Once the island refuge of Greek millionaire Aristotle Onassis, this small town has since evolved into an exclusive tourist resort set among picture-perfect landscape and very friendly, welcoming people. Fine weather, fine sailing, fine food will have you coming back to Nydri year after year.
There are many ways to call this place (Nydri, Nidri,Nydrion, Nidrion, Nidrio) but they all refer to to the same small town situated on the eastern shore of the Greek island Lefkada, just off the mainland to the west, overlooking the Ionian Sea.
The natural setting here combines a fertile plain, Eglimenos, several mountain ranges, Platystoma, Vakeris, Neochori, Alatros and Fternos with the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. The outcome of such an unique combination is a landscape that draws thousands of visitors each year, as the region has a touristic pedigree rivaling with that of the Italian or French Riviera.
Travel & Arrival
With the Aktion National Airport just 35 km away, Nydri has access to numerous cities on the European mainland. Seasonal flights include locations from the UK, Austria, Switzerland and Serbia. The trip back to town passes through Lefkada which acts as the link to the Greek peninsula. clients can rent a car at any of the local agencies.
There is only one road linking Nydri to mainland Greece, the Agriniou-Lefkadas which can be taken by tourists after leaving the E55 down the coast.
Avant & Apres Sail
The town itself is famous being linked to the name of the Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis which bought the islands of Skorpios and prohibited general access. After his death in 1975, the locals took to commercializing their location, populating it with marinas, souvlaki joints, travel agencies, cafes and even gift shops for all visitors.
The first thing you’ll want to explore together with your party is the surrounding areas of the city, covered with olive trees, pine forests and cypresses. Then, there are the endless sandy and pebble beaches, always clean, ready for tourists. Some of the other landmarks of the region are the Nydri Waterfalls, the Agia Kiriaki church.
There are lots of bars and restaurants in Nydri to feed and quench the thirst of crews, suited for every taste. You have Greek cuisine of course – you have to try the souvlaki and then there are Italian-themed venues. Bars and pubs stay open late during the summer months when the temperatures reach an all-time high.
When the locals decided to turn tourism into a business, they took into consideration every need of the modern sailor, and that’s why the city now has banks, exchange bureau, supermarkets, a post office and a small hospital.
Events & Actions
This part of the Ionian Sea is perfect for novice skippers because it has usually calm waters, a coast full of natural harbors and secluded bays, some islands and a wonderful scenery. That’s why Nydri is considered among circles as a top destination for sailors.
To honor their nautical heritage and affinity for yachting, the locals organize the Ionian Regatta, one of the biggest boating events of the Mediterranean. Held on the third Thursday in September it attracts about 200 entries each year.
What are some key sailing destinations around Nidri?Nidri serves as a fantastic base to explore the enchanting Ionian Islands. Sail to nearby islands like Meganisi, Ithaca, and Kefalonia, or visit the beautiful beaches on the east coast of Lefkas like Dessimi and Poros.
Are there any must-visit anchor bays around Nidri?Absolutely! Tranquil anchorages like Ormos Vathi on Meganisi, Kioni on Ithaca, or Foki Bay on Kefalonia are all worth a visit. Closer to Nidri, the secluded bays around Skorpios Island (once owned by Aristotle Onassis) are delightful to explore.
Can you recommend any marinas nearby?While Nidri doesn't have a traditional marina, it has a well-equipped port that provides anchorage facilities. Other nearby marinas include Lefkas Marina on Lefkas and Vliho Yacht Club a few kilometers south of Nidri.
What are some local attractions at the east coast of Lefkas?Nidri is known for its waterfalls, which are particularly impressive in the spring. A short sail away, the Archaeological Museum in Lefkas Town gives an insight into the region's rich history. The views from the Monastery of Agia Kiriaki are breathtaking.
What water activities can I engage in?The warm, clear Ionian waters are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Kayaking and paddleboarding opportunities abound in the calm bays and inlets around Nidri, while the area is also popular for fishing.
What are some of the gastronomic specialties on Lefkas that I can try during my sailing vacation?Enjoy delicious seafood dishes in the local tavernas with fresh fish, octopus, and mussels being local favorites. The olive oil and olives of Lefkas are also famous. Try "Ladopita," a sweet olive oil cake typical of the island.
Are there any local events or festivals in Nidri that coincide with the sailing season?The summer season in Nidri is marked by various music and cultural festivals. The Festival of the Sea in August, with traditional music, dance, and food, is a highlight. Don't miss the annual religious festivals, such as the Feast of Agios Nikitas in September.
What local customs should I be aware of?Greeks are known for their hospitality, and when invited to someone's home, it's polite to bring a small gift. Dress modestly when visiting churches or monasteries. Be aware of the Meltemi winds which can pick up suddenly, particularly during the afternoon.