The Ionian Region in Greece is a popular destination for yacht charters and sailing enthusiasts from around the world. With its crystal-clear waters, picturesque coastline, and stunning landscapes, the Ionian is a perfect spot to explore by boat.
The Ionian Islands are a group of islands located off the western coast of mainland Greece, consisting of seven main islands and several smaller islets. Each of these islands has its own unique charm, and they all offer a plethora of historical, cultural, and natural attractions for visitors to explore.
Historically influenced by Venetian culture, the Ionian Islands have a distinct character that is visible in their architecture and cuisine. These islands have a flavor of traditional Greek food with an Italian twist.
With light to moderate winds and small waves, the Ionian Sea provides some of the calmest sailing conditions in Greece.
During adverse weather, the region's sheltered bays and anchorages provide safe havens.
To charter a yacht and sail the Ionian Islands, you can choose from a variety of marinas, depending on yacht availability, flight schedules, charter duration, and desired itinerary:
- Marina Gouvia on Corfu Island
- Marina Sivota on Lefkas Island
- Marina Lefkas on Lefkas Island
- Marina Preveza in Preveza, on the coast
In Ionian, we offer bareboat and crewed yacht charters, different brands and models of sailboats, and catamarans.
Timoni beach, Corfu
One of the most popular islands to visit in the Ionian is Corfu, also known as Kerkyra. This island has a rich history that dates back to ancient times, with many historical and cultural sights to explore. The Old Town of Corfu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to many impressive landmarks, such as the Old Fortress, the New Fortress, and the Palace of St. Michael and St. George. Other notable historical and cultural sights in Corfu include the Achilleion Palace, the Mon Repos Palace, and the Church of St. Spyridon.
Kerkyra, Corfu Island
Another must-visit island in the Ionian is Zakynthos, also known as Zante. This island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, such as Navagio Beach, also known as Shipwreck Beach. This stunning beach is surrounded by towering cliffs and crystal-clear waters, making it a perfect spot for swimming and snorkeling. Zakynthos is also home to the Blue Caves, a series of sea caves with breathtaking blue waters that are perfect for exploring by boat.
Navigo beach, Zakynthos
Other islands in the Ionian that are worth a visit include Kefalonia, Lefkada, Paxos, and Ithaca.
Kefalonia is one of the largest islands in the Ionian Sea and is known for its stunning scenery. Throughout its interior are lush forests and mountains, and its coastline is dotted with beautiful beaches. Kefalonia is home to many beautiful beaches, including Myrtos Beach, which is often ranked as one of the best in the world. Among the other notable beaches on the island are Antisamos, Makris Gialos, and Lourdas.
Myrtos beach, Kefalonia
Kefalonia is not only known for its beaches, but also for its picturesque villages and towns. There is a wonderful village in the north of the island called Fiskardo with colorful houses and a Venetian harbor. Assos, located on the west coast of the island, is a small village nestled in a picturesque bay and is home to a Venetian fortress.
Fiskardo village, Kefalonia
In the southern part of the Ionian Sea, lies the stunning island of Lefkada. The coastline is dotted with beautiful beaches, including Porto Katsiki, Egremni Beach, and Kathisma Beach. A number of picturesque villages can also be found on the island, including Vasiliki, Sivota, and Nidri. Located on the island's southern coast, Vasiliki is the perfect place to windsurf and kitesurf.
Besides its beaches and villages, Lefkada is also home to some stunning natural landscapes. Forests and mountains cover the island's interior, and hiking trails wind through its countryside. One of the most popular hiking trails on the island is Dimosari Canyon, which offers breathtaking views of waterfalls and turquoise pools.
Sivota village, Lefkada
Paxos & Antipaxos
Paxos is a small island south of Corfu that is famous for its secluded beaches and tranquil atmosphere. The island is covered with olive groves and has quaint villages on its coastline, such as Gaios, Loggos, and Lakka. Gaios is the largest village on the island and is home to a beautiful Venetian square.
There are many beaches on Paxos, but one of the most popular is Voutoumi Beach, located on the nearby island of Antipaxos. Visitors can take a boat from Paxos to Antipaxos to explore this stunning beach and its crystal-clear waters.
Beautiful bay on Paxos island
Ithaca is a small island located in the eastern part of the Ionian Sea, and it is steeped in Greek mythology. According to legend, Ithaca was the home of Odysseus, the hero of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. Visitors can explore the many historical and cultural sights on the island, such as the Cave of the Nymphs. This is believed to be the cave where Odysseus hid his treasure.
There are some stunning natural landscapes in Ithaca in addition to its historical and cultural attractions. The island's interior is covered with forests and mountains, and visitors can explore the many hiking trails that wind through the island's countryside. One of the most popular hiking trails on the island is Homer's Walk, which offers breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea.
Kioni port, Ithaca island
Aside from its historical and cultural attractions, the Ionian is also home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Greece. Visitors can explore the many hiking trails that wind through the islands' forests and mountains, or take a boat tour to see the stunning sea caves and hidden coves that are only accessible by boat. The Ionian is also home to a variety of wildlife, such as dolphins, sea turtles, and rare bird species.
Melissani Lake, The Cave of Nymphs, Ithaca island
Sailing Itineraries in the Ionian
There are literally endless sailing routes to explore on the Ionian Islands. Lefkada and Corfu Island are the most popular starting points, which can be easily reached via Corfu or Preveza International airports. Lefkada Island is a bit more favorable as a starting port because of its central position in the Ionian Sea. You can sail either North, towards Paxos, Antipaxos, Parga, and Corfu, or South, towards Kefalonia, Ithaka, Meganisi, Atokos, Kastos, and Zakynthos. Thus, you can adjust your route according to wind conditions. Corfu Island on the hand is pretty much the furthest north you may sail in Greece. Hence, your route choices are a bit more limited.
The Ionian Region in Greece is a perfect destination for yacht charters and sailing enthusiasts. With its stunning landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and rich history and culture, the Ionian offers something for everyone. Whether you want to explore the islands' historical and cultural sights, relax on its secluded beaches, or enjoy its natural beauty, the Ionian is a destination that should not be missed.