can take you from Corfu in the north of the Ionian around her northern
islands and down to Paxos and Antipaxos, her southern islands. You can cross
to Parga on the mainland, visit the Sivota islands where the shallow waters
take you from one small island to the next, and down to Agios Ioannis just
below Parga, through the Lefkas canal and into the Southern Ionian and on to
the more southerly islands of the Ionian sea.
you cover and the choice of area is going to be very dependent on the length
of your sailing holiday. Some charter companies offer a set one week
or two week sail, which is often the case with cabin charter and fully
crewed boats, whilst some offer a choice of route to be planned and
determined at the beginning of the holiday, this often applies to the
flotillas. Of course with a bareboat charter, the experienced sailor
can skipper there own boat, plan there own course, according to weather conditions, the winds and
the length of the holiday.
Corfu is the most important and most northerly of the Ionian
Islands and is situated only 1nm off the coast of Albania and the Greek
region of Epirus. Several yacht charter companies operate from here. It is
the ideal starting place to sail the beautiful unspoilt North East coast
with its lovely calm bays and waterside tavernas, where you can moor up and
enjoy a good meal before continuing along the north coast and around Corfu’s
northern islands of Erikoussa, Othoni, both with anchorage and Mithraki.
Around Corfu’s western coastline is Cape Drastis where you can view
spectacular sunsets, and the pretty bays of Paleocastritsa. This northern
and west area is probably more suited to the experienced yachtsman or those
wanting to gain experience, as the islands lie further apart and the sea is
more open creating less gentle conditions.
Leaving Corfu for the south takes you down to the small
island of Paxos with a very calm tranquil harbour and crystal clear blue
waters and the tiny islet of Antipaxos. Across on the mainland is the
Sivota Islands lying very close together thus making for very calm sailing
and good overnight anchorage, Parga a very pretty little mainland village
and a little further on Agios Ioannis. From here sailing south brings you
to Lefkas and into the Southern Ionian.
If the Southern Ionian Islands are your choice of sailing
area, then you would most likely begin your holiday from Lefkas served by
Preveza airport, you can of course sail north from here, but it is the ideal
starting point for the southern islands.
The Lefkas canal enables sailors to pass along the east side
of the island. This 'inland sea' is totally protected from the open sea and
has 90% of the good anchorages. Off the south east coast of Lefkas is the
beautiful unspoilt island of Meganisi, with sandy beaches and famous
sea-caves and therefore an exquisite sailing and yacht area. The southern
area is very sheltered and you are never far from a delightful anchorage or
taverna. From Meganisi the area includes the islands of Skorpios, Kalamos,
Arkudi, Atokos, Dragoneras Cephalonia, Ithaca, Echinadis, and the mainland
harbours of Palaros, Zaverda, Myticas and Astakos. The most southerly Ionian
Island is Zakynthos which lies off the west coast of the Peloponese, with
its beautiful scenery and excellent bathing beaches; Zakynthos is very
popular with yacht charters and tourists in general.
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