My boyfriend and I went to Lefkas last year in late June with Olympic holidays and it was nothing less than amazing. The small self catering hotel was close to the beach and behind the main road but just off a little road. We didnt have any problems whatsoever and it was little short of the best holiday we've ever had. Amazing food, weather and the total relaxation ensued..
Nidri beach was unbelievably scenic . You can spot Meganissi etc from the beach and its lovely and unusually pebbly. By night the Nidri coast is just heavenly and still. There were NO louts or loud clubs but they got the bars and restaurants just right for couples young and old and even families. We hardly heard any English voices throughout the trip! In fact there were quite a few Italian folk and at one point my other half and I thought it looked like the cast of "Cocoon" had come into the sea for a dip!! If its good enough for the Italians it must be doing something right.
Having said that, we stopped by an Italian restaurant along Nidri beach front with.. the laid back, atmosphere and old fashioned decor were quaint and beachy if you can say that. OK I know it wasnt Greek but it was near enough!! There are other little beach cafe/restaurants and one of which, again on the Nidri beach front was just lovely. They did a monster of a moussaka but it was authentic and home made which is really what youre after on a holiday like this. When you go out to Nidri main street which lines the harbour you must have a kleftiko or stifado at this place : "Yefsi" Its the tastiest meal I think I had whilst I was there. The owner of Afentra Studios gave us his card entitling us to a discounted meal at his restaurant which was lovely. Trust me when I tell you that you can put on a stone easily in a week!
We took a boat trip on Odysseus which is an old Greek vessel which was amazing. The crew were brilliant and bring meats, cheeses and wine so that when they set up camp on Meganissi you can have a mouthwatering picnic. It was to die for! Make sure you take LOTS of sun cream, cover-ups to prevent burning and some sort of water shoes as some beaches can be really pebbly and hard to walk on. (more for Nidri beach). This trip on the boat though, was amazing. Do take sea sickness tablets if you're like me as it can be a little rocky! Absolutely brilliant day out and you can dive into the caves that they pass on the way to Meganissi. They also stop at another place whose name I forget but you can visit the old olive press. The climb is really steep so take your time. The little village on the top was sweet and ever so quaint. Really well worth visiting.
Travelling around the island, I would say, on hindsight, we should've hired a car for the day to go to Porto Katsiki. We ended up hiring a scooter and having a little episode with an ascending hair pin bend! The sheer drops on your way are terrifying but the scenery is the most beautiful. We ended up stopping at Vassiliki Bay which was soooo pretty. We both wish we had more time to have spent the evening there at their restaurants and bars. It was simply beautiful. Beach wise, you might find it useful to buy these little mats to put on the beaches with pebbles. Most of the stores in Nidri will sell them. Its just what you need really before you get prickled by the trees!
I would LOVE to go back to Lefkas - it was a once in a lifetime holiday and yeah, maybe we were a little luckier than other people but I guarantee you will love this place.