Ionian Islands Catamaran Charter

Ionian Islands Catamaran Charter

The Ionian Islands, nestled in the Ionian Sea off the western coast of Greece, are a mesmerizing blend of lush landscapes, vibrant culture, and sun-drenched beaches. Comprising seven main islands, including Corfu, Zakynthos, Kefalonia, and Lefkada, each offers its own distinct allure. Corfu enchants with its Venetian architecture, olive groves, and cobbled streets, while Zakynthos boasts some of the most breath-taking beaches in the Mediterranean, including the iconic Shipwreck Beach. Kefalonia’s dramatic cliffs, hidden caves, and emerald waters provide a paradise for adventurers, while Lefkada’s stunning coastline and windswept beaches draw windsurfers and beach lovers alike. The Ionian Islands are steeped in history, with ancient ruins, Venetian fortresses, and Byzantine churches dotting the landscape, offering a glimpse into their rich and diverse heritage. Whether exploring picturesque villages, indulging in fresh seafood at seaside tavernas, or simply basking in the Mediterranean sun, the Ionian Islands offer an unforgettable escape into paradise.

Catamaran charter in the Ionian Islands

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Yacht charters for the Ionian Islands typically embark from various ports along the western coast of mainland Greece, as well as from ports on the islands themselves. The two most common embarkation points for yacht charters in the Ionian Islands include Lefkas and Corfu. The island of Lefkada/Lefkas, is connected to the mainland by a bridge and offers several marinas and harbours where yacht charters can embark. The main marina in Lefkada Town is a convenient starting point for exploring the Ionian Islands. The main port of Corfu, located on the eastern coast of the island, is a popular starting point for Ionian yacht charters. Corfu is well-connected by ferry services and has a range of marinas and harbours where yacht charters can embark.

The Ionian is more sheltered than the Cyclades and so can be chartered in during all of the summer months, as it is not affected by strong Meltemi winds. Each year, the number of catamarans in this area varies, however due to its popularity there are always a selection of crewed catamarans to choose between. Do be aware that the numbers are less than in the Cyclades and Saronic, so the choice will be somewhat more limited. 

Must see places in the Ionian Islands while on a catamaran charter

  • Old Town of Corfu: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Corfu’s Old Town is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with Venetian, French, and British colonial architecture. Highlights include the Liston Promenade, the Old Fortress, and the Spianada Square. 
  • Climb Mount Pantokrator, Corfu: The highest mountain on Corfu, Mount Pantokrator offers panoramic views of the island and the surrounding sea. Visitors can drive or hike to the summit, where they’ll find a monastery and a café.
  • Paxos cliff side sailing: Sail along the dramatic Emritis Cliffs along the northwest coast. There are quiet coves in which to anchor or lively beaches to enjoy.
  • Explore Cephalonia’s caves: Head to Melissani Cave and see this stunning underground cave that features an azure-blue lake surrounded by lush vegetation and stalactites hanging from the roof. Visitors can take a boat tour to explore the cave’s mystical beauty. Another impressive cave on the island, Drogarati Cave, is known for its large chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites. Visitors can take guided tours to explore the cave’s unique geological formations.
  • Explore the charming village of Fiscardo in Kefalonia and Kioni on Ithaka. Both picturesque villages are homed to independent arts and crafts shops, offer local gourmet experience and plenty of tranquillity.  
  • Zakhyntos bay: Lagans Bay is one of the largest beaches in the Mediterranean and well worth a visit. It is also a protected refuge for the endangered caretta-caretta sea turtle.  The turtles come here to breed from April to August and the shallow depth of the sea allows them to be easily seen from the beach, while snorkelling, on kayaks or small boats. A less common sight is the turtles hatching. Hatching takes place from the end of July and mainly at night, making it very rare to witness. 

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