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.
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!
En-suite bathroom (shower or bath)
Television with DVD player
Sitting room (winter only)
Courtyard cafe and winebar
Massage and beauty treatments (on request)
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.