Lefkada Trails

Lefkada is an island in the Ionian Sea off the west coast of Greece north of Kefalonia and south of Corfu. It is already well known for great sailing, windsurfing and beaches – but it also has many fantastic mountains, ravines and forests. Here are trails for you to explore peaceful Lefkada. All are completely free for you to walk using either the description on this site or copying the free GPX to your GPS app or device. Tell us about your walk on Instagram @lefkadatrails or on Facebook

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NEW The Lefkada Trail – 80km six-day hike from North to South

A brand-new long distance hiking trail running From Lefkada town in the north to Cape Doucato on the southern tip.

Stavrotas or Mt Elati – high peaks

  • Mount Elati Five Peak Loop - Stunning walk across the roof of Lefkada. A trail with the best views of the north, east and south of Lefkada with the surrounding seas,… -
  • Stavrotas from road above Agios Ilias - Climb up the highest peak on Lefkada up the shortest route. Stavrotas is without doubt Lefkada's top mountain: it is the highest at 1182m, it… -
  • Stavrotas from road above Eglouvi - Climb up the highest peak on Lefkada passing through lentil fields and high pastures. Stavrotas is without doubt Lefkada's top mountain: it is the highest… -

Eglouvi and Karya – mountain villages

  • Eglouvi to Katharia Rachi (A4) - Another superb climb from Eglouvi up Mnimati (at 1,157m Lefkada's second highest peak) and then out along a ridge to an amazing viewpoint (Katharia Rachi)… -
  • Eglouvi to Profitis Ilias (A3) - A justly popular walk from the mountain village of Eglouvi up to a pretty church on the top of a steep peaked mountain. You can… -
  • Eglouvi to Psili Rachi (A5) - A superb climb from the mountain village of Eglouvi up to Mnimati (at 1,157m Lefkada's second highest peak). Psili Rachi is a viewpoint on one… -
  • Karya to Profitis Ilias (M4) - Brilliant climb from the excellent hiking base of Karya up to the main peak above the village. There is a church on the top called… -
  • Mount Elati Five Peak Loop - Stunning walk across the roof of Lefkada. A trail with the best views of the north, east and south of Lefkada with the surrounding seas,… -

Skaros Forest – ancient oaks on the hills above Nikiana

  • Alexandros to the Red Church - A wonderful descent from Alexandros down to the Red Church following a gorge through the Skaros Forest and a superb tree lined monopati. This route… -
  • Katouna Valley and Forest Loop - Beautiful walk from Katouna village climbing up along a stream, climbing over a hill for wonderful views, and back down to Katouna. Best in spring… -
  • Kollyvata to Skaros forest loop - Classic route around the Skaros peaks wandering through ancient oak forests along marble terraced monopati. This trail has a number of elements that make it… -
  • Red Church to Kollyvata - A wonderful ascent from the Red Church up to Kollyvata following a superb tree lined monopati and through the forests and ravines of Skaros. This… -
  • Skaros mountain from Nikiana loop - This trial climbs up Skaros through the crags above the Nikiana looping around the back to descend by track and road back to Nikiana. The… -

The North – around Lefkada town.

  • Mellisa Gorge Loop - Walk down into the delightful Mellisa Gorge in the hills above Lefkada town. This gorge is frequently mentioned in guides to Lefkada as a great… -

The South – and Vasiliki valley

  • Dessimi to Poros cape loop - This walk runs right around the glorious Poros cape in the south east corner of Lefkada. The trail starts either from Poros village itself or… -
  • Kontarena and Vasiliki Loop - A walk around Sykero, a low hill on the headland south east of Vasiliki with great views over the south of the island. Starts and… -
  • Vournikas around Lainaki loop - A loop around the Lainaki mountain starting from Vournikas - a mountain village in the valley up above Vasaliki. The trail starts with a steep… -

West Coast – pine forests above the beaches

  • Athani loop - Circular walk up through pine forests and up over the limestone hills of south west Lefkada. Starts in the village of Athani just above many… -