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.
PAXOS & ANTIPAXOS
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.