South Ionian Islands Sailing Itinerary
a week’s glimpse of the beautiful Ionian Islands…
Home to Island Sailing’s first yacht charter base in Greece in the modern marina on the beautiful Greek Ionian island of Lefkas (also known as Levkas or Lefkada) is the only island in Greece accessible by car. Lefkas marina is the most modern and well equipped in the Greek Ionian and ideally located for yacht charter holidays exploring the North Ionian and South Ionian island sailing areas and is just 20 minutes from our local airport at Preveza. One of the finest marinas in the Mediterranean and certainly one of the most beautiful in Greece Lefkas marina is also just a short stroll into Lefkas Town.
Vathi (or Port Vathy) is a small port on the North east coast of Meganissi island (or Meganisi) and lies just east of Spartahori. Vathy is a real Ionian jewel, tranquil and beautiful with a really good choice of places to eat and drink; from lovely traditional Greek tavernas to chic Italian Trattorias and relaxed cafe bars. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and bays the waters surrounding Vathi harbour even has a sunken light aeroplane for the adventurous snorkeler to explore!
Vathi harbour (or ‘little Vathi’, to distinguished it from nearby Vathi on the island of Ithaca) has plenty of space to moor your yacht and now also has a great new marina called Odyseas Marina www.odyseasmarina.com The newly built marina at Vathy has lazy lines, power, water and wi-fi and also offers shower, bathroom and laundry facilities, a cafe bar serving great coffee and fantastic cocktails, plus tennis courts but most of all they provide a calm and safe environment and a warm and welcoming smile! You can contact Odyseas Marina on VHF channel 72 or 0030 26450 51084.
Karnayio, or Karnagio immediately to starboard before the entrance to Vathy harbour is a lovely cove with a great taverna. Karnagio taverna has a sturdy catwalk with free berths, lazy lines, water, electricity and showers and ‘George’s’ taverna is a real favourite. The cove is a 5 minute walk into Vathi and, in the height of summer you may want to call ahead to reserve a berth on 0030 26450 51071.
Vathy is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon and evening whilst on your yacht charter in the Greek Ionian. The scenery is beautiful, and the people are some of the friendliest you’ll meet. A 30 minute walk takes you to Katomeri, a fantastic bustling Greek Ionian town with various supermarkets, tavernas and cafes. A slightly shorter walk ends at the nearby beaches of Kapali bay and Abelike bay.
Fiskardo (or Fiscardho or Fiskardho!) is a bustling, crescent shaped harbour with brightly painted houses, harbour side cafes and restaurants. Located on the northern tip of Kefalonia, Fiskardo is a well protected bay and also a very popular one. Fiscardo offers a wide selection of cafe bars, restaurants and tavernas to enjoy as well as an array of shops, cash points, showers and a regular ferry service are available in the port. On the pontoons you will be able to fill up with water. It has been said that Fiskardo is the most scenic spot in the Ionian island sailing area and certainly one of the best opportunities to take some photographs!
If you are planning on visiting in the high season it is best to arrive early in the afternoon to avoid disappointment in finding a place to moor. You may wish to moor in the bay just south of Fiskardo, explore the caves and take a dinghy into town. Dinghies and outboards are provided with every Island Sailing yacht charter in Greece. Sailing south choose from many inlets where you can stop, swim and relax before heading to Agios Euphemia, from where you can visit the famous underground caves of Lake Melissani.Fiskardo, Kefalonia
The extraordinary scenic horseshoe bay is tucked just around the coast from Sami. The Blue Flag beach of Anti-Samos (Anti Sami) is a beautiful and attractive pebble beach and turquoise waters, surrounded by impressive lush green hills. The outstanding natural beauty is absolutely breathtaking!
The beach at Anti-Sami was used as the Italian encampment in the film of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. There is a lovely taverna on the beach which is open in the daytime and, by request will open for our Island Sailing flotillas in the evenings, making it a really special, tranquil place away from the crowds.
The crystal clear waters and small reef offer some of the best snorkelling in the whole of the Ionian, some say more akin to the Caribbean than the Mediterranean!
The dramatic horseshoe bay and village of Kioni is one of the most beautiful places to visit whilst on a yacht charter holiday in the Greek Ionian. The entrance to Kioni bay is overlooked by three old windmills, and from here one sees the old village houses dotted on the hillsides behind the little port. The water is clear and there are four beaches within the bay itself, all with views across to the pastel coloured houses and surrounding olive groves. The picturesque village with traditional architecture is a great little place famous for its jewellery shops, with some great tavernas and restaurants.
Quiet and tranquil the beautiful southern Ionian island of Kastos has a very small population and only one village. A really beautiful setting with excellent swimming and snorkeling it is fast developing to cater for the large number of sailing yachts that pass through on their yacht charter holidays during the summer months to see the beautiful views from the windmill on the cliffs edge.
There are a few Greek tavernas and restaurants where you can enjoy some excellent food. There is a shop as well as a small range of facilities for visitors. Port Kastos is a very scenic port and definitely worth a visit whilst on an Ionian yacht charter holiday. The bays to the south of port Kastos are also lovely and many are suitable for overnight mooring. Spend the day relaxing in a bay on Kastos on your yacht and you are almost guaranteed to find one to yourselves.
If you come across a group of dolphins while sailing Ionian waters, please follow a very basic code of conduct (http://ioniandolphinproject.org/dolphin-watching-tips/) to minimize the potential disturbance that your presence might cause to the animals.
The main port on the small Ionian island of Kalamos is a really pretty place. The port and centre has a couple of shops and a few lovely tavernas and bars. Tavernas are found both in the harbour itself and a short walk along the beach. There are also a number of Greek bars just a short (uphill) walk from the town square. The harbour attracts lots of visiting sailing yachts on their yacht charter holidays and George the local ‘harbour master’ will always do his best to get you moored up – he also has a great taverna!
Also known as Lefkada, Lefkas Town is the capital of the island of Lefkas situated on the northeast coast where the island is joined to the mainland by a causeway and 50 metre swing bridge. Lefkas town, home to the Island Sailing Greek yacht charter marina base, is ideally located for both the North Ionian and South Ionian sailing areas. The cruising area is ideal for yacht charter holidays allowing you to go as far north as Corfu and as far south as Kefalonia (Cephalonia).
Lefkada is a very pleasant and friendly Greek island town built around a natural harbour with a number of richly decorated Venetian churches and is host to a number of art and cultural festivals throughout the summer. Halfway along the pedestrianised main shopping street you’ll find the attractive main square, full of cafes where you can sit and watch the world go by. As well as the more traditional Greek cafes and restaurants Lefkas town has a great selection of cosmopolitan bars and cafes. A little further out of Lefkas town is the impressive Frankish fortress of Ayia Mavra and the peaceful monastery of Faneromeni boasting beautiful views above the town, Lefkas Town.