Cosmopolitan Nydri Village is Everything You Want in a Yachting Vacation
This formerly quiet fishing village is not as understated as one may expect. Nydri Village’s (also spelled Nidri) position on the eastern coast of Lefkada, Greece, is superb, sheltered from the western winds by a cradle of hills and mountainsides covered in olive and groves and pine forest. The mesmerizing cobalt waters of the Bay of Nidri, secluded waterfalls with breathtaking views, and the bustling restaurants, bars and other fascinations entice travelers with their charms. Still a small village at its heart (one could walk the length of Nydri Village in roughly 20 minutes), this town of just 800 residents offers convenient access to all the quintessential natural beauty one could seek in the Greek Isles.
Water sports reign supreme here, as the bay is protected from the open Ionian Sea, offering conditions more akin to a massive lake. Sun-soaked days spent island hopping among Lefkada’s smaller neighbors are top of the order, with Nydri being the most popular starting point, its lovely port filled with sailboats, fishing boats and luxury yachts waiting for the day’s adventures. Land lovers will relish the stunning canyon hike from the village center to the famous waterfalls, rewarded by endless vistas and refreshing waters for swimming.
Hot Spot: While are there are no “big cities” on the island, Nydri is the main hub on Lefkada for restaurants, nightlife and shopping. Foodies will find plenty of authentic Greek fare, as well as international flavors, served in waterfront eateries.
Despite the town’s small size, it packs a mighty dose of captivating Greek history and culture. Today, Nydri is the most cosmopolitan town on the island of Lefkada, though like most Greek locales, its story began at the dawn of history. The town’s archaeological museum exhibits relics from the site of Hirospilia, where artifacts from the Neolithic era and Bronze and Classical ages have been discovered.
German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld conducted extensive study in the region at the turn of the 19th century, based on his examinations of Homer’s “Iliad and the Odyssey.” His explorations of Lefkada and the area surrounding Nydri led him to conclude that Lefkada was Homer’s Ithaca and the palace of Odysseus was located just west of Nydri. Mycenaean tombs, ruins and other artifacts uncovered at Nydri have supported his hypothesis, adding to the intrigue of Nydri’s colorful past.
Nydri also enjoys some modern mystique, with neighboring islands including Skorpios and Sparti, once owned by shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. The community of islands off of the Lefkada coastline continues to attract the world’s elite travelers seeking secluded holidays in the Ionian sunshine.
Getting Around: Buses, boats and private taxis shuttle visitors around Lefkada and between islands daily, but for the real Nydri experience, rent a moped and start exploring.
Nydri Village is featured on 2019 and 2020 Crystal Esprit voyages exploring the Greek Isles, Croatia and Montenegro.