|Corfu, Lefkas and the Ionian Islands|
The Ionian islands is a group of 7 principal islands, of which the bigger one is the more cosmopolitan, Corfu. During their long and adventurous history, the lonians have been occupied by the Italian, the French and the English.
The mixture of different civilizations and cultures is harmoniously welded together into one piece that is undoubtedly Greek, with a face painted in a unique way against any other area in Greece. The green luxuriance of the islands is in direct contrast to the high mountains of Albania and the mainland of Greece.
Our fleet in the lonians is located in Corfu (Marina Gouvia), from where you can start exploring the Southern lonians, down to the picturesque Paxos, Antipaxos, Mongonisi, Mourtos, Sivota, Parga and Preveza in the mainland, Lefkas with its numerous ports and bays, Ithaki, Cephalonia and Zante. Alternatively you may choose your departure from our second base in the lonians, in Lefkas.
Protected waters, a multitude of little safe anchorages, accessible only by yacht, all assure a variety of leisurely sailing experiences, all combine to create an endless relaxing holiday.
|Ionian: 14 days itinerary|
|Departure:||Corfu Marina Gouvia|
|Total distance:||250 nautical miles approximately|
|1st day:||Embarkation||9th day:||Vathi - Porto Leone - Calamos (20 nm)|
|2nd day:||Corfu - Sivota - Mourtos (24 nm)||10th day:||Calamos - Ag. Nikolas - Lefkas (20 nm)|
|3rd day:||Mourtos - Ag. loannis - Parga (20 nm)||11th day:||Lefkas - Gaios (33 nm)|
|4th day:||Parga - Mytikas - Preveza (26 nm)||12th day:||Gaios - round of Paxos - Lakka (12 nm)|
|5th day:||Preveza - Scorpios - Nidri (19 nm)||13th day:||Lakka|
|6th day:||Nidri - Meganisi - Spartochori (9 nm)||14th day:||Lakka - Corfu (32 nm)|
|7th day:||Spartochori - Ithaki - Fiskardo (Cephalonia) (19 nm)||15th day:||Disembarkation|
|8th day:||Fiskardo - Skinos - Vathi (Ithaki) (20 nm)|
|Weather & Wind|
The weather in the Sporades and in Chalkidiki peninsula is extremely good for easy sailing, the Meltemi wind does not blow as strong as in the South.
It blows from North East, however the direction is altered by the islands and channels between them in the Chalkidiki peninsula, the wind will often blow from South East in a force 2-4.
The weather in the Eastern Sporades, is much like it is in the Cyclades, with the Meltemi blowing a force 3-5 between May-October, it will blow stronger in July-August, with a force 5-7 from a North West direction.
You can start your Dodecanese route from either our base in Rhodes (Marina Mandraki), just opposite the famous medieval city, or from the new built marina of Kos, in the popular island with its lush green wooden hills.
The cruising possibilities in the Dodecanese are endless, thanks to the 14 beautiful and unique islands in this area. In this Eastern part of Greece, and along the Turkish coast, in the crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea, some of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean can be found.
Discover Simi with its picturesque harbor, Patmos with its famous monastery of St.John, Arki, Lipsos, Leros, Kalimnos home of the sponge divers. It is worth a visit to the whole group of islands in the Dodecanese.
There is an endless, amazing variety of opportunities for pleasurable sailing, historic exploration, nightlife, or alternatively the tranquility and relaxation of the many numerous small bays.
|Dodecanese: 14 days itinerary|
|Total distance:||240 nautical miles approximately|
|1st day:||Embarkation||9th day:||Nisiros - Tilos (15 nm)|
|2nd day:||Kos - Pserimos - Vathi (Kalymnos) (12 nm)||10th day:||Tilos - Rhodes (42 nm)|
|3rd day:||Kalymnos - Xirokambos - Lakki (Leros) (14 nm)||11th day:||Rhodes - Lindos (Rhodes) (20 nm)|
|4th day:||Leros - Lipsos (11 nm)||12th day:||Lindos - Simi (42 nm)|
|5th day:||Lipsos - Arki - Patmos (12 nm)||13th day:||Simi|
|6th day:||Patmos - Levithas (20 nm)||14th day:||Simi - Kos (35 nm)|
|7th day:||Levithas - Kamari Kephalos (Kos) (28 nm)||15th day:||Disembarkation|
|8th day:||Kamari - Nisiros (12 nm)|
|Weather & Wind|
During the summer the prevailing wind is the Meltemi that blows from the North
West, it has the same characteristics as in the Cyclades. During spring and autumn the wind usually blows from the South East at about force 2-4.
This is the central group of islands in the Aegean, so called because they surround the rocky Delos, (cycle means ring in Greek), the ancient trade, political and religious center of the world.
This group of islands consists of 21 bigger islands and 20 smaller ones, all of them a delight; each has its own special character and charm. The Cyclades are considered by most to be the typical part of Greece, with its charming white washed houses and windmills, its beautiful sunny beaches, the ancient ruins, small taverns with good food and wine are found everywhere.
You can enjoy the lively nightlife of Mykonos, the tourist heart of Greece, the cosmopolitan flavour of Paros, Naxos and los, the natural beauty and architectural style of Santorini and of course Tinos, the center of the orthodox faith. As a contrast to these islands, you will enjoy the simpler but no less important pleasures of the other islands, such as Kea, Sikinos, Kithnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Milos, Amorgos and Andros etc.
Do not miss a chance to sail down to the small islands such as Dhonoussa, Skhinoussa, Iraklia and Koufonisia, where you can explore unspoiled small hamlets, fully protected small ports and anchorages, attractive places which are a delight to visit, you could not imagine that they still exist!
|Cyclades: 14 days itinerary|
|Total distance:||355 nautical miles approximately|
|1st day:||Embarkation||9th day:||Folegandros - Kimolos - Sifnos (20 nm)|
|2nd day:||Athens - Sounio - Kea (Vourkari) (40 nm)||10th day:||Sifnos - Serifos (20 nm)|
|3rd day:||Kea - Loutra (Kithnos) (20 nm)||11th day:||Serifos - Merichas (Kithnos) (15 nm)|
|4th day:||Loutra - Siros - Mykonos (40 nm)||12th day:||Merichas - Poros (45 nm)|
|5th day:||Mykonos - Delos - Paros (25 nm)||13th day:||Poros - Aegina (30 nm)|
|6th day:||Paros - los (25 nm)||14th day:||Aegina - Athens (25 nm)|
|7th day:||los - Sikinos -Thira (20 nm)||15th day:||Disembarkation|
|8th day:||Thira - Folegandros (30 nm)|
|Weather & Wind|
The prevailing wind in the summer is the Meltemi blowing from the North; it begins to blow in June, blows strongest in July/August and subsides from the middle of September.
In July and August the wind blows at force 5-6 and may reach force 7-8. It may blow for 1-3 days or sometimes blow for I week continuously. In the other months the wind strength is less, around force 3-4.
In the Northern Cyclades it blows from North East, in the middle Cyclades from the North, in the Southern Cyclades it blows from the North West.
In the South West islands it is less strong. During spring and autumn, you may be faced with winds coming from the South. In general, the sailing conditions are much more demanding than in other areas of Greece therefore, we advise the Cyclades route to be taken for a minimum of at least two weeks holiday.