In my earlier blog post on the stunning Porto Katsiki Beach, I mentioned that Porto Katsiki would be best combined with a dinner (or lunch) in Athani Village.
Mountain village of Athani in the southwestern part of Lefkada.
When I was researching online about our day trip to Porto Katsiki Beach, I found out that the nearest village is Athani which is approximately 20 minutes with the car. Chances are, if you are coming from the north of the island going to Porto Katsiki or Egremni, you will pass by Athani, and if you are coming from the east in the area of Nydri or in the south in Vasiliki, you may still pass by Athani if the dirt road near Vasiliki to Porto Katsiki is closed. This dirt road was closed last year so we did the via Athani village detour.
So our plans for this particular day were a lazy day at the beach at Porto Katsiki and dinner later in Athani. I was eyeing this restaurant called Lefkatas which I read has great (sunset) views of the vast Ionian Sea. The food ratings seem to be promising as well. But we shall see when we get there, you never know if the restaurant turns out to be a disappointment in real life.
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ATHANI VILLAGE AND THE PANORAMAS
After a long beach afternoon at beautiful Porto Katsiki, we piled back into the car and drove back to Athani. We have passed by this village on our way earlier to the beach.
Athani is a mountain village set on the cliffs of the southwestern coast of Lefkada Island. The village is facing the Ionian Sea and is famous in the island for its stunning sunset views. There are bars, cafes and tavernas along the road here offering the fabulous Ionian Sea panorama. This is a local prized attraction and I can understand if it gets busy here during the months of July and August, although it wasn?t when we were here on the 1st of July, a week before peak season starts.
The village is very small and there are about 200+ pe...