Old Windmills on Agios Ioannis Beach

History of windmills on Agios Ioannis beach

The old windmills were built on a spit of sand which starts from the causeway beginning just after the floating bridge of Lefkas. On this stripe of sand rural families of the island built in AD 1760 approximately, twelve windmills in order to produce and trade their flour. Later on during the Russians presence on the island from 1800 to 1807 the locals gave Russian names to them like Orlof, Majikef and Moskva. Later in 1810 the whole place became a battlefield between French and British Armies.

LEFKAS OLD WINDMILLS
SUNSET ON WINDMILLS BEACH

Finally the British Army conquered all the Ionian islands and UK established the United States of Ionian Islands from 1815 to 1864 with the latter to be the year of reunion with Greece.

Windmills that Worth a Thousand Pictures

Nowadays only the remnants of 5 of them have been left to decorate the picturesque surrounding area of Lefkas lagoon. And unfortunately only one, the “Orlof” has been renovated with private funds from its owners. The rest of them stand alone on the sand offering their shade or a good photo shooting to passing through tourists in the summer. Without doubt all of them are a treasure of beautiful summer memories and a good stuff for professional photographers !!

LEFKAS TRADITIONAL OLD WINDMILLS
OLD WIMDMILLS REMNANTS

Windmills Beach: A Kite Surfers Spot

In conclusion the local community have abandoned the windmills of Agios Ioannis beach. However they have company every summer. In particular the beach in front of them is a hidden gem  for international kite surfers. Each summer hundreds of kites surround them and altogether make a picturesque scenery. In other words the spot is ideal for kite and wind surfing as a thermal northwest wind blows every day the same hours. 

OLD WINDMILLS LEFKADA
A WINDMILL HAS COMPANY
old windmills lefkas kite spot
SUNSET KITE SURFING ON WINDMILLS BEACH

So this summer come to discover an unspoilt place and treasure with your   camera some of your best vacation memories.  Come to visit Lefkas island. The watersports island and the island of turquoise waters !! 

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