Karia (Karya) village, Lefkada : Karia is a beautiful mountainous village built at 500 metres altitude above the sea within a lush green area. It is located 13 km southwest of the centre of Lefkada and counts on 1000 inhabitants.
The area is full of lush vegetation and natural springs. The village is built according to the traditional architecture. Between the narrow alleys old houses and a couple of small churches are found. The picturesque square is surrounded by old plane trees and lovely cafes and is known as the locals spot.
Karia Village – Holidays in Lefkada
This village is famous for its fine embroidery work reproducing the traditional motifs. Examples of this work are exhibited in the small Folklore Museum of the village. A lovely custom is revived by the inhabitants of Karia and every 11th of August a representation of a traditional wedding takes place in the village.
Karia is perhaps the best known traditional mountain village of the island Lefkada. It lies south of Lefkada Town (13km) and southeast of Agios Nikitas. Surrounded by green mountains, in the centre of the village there is a large, friendly square with many terraces.
Karia is also known for the traditional “Karsaniko” embroidery that is made here. I spoke to the owner of the shop “Karyas Lefkadas” Ms. Mavreta Arvaniti, and she told me that this embroidery is unique in Greece because it requires its own special technique and it is all made by hand.
In the village there are especially in summer many activities such as the feast of John the Baptist (June 23), the festival of traditional dance on July 9, the feast of oregano on July 18, the wine festival on July 24 (in Pigadisanous village which lies next Karia) and on July 31, 1 and 2 August, the traditional ancient Greek wedding re-enacted. If you are in Karia, ask the booklet where all activities are on. You can reach Karia by car within 20 minutes from the town of Lefkada or from Nidri.