The principal town of the island is Lefkada, It is situated on the northern part of the island, approximately 20 minutes by automobile away from Aktion National Airport.
The myth about Sappho's suicide at Cape Lefkada is related to other myths linking the island to the ancient Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, and to Odysseus, the hero of Homer's Odyssey.
The highest point of the island is the mountain Stavrota, 1,158 meters situated in the middle of the island.
The east coast section of the island has small resorts of Lygia, Nikiana and Perigiali, all north of Nidri, the largest resort on the island. It is set in a sheltered location with views across to Skorpios formerly owned by Aristotle Onassis, Meganissi and other small islands, as well as the Greek mainland.
There are regular car ferries to Kefalonia, Ithaca and Meganissi. 20 kilometers south of Nidri is the resort of Vasiliki, a windsurfing center.
The famous beach of Porto Katsiki is located on Lefkada's west coast.