SUMMER CONCERTS IN SANTA MAURA CASTLE AN IMPRESSIVE COASTAL FORTRESS
The castle of Santa Maura is at the entrance of Lefkas island from the mainland side just before the floating bridge. For this reason you can’t miss to visit this tourist attraction of the area. Actually it was built there for a reason as it commands the entrance of Drepanon channel between Lefkas island and the mainland. In particular it was built in AD 1302 by the Lombard lord John Orsini. Surprisingly the place was a wedding gift to Orsini from his father in law and ruler of Despotate of Epirus Nikephoros Doukas. Although earthquakes, fires and invasions hit the castle throughout the centuries, its condition is relatively good. Of course today the castle is often a venue in summer for live concerts. Lefkas Archeological Department is in charge to grant permission for several events in the castle. Summer concerts take place in the castle usually in August. Many famous singers often impress their audience in a stunning night scenery in the castle.
The castle took its name from Angevin knights who conquer the island in 1294. They name it Saint Maur from their home area of Anjou in the Loire Valley, in France, famous now for its French wines. Later after the Ottomans rule the Venetians called the whole island Santa Maura. In addition they built a same name church inside the castle.
Now Santa Maura or Agia Mavra in Greek, is honoured every year on 3rd of May and is the patron saint of Lefkas town. A feast takes place that day outside of the church and inside the castle. Whenever you visit the castle grab the chance to stroll the castle battlements and enjoy the stunning views of the lagoons surrounding the area. Moreover the NATURA 2000 environmental program protects the whole area there as a permanent habitat of many seagulls and herons. It is also a stopover point for migratory birds such as ducks, pelicans and swans.