Catamaran Charter in the Ionian
The Ionian Islands are seven main islands located on the western side of mainland Greece that are different from other Greek islands due to their fertile land and clear blue waters. The Ionian islands can be divided into two clear sections; The North Ionian, starting base Gouvia Marina, Corfu, located just 15 minutes from the international airport. The South Ionian, starting from Preveza, located just 10 minutes from Aktion (Preveza) Airport. Preveza is also connected to the mainland and can be accessed by car or bus from Athens.
The wind and sailing conditions in the Ionian Sea are ideal and predictable. With a usual light morning breeze between 2 to 4 lasting to midday, dying down for a couple of hours, till it then arrives in the early afternoon and blows between force 3 to 5 and dies down at with the sun setting. The Maistro (Maestro) is the prevailing Northwest wind which blows in the Ionian Sea during the summer period & especially in July & August. It is a pleasant and soft breeze accompanied by fine weather and light clouds.
Corfu is one of the most connected to the historic Greek islands. Strongly influenced by the Venetians, the French and the English. In the capital of the island, you’ll see the glorious past of Corfu on imposing palaces, noble mansions, beautiful museums, and charming squares. Moving away from Corfu Town, you’ll discover picturesque seaside villages, tiny verdant islets, luxurious Corfu resorts, and wild natural landscapes. As for Corfu beaches and bays, they are one of their kind. Protected in sandy coves, surrounded by green forests and mountains.
Syvota has been promoted as the “Caribbean of Greece” thanks to its enchanting mix of pristine shores, narrow inlets and lush green islands which grace the area, as well as the diverse experiences this destination can offer.
Sivota Marina can accommodate private yachts. On the picturesque seafront you will find a variety of bars, local restaurants and supermarkets. Sivota is also a fantastic place to stay on anchor in one of its many sheltered and beautiful sandy bays.
Parga is by far the most popular holiday destination in Epirus. Stretching around a secluded bay that faces the Ionian sea, Parga has an island ambiance. Colourful houses built on the slopes of a mountain, boasting a breathtaking view of the sea, exotic beaches with turquoise waters and natural surroundings, a wonderful natural landscape.
The port is located in the western bay of Orms Valtou. The area has a large sandy beach with many coloured parasols. Options to either anchor in the bay, tie on the quay (a little messy) or rest on the shelved beach.
One of the least commercial Greek Islands in the Ionian sea. Paxos is truly beautiful, with scenery that makes it an artists paradise, with clear aquamarine sea and pebble beaches that have to be seen to be believed. The local people are so welcoming you feel at home straight away. Gaios is the capital of Paxos and the largest town on the island. It is still relatively small and quaint with Venetian architecture, a maze of side streets and a pedestrianised square on the seafront. Restaurants and snack bars are scattered throughout the town and surrounding olive groves of Gaios offering a high standard of local Greek cuisine.
Gaios channel has a well-sheltered quay where you are able to moor forwards or in reverse with an anchor. The north side offers quiet areas and the quay on the south side is located in the lively centre. The whole quay is used for mooring.
Antipaxos is a tiny place, totally unspoiled and truly the place to holiday if you really want to get away from it all. Antipaxos is all about peace and quiet and glorious beaches, such as those at Vrika and Voutoumi, famous for their transparent waters and breathtaking settings.
There are two bays to anchorage on the east side of Anti-Paxos island. There is 2 or three taverns and cafes available to serve your needs. At the peak seasons tripper boats leave crowds of people to swim. Tripper boats flock here from mid-morning onwards from Paxos.
Lefkas - Sivota
Sivota is one of the most beautiful bays in Lefkada The settlement lies around a blue crystalline cove amidst verdant hills and lush green forests overlooking the Ionian Sea. The lovely port of the village provides a safe shelter for mooring and quite close is also the main beach. Along the small port you will find some nice fish taverns and restaurants.
Located on the South East of Lefkas Island, the port includes a few small quays that provide the option for stern or side to mooring if there is space. It’s also possible to spend the night on Anchor.
Meganisi is a small ‘C’ shaped island. With dozens of anchorages along the wider northern area of the island, perfect for a lunch stop and swim.
Little Vathi is a very charming place, set in a large, deeply indented bay on the north coast of Meganisi, surrounded by forests and olive groves on the high ground behind the harbour. The harbour of Vathi is surrounded by cafes and tavernas and a distinctive church tower. There are a few small shops for provisioning behind the shady town square, as well as a butcher’s shop, and a bakery nearby. The Rose Garden taverna is recommended
Ithaki, famous all over the world as the mythical island of Odysseus, Ithaca is probably the most remarkable island of Greek mythology. As for Ithaca beaches, they are stunning! Filiatro, Sarakiniko and Agios Ioannis are some of the best.
The harbor at Vathi, Ithaca is considered one of the safest natural harbors in Greece. On the north of the Island is the port of Frikes, another fantasic location to stop at along this beautiful island.
The exotic Kefalonia island is the largest of the Ionian group. Chances are you’ve already seen Kefalonia island on pictures and postcards. Worldwide famous for its scenic Kefalonia beaches like Myrtos, Antisamos, Lourdas, Skala, dramatic landscapes and delicious food. There are numerous small villages to explore on the island some of our favourites are Fiskardo, Assos, Sami, Argostoli, all offering something unique.
Zakynthos (or Zante) is the closest to paradise on earth! Home to the worldwide famous Navagio (Shipwreck) beach, close to the sailing port of Vromi on the north west of the island. Exploring Zakynthos, you’ll discover picturesque hilltop villages, traditional monasteries, and dreamy natural landscapes. Th area is home to the endangered sea turtle species Caretta-Caretta, so keep an eye out whilst sailing to try and spot one!
Some ports we’d recommend would be Nikolaos, Keri, Vromi. We highly recommend on reading the pilot guide on your boat to familiarise yourself with the different approaches and mooring procedures.