During my visit to Corfu, I had the lovely opportunity to visit the wonderful, tucked away town of Lefkimmi on the south-east part of the island. This hidden gem is the second-largest town in Corfu, about 6km north-west of the popular resort town, Kavos.
Considered the best example of Greek culture on the entire island, Lefkimmi is a place like no other. Stunning beaches, friendly locals and a variety of places to eat make this quaint resort town an under-visited beauty. Lefkimmi boasts an intimate, more rural alternative to a Grecian holiday. in Lefkimmi, you’ll spend more time relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere and incredible weather than you will anywhere else on the island.
Where is Lefkimmi?
Lefkimmi is situated near to the tip of the beautiful island of Corfu. Lefkimmi is less hectic than the heavily visited Kavos, which makes it a perfect destination for those who don’t want exceedingly large crowds in peak season. This doesn’t mean the small resort town is dead, however; on the contrary, it is always pleasantly abuzz with people. Just don’t expect the same intensity of people that you’d find in Kavos. Trust me, this can definitely be a good thing!
Due to the slight distance from the main tourist area of Corfu, you can enjoy a much more cultural and realistic appreciation of Grecian island life. Expect to see locals having fun and life carrying on around you while you relax on the beach. If you want to experience true Greek island life while still being able to relax in comfort, Lefkimmi is exactly what you’re looking for.
The climate is exactly what you’d expect for Corfu – sunny and warm, with a gentle sea breeze from the Mediterranean. This area of Greece is renowned for its calm waters and pleasant weather, so coming here is the perfect way to appreciate some of the best weather in the world.
July is by far the hottest month in Lefkimmi, with an average temperature of 25°C (77°F). This is that beautiful temperature where it’s warm enough to feel like it’s summer at the beach, but not so hot that you’re unbearably sweating. What creates this perfect temperature is the mix of cool air from the calm waters of the Mediterranean and the clear sun from above. The only thing you need to worry about is making sure you have sunscreen!
As Lefkimmi is slightly more inland than Kavos or Corfu Town, you have a myriad of rural paths you can hike through if desired. The weather here will be the same as at the beach, but be careful you don’t get dehydrated! If all else fails, it’s hard to go a kilometer without running into a local tavern filled with friendly, slightly drunken locals.
Beaches run along most of the coast of this area of the island. This allows you to choose wherever you’d like to plant your umbrella. The closest beaches are Alykes and Buca, which are about 3km away from the center of Lefkimmi. You can either take an adventuresome walk along the paths of rural Corfu to the beach or take one of the buses that run between the beaches and towns.
The very best part of the Corfu beaches is the water. It is perfectly shallow and warm, allowing for gentle swimming and luxurious water temperatures. As the eastern side of the island is opposite the mainland of Greece, the Mediterranean Sea is sheltered. This allows for the picturesque, gentle seascapes that you’ll find on Greek postcards.
Things to do in Lefkimmi
There are a variety of churches and monasteries to visit, including the famous monastery, Our Lady of the Angels.
If you visit Lefkimmi on the 15th of August, you can watch the island-famous festival organized by the Corfu Orchestra. You will see them play a variety of local folk music, mixed with the classics that you know and love. The festival is called Honour of Panaghia. It is in celebration of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. So, expect a good deal of religious overtones from the music, as well as lots of dancing!
As you are more removed from the ever-present clubbing scene, the nightlife is much more local and intimate. There is a range of Tavernas available along the beach. There is also a myriad of smaller ones along the nearby roads. Expect to find an equal ratio of tourists and locals! You will still find a selection of night clubs that are always fun if you are looking for a long out.
The friendliness of the locals is second to none! Expect to be invited in if you hesitate at the door, or even offered a drink. Don’t turn it down! Lefkimmi wine is famous in Greece, so drink up!
Best time to go
The best time to visit this beautiful part of Corfu is definitely in mid-August. Not only will you get the best weather possible for relaxing on the beach, but you will also get to witness the yearly musical festival. The music performed by the Music Artistic Association of Lefkimmi. This event draws immense crowds, but they quickly disperse the day after the festival itself. This means that, if you’re able to book a slightly longer holiday of at least 4-5 days, you’ll be able to enjoy the beach in relative peace and quiet before the lively crowds arrive. This way, you get the best of both worlds for a Greek holiday – relaxation and voracious energy.