Greece

The Ionian Islands experience



The Ionian Islands in Greece is considered one of the best cruising areas in the world. Stunning emerald water and rugged high islands provide the perfect back drop whilst sailing between the islands in the warm Mediterranean climate, and delightful village fishing harbours offer the perfect setting for an evening in a traditional Greek taverna. On the West coast of Greece, in the Ionian Islands, the typical summer winds start off gently each day, building as the afternoon progresses before dying off completely around sunset. This offers the perfect opportunity to swim, relax and play on the water toys over a long lunch stop, before enjoying a sail towards the next evening’s destination.

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Sailing the Ionian Islands

Sailing in Greece

Allow yourself to be drawn into the sleepy pace of Corfu. Let your senses rejoice in the lapping of smooth water and the gentle hum of cicadas as you sail by coves and golden rocks. Fresh and green thanks to a winter of rainfall, Corfiot Greek tavernas abound serving the freshest, finest of mediterranean cuisines.

Dive into the cobalt blue of the coves surrounding beautiful Paxos, then discover the laid-back cool of the hamlets this tiny, unspoilt island has to offer. Paxos boasts authenticity, delicious cuisine, and the friendliest of welcomes. Steal away to Kefalonia, to the rugged hills of the north, the limestone cliffs and the sandy beaches. Home to Captain Correlli’s Mandolin and steeped in 20th century history including civil war and earthquakes, this is largest and most diverse island of the Ionian Sea.

How to get there?

Arrivals Corfu - Gouvia Marina

Corfu airport is a 15 minute taxi ride to Gouvia Marina, where your holiday will begin. We will meet you from your taxi at the marina and show you on board your yacht. Local supermarkets are well stocked for provisioning before we depart for our first night at a harbour not far from the marina, in Corfu town within the walls of the citadel.

Arrivals Kefalonia - Agia Eufimia Marina

Kefalonia airport is a 30 minute taxi ride to Agia Eufimia where you’ll join your yacht. Your skipper will be waiting on board and the taxi will drop you right outside the boat. A delightful fishing village, Agia Eufimia provides the perfect start / finish base in the South of the Ionian, for one way trips from Corfu.

How does it work?

Each sailing holiday with Eclipse Yachting is unique. You and your skipper will plan a charter itinerary based on what you’d like to do, as well as consider the forecast and the length of your holiday. Your skipper will of course recommend visiting some of the well-loved and renowned destinations, such as Corfu Yacht Club, Gaios Paxos, Fiskardo Kefalonia, Ithica, Lefkas, Parga and Sivota Moutos, and offer the opportunity to consider exploring some of the more remote islands.

Your skipper will become your local guide as he will have boundless local knowledge and onshore connections. He can organise bookings for the best restaurant on the island or recommend an authentic local taverna for a quiet evening meal.

On our one week trips we aim to travel from the top of the Ionian to the bottom (or the reverse) to show you the best the area has to offer. With 3 airports within the region arranging travel to and from the boat could not be easier. The prevailing summertime wind blows from the West / North West, strengthening mid-afternoon and dying almost completely before sun set, meaning flat calm evening moorings at either anchor or tied to a quay.

Starting in Gouvia Marina in the North East of Corfu, just 15 minutes from Corfu airport, we’ll set sail on the Saturday night for a short sail to Corfu Yacht Club, a delightful harbour perched within the walls of the old citadel. Now used as a music college, with well maintained access through to the Liston at the heart of Corfu town, this is a delightful first night stop at one of our favourite Greek locations. After coffee in Corfu Old Town, we’ll set sail down the east coast of Corfu to the island of Paxos. A world away from its much larger and busier neighbour Corfu, Paxos has 4 harbours varying in size from a tiny fishing village (Longos) to the island's only town (Gaios). We’ll spend the day exploring the island, stopping at the favoured harbour for the night, before continuing South to the island of Cephalonia. Much of the island was flattened in a large earthquake sixty or so years ago, leaving just the North standing. Fiskardo, the main harbour on the north of the island, still maintains the stunning venetian architecture that must one day have covered the island, making it a delightful, if a little popular, one night stop. The advantage of its popularity is the impressive array of restaurants that line the quay, along with some excellent shops selling a mix of designer labels and local art work.

After the excitement of Fiskardo its onwards to a quieter harbour on neighbouring Ithica, called Kioni. A small natural bay offering mooring for a small number of boats on the quay, Kioni is the jewel in the crown of the island made famous by Homer’s epic poem Odyssey. Enjoy spit-roasted lamb or pork on the waterfront in the most typical of Greek family taverna settings. The following morning we’ll make an early start to head North, stopping on either Meganisi or Lefkas before navigating the Lefkas canal and hewing North to the mainland harbour of Parga, with Ali Pasha’s castle towering above the town up on the hill. Mooring just West of the town itself, we’ll swim and relax on board before taking a water taxi into town for cocktails on the quay or a walk along the old cobbled streets before enjoying dinner at one of the many excellent local restaurants. For those looking for a drink or two after dinner, Parga has a number of lively night spots for the young at heart, but be sure to keep an eye on the time, as the water taxi won’t run all night! The next morning we’ll slip anchor and head North, back towards our finish base in Gouvia Marina.

Wind and Weather

The prevailing summertime wind blows from the West / North West, strengthening mid-afternoon and dying almost completely before sun set, meaning flat calm evening moorings at anchor or tied to a quay.

Prices

Please note that the prices above are per week in the periods shown. Our holidays generally run Saturday to Saturday.

6 April to 27 April €5,000
27 April to 11 May €7,000
11 May to 15 June €7,700
15 June to 29 June €9,500
29 June to 31 August €10,000
31 August to 21 September €9,500
21 September to 28 September €7,000
28 September to 26 October €5,000