Yacht Charter in the Ionian
The Ionian on the west coast of Greece is ideal for a relaxed sailing holiday in Greece, so popular with families and less experienced crews.
Explore the beautiful Ionian islands and experience gentle afternoon breezes, warm seas and friendly harbour-front tavernas. This sailing area is ideal for couples and families with children seeking a relaxed sailing holiday.
The sheltered waters of the Ionian offer an unlimited number of tranquil bays and enchanting fishing harbours. Navigation is straightforward with no tides, currents or other hazards. There are good sailing breezes from late morning through the afternoon, but winds rarely exceed Force 5. Anchor in picturesque bays or moor up in bustling fishing harbours.
From Corfu you can sail south to the beautiful islands of Paxos and Anti-Paxos, visiting the attractive harbours of Mourtos and Parga on the mainland. From Lefkas explore the sheltered waters of the Southern Ionian and discover the charms of Meganissi, Ithaca and Cephalonia.
Sailing in the Ionian
The Ionian is very popular sailing destination for bareboat yacht charter. With two charter bases in the Ionian at Corfu and Lefkas, you have the choice of sailing in the Northern Ionian or Southern Ionian or, in 2-weeks, exploring both.
Seasoned sailors can plan a more ambitious sailing itinerary of these very picturesque islands from Corfu in the north to Zakynthos in the south.
DAY 1 : Embark at Gouvia Marina. A short sail south takes you to Corfu Town (5nm). Stroll round the historic town and enjoy dinner in one of the traditional tavernas.
DAY 2 : Plataria (18nm) is a fishing village on the mainland. Enjoy generous servings of fresh prawns and ice cold beer while watching the sun set over Corfu.
DAY 3: Sivota (24nm) is in a group of tiny islands scattered with sandy beaches. Spend the afternoon swimming, and later enjoy dinner in the lively village of Mourtos.
DAY 4: Lakka, Paxos (18nm) is a pretty harbour in a bay on the northern tip of Paxos surrounded by pine and olive groves.
DAY 5: Anti-Paxos (14nm) The waters of Emerald Bay truly live up to the name. Overnight at Mongonisi, a sheltered bay or Gaios, the main harbour on Paxos.
DAY 6: Petriti, Corfu (14nm) is a picturesque harbour on the south coast of Corfu island.
DAY 7: Return to Gouvia Marina (15nm).
DAY 1 : Embark at Lefkas Marina in the centre of Lefkas Town, a typical Greek town with its evening promenade, harbour-side restaurants and interesting shops.
DAY 2 : Sivota, Lefkas (16nm) is charming harbour on the south side of Lefkas.
DAY 3 : Fiskardo, Cephalonia (11nm). On the way you pass a choice of bays on Meganisi for a lunchtime anchorage. Fiskardo on the northern tip of Cephalonia is one of the prettiest waterfronts in the Ionian and offers a safe and picturesque harbour.
DAY 4 : Vathi, Ithaca (16nm). Ithaca is reputedly the island home of Odysseus and the east coast offers numerous bays and anchorages. Vathi has good shopping and numerous tavernas in the town.
DAY 5 : Port Kalamos (20nm). Walk up to the traditional village above the harbour for fresh bread in the morning and a stunning view.
DAY 6 : Spartohori, Meganissi (15nm) has a fabulous view from the town up the hill.
DAY 7 : Return to Lefkas (15nm). Stop for a last lunchtime swim off Skorpios, Onassis’ private island, or one of the bays on Meganissi.
For more information on the Ionian cruising area visit the very informative Ulysses Sailing website,the brainchild of one of our clients. Here you'll find details of harbours, beaches and bays from Corfu to Zakynthos.
Weather conditions in the Ionian are very favourable for relaxed sailing. There are good sailing breezes late morning through the afternoon, but winds rarely exceed Force 5. From May to October the wind is from the Northwest. It arrives around noon, blows Force 2-5 and subsides around sunset. The wind tends to be stronger at the start and end of the season. Experience level 1.
Yacht charter in Ionian - Corfu, Lefkas & Palairos
We offer 2 fleets based in the Ionian. Kiriacoulis run one of the largest fleets of bareboat charter yachts in the Mediterranean, and have yachts based at Gouvia Marina in Corfu and Lefkas Marina. These yachts can start and finish charters any day of the week, giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates. We also offer yachts from Odysseus Yachting Holidays who run a fleet of over 40 yachts from Corfu and Palairos. The service from this family-run company is professional and friendly.
Not all yacht models are available in every base. We can also offer yachts from other fleets in the Ionian so please ask.
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Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.
If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.
FLIGHTS TO CORFU:
easyJet have flights from Gatwick, Manchester and Bristol to Corfu. Monarch have flights on Saturdays from Gatwick to Corfu. Thomson and Thomas Cook have flights from most UK airports on Mondays. Transfer time to Gouvia Marina 15 minutes.
FLIGHTS TO PREVEZA:
Thomson and Monarch have flights on Sundays from Gatwick and Manchester to Preveza. NEW FOR 2013: Monarch also have flights from Birmingham. Transfer time to Lefkas Marina 30 minutes and to Palairos 30 minutes.