Lefkas, or Lefkada as it can be called, is one of the Ionian chain of islands that lie just off the west coast of mainland Greece.
Corinthians cut a canal through sandbanks connecting it to the mainland in 600 BC and Lefkas still only just qualifies as an island.
Holiday interest grew with the opening of Preveza airport on the Greek coast and a good road connection that paved the way for tourism.
It's not all been plain sailing. The east coast of Lefkas has suffered a rash of hotel building, especially around the holiday resort of Nidri.
The large, sheltered bays on the east and south coast of Lefkas make both Nidri and Sivota a favourite of yacht charter firms as do the heavily indented bays of offshore islets such as Meganissi.
On the much less populated west coast, rugged cliffs, rocky shores and exposed beaches are a magnet for the more adventurous while Vassiliki, in the south, is a world class windsurfing centre.
Tourism has brought some unsettling changes to Lefkas but none are too profound. Those seeking modern facilities in a traditional Greek setting should find Lefkas an attractive beach holiday destination.
Parts of Lefkas are quite astonishingly beautiful, notably inland where flower strewn hill villages nestle in lush, green pine forests.