Best for relaxing sailing and those who want to find some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
The Ionian Islands are the gateway to Greece. Their vegetation and olive trees date back to Venetian times. Throughout the year, sunshine is the rule and some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful beaches can be found where these lush productive islands meet the sparkling Ionian Sea. Begin in Corfu, the “jewel” of the Ionian Sea. This friendly, cosmopolitan island is surrounded by a coastline of stunning beauty. South of Corfu you find pristine beaches and the romantic charm of Paxi. With few local residents, this island is as tranquil as it is beautiful. From here, sail east to Parga – crowned by a Norman castle and surrounded by spectacular evergreen islets. Here you can discover the ruins of an ancient Venetian fortress. The eastern coast of Lefkas (location of our second base in the Ionian Sea) is filled with traditional Greek architecture and overlooks an “inland sea”. Then there is legendary Ithaca, the fabled domain of Homer’s Odysseus. The southernmost island of Cephalonia offers a spectacular coastline. Journey inland and go spelunking in a network of caves some 20,000 years old.
Zakynthos, famous for beautiful sandy beaches with crystal waters, and also for the endangered species of turtle, Caretta-Caretta.
Wind and Sailing Conditions
The wind and sailing conditions in the Ionian Sea are ideal and predictable. From May to September the wind comes from the northwest at force 2-5, mostly after 16:00 hours. In Spring and Autumn the wind is less strong and blows usually from southwest.
An ideal starting point for your cruise is our base in Corfu (Gouvia Marina) a 15-minutes’ drive from Corfu International Airport. Or, you may also wish to embark from our base in Lefkas, located on the island by the Lefkas canal, about a 30 minutes’ taxi drive away from the airport of Aktion on the mainland.