The city of Lefkada is the capital of the homonymous municipality and prefecture, the smallest of Greece! It is situated to the north where the island meets the mainland, and more specifically the prefecture of Aitoloakarnania (the largest in Greece!). At the entrance you can admire the medieval castle of Aghia Mavra, the name that used to be the island, which it took from the church which is located inside the castle. Passing the small floating bridge that connects Aitoloakarnania with the island, the city with colorful houses and the marina full of sailing boats on a green background welcomes you. Back to the hill stands the Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni, a protector and patron saint of the island, invites you to worship and see the view from above. Starting out exploring the town from the marina, you will hear this sound as a whistle that creates as the sail ropes tear the wind blowing. Then you will be lost in the narrow streets of the city, which is a declared traditional settlement. You will gaze at the colorful houses of wood and tin, typical of the city's architecture. You will visit the Orpheus Museum to learn more about the island's culture. Then you will pass through the Philharmonic building, which was founded in 1850 and is the second chronologically founded in Greece. You will admire many churches in Venetian style with many baroque elements. You will find St. Minas at the top of the pedestrian crossing the city. You will find the “Church of the Panayia ton xenon (which literally means Holy Mary of the Foreigners) near Marka Square. A strange name don’t you think? It was not made for the "foreigners", but for the faithful inhabitants of the island who came to the town of Lefkada from the villages!! In the central square you will meet Agios Spyridon, somewhere in the middle on a side street you will find the church of Agios Nikolaos, and between them, the temple of Pantokrator, a real work of art with baroque elements. Inside the Pantokratoras and in the garden of the temple are buried many prominent Lefkadians, protruding the tomb of the great poet Aristotle Valaoritis who is behind the holy step. Behind Marka Square, in a remarkable 1890 architectural building, you will also find the Public Library, which houses a treasure, a collection of post-Byzantine icons and heirlooms. Finally, you will get ice cream in your hand and go to the beach with the coffee and enjoy the sunset lost at the beach of Agios Ioannis from the wooden bridge. Or even better, take a bicycle ride along the “gira” next to the lagoon of Lefkada, which is part of the NATURA 2000 network as a landscape of natural beauty, and you will see the sunset from the windmills, one of the best in Lefkada. Do not forget to visit the Archaeological Museum, the Phonograph Museum and the Museum of another great Lefkadian poet, Angelos Sikelianos, which opened recently. For the weekend, for a walk, for rosemary, the town of Aghia Mavra is waiting for you to get lost in its alleys!
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