While some of the sailing destinations in Greece entail open-water, often spirited passages well offshore, a Lefkas yacht charter is far more sedate and family friendly.
Set in the protected waters of the central and southern Ionian and Echinades islands off Greece’s northwestern shore, a Lefkas sailing vacation is a romp through history, literally an opportunity to cruise in the wake of Odysseus. Snug anchorages, gorgeous beaches, excellent snorkeling and scuba diving, and quaint fishing villages are all just a short sail away. Of course, the more adventurous can broaden a Lefkas itinerary to encompass even more of the region, but regardless of the scope of a Lefkas yacht charter, the sailing is superb, the balmy breezes are gentle, and the people of Greece are among the most hospitable and delightful as any in the Mediterranean.
Season: This charter destination is closed from November 15 - April 1.
Cruising in Lefkas
A Lefkas sailing vacation presents the central and southern Ionian Islands, some of the most famous in Greece, such as fabled Ithaca known for its fearless ruler, Odysseus (Ulysses), hero of the Trojan War and Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. The Echinades Islands are also in this cruising ground. A Lefkas charter is very family friendly, ideal for couples with younger children or for skippers with less experienced crews. The waters are well protected, making flat seas common. During the cruising season from April through November expect northwest winds from 10 to 15 knots, with calms in the morning. Navigation is line-of-sight. The tidal range is just one to two feet and therefore tidal currents are practically nonexistent, except in the sea level Lefkas Canal (no locks), where currents are noticeable. A Lefkas yacht charter is well within the reach of sailors who have basic skills in coastal navigation. Average temperatures during the cruising season range between 76°F and 82°F.
The Ionian Islands are among the most beautiful in Greece, appropriately stunning for the Ionian Sea, which was named after the Greek nymph Io. Hilly and wooded, the seven main islands of the archipelago – Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Meganissi, Ithaca, Kefalonia, and Zakynthos (Zante) – feature beautiful beaches, picturesque towns, and lovely secluded coves. The history of the region is reflected in the numerous churches and monasteries, ranging from humble to grand, and in the architecture of the modest whitewashed homes with colorfully painted doors and trim. A Lefkas yacht charter promises some of the best cruising in the Ionian Sea.