Our Dragon Drascombe base at Geni is located at 38.696N 20.710E on the east side of the beautiful and tranquil Vliho Bay, on the island of Lefkas. The photo above shows Vliho Bay from the north with the small town of Nidri in the foreground; The hamlet of Geni is tucked behind the wooded hill on the peninsula.
The hamlet of Geni combines the tranquility of this wooded peninsula, beautiful mountain views, great walks from the apartments, sailing from your garden pontoon, watersports and mountain biking at Nidri, and the convenience of some great Tavernas within 15 minutes of our base apartments, Geni Garden. So, as many in the past have asked me, ‘what’s special about Geni’?
Geni lies on the east side of Vliho Bay, on the peninsula, with Nidri, the popular holiday town to the NW and some 3 km across the water. Vliho Bay itself is an enclosed and sheltered bay, very popular with sailors who find it a safe haven to moor. Its one minor road heads northward along the shoreline where it comes to an end at Agia Kyriaki, the white Church. This church is still in use and regularly holds weddings and Christenings, mostly accessed by ferry boats bringing guests over. There is annually a festival on 7th July, a big event for the community of Geni and Nidri.
You can also find near here an obelisk to mark the tomb of German archaeologist Wilhelm Dörpfeld, who did a lot of work connecting Homer’s literature to actual geographical locations, and proposed that Ithica, the mythical homeland of the hero Odysseus, was in fact Lefkada.
From our villa and apartments guests are able to walk along the quiet road and onto a well-made-up path to the head of the peninsula and the church. From the shoreline there are good local paths, some made up for access to villas, which wind their way through olive groves and a wooded areas mainly of Cypress trees, this offering good shade when walking.
To the east of Geni peninsula lie the open waters of the Meganissi Chanel with several small islands. One of the larger islands, Skorpios, is famous for its historical connection to the Onassis family, bought in 1963 by shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and used as the venue for his wedding to Jackie Kennedy.
To the south east one has a good access to Desimi Bay, this on foot takes about one and a half hours.
Just 10 minutes across the water is the bustling town of Nidri and our links with Get Active Lefkas for road and mountain bike hire and guided rides, and Horizon Watersports on the Nidri shoreline.
So, as you see, it is an ideal base for our Dragon Drascombe clients. It has easy sailing access to the sea channel and excellent coves to swim in, getting away from the charter yachts – just moor off, use the swimming ladder, put the Bimini sunshade up and have a relaxed private picnic lunch.
Please remember: this is not primarily a sailing holiday, but a holiday at Geni in a superb apartment, great facilities and a Lugger moored at the bottom of the garden to use if and when you wish. Free and easy.
You can find more ideas for walks in the area on the Discovery Walking Guides map for Lefkada.
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