This is a fantastic flotilla for those just starting out as the area is very sheltered. It is also brilliant for those who have done a flotilla in the North Ionian Islands and fancy exploring somewhere new!
This route starts and finishes in Sivota and spends the majority of the week exploring the delightful island of Ithaka as well as the smaller islands of Kastus and Kalamos. Ithaka is famed as the home of Odysseus. It is also host to three fantastic ports and a number of beautiful anchorages.
This is a fantastic flotilla for beginners or people looking to introduce people to the Ionian Islands. There is the chance to venture into windier areas if you are looking for a bit more sailing but you can also spend your days bay hopping around the secluded coastline.
Your starting point for the flotilla is the small fishing village of Sivota on Lefkas Island. Once you have arrived and met your lead crew it is time to relax and soak up the sun and the atmosphere of the quayside tavernas, before the first days briefing the following morning.
A likely first day stop is Frikes, a picturesque village, nestled between the mountains on the north east of Ithaka Island. Beyond its unique setting and crystal clear water, the fantastic array of tavernas and cosy bar offer a brilliant evening’s entertainment.
A short sail from Frikes around to Poli Bay on the North West side of Ithaka is the perfect way to get off the beaten track. Enjoy a laid back party on the beach with your fellow flotilla sailors or simply cook on board and enjoy a night under the stars. You’ll feel a million miles away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Sailing further down the West Coast of Ithaka is an opportunity for some brilliant sailing! After a hard days sail a swim stop at stunning Pere Pigadhi is in order. This spot hosts a small island, surrounded by the spectacular mountains of southern Ithaka. Enjoy the gin clear water before the short sail to Big Vathi in the evening.
The port affectionately known as ‘Big Vathi’ is the largest port on Ithaka Island. A wander around the back streets of this town will take you back in time. A visit to the village square will envelop you into the leisurely world of cafes and tavernas. Simply sit back, relax and unwind!
Just a short sail from Big Vathi is terrifically traditional Kioni. It’s brightly coloured buildings, fishing boats and gorgeously Greek atmosphere make this one of the most popular spots in the South Ionian Islands. Enjoy dinner on the quayside with water lapping just feet away.
The next few days will really get you off the tourist trail. From Kioni sail across the Ionian sea to the remote islands of Kastos and Kalamos. A swim stop on Atoko Island in either Cliff Bay or One House Bay is a fantastic idea to cool off en route. In Kastos enjoy the panoramic views of the Greek Mainland from the Windmill Bar and Café. The mountainous island of Kalamos has a small port and beautiful beach from which you can swim. If you fancy exploring further afield the abandoned Port Leone is a great bay for a swim.
The yachts below are an example of what is available on this flotilla. Please give us a call to check live availability.
Hello Sailing Holidays, I expect you're inundated with similar such comments of praise, so apologies in advance, but we would just like to let you know how much of a fantastic flotilla holiday we all had. It was, without doubt, the best holiday we have ever had. Please pass on our utmost thanks to lead boat Christine (Connor, Harriett and Cookie) who were all absolutely lovely. We hope to be back soon! Richard, Kerry, Mark & Suzanne (boat Vouvousa)
Just wanted to say a massive thank you to all the staff at Sailing Holidays both in the office and the lead crew. The office staff made everything so easy to book even with adjustments we needed to the booking and the lead crew were totally amazing. We were complete beginners but nothing was too much trouble for the crew. Connor, Adrian and Harriet were superb, making us feel at home, helping us with anything and everything and generally helping us to have the most wonderful, sociable and enjoyable holiday. We can't praise them enough and they deserve every hard earned penny, they're never off duty! Many thanks once again, we will be booking another flotilla without a doubt! Kind Regards from the Taylor family
Oh my goodness what a week we had. Yes the scenery and the sailing were amazing but the lead boat Kamara guys just took the experience to a new level. Connor, Harriet and Adrian were exceptional ambassadors for Sailing Holidays and you should be very proud of them. It is so reassuring that the such high levels of customer service still exists. Thankyou for making our first sailing experience a week to cherish!
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