The Ionian Sea washes the west coast of Greece. The local weather conditions are milder than on the east, in the Aegean Sea, as the gusty Meltemi wind does not blow here. That’s why the water area of Ionica is very popular among yachtsmen. Sailing and motorized boats are for rent on the Greek mainland and on the numerous islands. Some yachtsmen come to Ionica on yachts hired on the coast of Italy. We will tell you more about the charter terms and local holiday opportunities.
Yacht recreation features at the Ionian Sea
There are three large islands that are included in most of the yacht routes:
- Corfu. It is the northernmost Ionian island and the most popular tourist destination in Greece. There is an international airport here and every year more than a million people visit Corfu. Some guests come to Corfu to climb Mount Pantokrator and visit the Transfiguration Monastery. Other visitors are interested in picturesque resort villages. But if you have only few hours for a walk, it is better to go to the city of Corfu which fully consists of sights. Here is Artemision built in the 6th c. BC, the ancient fortress founded by the Byzantines, the Museum of banknotes, the Cathedrals of St. Spyridon, Panagia Spiliotissa and much more. There is a wide choice of private yachts for rent and if it is a meeting point of your journey then you will be pleased with the numerous anchorages and comfortable Gouvia marina.
- Preveza. It is located at the entrance of the Amvrakikos Gulf. Skippers have to be on the look-out to get into the bay and pass half a mile of a narrow passage between the shelves. There is an airport on Preveza which accepts charter flights from many European cities. As for the sights, the ruins of Nikopol, the largest among remaining ancient Greek cities, are the most famous. Also, the river Acheron flows on Preveza, the one that supposedly leads to the underworld. The choice of boats is quite modest, so to start from Preveza you need to take care of the charter in advance.
- Lefkada. The name is translated as “white”. This is the color of numerous local rocks. Lefkada is a part of the continent, separated from it by a canal that the Corinthians dug up. There are the Archaeological and Ethnographic museums, a gallery of post-Byzantine art, several churches and the fortress of St. Maura on Lefkada. All summer the festival of theater and folk dances is held here. The eastern and southern coasts are suitable for mooring as one could find numerous harbors and marinas.
Other famous sights of Ionica are the pine forests of Kefalonia which are called the most beautiful ones in the world, the blue caves of Zakynthos and the ancient olive groves of Kastos.
What do you need to know about renting a yacht at the Ionica?
Rent is carried out according to the system common to all Greece. You can start from one of the islands or from Athens in order to pass through the Corinthian Gulf from the Aegean Sea to the Ionian one.
The weekly cost of the vessel depends on its class and time of booking. If you want to rent a yacht at the lowest price, then consider booking for at least six months. You could examine the choice of vessels in this region in our catalog. Leave a request for the boat you like and our manager will contact you to discuss all the details of the future trip.