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Nidri

Nidri holidays

Nidri is Lefkas' biggest resort and this lively place mixes the modern needs of visitors with many of the best features of a historic Greek town. Surrounded by stunning coastal scenery and forested areas, its a truly scenic place for adventures both atop the waves and on dry land during your holidays to Lefkas.

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In the bay

Although some choose to sprawl out on a lounger for the day on Nidri's beach, what a large numbers of travellers come for is the action to be had in the water. You can rent jet-skis and canoes from the watersports centre, or try your hand at windsurfing and sailing as the wind conditions here tend to be just right.

From Nidri's harbour you can see across to mainland Greece, with a few little islands marking the distance in between. The water's edge is lined with boats ready to take you off on trips to the most picturesque parts of Lefkas. Or you can sample the many local walking routes, either on foot or by hiring a bike.

The South Ionian Regatta is held in Nidri every year on the third Thursday in September, when you can see hundreds of pretty sail boats racing across the bay.

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  • Greek Orthadox
  • Euro
  • Greek
  • Approx 3.5 hrs

Cocktails or clubbing

To say that Nidri is one of the liveliest resorts in Lefkas is true - but Lefkas is a quiet island, which means Greece holidays happening here never get too raucous. The majority of pubs and bars are situated on the main street that runs parallel to the sea, some of which stay open until 6am. Locals and holidaymakers mingle and listen to Greek singers performing in venues such as the relaxing Tree Bar.

Plus there are two clubs to try. Famous DJs come to Excess Club to play a mix of house, garage, rock and Greek music, starting from 11pm and lasting all night. Or try The Sail Inn, which is open 24 hours a day. Its terrace on the beach has shade for daytime and mood lighting come dark.

Taverna treats

The restaurants in the main street and bars that line the seafront will keep you busy come evening time, and there are a couple of clubs to try that will carry you into the next day in high spirits.

Right beside the sea, along the tree-lined promenade, are a selection of family-focused restaurants and tavernas where you can eat mainly Greek and Italian-influenced food. There are also lots of places that will cook you up an English breakfast or brunch.

You'd be hard pushed to try all of the eateries in Nidri, even on a two-week holiday. But if you fancy snuggling up in a cosy restaurant beside Lefkas Town's big harbour instead, it's just a 25-minute drive to the capital.

Life on the ocean waves

Once a fishing village, now Nidri's harbour is lined with more cruisers than fishing boats. Alongside them are small vessels ranging from speed boats to wooden ships, all ready to take you out on fun excursions. You can stop off to swim, snorkel and feast on the best kind of packed lunch – a Greek one – with stunning scenery to boot.

One such excursion will take you to Scorpios – the privately-owned island designed by shipping billionaire, Aristotle Onassis. You can learn about the transformation of the island, dive in the waters and stop on the small section of coastline where visitors are allowed to disembark.

Some trips combine Scorpios with a stop at Papanikolis Cave on the small island of Meganissi. The cave was once believed to be the secret hideaway of a submarine during World War II. Or for full-on romance, you might decide to take a night-time voyage out under the stars.

Tour the island

Lefkas is a small island, and it's easy to travel between places. You don't have to go far to discover the Nidri Waterfalls, as you can walk there in 40 minutes. Head towards the village of Rahi, through orange groves, to discover its gentle falls and swim in the splash pool.

After a 25-minute drive, you'll find a range of shopping opportunities on Lefkas Town's main pedestrianised street. You can pick up the island's hand-crafted Karia embroidery from here, but to buy it direct from the ladies who make it, travel 25 minutes in the other direction, to Karia itself.

You can also cross over to the mainland via a sea bridge and be in ancient Nicopolis inside an hour, where it's possible to survey the ruins of an old Roman town.