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The green and mountainous island of Lefkas is also known as Nisos Levkas and Levkada.

The town of Lefkas is at the northern end of the island, from where a bridge extends connecting the island to the mainland. It is a growing charter base with companies overflowing the available berthing capacity, so space here is restricted and unlikely to improve. It is a popular port in which to spend the winter months, either in our out of the water.

Position 38°49.8’ N, 20°42.8’ E (Lefkas marina)

Other Harbours on Lefkas

Nikiana
A small harbour about 7NM S of Lefkas port on the east coast of the island. Noisy as directly next to main road from mainland.

Nidri
This harbour is a busy watersports centre sitting at the entrance to a large bay, just over halfway down the east coast of the island. It is possible to anchor here or berth on the busy town quay (if available space), and also at the IBA pontoon, in front of the Athos hotel. Chandlery, mechanical repairs and a sailmaker are available here, as well as provisions, bank, ATM and internet cafes.

Vliho
Just south of Nidri, and further into the same enclosed bay which provides good protection. There are a number of good anchorages in addition to berthing at the quay. The average depth in the harbour is 5 to 6m. Good shopping, chandlery, boatyard and repairs. Showers and laundry at the yacht club.

Sivota
Delightful waterfront settlement situated in an almost landlocked bay at the southern end of the island. The approach to the bay is difficult to see until you are almost upon it. Very busy quay with local traffic and flotillas and highly likely your anchor will be fouled. Big cat population. A number of tavernas offer services and pontoon mooring in return for dinner. Is possible to anchor a distance off the quay, however depths drop quickly.

Vasiliki
This harbour is on the southern coast of the island and its harbour is liable to silting up, so care should be taken with depths here. A sleepy little place now enlivened by the arrival of many watersport activities and extremely popular with wind surfers.

Clearance

This is a Port of Entry and Customs, Port Police and Immigration are all based here.

Lefkas Port Authority
Tel:+30 26450 22322 ,VHF Channel 12
The office is in the Public Services Building.

Docking

Lefkas Canal

The Lefkas canal, separating the island from the mainland, has existed since ancient times. It is used mainly by local craft as a short cut to nearby Ionian islands. It has been dredged to a minimum depth of 15 ft (4.5 m). There is no toll.

There is a floating swing bridge (for traffic & pedestrians) on the Northern part of the canal which opens between 0600 and 2200 on the hour.

Improvements have been made to the northern entrance of the canal and it is now clearly marked with large Red and Green buoys, with lights (which continue down the length of the canal). A waiting dock has also been installed for yachts coming down from the north who need to wait for the bridge to open. Dredging also means there is now much more depth at this entrance (approx. 6m).

The port of Lefkas is situated where the canal bends NE/SE. Take particular note of the buoys marking the channel as you are sure to go aground if you stray outside these limits.

Anchoring in Lefkas Town
Whilst officially anchoring is prohibited in Lefkas harbour (since the harbour is part of the channel and as such is considered a fairway), yachts do anchor well clear of the channel seemingly unchallenged. If you can find sufficient space, it's possible to anchor between the southern part of the town quay and the northern marina berths. Another area to anchor is between the northern end of the town quay and the fairway. Holding is patchy on regularly ploughed mud.

Docking in Lefkas Town

The town quay west of the wooden café boat is for public use, administered by the harbour master. East of the café is out of bounds and used by charter companies (they will ask you to move if you berth there). In the summer months, charter boats do start to creep onto the public side of the quay making space very limited.

There are a few water points on the quay, some coin operated, many out of order. There are also taps on the end of the quay but no electricity. Fuel is available by mini tanker and WiFi can be picked up from local tavernas.

There may also be space to berth on the causeway that leads to the swing bridge. Take care here as charter companies have started using this space also and attaching their own mooring rings. Mid-week it may be possible to use these rings, however as the weekend approaches and charter boats start returning, you will be told to leave (see comment about this at bottom of page).

An alternative to the town quay is the marina, however berthing fees here are much higher.

Photo shows location of IBA Pontoon in Nidri, courtesy of SY Funny Girl.

Last updated June 2018.

Canal Bridge
VHF Channel 12 'Floating Bridge Santa Maura'
The bridge normally opens overy hour, on the hour between 06:00 and 22:00. See any changes to this schedule in notices below under comments. It can also be opened on request. Normally in March/April the bridge closes for maintenance and a temporary ferry boat is used with restricted opening times.
Lefkas Marina
East Shore, Lefkada , 31100 Lefkas, , Greece
Tel:+30 26450 26645 / 26646 Fax:+30 26450 26642 ,VHF Channel 69
This is a D-Marin marina but all Greek marinas are classed as public marinas, therefore the docks are open to the public. CCTV and 24hr security.
620 berths, 40m (stern berthing), 45m (alongside berthing), 4m maximum draught. For visitor berthing call in advance (transient catamarans from 01.01.2018 will be charged 50% extra). The marina is heavily occupied with charter yachts.
Facilities include water, electricity, fuel, laundry, showers (pay extra) bars, restaurants, chandlery and supermarket. 10 min. walk into town centre.
Boatyard with 60 ton travel hoist and small hard standing. Advance booking necessary.
Nidri - IBA Pontoon
Nidri Beach Front , Lefkas 31084
Tel:(+30) 26450 93020
South of Nidri town quay on the approach to Vliho Bay (see map above for location). Yachts moored here can use the facilities of the Athos hotel including pool, wifi, bar, washing machine and showers. Lazy lines - most places more than 2m deep. Water and electricity available.
Vlikho Marina & Boatyard
Boatyard slipway , Vlikho, Levkas 3100 , Greece
Tel:(0)2645 95218 Fax:(0)2645 95592
Moorings and some walk ashore berths. Shore storage. Good range of services. Water, electricity, toilets, Showers, laundy facilities. Limited chandlery. Gaz in village. No fuel. 2 minimarkets. Clean facilities and pleasant rural surroundings.

Yacht Clubs

Vliho Yacht Club
Vliho, Lefkas, 31084, Greece
Tel:+30 2645029282.
Family run yacht club, providing European food, showers, laundry, internet access and book swop, plus great opportunities to meet other cruisers and solve problems.
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