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Athani is situated about 40km from the town of Lefkada. It is built on the south-west coast of the Lefkada island and it is the last major populated region of the island accessible by sealed road.  This village is developing into something of  a centre for visitors heading for the superb beaches of Gialos , Egremni and Porto Katsiki. From here you can go to Lefkadas Cape, from which, according to the legend, Sapfo killed herself due to her unfullfilling love for Faonas.

The first inhabitants were Italian and the first name of the village was Azani. Around 1490 the Spanish speaking Jews arrived here. From the 1950s until 1960s a significant part of the population emigrated overseas or to the major regional centers in Greece. It has been discavered  by Europeans and these new residents make Athani their temporary home during the summer months, leaving the cold and harsh season to the local diehards.

You can also visit the ruins of the temple of Apollo and the church of Agios Nikolaos, and you can easily reach the sensational beach of Porto-Katsiki, with its sharp rocks, light-colored sand and blue-green waters. Athani is highly regarded for honey as well as its views over the Ionian sea.


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