Lefkada is steadily becoming one of Greece’s hottest holiday destinations – and if you are looking for a great place to stay in Nidri, the Babis Apartments is perfect. One of the best locations in town – a great view of Nidri harbour, 5 minutes walk from the bars, restaurants and bustle of Nidri harbour, 10 minutes walk from the beach.
Take a look at our rooms, our facilities and our rates. If you would like to check availability or reserve a room, email us. We look forward to welcoming you to the Babis Apartments this summer.
The Resort of Nidri
Nidri is one of the three main resorts on the island of Lefkada, along with Lefkas Town (the capital) and Vassiliki on the south coast. A quiet fishing village in the winter, Nidri is transformed in the summer to a bustling cosmopolitan town, filled with bars, restaurants and activities for tourists.
The heart of the town of Nidri is the harbour front. During high season the harbour fills up with boats of all sizes from 1-man sailing boats to 50 metre luxury cruisers. A walk along the harbour in August is quite a sight, with tourist boats, yacht flotillas and speedboats jostling for space.
However, there is still space for the fishing boats belonging to the local fishermen. If you want to try your hand at cooking some Greek cuisine while on Lefkada we recommend you visit the fishing boats as they come in from their morning’s work (from about 9.30am) and buy fish direct from the boat. You can’t get fresher than that.
If you’re staying at the Babis Hotel, you may have kitchen facilities – in which case try this: clean the fish well, flour them and fry them whole. Serve with boiled new potatoes and a Greek salad (horiatiki). Accompany with a bottle of local wine – we recommend Lefkaditiki Gi (Land of Lefkas), available in local shops.
The Island of Lefkada
One of the things that people always remember about Lefkada – and what brings them back time and time again – is the huge variety the island has to offer. Mountains soaring 1,200 metres into the sky; miles of unspoilt west coast beaches; sleepy villages that time has forgotten; the maze of narrow back streets in the capital, Lefkas Town; the fact that you can eat at a different restaurant every night of your holiday and still only sample a fraction of the local cuisine.
If you have never visited the Ionian Islands before, you will be amazed at how green, how vibrant they are. 303 square kilometers of land – over 70% of it mountainous. Even at the height of summer, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius, the mountains are lush, with many flowers in blossom. Shady olive groves provide the perfect setting for a morning or evening walk, and the waterfalls outside Nidri are the place for a refreshing dip and a chance to spot some local wildlife.
The Island of Lefkada
Equally however, Lefkada is renowned for its 117km of coastline and world-famous beaches. The east coast, where Nidri is situated, has countless smaller bays and inlets, the shingle and sand beaches gently slope into clear waters, perfect for children to swim. Nidri beach is just a 10 minute walk from the Babis Apartments. Dessimi, a great place for snorkelling, is 15 minutes by car. Many of the beaches on the east coast are inaccessible by car – we can recommend boat hire.
The west coast is where things get dramatic. Here you will find acres of immaculate white sand at the base of towering cliffs, turquoise waters and dramatic rock formations. Porto Katsiki and Egremni are consistently voted two of Greece’s best beaches. Kathisma, near the north of the island is a beautiful spot and next door Agios Nikitas with its steep cobbled main street and tiny but perfect little beach should not be missed.
The capital of the island, Lefkas Town is well worth at least one visit. Shops, cafes, bars, a bustling town square, hundreds of narrow, twisting back streets with colourfully painted houses. A large modern marina. Take a look at the Archaeological Museum, where many of the famous archaeologist Dorpfeld’s finds are displayed. Visit the ruined castle or Santa Mavra on the outskirts of town which dates from the 14th Century (where the island connects to the mainland with the swing bridge).
The wider area
Lefkada is connected to the mainland of Greece by a bridge, so if you have a car whilst on holiday, you will be able to explore further afield (click here for car hire). The town of Preveza has some interesting sights (it’s not just there for the airport) and if you want to go even further, visit the old city of Ioannina, 2 hours away.
By far the best way to sightsee, however, is by boat. The panorama from Nidri of the surrounding islands is known as Millionaire’s View and for good reason too. The islands of Meganisi, Madouri, Helloni, Skorpidi and the Onassis islands of Skorpios and Sparti are all visible from the harbour, and boat trips run around these islands daily during the summer. Meganisi is easily reached by ferry (by car or on foot) and there are several large cruise boats offering trips further afield to the neighbouring islands of Kefalonia and Ithaka.
The two most unspoilt and naturally beautiful islands of the area however, are Kastos and Kalamos. These islands are almost completely untouched by tourism, and as a result have peaceful villages and breathtaking clean beaches. The only boat that visits these islands is the M/S Christina.