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Ionian Islands of Greece

Take a look at Meganissi

The beautiful Ionian Island of Meganissi offers complete relaxation in a typically Greek atmosphere. Although it is small enough to explore in a day there is plenty on the island to keep you entertained; the enclosed anchorages on the east side which are great for snorkelling, the ‘capital’ Vathi with its excellent fish tavernas and café culture, and the breathtakingly beautiful Spartakhori on top of the island offering breath taking views and a sleepy charm. Recently voted one of Europe’s 18 best secret islands in the Telegraph’s Travel section!

Vathi, Meganissi

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 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…

Spartohori, Meganissi

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…

Abeliki Bay and Kapali Bay

Between Vathi and Port Atheni on Meganisi there are two large beautiful bays with coves dotted around the edges. For serenity and relaxation on your yacht charter in Greece they are ideal places to stop. Both these bays, Abeliki Bay and Kapali Bay offer the ideal location for a peaceful night on board your sailing yacht and even a romantic night gazing at the stars. You can also take a walk to Vathi from Abelike bay (about 25 minutes). Alternatively you can anchor in one of the many beautiful inlets for a lunchtime swim or snorkel before heading to one of Meganissi’s nearby ports for the evening. Masks and snorkels are available on your Island Sailing yacht charter and the amazing bathing platforms on the brand new Island Sailing Bavaria cruiser yachts are just perfect for swimming and sunbathing in the beautiful Ionian.

Port Atheni, Meganisi

Port Atheni on the NE of Meganissi (or Meganisi) is a large quiet beautiful bay surrounded by olive trees. Despite being a popular bay for visiting yachts to drop anchor, particularly during the day it is never crowded. With crystal clear waters on the west side of the cove Port Atheni is a great place for a swim and a snorkel. A 30 minute walk takes you to the traditional Ionian village of Katomeri which offers a taste of ‘real Greece’ where you can buy fresh bread and provisions.

Scorpios Island

The private island of Scorpios, opposite Nidri town on the east coast of the island of Lefkas is famous as the retreat of legendary shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and has a spectacular shoreline complimented by a lush collection of trees and exotic plants. The Greek shipping magnate, famously married to Jackie Kennedy and one of the most legendary self made billionaire tycoons purchased Scorpios in the fifties. The island was the venue for the marriage of Onassis to the former wife of John F. Kennedy and the main house on Scorpios island is situated on the top of the hill and next to it is a helicopter pad. Closer to the water is a port and a mooring specially designed to hold the Onassis super yacht. There are several bays on the island and each one can be an ideal place to stop for a swim off the back of…

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