Cape Doukato (also Cape Lefkata) is the southernmost point of Lefkada
island. It is a long and narrow rocky promontory with a lighthouse at the end, and with high white vertical cliffs. Some say that namely this white color of the cliffs contributed to the island name. A legend states that this was the place where the poetess Sappho committed suicide by jumping into the sea.
A new asphalt road leads to the cape and ends at the lighthouse. It starts from the village of Athani
and you should follow it, as you skip the turn for Porto Katsiki
beach and continue straight. There is one more route which starts near Pondi
. It is much shorter but the road is unpaved and not in very good condition, it meets the asphalt road close to the entrance of the cape.
In clear weather, from the lighthouse you can see the silhouettes of Kefalonia
and Ithaka in the distance. When the sea is rough the scene of waves breaking at the white cliffs is especially dramatic and breathtaking. You can also see the cape with boat cruise but the feeling is not the same. On your way to the cape, approximately 4 km before you reach the lighthouse, you will pass by the small old monastery of Agios Nikolaos
. From the monastery, another dirt road goes down to the east part of the cape where you will find a small isolated beach. The beach is a pebbly cove hidden between the cliffs and surrounded only by greenery, with transparent blue water. It either has no name or it is known only to the locals.
highlights: the southernmost point of the island with white cliffs, nature in Lefkada, Ionian Islands, Greece