The Ionian Sea, located in the west part of Greece, consists of the Ionian Islands (or else Eptanisa), an island cluster comprising twelve small and large islands. Corfu (Kerkyra), Paxi, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Ithaca (the birthplace of the mythical hero Odysseus) are the six large Ionian Islands. Antipaxi, Meganisi, Erikousa, Mathraki, Othoni and the deserted islets of Strofades south of Zakynthos are the smaller Ionian Islands. Together with the island of Kythira and the neighboring Antikythira the islands form the island cluster of Eptanisa. Part of the Ionian Islands complex is the small island of Scorpio, which was until recently owned by the famous billionaire Aristoteles Onasis!
The Ionian Islands are widely known for their scenic beaches, some of the best in the world. Mountain curved beaches and crystal clear waters along with the lack of the “Meltemi” wind (strong continuous Northern Wind) combine into an unforgettable scenery worth visiting. The temperate climate; the deep and cool sea waters; the mountains; the lush vegetation; the cultural heritage; and the cheerfulness of the inhabitants, make the Ionian Sea and the Ionian islands the ideal place for your sailing vacations.
Below you can find some details of key islands to visit during your sailing vacations. However, if you need information on one or more of the islands not analyzed below please feel free to contact us and we will send you detailed information along with customized and suggested itineraries to enjoy the full Exclusive Ionian Sailing Experience!
Corfu is located at the northwestern part of Greece. It is a very popular holiday destination as the islands can satisfy all needs and requests from potential visitors. From relaxed holidays to action packed requirements, Corfu can accommodate all. Modern Kerkyra (Corfu), the chief city and port lies on a peninsula on the east coast. Historically, Corfu is the island where Ulysses met Princess Nausica in one of Homer’s Odyssey most celebrated scenes! By the port you will find a modern organized marina, the largest in Greece where you can dock, refuel and in general enjoy all available services while there. The island also has an airport with certain charter flights, making it easier for potential sailing travelers to visit the ionian. Should you decide to spend your sailing holidays in the Northern part of the Ionia, Corfu is a magical destination to get started!
Cultural village of Europe for the year 2004, Paxoi is the ideal islands for a peaceful holiday. Fjord-shaped beaches, underwater caves, small bays and green hills welcome the lucky visitors. Visiting the extraordinary 40-odd sea caves with the majestic domes on the south coast of the island is a scenery you will never forget! According to the legend, the island would be the southernmost tip of Corfu, if the God of the Sea, Poseidon, had not broken it off with his trident when he needed a god-deserving place to live his love with the Nereid Amphitrite. Next to Paxoi is the small island Adipaxos covered by vineyards which produce the famous black wine. Both islands are surrounded by beautiful beaches with turquoise waters which are very popular to sailing visitors!
Lefkas is the alternative point of starting a sailing vacation to the Ionian Sea. Like Corfu, there is a well organized marina where you can safely dock and refuel. Lefkas is packed with numerous famous attractive beaches of exotic beauty, such as Egremnoi, Porto Katsiki and Kathisma. The island of Lefkas is also situated near the Skorpios island, the famous Onasis property, and Meganisi, a peaceful island away from the crowds. The island has a variety of traditional villages and small fishing bays to enjoy safe anchorage and local cuisine. Towards the Southern part of the island you will find the villages of Nidri and Sivota. Two beautiful bays where you can safely drop anchor and get on the shore to have a walk at the beautiful promenade but also grab a bite at one of the traditional taverns by the sea!
Kefalonia is the biggest Ionian Sea island. It has a coastline length of 250 km, with magnificent sights and beaches that makes it one of the most attractive islands to sail around. Myrtos beach is one of the most famous ones, and the lake and cave of Melisani are of unique and exquisite beauty. The beautiful, cosmopolitan village of Fiskardo is a place to visit if you want to combine relaxation with some nightlife and also taste the famous lobster pasta in on of the traditional local taverns. The secluded Assos, a small village on the NorthWestern part of the island can be the place to spend the night, either on the very small dock (if you are very lucky) or by anchoring below the hill where a Venetian castle was overseeing the Ionian sea during the 16th century. Kefalonia is an ideal island to visit in combination with its neighbor Ithaca, a sleepy forgotten island known to be the home of Homer’s Odysseus.
The famous shipwreck beach “Navagio” with its electric blue color has made Zakythos famous all over the world. The Mediterranean loggerhead Caretta-Caretta turtle also uses its coasts to lay its eggs giving it its own Blue Flag. Its landscape diversity has resulted in different types of beaches: there are sandy beaches in secluded coves where the tranquil waters are deep blue on the island’s southeastern part; yet, if rugged cliffs and an interesting underwater world are to your liking, try the western part of the island.