connected to the mainland by a long and narrow causeway and a floating bridge. The drive from Athens takes about 4 to 5 hours. You can also fly to the nearby airport of Preveza: there are domestic flights from Athens several times a week and in the summer quite a few international charters fly directly to Preveza. As you arrive at the town after crossing the floating bridge and driving down the causeway on to the island, turn right into Angelou Sikelianou St. The hotel is in the third street on your left.

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