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Sailing Itinerary in the Ionian- 1 Week Charter Holiday

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Corfu Coast

With thousands of beautiful islands, excellent climate, interesting sites and incredible cruising ground, there is no doubt that Greece is the best option for a fantastic sailing experience. The Ionian islands are reputed for being the most relaxing sailing ground in Greece due to its calm and predictable winds making them perfect for a relaxing trip on the water and is also suitable for sailors of all skills.

 

It will take you more than a week to visit all these beautiful islands. Therefore, you should choose a route so that you can plan your trip efficiently, save a lot of time, and most importantly, enjoy the trip thoroughly! So, without further ado, here is a sailing itinerary in the Ionian for a 7-day charter holiday.


About the Ionian Islands

The Ionian islands are called the Heptanes which mean “the seven islands” and includes many other small islands as well. The Ionian is a group of beautiful islands situated off the Western Coast in Greece stretching from the North to the South.

 

Day 1. Corfu

Corfu is surrounded by rugged mountains and impressive shoreline offering a melange of traditional villages, a collection of fantastic beaches, wildlife, and exceptional resorts. Corfu is covered by a myriad of olive trees and is filled with, boutiques, restaurants, and hotels. The best way to avoid the crowds is to sail along the coast, there you’ll discover the real Corfu, with stunning rough cliffs and isolated Bays.

Corfu island

What to do

 

Paleokastritsa Monastery

Just above Paleokastritsa village, there is one of the oldest monasteries in Corfu that is actually still resided by monks. The place is decorated with centuries-old icons with a beautiful garden offering the most spectacular views of Paleokastritsa.

 

Old Fortress Corfu

A trip to Corfu wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Old Fortress. It can take a bit long to get to the top but once arrived there you will certainly enjoy the fantastic surrounding Bays. Take a refreshing drink and enjoy soaking up of the Old Corfu history on the way back in a pleasant restaurant.

 

Night Parties

If you like parties, then Corfu is the perfect place as they are concerts almost every night that occurs in the famous Giant Plazza. If you crave nightclubs, then Kassiopi will be the best option.

 

Kassiopi

Kassiopi is a stunning place to visit that has two beautiful Bays, few lovely beaches along the coast, restaurants, bars, boutiques and a small supermarket. It is a wonderful place to relax with a good cup of coffee or a cocktail and see the spectacular view of Albania.

 


Day 2. Ithaki

Ithaka is situated off the Northeast of Kefalonia coast and is renowned for being a relaxing place as well as the house of the hero Odysseus. A real paradise! It is the second smaller island after Paxi. The best way to explore Ithaki golden sands and its crystal blue waters is by boat.

Ithaki Island

What to do

 

Agios Ioannis Beach

Agios Ioannis Beach is a great place to spend time and relax. It is a secluded and quiet beach with few restaurants offering a wide range of Mediterranean cuisine. Don’t miss it!

 

Kioni Harbour

Kioni Harbour as it sounds is a superb little harbor to stop and moor. It is filled with lovely tavernas and bars. To get a place there, you need to arrive early as it becomes very busy during the day.

 

Kathara Monastery

Kathara Monastery is situated on the top of a mountain that offers gorgeous views of Vathi Bay and Ithaka Islands. As you get inside, you’ll be blown away by the stunning colorful interior of the Monastery. Just the road to the Monastery is an adventure not to miss out!

 

Filiatro Beach

Filiatro is a lovely pebbly beach with sunbeds and umbrellas, a tranquil place to anchor, relax and swim in the crystal clear water. There is a small bar where lunch, snacks, drinks and ice creams are available. Without a doubt, it a charming place to unwind.


Day 3. Kefalonia

Kefalonia is the largest island in the Ionian and is situated in the West of Greece coastline. This beautiful island is dotted with incredible sandy coves and rough landscapes. Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia was built on a hill and is made up of limestone cliffs, stunning white sandy beaches, and secluded Bays. There is the famous festival called St Gerasimos during the month of October when everyone celebrates together.

 Kelafonia Island

What to do

 

Myrtos Beach

Myrtos beach is nearby Assos village, so after a fun day at the beach, you have the option to enjoy a good dinner. The water is amazingly blue and clear with white sand. A great place to spend the day with family.

 

Melissani Cave

Experience a magical experience at the Melissani Cave; you will be totally amazed by the beauty of this site. As you walk through, you’ll discover the most beautiful crystal blue water.

 

Antisamos Beach

Go snorkeling in the warm clear blue water to enjoy seeing beautiful colored fishes at the famous Antisamos beach and enjoy a refreshing mojitos cocktail at one of the bars while sucking up the sun. Arrive there early as it gets quite busy in the afternoon!


Day 4. Lefkada

Lefkada once named Lefkata is connected to the mainland by a small path. Lefkada is surrounded by 24 beautiful islets offering travelers endless of fantastic coves and secluded Bays to explore by boat. This fantastic island is dotted with charming villages, local taverns, and spectacular beaches.

 Lefkada island

What to do

 

Porto Katsiki Beach

Another beautiful beach to spend the day is the Porto
Katsiki, well known for being the main attractions of the island. One thing is sure is that you will fall in love with this beautiful beach. As soon as you get there, you will feel in another world. The blue water is transparent and the landscape is absolutely fantastic!


Day 5. Paxi

Paxi is a small island located on the Nothern of the Ionian Coast. This island is well reputed for its famous beautiful beaches and its Caribbean waters. There are three lovely villages with splendid architecture called Gaios, logos, and Lakka where you can stroll and feel the Greek atmosphere in the air. This is the ideal place for a peaceful holiday!

Paxi Island

 

Gaigos Harbor

Have a stroll among lovely whitewashed houses along the cay. Gaigos is a small town but it can become quite busy in high season.

 

 

Lakka Village

Lakka is situated few kilometers North of Gaios Harbor and is the capital of the Island. Many yachts anchor to this beautiful place in the summer. Have a walk in the narrow streets to see many interesting buildings, as well as taverners and bars offering delicious cuisine.

 

Voutoumi Beach

Voutoumi is a beautiful pebble beach located in the Northeast of Antipaxos. The clear blue water is so inviting that you would not resist swimming and enjoy water sports. The water is shallow, making this place perfect for the whole family, including children at low ages. Bring your snorkel gear with you!

 


Day 6. Zakynthos

Zakynthos is a verdant island with flowers of all species flourishing everywhere. This island is the third largest in the Ionian and has hundred of spectacular coastline. The Southeast side of the coast is filled with deserted beaches and secluded coves while the western side is dotted with rugged cliffs and a wonderful underwater world.

Zakynthos island

What to do

 

Navagio Beach (beach of sinking)

Navagio has the clearest blue water on the island and is surrounded by spectacular cliffs making this place one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is a real heaven, and anyone who sails in the Ionian should experience this dream paradise. Be aware that this beach is crowded practically throughout the season due to its popularity.

 

Marathonisi (Turtle Island)

Spend a few hours to visit Marathonisi called the turtle island. There you’ll have the chance to see a colony of turtles swimming in the water. This place is only accessible by boat.

 

Blue Caves

Have a swim in the famous blue caves to see beautiful corals and the amazing light reflection. The water is so clear that you can see the bottom. Try to go there in the morning as it gets very busy during the day.

 

Day 7. Back to Corfu

If you have the time, end your trip to Corfu old town to stroll around and buy some souvenirs from the Ionian Islands.

Corfu old town

In Conclusion

It is no wonder that Greece attracts so many tourists every year from all over the world as it offers one of the most diverse sailing grounds in the Mediterranean as well as beautiful sights, and endless of stunning islands to visit by boat. Do not hesitate to book today or send your inquiry now for a free charter quote for an unforgettable sailing experience to Greece!

For more information on a sailing trip in the Ionian:

Boatbookings.com
USA +1 954 892 5009
Email: charter@boatbookings.com

 

Have you already sailed to Greece? If so, share your experience in the comment below.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Hi!

    This sounds like a great itinerary. I have always wanted to sail around the greek islands..

    I lived in Cyprus for 7 years so I probably should have done it then! I have visited Corfu twice which was beautiful but I would definitely like to go back and see more.

    Fab article, I hadn’t even heard of some of these islands!

    Jane

    • Hi Jane,

      Thank you for the kind comment, I really appreciate:)

      Wow, Cyprus, this is the most populous island in the Mediterranean and if I am right, Cyprus is surrounded by Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Israel, Egypt and Palestine. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Cyprus. It sounds like a beautiful island to visit. I will surely put this island on my bucked list for the next trip:)

      Have a wonderful day!

  2. I really appreciate your post. I’m someone who loves to travel, but doesn’t like doing the research about where to go and what to see. You’ve done a great job inspiring me to visit these islands some day in the future. I’ve read about Corfu a few times. The monetary there looks like a cool place to see. thank you

    • Hi Jackie,

      How wonderful to see you again on my site, thank you, I’m glad you found the article useful!

      It can be fun to plan a sailing trip, but it takes a bit of work and time that we do not always have, unfortunately 🙂

      However, Corfu is a beautiful place to visit, and there is so much to do. In this article, I have specified the most popular places to visit but there many other fantastic sights to explore apart from the monastery.

      Thank you very much for the comment and wish you a wonderful day!

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