A lively holiday destination on the island of Lefkada, Nidri sits just 17km away from the capital city of Lefkada Town. It’s popular with tourists for its charming harbour, lively nightlife and spectacular natural beauty. The town’s centre offers a wealth of bars, restaurants and accommodation options, most with sea views. With green mountains looming behind the village, this island destination is the perfect jumping-off point for adventurous 2017 holidays.
Life in Nidri revolves in and around the water, and ferry services link the town with neighbouring islands Kefalonia and Meganisi. Venture out into the crystal blue waters to enjoy swimming, sailing and scuba diving in tranquil surroundings. There are a number of water sports facilities on Nidri’s bustling beach. You can also use Nidri holidays as a base for exploring Lefkada’s inland region with its wild olive groves, cypress trees and wandering goats. Wild and rugged, this landscape is perfect for romantic holidays or family vacations alike.
Nidri is nestled in an area of memorable natural beauty, which visitors can explore in numerous ways. The town’s cafes, shops and restaurants are positioned around a picturesque harbour, featuring unassuming fishing boats and luxury yachts alike. Nidri’s a top sailing destination, hosting a Regatta and other waterfront events throughout the year. Wander through Nidri’s narrow streets and alleys, lined with whitewashed houses, overflowing flowerboxes and traditional blue-domed churches. You can stop off at the local museum, which features relics from the Neolithic era.
One of the top natural attractions considered a must-see during any holidays in Nidri are the local waterfalls. The Nidri Waterfalls are located just 2km outside of the village, with protruding cliffs and crashing falls leading down into a placid pool. You can bathe here or cool down with a dip under the waterfall itself. Hike to the top and you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with a local café and sweeping views of the countryside.
Wine and Dine
Nidri’s bustling port offers a full range of eateries to choose from, whether you’re in the mood for a traditional Greek taverna experience or international cuisine. The pedestrianised main street is where you’ll find international options if you’re in the mood for a Chinese takeaway. You can also head to the waterfront’s leafy promenade to find a lively selection of family-friendly restaurants, primarily featuring Greek or Italian dishes.
With its seaside location, it’s no surprise that Nidri’s seafood is top-notch. You can taste the catch of the day at any of the authentic tavernas near the water. Apollon or Trata are two classic choices, both offering an extensive menu of traditional Greek classics and friendly service. Dine on wood-fired pizza at Pomodoro, or a fusion of British and Greek cuisine at JD’s Bistro. It’s the best place in town if you’re craving a full English breakfast.
Families receive a warm welcome in close-knit Nidri with its tranquil beach and shallow, clear waters. The beach’s shallow incline and soft sands makes it ideal for little ones to paddle around in the water, or you can hire a sailboat for family adventures across the island. The walking trails around the Nidri waterfalls are suitable for all ages and fitness levels, and the surrounding terrain is quite flat for longer walks or family cycling through shimmering olive groves.
Take your pick from self-catering villas, boutique hotels or family-friendly resorts. There’s a variety of accommodation on offer, and local restaurants are able to accommodate diners of all ages and tastes. Nidri is home to several Italian restaurants, serving kid-friendly pizza and pasta dishes. You can spend your Nidri holidays within the village and find plenty to see and do, but there are also plentiful excursions on offer. Boats depart from the town regularly, taking you across the water to the Greek mainland as well as neighbouring islands. Visit adventure destinations like the archaeological attractions and caves of Kefalonia.
Action and Adventure
Framed by beaches and a wild interior, Nidri’s the perfect jumping-off point for outdoor adventures. You can spend your Nidri holidays walking to the waterfalls, hiking through nearby hills or cycling through olive groves. There are plenty of action-packed day trips you could take from the main village. Travel to the nearby island of Meganisi to delve into the depths of the Papanikolis Cave, thought to be a secret hiding spot for WWII submarines.
Nidri draws many sailing and yachting enthusiasts, and is a major stopping-off point for yachts in the Ionian Sea. It hosts the Ionian Regatta every September, which is one of the Mediterranean’s prime sailing events. The calm, open waters make Nidri a good location if you wish to learn to sail, or you can hop aboard an organised cruise to neighbouring islands and beaches. Jet skis, speedboats and canoes are also available for hire here. Whether you prefer your action on land or by sea, Nidri’s wild location invites you to explore.
Life's a Beach
In addition to the allure of its waterfalls and harbour, Nidri’s beach draws visitors from across Lefkada. With pure white sand and crystal-clear waters, it’s a prime destination for relaxation. Palm trees sway in the gentle breeze and provide shade from the bright Grecian sunshine. The beach feels secluded, yet offers plenty of tourist facilities including bars, cafes and restaurants. Enjoy views over the water to neighbouring islets and the mainland, or simply admire the sunset. There’s a water sports centre here with jet skis and sea kayaks available for hire. The area’s favourable wind conditions make it an ideal spot for windsurfing and sailing as well.
If you tire of Nidri’s main beach, it’s not far to other destinations including the award-winning beach at Porto Katsiki. This famous beach, with its crescent-shaped stretch of white sand overlooked by imposing rocky cliffs, can be accessed by boat from Nidri. Boats line the water’s edge in Nidri, making it easy to jet off on a spontaneous excursion.
Like its restaurants, Nidri’s nightlife is somewhat varied. It’s the liveliest resort in laid-back Lefkada, which means that you’ll find both quiet bars and all-night discos to suit your mood. The major bulk of the resort’s bars and pubs are positioned on its main street, running parallel to the beach. Some of these are all-night affairs, allowing you to dance the night away to pop, house or Greek music until dawn.
Excess Club is one of the most famous clubs on Lefkas, showcasing the skills of international DJs with a blend of rock, house and garage tunes. Sail Inn is another late-night destination for Lefkada party people, with a dancefloor that spills out onto the beach. If you’re in search of a place to relax with a chilled glass of champagne and quiet conversation, you’ll find no shortage of places to do this as well during your Nidri holidays. Those in search of something different can take an evening cruise, with dinner, drinks and dancing on deck.
Palm-fringed beaches, terraced dining, and quiet treks through unforgettable scenery await you on your holidays to Nidri. This fishing village can inspire romance with its waterfalls, harbour and sweeping sea views. You’ll be able to get away from it all and enjoy each other’s company, whether you prefer dancing the night away in a beachfront nightclub or enjoying an intimate sunset dinner for two.
Go sailing into the sunset or embark on a daytime excursion to the glamorous private island of Skorpios. Owned by shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, the island is renowned for its lush beauty. Pack a picnic and go diving, swimming or relaxing on a secluded beach. Another romantic day trip from Nidri is the village of Poros. Meander through its narrow streets, leading up a hill that gives way to panoramic views over the island at the top. The village’s Analipsi church dates back to the 17th century, offering moments of serenity and beauty.
This historic village sits on the larger island of Lefkada, which boasts a lengthy history of settlement from the Palaeolithic through the Roman eras, all the way up to the present. You’ll see remnants of past civilizations in the region’s various museums and churches. Byzantine architecture is on full display at the Monastery of Faneromeni, now housing an Ecclesiastical Museum. Take a day trip to Lefkada Town to discover some of the local heritage and culture. The Archaeological Museum is located here, featuring Bronze Age artefacts found in Nidri and surrounding towns.
A quirky cultural attraction in Lefkada Town is the Museum of Phonographs, showcasing an impressive display of old-fashioned gramophones, jewellery, embroidered linens and musical instruments. It provides a glimpse at typical island life over the past century. The island is famous for its handcrafted embroidery, which you can pick up in Nidri’s shops and stalls. Learn more about this tradition at the Folklore Museum of Lefkadian Embroidery, which celebrates a skill that has been passed down from generation to generation.