Some say the Ionian Islands provide the best sailing routes of the entire Mediterranean. With light winds, beautiful scenery and protected waters, the islands make for one of the best yacht charters for beginners. There are many sites and routes that are unspoiled by tourists and are considered some of the most tranquil areas for a Greek holiday.
Begin your yacht journey from Corfu. From Corfu visit Plataria, just 51 kilometres away. Here you can fish your day away and in the evening eat your weight in prawns and watch the sun set over Corfu. You can’t possibly get anything better than that.
Get adventurous in Sivota with mountain biking, waterskiing, wakeboarding and other water sports. The water is warm and gentle but with perfect breezes off the coast, which make this island ideal for water activities. With clear waters and sheltered bays, snorkelling and scuba diving are particularly popular in Sivota. Venture off the beaten path and discover coves, wondrous green hills and secluded beaches.
The stunning islands of Paxos and Antipaxos are just 16 kilometres from Corfu. Paxos is considered the smallest island of the Ionians; its small island charm means no hotel resorts or cheesy bars but rather strings of olive trees, fishing villages, beachfronts and boutique villas. When you’re on land, you can always find a grocery shop to stock up on provisions.
The west coast of Paxos consists of limestone and caves but the east is everything but. There are 30 beaches that are reachable by car or on foot, and others only by boat. You can try your hand at some water sports, but other than that, there’s not too much excitement happening on Paxos, which is all part of the appeal.
For an extended trip, head down to Lefkas, Meganissi, Ithaca and Kefalonia, the southern Ionian Islands. Fortunately, the winds in the south Ionian are light and easy for those beginning to sail.
In Lefkas, as you walk around the town you can enjoy the smell of fresh, Mediterranean flowers, olive oil and other cuisines. Take some time to delight in the architecture, clear waters and the locals.
The beaches in Ithaca aren’t perhaps Ionian’s absolute finest, but this is made up for with an abundance of hiking trails.
Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and it’s a popular tourist place surrounded by small villages, monasteries, breathtaking landscape and, of course, beaches. One of the most visited spots is Melissani Cave. Enter through an underground path and tour the cave by boat. Thanks to the size of the islands, there are plenty of activities to take part, but alternatively you can simply anchor down and take in the overall splendour.
There are many destinations when planning a yacht charter holiday, but nothing is quite as beautiful as the Ionian Sea. The Ionian Islands are full of charm, azure waters, stunning cliffs, greenery and sites you can’t miss. Sail your way through these islands and get lost in the Greek culture, cuisine and the Mediterranean Sea.