This is a wonderful cruising area, a great place for a first time yacht charter or a first visit to Greece. You will never be far from a small port with a wide range of facilities and amenities, or a secluded cove for swimming.
The Vounaki Marina is nestled at the foot of the Arkanika Mountains, they create a spectacular backdrop to the marina, meaning 'little mountain' in Greek. The marina has great facilities including a number of restaurants and there are many more to choose from in the town of Paleros just a 15 minute walk from Vounaki.
As you sail out from Vounaki, Levkas is a popular first stop for sailors. The town is a very pleasant, friendly, traditional Greek town with a pedestrian, main shopping street. Halfway along you'll find the town square, full of friendly cafes. Lefkas Town provides one of the calmest harbors in the Ionian and the new luxury marina is an enjoyable place to moor up.
With a population of less than two thousand people, the island of Meganissi offers complete relaxation in a typically Greek atmosphere. Sip on ouzo with the locals in the village taverna. Spartahori, perched high above Spilia Bay, is reached by a ten-minute walk up the road and has spectacular views across the sea to the mountains of the mainland. Spilia Bay Harbor is a popular sailing stop, you can take advantage of a few quaint tavernas and welcoming beach.
With its pebbly coves dotted around the coastline, Ithaca is an island to visit. With some two thousand inhabitants Vathi, is Ithaca's capital. The town itself is a picture of classical Greece with tavernas and cafes. Frikes is the most northerly of Ithaca's resorts and the relaxed lifestyle of the village revolves around the tiny harbor. Nearby Kioni draws sailors into its dramatic horseshoe bay for the traditional architecture on show.
Made famous in the year 2000 with the release of the film Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Cephalonia has been drawing visitors from far and wide since. Cephalonia is the largest of the Ionian islands with its stunning Greek island of lush flora and fauna, exceptional beaches and secluded sandy coves.
The Ionian generally experiences predictable Mediterranean winds. Prevailing winds blow from the northwest at 5-15 knots, with light breezes in the morning and freshening in the afternoon, occasionally reaching up to 20 knots, and lays down at sunset. The beginning and end of season you may experience some Southerly winds, bringing slightly more challenging sailing. In the summer, climate in the northern Ionian is sunny with little rain.