SAILING IN IONIAN ISLANDS

The Ionian island group is located off the western coast of the Greek mainland and consists of 6 main islands (Corfu, Paxos, Lefkada, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Zakynthos) and numerous smaller islets. Together with the island of Kythera and the neighboring Antikythera, which are located across southern Peloponnese, they form the island cluster of Eptanisa. Nevertheless, Kythera and Antikythera are completely cut off from the rest of the Ionian islands as they are located across southern Peloponnese.

 

The Ionian Islands are characterized by their luscious vegetation, beautiful white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and charming villages. Their beaches are commonly regarded as the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. 

Historically influenced by Venetian culture, the Ionian Islands have a unique character that is visible in their architecture and cuisine that consists of traditional Greek food with an Italian twist. 

The wind and sailing conditions in the Ionian Sea are steady and predictable which makes it the perfect sailing destination for sailors of all levels. From May to September, the wind tends to blow from the northwest at force 2-5 BFT. In the spring and autumn, the wind is less strong and blows usually from the southwest.  

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POPULAR ISLANDS

Corfu is the northernmost island in the Ionian group, in close proximity to Italy. It is the greenest of all Greek islands, featuring a luxuriant landscape of scented wild  flowers and cypress trees.  The beautifully preserved old town of Corfu is a UNESCO world heritage site, featuring beautiful Venetian buildings, fortresses and secluded squares. 

Lefkada is connected to the mainland through a bridge that spans across a 25m strait. It is a mountainous island with lush green forests and olive groves. 

Lefkada is famous for its turquoise and emerald waters and white beaches, that include the famous Egremni, Kathisma, and Porto Katsiki. Many gorgeous islets are in close proximity which are popular destinations for yachters. 

Zakynthos is the southernmost island in the Ionian group in close proximity to the Peloponnesian coast. It is well-known for its fine sand beaches and mysterious marine caves. The Navagio beach, where the famous shipwreck can be found, is only one of many exquisite beaches of translucent turquoise water. A must see is also the breathtaking blue cave that can only be reached via boat.

CORFU

LEFKADA

ZAKYNTHOS

Kefalonia is the largest Ionian island. It is characterized by a beautiful and diverse landscape that features Mt. Ainos  (1520m), lush green forests, currant wineyards, olive groves, wild colorful flowers, and breathtaking caves such as Melissani. Many beautiful beaches with white sand and turquoise waters can be found around the island and many hidden coves wedged between tall limestone cliffs can be discovered by boat.

Paxos is the smallest out of the main

Ionian Islands. It is characterized by quiet shores, cozy harbors and its capital, Gaios, which has a special charm with its pretty pink, cream, and whitewashed red-tiled houses.  A must see when visiting Paxos is the small islet Antipaxos which is only a short boat ride away and features the famous Voutoumi beach.

Ithaca is an unspoiled island that lies in close proximity to Kefalonia. It is famous for being the long lost home of the mythical hero Odysseus. Its landscape is magnificent, featuring green mountains, impressive cliffs and deep emerald bays.

Numerous small harbors and fishing villages make the island unique and  charming, and a perfect yachting destination.

KEFALONIA

PAXOS & ANTIPAXOS

ITHACA

ITINERARIES

The Ionian Islands are so versatile that there are sheer endless routes to explore. An ideal starting point is either Marina Corfu or Marina Lefkas that are big charter bases and that can be easily reached via the Corfu or Preveza International airport respectively.

For a yachting trip in the Ionian Sea, we recommend to not only explore the main islands, but to also add some stops in the smaller bays and harbors that can be found on the little islets and the nearby mainland. Those destinations are lesser known and you will be able to experience tranquility and untouched nature. Some of the secret spots to discover during a trip in the Ionian Sea are the small islands Anti-paxos, Meganissi, Erikousa, Kastos, Kalamanos, smaller ports on the Greek mainland such as Parga, Katakolon and Kyparissia and the beautiful estuary of the Ambracian gulf that is a well reserved nature resort located just east of Preveza.

Corfu is the northernmost island in the Ionian group, in close proximity to Italy. It is the greenest of all Greek islands, featuring a luxuriant landscape of scented wild  flowers and cypress trees.  The beautifully preserved old town of Corfu is a UNESCO world heritage site, featuring beautiful Venetian buildings, fortresses and secluded squares. 

Lefkada is connected to the mainland through a bridge that spans across a 25m strait. It is a mountainous island with lush green forests and olive groves. Lefkada is famous for its turquoise and emerald waters and white beaches, that include the famous Egremni, Kathisma, and Porto Katsiki. Many gorgeous islets are in close proximity which are popular destinations for yachters. 

Zakynthos is the southernmost island in the Ionian group in close proximity to the Peloponnesian coast. It is well-known for its fine sand beaches and mysterious marine caves. The Navagio beach, where the famous shipwreck can be found, is only one of many exquisite beaches of translucent turquoise water. A must see is also the breathtaking blue cave that can only be reached via boat.

Kefalonia is the largest Ionian island. It is characterized by a beautiful and diverse landscape that features Mt. Ainos  (1520m), lush green forests, currant wineyards, olive groves, wild colorful flowers, and breathtaking caves such as Melissani. Many beautiful beaches with white sand and turquoise waters can be found around the island and many hidden coves wedged between tall limestone cliffs can be discovered by boat.

Paxos is the smallest out of the main Ionian Islands. It is characterized by quiet shores, cozy harbors and its capital, Gaios, which has a special charm with its pretty pink, cream, and whitewashed red-tiled houses.  A must see when visiting Paxos is the small islet Antipaxos which is only a short boat ride away and features the famous Voutoumi beach.

Ithaca is an unspoiled island that lies in close proximity to Kefalonia. It is famous for being the long lost home of the mythical hero Odysseus. Its landscape is magnificent, featuring green mountains, impressive cliffs and deep emerald bays. Numerous small harbors and fishing villages make the island unique and  charming, and a perfect yachting destination.