Karya of Lefkada...mountainous and beautiful
Karya is the mountainous village of Lefkada, 14 km from the town of Lefkada, about 20 minutes drive by car, drowned in the deep green that was given unlimited by nature and which was cared and maintained by the hospitable inhabitants.
It is built on the green slopes of the mountain at an altitude of 500 meters, and is famous for its excellent climate and for its unique natural beauty.
The population is approximately 1,000 people, while during the summer months show a significant increase, due to the large influx of tourists. The residents are hospitable, polite and friendly, and the visitor will be attracted by them from the first moment. The women in traditional costumes will delight and excite to the call for a photo.
Wonderful, excellent in art, are the world famous “Karsanika” embroidery made by the women of Karya.
The visitor, strolling to the street of the central market of Karya, will admire the splendid traditional stone houses, the narrow streets and the beautiful squares with the unique old growth trees and he will meet the stone fountain with the flowing waters. Beside it is the famous "square of Karya" with plane trees. The visitor can enjoy food or a drink offered by the traditional cafes and taverns.
Countless cobblestone streets that spread throughout the village, old and renovated stone houses, traditionally built, terraced gardens, interspersed historical churches, windmills, stone walls. At the center of the village is the church of St. Spyridon, with the imposing belfry, built in the late 19th century.
At the foot of Karya, at meadow, lies the Monastery of Saint John the Baptist, built in 1605 AD Today, in the monastery, the visitors can admire the few but exceptional murals, the
wooden temple and the stone cells that surround the exterior of the monastery. The monastery's history is rich, and its contribution to financial and intellectual life is remarkable.
On the south side of the village, in the meadow of Karya, one meets croplands of local products, such as beans or sweet pea, chickpeas, peas, olives and vines.
Karya, a village with a rich cultural tradition, has preserved many of the time honored traditions of the place, culminating in the three-day event of "Representation of the Rustic Wedding", which takes place annually since 1979 and is considered one of the most important cultural events in the Prefecture of Lefkada.
A visit to the private Folklore Museum of Karya with the traditional exhibits, will bring the visitor closer to the way of living of yesterday, in the everyday life of Lefkaditians.
The area is ideal for hiking, since the exceptional natural environment and the wonderful scenery will generously compensate the hikers. Apart from the routes you plan to follow, you can look at our suggestions for hiking in Lefkada, in the special tribute.
Visit the Folk Museum of Lefkadite Embroidery "Maria Koutsochero". Do not miss the opportunity to participate in cultural events, if, of course, you are in Karya the appropriate period of time (Rustic Wedding, Riganada etc.)
Leader of the many cultural events in Karya is the Music and literature Group of Karya "Apollo" with many actions and strong presence, with seamless offer to the cultural life of the region.
Essential is a visit to nearby villages (Eglouvi), Volti, and to the important religious sites (Monastery of Saint John the Baptist, St. Donatos, etc.)
For your stay in Lefkada, near Karya of Lefkada, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Lefkada and in many areas of the island of Lefkada, near Karya of Lefkada, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
The access to Karya of Lefkada from the town of Lefkada, is easy and convenient via the existing road network. The distance from the town of Lefkada is 15 km and the time you will need is about 22 minutes via a beautiful and interesting journey.
Access to attractions and various locations of Lefkada is quick and easy due to the short distances.
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For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field "Routes" with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.