SAILING HOLIDAYS LEFKAS

A yacht owner's guide to sailing Lefkas, Greece.

Lefkas (also known as Lefkada) is the perfect destination for adrenaline seekers who visit this majestic Greek island for windsurfing, paragliding or…yachting!!! It is considered as one of the most popular Ionian destinations, full of amazing beaches with turquoise waters, monasteries, museums, and seafront or mountainous villages with a unique charm. We offer you top quality yacht charters with or without skipper. Book your dream sailing holidays with IonianCatamarans.com.

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Nautitech 47 Power
Nautitech 47 Power
New Arrival
Charter Type: Skippered
Yacht Type: Power Catamaran
Name: AG Princess
Lefkas
14,23 M
8 + 2
4 + 2
Lagoon 500
Lagoon 500
New Arrival
Charter Type: Crewed
Yacht Type: Catamaran
Name: Infinity
Lefkas
15,54 M
10 + 2
4
Dufour 48
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Dufour 48
New Arrival
3D Tour
Charter Type: Skippered
Yacht Type: Catamaran
Name: Orfeas
Lefkas
14,70 M
10 + 2
4
Beneteau Oceanis 40.1
Charter Type: Bareboat
Yacht Type: Sailing Yacht
Name: Joy
Lefkas
12,87 M
Bavaria Nautitech 46 Open
Charter Type: Bareboat
Yacht Type: Catamaran
Model: Nautitech 46 Open
Lefkas
13.79 M
11 + 0
4 + 1
Dufour 470
Charter Type: Bareboat
Yacht Type: Sailing Yacht
Lefkas
14,85 M
10 + 0
4 + 1
Bali 4.4
Brand New
Bali 4.4
New Arrival
Charter Type: Bareboat
Yacht Type: Catamaran
Model: Bali 4.4
Lefkas
13.75 M
10 + 0
4 + 2
Beneteau Oceanis 38.1
Charter Type: Bareboat
Yacht Type: Sailing Yacht
Lefkas
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Sailing itineraries from Lefkas suggested by yacht charter experts.

1 WEEK – 64 Nautical Miles

Day 1 LEFKAS

You will arrive in Lefkas and you will fill all the necessary paperwork and start the check-in procedure. After that, you are free to walk around the city center, have a delicious dinner and grab a drink (or more) in the various nightclubs and bars the island has to offer.

Day 2 PALAIROS 11 N.M.

Time to sail towards Palairos, which many call the diamond of the area. It is full of taverns and greek bars and has nothing less than the popular Ionian Islands. Many choose this place for their summer vacation.

Day 3 KALAMOS 16  N.M.

This mountainous island hides some of the prettiest beaches of the Ionian Sea. In the summer it becomes full of life with several yachts visiting. Don’t forget to enjoy fish delicacies by the sea, and stroll around exploring the place.

Day 5 KASTOS 5 N.M.

The quiet and little island of Kastos is full of olive trees and beautiful small bays in which you can anchor and spend the night with your friends on board. Otherwise, you can anchor in the small port and walk around the small village. If you do so, don’t forget to visit the beautiful old windmill for a drink.

Day 5 SIVOTA 13 N.M.

This tiny bay on the Island of Lefkas has a quiet nightlife and a great bakery for a delicious brunch. You will have the chance to have dinner in the tavernas by the sea and later grab summer cocktails.

Day 6 MEGANISI 8 N.M.

It might look small, but this island is a green paradise full of life during the summer months. It is the best choice if you are in the mood for tasty greek food (don’t forget to try lobster pasta) and a calm nightlife.

Day 7 LEFKAS 11 N.M.

It is your last day. Time to sail back to Lefkas. We will be waiting for you at the marina, and hopefully, full of happiness and joy!

1 WEEK – 89 Nautical Miles

Day 1 LEFKAS

You will arrive in Lefkas and you will fill all the necessary paperwork and start the check-in procedure. After that, you are free to walk around the city center, have a delicious dinner and grab a drink (or more) in the various nightclubs and bars the island has to offer.

Day 2 KALAMOS 21 N.M.

This mountainous island hides some of the prettiest beaches of the Ionian Sea. In the summer it becomes full of life with several yachts visiting. Don’t forget to enjoy fish delicacies by the sea, and stroll around exploring the place.

Day 3 KASTOS 5 N.M.

The quiet and little island of Kastos is full of olive trees and beautiful small bays in which you can anchor and spend the night with your friends on board. Otherwise, you can anchor in the small port and walk around the small village. If you do so, don’t forget to visit the beautiful old windmill for a drink.

Day 4 ASTAKOS 11 N.M.

The small town of Astakos (it means lobster in greek) is a place worth visiting for its historical monuments and the beautiful beaches. You can enjoy tasty food and walk around the neoclassical buildings.

Day 5 FRIKES 25 N.M.

Ithaka’s small fish village has a beautiful beach and many taverns with delicious food next to it. It is the perfect place to relax away from the crowds and get to swim in the beautiful waters of the area. There are also two old windmills on both sides of the harbor, that look beautiful during the night.

Day 6 MEGANISI 16 N.M.

It might look small, but this island is a green paradise full of life during the summer months. It is the best choice if you are in the mood for tasty greek food (don’t forget to try lobster pasta) and a calm nightlife.

Day 7 LEFKAS 11 N.M.

It is your last day. Time to sail back to Lefkas. We will be waiting for you at the marina, and hopefully, full of happiness and joy!

1 WEEK – 130 Nautical Miles

Day 1 LEFKAS

You will arrive in Lefkas and you will fill all the necessary paperwork and start the check-in procedure. After that, you are free to walk around the city center, have a delicious dinner and grab a drink (or more) in the various nightclubs and bars the island has to offer.

Day 2 SIVOTA 16 N.M.

This tiny bay on the Island of Lefkas has a quiet nightlife and a great bakery for a delicious brunch. You will have the chance to have dinner in the tavernas by the sea and later grab summer cocktails.

Day 3 VASILIKI 9 N.M.

Vasiliki, the wandering place of the mythical Odysseus is the perfect destination for water sports. The sandy beaches with blue waters and the beautiful landscapes provide the perfect place to relax, yet have a fun day.

Day 4 PAXOS 51 N.M.

Gaios, the charming port of Paxos is definitely a must-see. With the stunning beach “Voutoumi” close for a dive to the crystal clear waters and the vibrant nightlife of the island, it is going to be one of your favorite destinations!

Day 5 MOURTOS 11 N.M.

This small village in the mainland of Greece, hidden behind Sivota is perfect for summer evening strolls, for watching the sunset and having drinks next to the sea. If you are a fan of lying at anchor there are many bays around you can choose from!

Day 6 PARGA 11 N.M.

Parga is a popular summer destination and part of the mainland of Greece. Colorful houses up in the mountain, beaches with crystal clear waters and lush green surroundings, it is definitely a place that you will fall in love with!

Day 7 LEFKAS 32 N.M.

It is your last day. Time to sail back to Lefkas. We will be waiting for you at the marina, and hopefully, full of happiness and joy!

1 WEEK – 99 Nautical Miles

Day 1 LEFKAS

You will arrive in Lefkas and you will fill all the necessary paperwork and start the check-in procedure. After that, you are free to walk around the city center, have a delicious dinner and grab a drink (or more) in the various nightclubs and bars the island has to offer.

Day 2 SIVOTA 16 N.M.

This tiny bay on the Island of Lefkas has a quiet nightlife and a great bakery for a delicious brunch. You will have the chance to have dinner in the tavernas by the sea and later grab summer cocktails.

Day 3 EUFIMIA 24 N.M.

The small natural bay on the island of Kefalonia is the perfect place for a quiet evening. You can enjoy strolls on the shore, or in the beautiful street of the village and eat tasty food in a variety of local tavernas.

Day 4 POROS 12 N.M.

You can end another day at Kefalonia at the small and safe port of Poros. You can relax, explore the place on foot, and rewind for the day.

Day 5 KASTOS 24 N.M.

The quiet and little island of Kastos is full of olive trees and beautiful small bays in which you can anchor and spend the night with your friends on board. Otherwise, you can anchor in the small port and walk around the small village. If you do so, don’t forget to visit the beautiful old windmill for a drink.

Day 6 MEGANISI 12 N.M.

It might look small, but this island is a green paradise full of life during the summer months. It is the best choice if you are in the mood for tasty greek food (don’t forget to try lobster pasta) and a calm nightlife.

Day 7 LEFKAS 11 N.M.

It is your last day. Time to sail back to Lefkas. We will be waiting for you at the marina, and hopefully, full of happiness and joy!

2 WEEKS – 146 Nautical Miles

Day 1 LEFKAS

You will arrive in Lefkas and you will fill all the necessary paperwork and start the check-in procedure. After that, you are free to walk around the city center, have a delicious dinner and grab a drink (or more) in the various nightclubs and bars the island has to offer.

Day 2 KALAMOS 21 N.M.

This mountainous island hides some of the prettiest beaches of the Ionian Sea. In the summer it becomes full of life with several yachts visiting. Don’t forget to enjoy fish delicacies by the sea, and stroll around exploring the place.

Day 3 KASTOS 5  N.M.

The quiet and little island of Kastos is full of olive trees and beautiful small bays in which you can anchor and spend the night with your friends on board. Otherwise, you can anchor in the small port and walk around the small village. If you do so, don’t forget to visit the beautiful old windmill for a drink.

Day 4 ASTAKOS 11 N.M.

The small town of Astakos (it means lobster in greek) is a place worth visiting for its historical monuments and the beautiful beaches. You can enjoy tasty food and walk around the neoclassical buildings.

Day 5 POROS 27 N.M.

You can end your day at Kefalonia at the small and safe port of Poros. You can relax, explore the place on foot, and rewind for the day.

Day 6 EUFIMIA 12 N.M.

The small natural bay on the island of Kefalonia is the perfect place for a quiet evening. You can enjoy strolls on the shore, or in the beautiful street of the village and eat tasty food in a variety of local tavernas.

Day 7 FISKADRO 14 N.M.

This is the only place in Kefalonia that was not destroyed by the earthquake in the past and has still kept its old, beautiful architecture. It’s very popular, so make sure to moore early there especially during the high season.

Day 8 FRIKES 16 N.M.

Ithaka’s small fish village has a beautiful beach and many taverns with delicious food next to it. It is the perfect place to relax away from the crowds and get to swim in the beautiful waters of the area. There are also two old windmills on both sides of the harbor, that look beautiful during the night.

Day 9 KIONI 2 N.M.

Another cozy and small port, in which you can enjoy tasty local food, and romantic evening strolls.

Day 10 SIVOTA 11 N.M.

This tiny bay on the Island of Lefkas has a quiet nightlife and a great bakery for a delicious brunch. You will have the chance to have dinner in the tavernas by the sea and later grab summer cocktails.

Day 11 MEGANISI 8 N.M.

It might look small, but this island is a green paradise full of life during the summer months. It is the best choice if you are in the mood for tasty greek food (don’t forget to try lobster pasta) and a calm nightlife.

Day 12 MEGANISI 0 N.M.

You can spend a second day there and explore the coasts of the island. You will find many hidden beaches and small bays with crystal clear waters.

Day 13 PALAIROS 8 N.M.

Time to sail towards Palairos, which many call the diamond of the area. It is full of taverns and greek bars and has nothing less than the popular Ionian Islands. Many choose this place for their summer vacation.

Day 14 LEFKAS PORT 11 N.M.

It is your last day. Time to sail back to Lefkas. We will be waiting for you at the marina, and hopefully, full of happiness and joy!

2 WEEKS – 199 Nautical Miles

Day 1 LEFKAS

You will arrive in Lefkas and you will fill all the necessary paperwork and start the check-in procedure. After that, you are free to walk around the city center, have a delicious dinner and grab a drink (or more) in the various nightclubs and bars the island has to offer.

Day 2 MEGANISI 11 N.M.

It might look small, but this island is a green paradise full of life during the summer months. It is the best choice if you are in the mood for tasty greek food (don’t forget to try lobster pasta) and a calm nightlife.

Day 3 KASTOS 16  N.M.

The quiet and little island of Kastos is full of olive trees and beautiful small bays in which you can anchor and spend the night with your friends on board. Otherwise, you can anchor in the small port and walk around the small village. If you do so, don’t forget to visit the beautiful old windmill for a drink.

Day 4 FRIKES 16 N.M.

Ithaka’s small fish village has a beautiful beach and many taverns with delicious food next to it. It is the perfect place to relax away from the crowds and get to swim in the beautiful waters of the area. There are also two old windmills on both sides of the harbor, that look beautiful during the night.

Day 5 FISKARDO 16 N.M.

This is the only place in Kefalonia that was not destroyed by the earthquake in the past and has still kept its old, beautiful architecture. It’s very popular, so make sure to moore early there especially during the high season.

Day 6 PAXOS 51 N.M.

Gaios, the charming port of Paxos is definitely a must-see. With the stunning beach “Voutoumi” close for a dive to the crystal clear waters and the vibrant nightlife of the island, it is going to be one of your favorite destinations!

Day 7, 8 & 9 CORFU 12 N.M.

The stunning island of Corfu is a must-see and just one day could not be enough. Cinematic sceneries, endless and delicious sweet or savory treats, beautiful architecture with Venetian vibes, and beaches of every kind. Need we say more?

Day 10 SAGIADA 8 N.M.

The old port of “Skaloma” in Sagiadia is very popular among sailors in the Ionian Sea, and many go there to taste fresh grilled fish and other local and seasonal seafood.

Day 11 PLATARIA 11 N.M.

It’s the place between Sivota, Igoumenitsa, and Corfu, so perfect for a night to rest before continuing your adventure.

Day 12 MOURTOS 6 N.M.

This small village in the mainland of Greece, hidden behind Sivota is perfect for summer evening strolls, for watching the sunset, and having drinks next to the sea. If you are a fan of lying at anchor there are many bays around you can choose from!

Day 13 PARGA 13 N.M.

Parga is a popular summer destination and part of the mainland of Greece. Colorful houses up in the mountain, beaches with crystal clear waters, and lush green surroundings, it is definitely a place that you will fall in love with!

Day 14 LEFKAS PORT 24 N.M.

It is your last day. Time to sail back to Lefkas. We will be waiting for you at the marina, and hopefully, full of happiness and joy!

2 WEEKS – 205 Nautical Miles

Day 1 LEFKAS

You will arrive in Lefkas and you will fill all the necessary paperwork and start the check-in procedure. After that, you are free to walk around the city center, have a delicious dinner and grab a drink (or more) in the various nightclubs and bars the island has to offer.

Day 2 PALAIROS 11 N.M.

Time to sail towards Palairos, which many call the diamond of the area. It is full of taverns and greek bars and has nothing less than the popular Ionian Islands. Many choose this place for their summer vacation.

Day 3 KALAMOS 16  N.M.

This mountainous island hides some of the prettiest beaches of the Ionian Sea. In the summer it becomes full of life with several yachts visiting. Don’t forget to enjoy fish delicacies by the sea, and stroll around exploring the place.

Day 4 KASTOS 5 N.M.

The quiet and little island of Kastos is full of olive trees and beautiful small bays in which you can anchor and spend the night with your friends on board. Otherwise, you can anchor in the small port and walk around the small village. If you do so, don’t forget to visit the beautiful old windmill for a drink.

Day 5 POROS 24 N.M.

You can end another day at Kefalonia at the small and safe port of Poros. You can relax, explore the place on foot, and rewind for the day.

Day 6 NIKOLAOS 18 N.M.

Very close to the very famous and Insta-worthy beach of “Navagio”, Agios Nikolaos is perfect for an evening stroll and a quiet evening.

Day 7 KERI 22 N.M.

Houses made of stone with tiny roads between them is what distinguishes this place. Make sure to visit “Faros”, from where you can enjoy endless blue sceneries of the Ionian Sea. Additionally, you can visit the “Blue Caves” and “Marathonisi”, the place where the Carretta-Caretta turtles lay their eggs. And who knows! Maybe you get the chance to see them in action.

Day 8 VROMI 19 N.M.

Beautiful beach with white stone and crystal clear waters. Don’t forget to explore the surrounding area and the caves.

Day 9 ARGOSTOLI 26 N.M.

The perfect place to go for a vibrant nightlife. Many restaurants and taverns to choose from and a lot of shops to buy gifts for everyone. Sometimes, the local orchestra plays traditional songs around the city, so keep an eye (or ear) open.

Day 10 ASSOS 23 N.M.

The prettiest sea village of Kefalonia for which the locals are proud of. Enjoy a panoramic view of vibrant colored architecture, next to crystal clear waters surrounded by a variety of vegetation. You won’t be able to live it behind!

Day 11 FISKARDO 9 N.M.

This is the only place in Kefalonia that was not destroyed by the earthquake in the past and has still kept its old, beautiful architecture. It’s very popular, so make sure to moore early there especially during the high season.

Day 12 SIVOTA 13 N.M.

This tiny bay on the Island of Lefkas has a quiet nightlife and a great bakery for a delicious brunch. You will have the chance to have dinner in the tavernas by the sea and later grab summer cocktails.

Day 13 MEGANISI 8 N.M.

It might look small, but this island is a green paradise full of life during the summer months. It is the best choice if you are in the mood for tasty greek food (don’t forget to try lobster pasta) and a calm nightlife.

Day 14 LEFKAS PORT 11 N.M.

It is your last day. Time to sail back to Lefkas. We will be waiting for you at the marina, and hopefully, full of happiness and joy!

3 WEEKS – 314 Nautical Miles

Day 1 LEFKAS

You will arrive in Lefkas and you will fill all the necessary paperwork and start the check-in procedure. After that, you are free to walk around the city center, have a delicious dinner and grab a drink (or more) in the various nightclubs and bars the island has to offer.

Day 2 PARGA 24 N.M.

Parga is a popular summer destination and part of the mainland of Greece. Colorful houses up in the mountain, beaches with crystal clear waters and lush green surroundings, it is definitely a place that you will fall in love with!

Day 3 MOURTOS 13 N.M.

This small village in the mainland of Greece, hidden behind Sivota is perfect for summer evening strolls, for watching the sunset, and having drinks next to the sea. If you are a fan of lying at anchor there are many bays around you can choose from!

Day 4 PETRITI 13 N.M.

This tiny fish village is ideal for the ones that want to rewind for the day and enjoy quiet and tasty seafood next to crystal clear waters.

Day 5 & 6 CORFU 14 N.M.

The stunning island of Corfu is a must-see and just one day could not be enough. Cinematic sceneries, endless and delicious sweet or savory treats, beautiful architecture with Venetian vibes, and beaches of every kind. Need we say more?

Day 7 SAGIADA 11 N.M.

The old port of “Skaloma” in Sagiadia is very popular among sailors in the Ionian Sea, and many go there to taste fresh griller fish and other local and seasonal seafood.

Day 8 PAXOS 29 N.M.

Gaios, the charming port of Paxos is definitely a must-see. With the stunning beach “Voutoumi” close for a dive to the crystal clear waters and the vibrant nightlife of the island, it is going to be one of your favorite destinations!

Day 9 ANTIPAXOS 3 N.M.

Many consider it to be the “paradise” of the Ionian Islands. Make sure to anchor at Voutoumi or Vrika beach (or both) during the day and dive in the stunning crystal clear waters. No wonder why they are among the prettiest beaches in the world!

Day 10 VASILIKI 43 N.M.

Vasiliki, the wandering place of the mythical Odysseus is the perfect destination for water sports. The sandy beaches with blue waters and the beautiful landscapes provide the perfect place to relax, yet have a fun day.

Day 11 ASSOS 15 N.M.

The prettiest sea village of Kefalonia for which the locals are proud of. Enjoy a panoramic view of vibrant colored architecture, next to crystal clear waters surrounded by a variety of vegetation. You won’t be able to live it behind!

Day 12 ARGOSTOLI 23 N.M.

The perfect place to go for a vibrant nightlife. Many restaurants and taverns to choose from and a lot of shops to buy gifts for everyone. Sometimes, the local orchestra plays traditional songs around the city, so keep an eye (or ear) open.

Day 13 VROMI 26 N.M.

Beautiful beach with white stone and crystal clear waters. Don’t forget to explore the surrounding area and the caves.

Day 14 NIKOLAOS 13 N.M.

Very close to the very famous and Insta-worthy beach of “Navagio”, Agios Nikolaos is perfect for an evening stroll and a quiet evening.

Day 15 ASTAKOS 43 N.M.

The small town of Astakos (it means lobster in greek) is a place worth visiting for its historical monuments and the beautiful beaches. You can enjoy tasty food and walk around the neoclassical buildings.

Day 16 KASTOS 11 N.M.

The quiet and little island of Kastos is full of olive trees and beautiful small bays in which you can anchor and spend the night with your friends on board. Otherwise, you can anchor in the small port and walk around the small village. If you do so, don’t forget to visit the beautiful old windmill for a drink.

Day 17 KALAMOS 5 N.M.

This mountainous island hides some of the prettiest beaches of the Ionian Sea. In the summer it becomes full of life with several yachts visiting. Don’t forget to enjoy fish delicacies by the sea, and stroll around exploring the place.

Day 18 MEGANISI 13 N.M.

It might look small, but this island is a green paradise full of life during the summer months. It is the best choice if you are in the mood for tasty greek food (don’t forget to try lobster pasta) and a calm nightlife.

Day 19 MEGANISI 0 N.M.

You can spend a second day there and explore the coasts of the island. You will find many hidden beaches and small bays with crystal clear waters.

Day 20 VLIKHO 5 N.M.

It’s very close to the vibrant “Nidri” as well as the “Desimi” beach in which the olive trees touch the water.

Day 21 LEFKAS PORT 10 N.M.

It is your last day. Time to sail back to Lefkas. We will be waiting for you at the marina, and hopefully, full of happiness and joy!

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Lefkas sailing holidays: Popular questions answered.

How much is it to charter a yacht in Lefkas?

The cost of your yacht charter will depend on the type, age and size of the boat you choose, as well as the dates of your holiday. If you are in the market for a good deal, we would recommend looking at the beginning or end of the season (April, May and until mid- June & from mid – September onwards). Prices are highest during peak season from mid-June until mid- September. To calculate the total cost of your holiday, you will need to consider the obligatory extras too (i.e. end cleaning) which are payable on top of the boat price (usually on spot). Provisioning, mooring fees and fuel are not included. For more details and a tailored list of options for your Lefkas sailing holiday, please contact our experienced team of yacht charter consultants at info@ioniancatamarans.com

Is Lefkas good for sailing?

Lefkas and the South Ionian islands are considered one of the top sailing destinations in the Mediterranean and are ideal for first time sailors, families and those looking for a laid back holiday. This region is known for easy line of sight navigation, short distances between the islands and generally very predictable and mild weather and wind conditions.

What is the best month to sail in Lefkas?

The south Ionian is lovely throughout the season, however, if you prefer to avoid the crowds and enjoy better charter rates too, we would recommend booking outside of the peak season. According to our yacht charter consultants, June and September are perfect for a sailing holiday in Lefkas as the weather is warm and sunny and the islands are in full “summer mode”.

What qualifications do you need to sail in Lefkas, Greece?

To charter bareboat from Lefkas you will need one person (the skipper) with a sailing license and a co-skipper with sailing experience. It is always wise to email a copy of your sailing license to your charter consultant in advance so they can double check that it is acceptable by the Greek authorities.

Is the sea in Lefkas warm?

You can expect warm sea temperatures when sailing from Lefkas as the water remains warm and pleasant even during spring and autumn. The average sea temperature in Lefkas is about 20 °C.

What sea is Lefkas in?

Lefkas or Lefkada is part of the Ionian islands located in the Ionian Sea in the west of Greece.

How long should a Lefkas sailing holiday be?

Sailing holidays in the South Ionian are offered on a weekly Saturday to Saturday basis; the minimum charter duration is 7 days. There are some exceptions during low season, however, you will need to discuss short term charter opportunities with our charter consultants as these are not customary.

Why visit Lefkas?

Lefkas is one of the most visited and highly rated Greek destinations and for good reason. You can expect charming villages, a fantastic experience exploring the vibrant and colorful Lefkas town, local delicacies and tasteful wines, turquoise waters and emerald bays. Another highlight is that you can also access this island by car, as it is connected to the mainland.

Which is the closest island to Lefkas?

The closest island to Lefkas is Meganisi, a small yet charming place, with a total size of 22 km² boasting over 30 km of coastline. Thanks to its proximity to Lefkas, it is an ideal first overnight stop for those wanting to leave Lefkas right after embarkation. Important to note that it does get a little crowded in the summer and we would recommend booking berths in advance.

How long does it take to sail from Lefkas to Corfu?

The distance between Lefkas and Corfu is about 70 NM and it will take you approximately 10 hours of non stop sailing to cover this leg, depending on the size of boat you have.

If you are interested in the beginning or end of the season, you may want to check with our experienced charter consultants about one way charter opportunities as sometimes yachts need to be relocated between bases.

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    Sailing Holidays in Lefkas

    Lefkada, or Lefkas (in Greek: Λευκάδα), is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, on the west coast of Greece, which connects with the mainland by a long causeway and floating bridge. The city of Lefkada, is situated in the northern part of the island, approximately 20 minutes, by automobile, away from Aktion National Airport. The Prefecture of Lefkada comprises Lefkada island, plus, the smaller nearby islands of Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos, Madouri and Skorpios are of unparalleled beauty. It is the smallest prefecture of Greece in both land area and population (2001 census).

    We suggest multiple alternatives regarding sailing around Lefkas island, and our yachts are definitely the best ones to “sail you around”, and guarantee unforgettable summer sailing holidays.

    Lefkas (Italian: Santa Maura) is a hilly island marked by karstic action, lying off the Playia Peninsula in Acarnania, from which it is separated by a shallow lagoon varying in width between 600 m and 5 km. It is now linked with the mainland either by a causeway or a ferry. Most of the island is occupied by a range of hills, rising to a height of 1158 m in Mount Stavrotas, and running south-west to end at Cape Doukato. It was from this Leucadian Rock of gleaming white limestone, that Sappho was supposed to have thrown herself for love of the handsome Phaon. Lefkas never had any permanent natural connection with the mainland. The shingle spit at the northern tip was pierced in ancient times by the Corinthians to provide a channel for shipping, much like the spit to the south of Lefkas town, which came into being in the Middle Ages, as a result of the establishment of salt-pans. (Find Lefkas in Google Maps here)

    Off the south-east coast of Lefkas, you will find the beautiful unspoilt island of Meganisi, with sandy beaches and famous sea-caves. It is ideal for yacht charters with family or friends, either bareboat or skippered. Westward to Lefkas, there are tiny islands like Skorpios and Madouri, and on the east side the well-equipped marinas of Vasiliki and Nydri provide safe anchorage protected from the occasional strong westerlies.

    The must-see ports and anchorages include: Palairos, Mytika, Kastos, Port Leone, Episkopi, Papanikolis Cave, Vathi, Spartakhori, Menidion (Ambracian Gulf), Sivota, Vasiliki and Rouda Bay.

    History of Lefkas

    The earliest evidence of human settlement on the island dates back to the Neolithic period. In the 7th century BC, the town of Lefkas was founded by settlers from Corinth, who closed off the south end of the lagoon, opposite the St George Fort, by a 600 m long mole, remains of which are still visible under water (the sunken breakwater). They also cut a channel through the spit of shingle at the north end of the lagoon, opposite the Santa Maura Fort.

    In the Middle Ages the island belonged to the barons of Kefallinia and Zakynthos. In 1479 it was taken by the Turks – the only Ionian Island to fall into their hands – but was recovered for the Venetians by Morosini in 1684.

    As a result of the vicissitudes of its history and a series of earthquakes (the most recent in 1953) Lefkas has preserved very few old buildings.

    Ports and Local Amenities in Lefkada

    Preveza, Nidri and Lefkas port are the most important bases for bareboat yacht charters in the southern Ionian, as is Corfu and Gouvia in the north Ionian. The Lefkas canal enables sailors to sail, or moor, near the coastline of the east side of the island, which has 90% of the good anchorages.

    If you are sailing from the north, the entrance can be found by locating the Santa Maura Fort. If you are looking south-west, you find the Santa Maura Fort and the north entrance to the canal, and in the distance, Lefkas town. The canal proper (dotted lines) starts after Lefkas Town and is marked by red and green poles, and by red and green buoys when the canal turns south. The ancient submerged breakwater is located opposite to St. George’ s Fort.

    The entrance to Sivota Bay is sometimes a bit tricky. Once in, you can only anchor at the east side just around the cape, and only if you proceed through the dogleg, you can anchor anywhere in 3-8 m.There are also quays on the south and west sides of the bay where you can find tavernas and other local amenities.

    The port of Vassiliki is located in the south-east of Lefkas, deep in the large bay of Vassiliki. The west side of this bay, close to the village of Pondi, comprises a nice anchorage (anchor in 4-8 m). The actual port is located in the east side of the bay and is very shallow. You will just have to stay close to the breakwater. Natural springs which run through a washing house at the south of Vassiliki, surely favour this part of the island.

    The town of Spartakhori on the island of Meganisi, can easily be seen from the north and west. Once you are in the bay, the small harbour will be right in front of you. It represents a good shelter, though you will have to anchor in considerable depths (15-25 m). With northeast winds blowing at night, the anchorage near the tavernas is the best location in the bay. The village of Spartakhori is as enchanting, as enjoyable is the beautiful winding road leading there, and is also definitely worth the climb.

    Nidri village, however, is more boisterous, just like the fair but crowded inlet across. Apart from July and August this inlet is a must-anchor, and you can use the sunken coaster there to tie an extra line. Even though the Nidri quay provides water, fuel, and any other supplies you may need, it places you in the middle of yacht charter bases, tripper boats, ferries etc.

    The landlocked Vlikho Bay provides a good all-round shelter to anchor in a muddy bottom of just 8-2 meters. However, anchoring off the quay of the quiet Vlikho village can be uncomfortable in stronger daytime winds.

    In Lefkas Town the houses have a rather unusual structure, however they are designed carefully in order to withstand earthquakes. Go stern-to or bows-to the town quay on the northe-west or south side, the muddy bottom is generally good holding.

    On Modra Island, there is the villa of the family of Aristotelis Valaoritis (1824-79), greece’s national poet, a sight worth visiting, since you can also anchor in front of the baroque building.

    The Skorpios Island is also private (owned by the Onassis family), but as long you don’t cross the high water mark you can anchor on both sides of the small sandy isthmus south of the island.

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