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Lefkada
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Ionian

A Sailing Paradise!!!

Small distances, Countless destinations!

The main islands Corfu, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Ithaca, Paxi, Zakynthos, or the smaller ones Antipaxi, Meganisi, Arkoudi, Skorpios, Atkos, Vido, Strofades, etc, are all at your easy reach.

On the east side of the major Islands yes you find wind, but no waves! This makes the perfect sailing conditions, giving you a beautiful sailing experience trouble free!

The mid-day light breeze perfect for sailing gives its way to tranquility once the sun approaches its set, making sure you can easily moore in one of the hundreds of tranquil bays to enjoy your dinner and have a good night’s rest.

The deep Ioanian waters mean you can approach land more than any other place in Greece. The Ioanian islands is the only area in the world were you  can take an afternoon nap on your deck under the shade of a pine tree!

How to get to Lefkada

Our Routes

The South Ionian Route

Lefkas, Meganissi, Kalamos, Kastos, Atokos, Ithaca, Kefalonia

Is usually weather covered Small distances, more destinations Recomended for beginners

The North Ionian Route

Lefkas, Parga, Syvota, Corfu, Paxi, Antipaxi

More open to weather conditions Greater distances, more miles to sail
Suitable for more experienced sailors
These routes are examples only. We design a route depending on your requirements. The final route depends on client´s wishes, skipper´s judgement and the weather.

Lefkada

Lefkada (or Lefkas) is ringed by electric-blue water, and shimmers with wild olive groves and the spear-shaped forms of cypress trees. Despite being connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway it feels in places distinctly untamed by the tourism footprint, whose developed enclaves tend to be on the east coast.

In the wild centre of the island you’ll find wandering old crones in traditional dress and shepherds benignly tending sheep; on the western side are a couple of the best beaches in the world. A strong wind assaults Lefkada and has made the island hugely popular with kitesurfers and windsurfers, and a major fixture on the professional circuit.

Lefkada is less insular than most islands; it was once attached to the nearby mainland by a narrow isthmus until occupying Corinthians breached it with a canal in the 8th century BC.

Kefalonia

Kefalonia is located on the West coast of Greece only 3,5 hours of sailing from Lefkas, and has a mild climate along with excellent beaches. Even if the island of Kefalonia is worldfamous, until now has escaped mass tourism, keeping its water crystal and clear. The island has many wonderful bays and inlets which are ideal for moor and accesible only with a sailing yacht. The northern rocky coastline has small and clean, pebble beaches whilst those on the southern shores are long and sandy.

The setting for Louis de Bernières’ fabulous novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Kefalonia’s myriad appeals include magnificent, rugged scenery, friendly locals, a certain rural charm, and some of the best beaches in the whole of Greece. And despite the success of the novel – and the subsequent film adaptation – it remains mercifully unspoilt by mass tourism.

The largest of the Ionian Islands, it never feels crowded, even in high season on the photogenic sands of Myrtos, or among the swanky, marina-side restaurants of Fiskardo.

Ithaca

“Keep Ithaca always in your mind. Arriving there is what you are destined for”
Cavafy, Ithaca.

Worldwide famous as the home of Odysseus, Ithaca symbolises the return to the haven, the discovery and the fulfillment. Despite its proximity to Kefalonia (Cephalonia) (2km northeast) it is much more peaceful, quiet and undiscovered from it.

Ithaca has one of the biggest natural ports in Europe and the whole island is surounded by small, amazing bays. Thats the reason why Ithaca is one of the favorite islands of all sailors from the ancient years.

With a multitude of choices covering all beach tastes, from sand to pebbles, from rocky to green-clad backgrounds, from peaceful to busy ones. Some of them are: Lootsa, Filiatró, Sarakínniko, Dexá, Minnímata, Yidáki, Aetós, Áspros Yalós, Afáles, Kourvoólia. With its 27-kilometre long and 6.5-kilometre large mountainous surface, it boasts plenty of hiking as well as mountain bike trails in a sequence of blue and green alongside the coast and through olive, cypress, pine, oak, arbutus and carob trees up on the hills.

Zakynthos

Zakynthos or Zante is one of the most famous islands of Ionian Sea. Navagio (shipwreck) is only one of the famous beaches of Zakynthos that has been voted as one of the best beaches of the world.Located just 20 Nmiles south of Poros South-Kefalonia, it is highly recommended at least as a day trip.

Leaving Poros before dawn, you can arrive at Navagio early morning, avoiding the crowds. Nothing can compare to entering the gulf in calm weather and enjoying the morning mist climbing up the cliff unveiling the multi-photographed beach in all its glory. Once you have absorbed it all, and swam at it bright blue waters and when the beach is full of people once again, then you can take the best memory of it with you and set you way for a bit of  snorkeling at the blue Caves. From there, you can take advantage of the mid-day Ionian breeze and sail either back North to Kefalonia or head to Agios Nicolaos to continue down south to the rest of Zante.

Corfu

At the end of his travails, a weary Odysseus was shipwrecked on the vernal island of the Phaecans, who patiently heard his tale before setting him on a boat home to Ithaki. This island is modern-day Corfu and you can expect the same level of kindness from this cosmopolitan jewel.

Source: Lonely Planet

Villages of whitewashed houses confetti the sunny isle, Kerkyra, as it is called in Greek, is rich in Byzantine churches, Venetian fortresses and vibrant nightlife, just some of the reasons it remains the most popular Ionian island.  The cosmopolitan town has a population of 37,000, and a wealth of Greek, French and British influences in its maze of narrow, cobbled streets and sophisticated New Town.

Source:  Trip Advisor

Corfu – is the most important and most northerly of the Ionian Islands and is situated only 1 nm off the coast of Albania and the Greek region of Epirus (mainland Greece).

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