The Ionian Islands



Ionian Islands: One of the Most Popular & Amazing Yachting Destinations of the World [map]

20-30 days would be the ideal charter duration for those wishing to enjoy adequately of the numerous exiting destinations of Ionio Islands.
14-20 days would be enough to visit the most interesting destinations and acquire a satisfactory taste of the area.
In 7 days depending on the yacht’s speed and the time one wants to spend sailing, you can have a good taste of the area, but you will miss many wonderful destinations.
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Ionian Sea is a yachtsman’s paradise with the gentle, calm, clear waters making it one of the safest sailing areas in the world. Sailing holidays in the Ionian Islands are ideal either for the novice or for expert sailors due to the geographical position combined with the beauty of the landscape, the many anchorages in the region, the mild climate and the existence of an international airport.

The temperate climate; the deep and cool sea waters; the mountains; the lush vegetation; the cultural heritage; and the cheerfulness of the inhabitants, make the Ionian Islands the ideal place for a holiday as well as rest and relaxation.

Scattered along the western coastline of Central Greece, the Ionian Islands as they are known, are an island cluster comprising twelve small and large islands whose total surface area comes to 2,200 square kilometers.
Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu (Kerkyra), Kefalonia, Lefkada, Paxi and Kythira are the six, large Ionian Islands. Antipaxi, Erikousa, Mathraki, Othoni, Meganisi and the deserted islets of Strofades south of Zakynthos are the smaller Ionian Islands.

Together with the island of Kythira and the neighbouring Antikythira the islands form the island cluster of Eptanisa (Seven Islands). Nevertheless it should be noted that Kythira and Antikythira are completely cut off from the rest of the Ionian islands situated as they are across southern Peloponnese and the coast of Laconia.

Corfu Island [map]
Sailing in Corfu is superb due to the beautiful scenery with plenty of picturesque villages, numerous fortresses and other ruins showing the centuries of domination by the Venetians. Lovely sheltered bays surrounded by pine and olive groves, lively towns and sandy beaches where you can swim and eat at the local tavernas. Visit Sidari on the north coast of Corfu to swim in the Canal d'Amour, where it is said lovers will stay together for ever. The old harbour of Corfu/Kerkyra on the east coast is the main port with berths for visitors, while on the west coast of Corfu there is the port of Paleokastritsa which is dominated by the Monastery of Panagia Theotokou. Other ports include Gouvia bay and marina which is located on the east coast 5 nautical miles of Corfu town and features a Venetian arsenal of 1716; Kassiopi on the north coast and on the south coast the pretty ports of Petriti and Lefkimi.

Paxos is the smallest of the Ionian Islands, lying just 6 nautical miles from the southernmost tip of Corfu.
Paxos is an attractive little island south of Corfu covered with subtropical vegetation, with beautiful bathing beaches and good diving grounds. Gaios is the principal port of Paxos Island and is the islands attractive capital with its Venetian fortress and the former Monastery of the Panagia. The picturesque bay at the north of Paxos is the pretty harbour of Lakka a popular destination with some excellent tavernas. Other harbours worth a visit are Loggos on the east coast and Mongonissi on the north east coast. The old windmill, the Venetian fort, and the Ipapanti sea cave are the sights to see on the island before one crosses over to Antipaxos an extremely popular destination with day trippers from Paxos, many making the trip in small motorised craft rented from one of the three main villages. There is a small harbour on Anti-Paxos, though this is unsuitable for most yachts and is usually congested with small local boats. Instead most visiting craft drop anchor off the coast near one of the beaches.

Lefkada [map]
Lefkada or Lefkas Island is separated from the mainland by the narrow Lefkada canal enabling sailors to pass along the east side of the island, which has 90% of the good anchorages. Lefkas town is the main port with other harbours on the east coast including Lygia, Nikiana, Nidri and Vikho. Further south you will find -Sivota Bay, -Rouda bay and -Vassiliki. Off the south-east coast of Lefkas is the beautiful unspoilt island of -Meganisi, with sandy beaches and famous sea-caves and therefore an exquisite area for relaxed family sailing. The high town of Spartakhori on the island of Meganisi can easily be seen from the north and west coast and is an enchanting village, well worth visiting. Also -Papanikolis cave and -Vathi on the island of Meganisi are beautiful harbours.

Ithaca [map]
The gorgeous rocky island of Ithaca is separated from the largest Ionian island of Kefalonia by the 2 nautical mile wide Ithaca channel and is almost cut into two by the long Gulf of Molos on its east side. Ithaca, together with the Echinades isles forms a marvellous area for yacht charters. The Echinades islands were named after the sea urchin (Echinoidea) describing their sharp and prickly coastlines. Atokos Island is uninhabited but provides two beautiful anchorages. The must-see harbours and anchorages of Ithaca include Frikes, Kioni, Vathy, Polis Bay and Andreas bay.

Kefalonia [map]
Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands group on the west coast of Greece and has countless coves, bays and deserted beaches with nice consistent breezes making it the perfect place for sailing. Fiskardo harbour is located on the northern tip of Kefalonia and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful harbours of the Ionian with its large stone lighthouse as well as the smaller Venetian lighthouse which are clearly visible. Lixouri is on the south western coast and has wonderful coves to explore. The port of Argostoli on the west coast requires caution as it has a frequent ferry service running. Other harbours are Poros on the south coast and Assos a must-see place on the northern coast.

Zante [map]
Zante or Zakynthos is the southern most of the Ionian Islands and has beautiful scenery, excellent beaches making it popular for sailing and tourists.
The main port is located on the east coast of the island and is busy with ferry crossings which connect the island to the port of Kyllini on the mainland. On the northern tip is the port of St Nikolas which has a ferry crossing daily to the nearby island of Kefalonia.
Other harbours include the wonderful Laganas bay on the south coast with its two uninhabited islands of Marathonisi and Peluso. The Vromi bay is a deep inlet and the only anchorage on the west side of the island.

Kythira [map]
The island of Kythira is famous for its beaches, albeit most of these are only accessible by boats since the inland roads rarely traverse the rocky parts of the inland terrain. Despite its location near the Cyclades it is an Ionian island. Few yacht charters arrive on this interesting island as it is simply too far from the nearest bases of the yacht rental companies, making it a perfect destination for those seeking sailing holidays off the beaten track. The capital is Chora, which is located on the south of the island where the port of Vatika is located at Ag. Pelagia. The main harbour is the newly built at the village of Diakofti on the east coast. The other harbour is Kapsali located on the south coast of the island.


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