The Ionian Sea with its many beautiful Islands, mild winds, crystal clear
blue waters and predictable weather patterns offers excellent safe sailing
conditions for the professionals and amateurs alike. It is considered by
many to be the best cruising area in the whole of Greece. Between May and
August the winds blow from the north, whereas in September, October and
April there are southern winds which continue blowing mainly between 14.00 –
19.00 hrs in the afternoon. During the night there is a complete calm. There
are many beautiful Islands to see and explore with lush scenery, sites of
mythological and historic interest, calm sheltered bays and sheltered
harbours with local tavernas where you can moor for the night. You can
sample the local food, explore and experience a little of the islands
atmosphere before you set sail again for your next delightful Ionian Island.
The Northern Ionian offers more challenging conditions for perhaps the more
experienced sailors, whereas the Southern Ionian region has more Islands
very close together offering more sheltered and calm conditions. Ideal for
novices and the less experienced, as in this region you are never more than
an hour away from a sheltered anchorage or taverna.
Whatever your level of experience, there are many sailing operations
offering various packages, from bareboat charter where you skipper the boat
yourself for the experienced only, to cabin charters for the non experienced
with full crew. Some cabin charters have a skipper, cooks and hostesses
offering more of a cruise. If you require something a little between the two
then there are flotillas on offer. You skipper your own boat; whilst you
sail along with other boats and an ‘admiral’ is available should you need
any help or advice.
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