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Ionian Sea – Lefkada

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A starry night of silence in one of the magical Meganissi bays.

Stalactite Cave in Kafelonia – Melissani Lake Cave.

The famous Myrtos beach, regarded as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.

Sunset cocktails in Kastos in the windmill bar.

One House Bay.

Not for no reason did that Odysseus strive to return to Ithaca in the Ionian Sea. After you have visited the magical Ionian islands, you will not wish to leave. The green islands, white cliffs, fishing villages, the traditional taverns and Greek music- all compose one of the most enjoyable sailing regions in the Mediterranean Sea. The Ionian Sea is the ideal place for sailing: mild winds, clear waters, and unlimited bays in an enclosed and protected area.

The sailing route exits from Lefkas town toward the islands: Meganissi, Ithaca, Kafelonia, Kalamos, Kastos and the islet of Atokos. Along this route there are many bays that are suitable for anchorage, as well as marinas in which you can fill up with water – mostly they do not have electricity. Due to the island’s relatively northern position, the most recommended season for sailing is mid May to end of September. In these months the temperature ranges between 20 degrees at night to 33 degrees during the day time.

The protected structure of the sailing area does not enable the formation of large waves. The Marina Most of the charter companies are located in the island of Lefkas, and others in Preveza marina (on the main land). The airport in Preveza is very close to the marina. If you are coming by car from Athens, the journey takes about 4 hours.

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This map provides you with useful information that will aid you in planning your vacation, choosing a sailing route, and making decisions before and during your next sailing trip.

Islango Recommended Sailing Route

Day 1:

Departure from Lefkada marina to Island of Meganissi, anchoring at noon in one of the bays in the north eastern area of the island. Recommended bays: Port Athene Kapali Bay, Abelike Bay. Continue to Kastos island. It is recommended to end the day’s sailing with a cocktail at sunset in the windmill bar Mylos.

Day 2:

set sail to anchor at the Island of Atokos in one of the most beautiful bays in the Ionian Sea, One House Bay. Afterwards continue to Odysseus’ island – Ithaca, anchoring in Kioni, a charming little village with waterfront traditional taverns. Alternatively, for those desiring a tie-up at the pier, one can do so at Vati, where water can be replenished.

Day 3:

To enable time to tour the island, leave for a short sail to Kafelonia. Breakfast stop at Pera Pigadi Bay on the South Eastern tip of Ithaca. In Kafelonia, one of three places are recommended for anchorage: Sami (marina), Eufimia (municipal pier) or the picturesque little town of Piscado, on the northern part of the island. Enjoy touring the island, and don’t forget the famous Myrtos Beach.

Day 4:

After a morning swim in the Polis Bay on Ithaca, sail to the town Sivota for free anchorage in Rouda Bay or a tie-up at the municipal pier, with a tavern and a bar at the end. There is a cave in this bay well worth seeing.

Day 5:

Morning sail to the Blue Cave, Papanikolis Cave, on the Southern side of Meganissi, and from there continue sailing to free anchorage and a starlit night in one of the northern bays of Meganissi, or to the Vathi Marina.

DAY 6:

Sail to Varco Bay for a noon anchorage, before returning to Lefkas Marina for the last night aboard the yacht.

Day 7:

Leaving the yacht by 9:00 am.

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