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Preveza & Ionian Sailing Itinerary

Two weeks exploring the North and South of the beautiful Ionian Islands…

A bustling lonian city with narrow alleys filled with fantastic tavernas and examples of Turkish and Venetian architecture.
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A bustling small lonian city at the entrance of the Amvrakikos gulf Preveza is a busy commercial centre but at the same time has narrow alleys filled with fantastic tavernas, café bars and shops together with neoclassical houses, belfries and some wonderful examples of Turkish and Venetian architecture.

Indulge in the Greek tavernas and bars of pretty Kalamos harbour.
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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!

Experience the beautiful settings of this quiet and tranquil island…dont forget your snorkel!
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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.

A dramatic horseshoe bay overlooked by three old windmills.
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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.

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A bustling harbour with brightly painted houses, so vibrant, be sure to take your camera!
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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

Take in the views from the beautiful village perched high above Spilia Bay.
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Spartohori is a beautiful village on the Greek Ionian island of Meganisi (or Meganissi). Perched high above Spilia Bay (or Porto Spiglia) the village of Spartahori is reached by a 10 minute walk up the road or steps and has spectacular views across the Ionian sea to the mountains of the mainland and with traditional Greek food, wine and dancing in the local tavernas it is definitely worth a visit.

The great thing about mooring here is that you don’t need to use an anchor as it is all done on lazy lines and there is always help on hand from the local Greek taverna owners to help make sure your yacht is moored up safely in return for you eating at their taverna!

Moor your yacht and sit right on the pebbly beach in the bay looking out across the beautiful blue Ionian water or enjoy the stunning views up in Spartahori village, a great place to visit whilst on an Island Sailing Ionian yacht charter in Greece.

A charming town with great tavernas and nightlife… take a walk to the top of the hill for the best views.
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On the mainland coast, east of Paxos, Parga is an active anchorage with a mix of mellow and more lively activities on offer. A large resort, Parga is a popular tourist destination and one of Greece’s treasures, not only for its idyllic surroundings, but also because it has so much to offer.

The harbour is not ideal for sailing yachts and most sailors make for Ormos Valtou. However, if you do decide to moor here, the town is just a short walk over the hill, where you will soon get to see Greece in all its glory. A five minute walk from the pontoon, you will see a little hut, where you can embark on thrilling or more family friendly water sports.

The town itself is charming with good tavernas and nightlife while the tiny whitewashed chapel and ruins of a Venetian castle on near-by Panayia make a photogenic backdrop to this mainland port. Restaurants towards the top of the hill hold the best views looking over the bay. The narrow alleyways with cobbled streets wind up to the historic castle, passing colourful houses with cascading bougainvillea’s along the way. Parga is a picturesque postcard-town which comes alive at night. Enjoy watching the world go by along the promenade, in one of the many tavernas or bars. Why not anchor off Two Rock Bay after visiting Parga for a swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters in one of the most peaceful and sheltered bays in the Ionian.

With a unique mix of Venetian and British heritage this town is a must.
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Gaios is the largest of the three main villages on Paxos. Gaios, the ‘capital’ of the island has its own unique mixture of Venetian and British heritage with colourful buildings that line the water front.

Life in Gaios focuses on the pretty harbour which is extremely popular in high season. Here on the quayside, you will find an animated yet highly sophisticated aura whilst you watch life go by with a refreshing cocktail or local beer. The tiny and fascinating town has super variety of tavernas, chic boutiques and old-fashioned with a Greek atmosphere all of its own. Hidden behind the brightly coloured town houses is where you will find the best of Greek cuisine, from sizzling meats cooking in the window to beds of fresh sea food including the catch of the day.

Whatever you decide to do in Gaios, you will not be disappointed by its vibrant beauty and traditional Greek charm.

A small haven below and to the north of the old fort in Corfu town.
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Mandraki harbour in Corfu, headquarters of POIATH Yacht Club of Corfu (Hellenic Off-Shore Sailing Club) and IOK (Corfu Sailing Club) is a small haven below and to the north of the old fort in Corfu town (Kerkyra).

The port provides mooring for the club’s members yachts, but also has openings for visitors. With only a small number of berths it is best to contact the ‘marinero’ in advance, a charge will be made but the harbour is an superb location directly under the steep walls of the fort and a short stroll into the centre of the beautiful old town of Corfu.

Facilities at the port of Mandraki include W.C’s/showers, water, some electric power (from one side of the port), wireless internet and the Secretariat for information services. For further information contact the Mandraki Port Harbour Master on 0030 69453 77674 or the Corfu Sailing Club’s Secretariat on 0030 26610 25122 or 0030 26610 44383.

This pretty harbour boasts a magnificent backdrop of Mount Pantokrator and beautiful hills covered with olive groves, vines and citrus plantations
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Kassiopi is a charming and deceptively large town on the north east corner of the island of Corfu, 22 miles north of Corfu Town (Kerkyra). One of the prettiest harbours in Corfu, Kassiopi has the magnificent backdrop of Mount Pantokrator and beautiful hills covered with olive groves, vines and citrus plantations. In the 4th century B.C., Kassiopi was an important Roman port, dedicated to the god Kassios Zeus, protector of seafarers. Between Kassiopi and Barbati the coastline is sculpted into a chain of small bays and coves, ideal moorings for your yacht.

The upbeat village has something for everyone, whether it’s late night bars, scenic headland walks or exploring the remains of Kassiopi Castle up on the hillside. You’re also around an hour’s drive away from Corfu Town, the islands Capital.

Translating as ‘unspoilt’ in Greek, this truly describes this bay in north east Corfu.
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On the most beautiful side of Corfu, the north east coast, Agni, is famous for its excellent waterside tavernas. Agni is a great place for yachts and sailing boats to anchor in the afternoons for a swim, for scuba diving or to enjoy a lovely meal in one of the fish restaurants. Agni literally translates as ‘unspoilt’ in Greek and this describes the bay well, for it’s shiny pebble beaches and dotted patches of sand. The tavernas on Agni serve famous Corfiot dishes that really show their Venetian influence, including delicious fresh seafood cooked in a variety of different ways to suit all palettes.

Unwind in truly authentic and unspoilt fishing village.
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Longos (Loggos or Logos) on the north east coast is the smallest of the island ports and one of the prettiest villages on Paxos (or Paxoi) and remains unspoilt. The tiny fishing harbour of Longos itself is enchanting with some truly authentic Greek waterside tavernas and flower decked houses, surrounded by luscious green vegetation and olive trees. Unwind and explore the narrow alleyways and the rainbow houses – life on Longos has never been more relaxing. Being a small traditional Greek village there are only a few options for supplies and basic provisions whilst on your Ionian yacht charter holiday, there are less than 100 permanent residents that live here all year round!

A magnificent setting, picturesque landscapes and waters which are a windsurfing haven.
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The picturesque bay of Lakka is the second largest of the three main villages on Paxos Island in the northern Ionian and is a windsurfing and dinghy sailing haven and there are some great places for sailing yachts to anchor too. Lakka has many great restaurants and tavernas near the waterfront and along the lanes and alleyways that lead from the harbour into the village, all of which serve a good selection of traditional Greek cuisine. In some tavernas, the owners take you into their restaurant which is a unique experience as they tell you about what they are serving and show you the fresh local produce, all done in the friendly Greek style! The family friendly bars help you relax and unwind after a day sailing, whilst you sit back on the water’s edge and watch the boats come in and out. The cocktails here are particularly delicious!

Lakka is a magnificent setting on Paxos island, at the head of a long, curving inlet with water that is the most beautiful shade of turquoise. Hills covered in trees drop gently down to the sea, providing shelter from the prevailing winds which makes this an ideal harbour to stop in during your Ionian yacht charter when visiting Paxos.

A bustling lonian city with narrow alleys filled with fantastic tavernas and examples of Turkish and Venetian architecture.
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A bustling small lonian city at the entrance of the Amvrakikos gulf Preveza is a busy commercial centre but at the same time has narrow alleys filled with fantastic tavernas, café bars and shops together with neoclassical houses, belfries and some wonderful examples of Turkish and Venetian architecture.

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