Lefkada lies in the Ionian Sea off the west coast of Greece, but is conveniently connected to the mainland by a causeway and floating bridge. The coastline is dotted with picturesque fishing villages and stunning beaches washed by crystal-clear waters. While the hilly, tree-clad interior conceals untouched villages and ancient ruins. Visitors can experience all this at first hand through activities such as windsurfing, horse-riding, hiking, mountain biking and paragliding. Many culinary options await, ranging from traditional tavernas and cosy ouzo bars to restaurants serving ethnic cuisine. The island's cultural heritage is a rich mosaic of influences from periods of foreign rule, which is most evident in the aristocratic charm and characteristic architecture of the main town.