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Western Coastline of Greece

Ionian, Greece

Take a look at the Mainland Coast of Western Greece

The largest of the Ionian islands, Kefalonia was made famous by the book and film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’, it has always been a key holiday destination and now in the summer the island is bustling with visitors from many countries. With pretty, colourful buildings and several stunning beaches it is easy to see how the place became so popular. For visiting yachts perhaps the most special places to explore are the numerous caves in the anchorages along the east side of the island.


Paleros or Palairos (or Zaverda) is a picturesque small harbour town on the west coast of mainland Greece with a breathtaking backdrop of beautiful buildings and serene vistas. Olive trees, vineyards and pine trees extend down to the spectacular sandy beaches. Ashore there are numerous beachfront bars, restaurants and cafes as well as traditional Greek tavernas down charming small alleys. Many of the old traditions of Palairos town are kept alive and unchanged giving the village its own unique character and relaxed way of life.


Mitika or Mytikas is another traditional and simple Greek farming town which has only very recently developed into a small ferry port and yacht harbour for the islands in the Ionian inland sea. The town is a great place for a lunch time stop at one of many traditional Greek tavernas where you can enjoy excellent Greek food amongst the locals.


Astakos port is a very traditional Greek port on the eastern shore of the Ionian sea with very few visiting sailing yachts. The port provides a good option for provisioning for anyone visiting the Dragoneras islands where you can stock up the yacht and explore the multitude of bays further south untouched by most charter yachts and flotillas.


Ligia (Lygia or Liggia) is a small and relaxing rock bound sheltered fishing harbour with a number of facilities ashore, a nice harbourside taverna and cafe plus more choice of shops and tavernas in the nearby hill top village. There’s a lovely long unspoilt beach close to the harbour too. The entrance to Ligia harbour is a bit tricky and the approach should only be made in calm weather with a member of the crew on the bow conning the way in.

Fanaria Bay (Ammoudia)

Fanaria bay lies opposite Ammoudia village which stradles the Acheron river estuary. A traditional, tranquil fishing village Ammoudia offers good fish tavernas, restaurants and cafes, lovely beaches and an excellent river boat trip to ancient Nikopolis and the oracle of the dead. Along the harbour locals and visitors usually spend the evenings watching the wonderful Ionian sunsets and the panoramic views of the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos.


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…

Sivota Mourtos

Mourtos is a small village on mainland Greece, north of the Ionian Sea hidden behind a group of tiny islands, called Sivota or Syvota. Mourtos has a beautiful boulevard and a number of terraces along with to stroll, take a cold drink and admire one of the most beautiful sunsets in the area. The town quay is perfectly laid out for sailing yachts with a few places to eat and drink. Nearby there are lots of anchorages and places to stop off for lunch.


The small port village of Plataria is situated in the northwest coastline of the Greek mainland. Opposite Plataria lies the south tip of Corfu island, the tip of Asprokavos, separated by a narrow channel of 9 nautical miles. Plataria has a new harbour with ample berths for sailing yachts of all sizes. It is a traditional Greek fishing village and with a good selection of locally produced foods as well as a beautiful sandy beach which is popular in the summer.

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