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Neion is located 15 km far from the city of Lefkas, 5 km from Nikiana and 10 km from touristic Nydri. It is in the middle of the crossroad that connects the northern with the western and eastern side of the island.
In order to reach us from the town of Lefkada, drive with direction to Nikiana. Turn right almost immediately, where there is a sign towards Sfakiotes and Karya. After 8 km, in Lazarata, turn left to Alexandros and be cautious, because the street is narrow. About 700m after you have crossed Alexandros village you will see a little church on your left and the sign for neion. You turn left and follow the small route that drives you to our front yard.
If you come from the eastern side, you have to go to Perigiali (close to Nydri), where there is a crossroad with a sign pointing towards Platystoma and Karya. You take that street which has a magnificent view and drive until you reach at the square of Platystoma. You turn right and in about 3 km you will see the small church and the sign for neion. You turn right and follow the small route that drives you to our front yard.

In Lazarata and Karya (the two biggest villages, both 5 km from neion) you can find all the necessary things you may need during your stay. There are supermarkets, bakeries and pharmacies. There are also many taverns with traditional greek food in the neighboring villages. You will get more info and tips at your arrival and during your stay.

The surroundings / Local

The area of Kiafa (Koklata) and the villages of Alexandros (Mavrogiannata) and Kolyvata consist the community of Alexandros that was until the mid twenties one of the biggest and most important communities of the island and had a big population. Some agricultural and rural activities of its inhabitants are still practiced. You can see cultivated fields, small vineyards and ruminant animals, as well as the two skeletons of the old mills at the entrance of the village.
It was gradually abandoned when its inhabitants constructed the village of Nikiana and moved there and to the city of Lefkas due to the sudden rise of tourism and this is why it remained untouched throughout the years. You can have an interesting walk through the old ruined houses that witness the history of the village and the time that has passed over them.
Lately there is a move towards the area anew, there are restorations and renovations taking place and the League of friends of Alexandros “Figos”, a local association is organizing a festival each year during the summer concerning the viability and sustainability of the area and the island.

The widest area of the mountainous part of Lefkada is very impressing, although less known, compared to the large advertising campaigns for the stunning beaches and the crystal waters that however during July and August are filled with millions of tourists and so hard to reach and enjoy. The landscapes and the traditional architecture of this area are still to be explored by the visitors. Starting from neion one can hike on the mountains and the canyons, wander in the forests, visit the old churches and monasteries, other historical sites and the traditional picturesque villages.
Some of these locations are the mountain of Skaroi, the waterfalls of Akoni, the 17th century monastery of st. George at Kolyvata, the hermitage of Agioi Pateres, the monastery of St. John in the field and of the Red Church, the old neighborhood of Rekatsinata in Karya, the plateau where the lentils are cultivated, the church of Prophet Elijah with the breathtaking view and the old American Base above the village of Egklouvi.

Lefkada

Lefkada is one of the Seven Islands, spread in the Ionian sea. With an area of 302,5 square meters and 23.000 inhabitants, it is the 4th largest island in the Ionian Sea and is located between Corfu and Kefallonia. Lefkada is easily accessible, as it is connected with the mainland by a floating bridge. The island’s climate is mild, with bright sunshine throughout the year, mild winters and warm but pleasant summers due to the cooling breeze.

Lefkada’s east and south coastline has impressive beaches, peninsulas, capes and coves that shape magnificent natural ports. The west coast has vertical, steep cliffs that end up to unique long and sandy beaches. It is said that the island owes its name to its white cliffs and to the cape of Lefkatas where, according to the legend, the lyric poet Sapfo jumped off the rocks and died in despair for her love for Faon.
Lefkada is by 70% covered by mountains and Stavrota is the tallest top (1.182m). As a result, it has narrow plateaus, fertile valleys and canyons with rich plantation and has notable flora. It also has many springs (Kerasia springs in Sivros), torrents that form small waterfalls (Dimosaris in Nydri) and impressive canyons (canyon of Mellisa in Sfakiotes). One can also visit the traditional villages at the south-west part of Lefkada. It is an ideal destination for agrotourism and alternative tourist activity.

How to reach Lefkada:
By car: The island is linked to the mainland by a floating bridge, hence no need to worry about ferry tickets.
The distance from Athens to Lefkada is 355 km (about 5 hours drive to NHION) and from Thessaloniki to Lefkada is 377 km (about 5 hours drive to NHION).
By airplane: International (charter) flights and domestic flights to Preveza/Aktion airport.
By sea plane: Connection with other Ionian Islands.
By ferry: From Ithaca and Kefallonia.

Having a car or a motorbike is necessary in Lefkada. Always drive carefully!

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