Our exciting new Kefalonia and Zakynthos flotilla spends two weeks exploring the South Ionian Islands. For those of you that have been to the area before this route will be heading further south than you may have been previously.
This flotilla will run on the follwing dates - 23rd July - 6th August and the 6th August - 20th August. To find out availability please give us a call on 020 8459 8787!
This flotilla will be great if you are looking for a combination of relaxing hours spent at anchor along with the opportunity for some more exciting sailing. The route will meander south before making the hop to Zakynthos (weather permitting); it is the southernmost of all the islands in the Ionian, the gap between Kefalonia and Zakynthos perfectly channels the prevailing north westerlies. For those of you searching for the ideal sailing conditions this could be just the flotilla for you!
This route starts and finishes in our main base Sivota on Lefkas Island before heading to the ever popular islands of Ithaka and Kefalonia. After a few days of coast hopping you will sail across to Zakynthos, circumnavigating the island and visiting the best ports and bays on Zakynthos. The final week of the flotilla will take in the ‘best of’ the South Ionian.
The flotilla starts from our base Sivota at the southern tip of Lefkas Island. It is ideally located for making the trip into the southernmost part of the Ionian. The village is an excellent place to start from; it has several well stocked supermarkets and lots of lovely waterside tavernas.
We know that you will all probably be itching to get the sails up and there is no better place to get your sea legs back than in the channel between Lefkas and Ithaka. The prevailing north westerlies will get you well on your way to Frikes on the northern tip of Ithaka. Frikes oozes with Greek charm, with a small line of shops and tavernas on the harbour front, this is definitely a firm flotilla favourite.
If you are dying to jump into that crystal clear water you will find plenty of bays perfect for dropping an anchor to the north and south of Frikes.
The port affectionately known as ‘Big Vathi’ is the largest village on Ithaka Island. A wander around the backstreets 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!
Pere Pighadi on the south east corner of the island is an unbeatable swim stop with crystal clear water - an unspoiled stop en route to Kefalonia.
The flotilla will possibly do an evening on the island of Kefalonia before making the move down to Zakynthos Island. The port of Sami is perfect for this; it is one of the larger towns on the island and is ideal for provisioning and a good browse around the shops. Or if you’re after a slightly more leisurely evening then settle yourself in one of the many bars and tavernas on the water front.
The next few days will really get you off the beaten track. The sail down to Zakynthos is where the keener sailors amongst you will be able to get the most out of your yachts. The prevailing north westerlies will hopefully give you a great day of sailing all the way across the channel between Kefalonia and Zakynthos.
Ay. Nikolaos is a bay on the northern tip of the island; you can enjoy a meal on the quayside with the water lapping just metres away from your feet. Keri is another popular spot, it is on the boarder of the Zakynthos National Marina Park where there are ongoing efforts to protect the nesting turtles in the area.
The flotilla will then spend an evening in Zakynthos Town, located on the eastern side of the island, it is a busy town that hosts an array of narrow back streets and a vibrant water front. This is an ideal location to take in the atmosphere of a bustling Greek town.
Along with Zakynthos’ many charming ports there is a plethora of bays to anchor in for that all important lunch stop! Shipwreck Cove on the north western side of the island and Xygia Beach to the east are superb places to drop an anchor and take a dip before enjoying a leisurely lunch.
After exploring some new haunts you will head back to Kefalonia to visit all of our favourite spots, Poros is the southernmost port on the island and is blessed with some lovely bars and tavernas. Popular amongst the flotillas is Remezzo aka ‘Cave Bar’, as the name suggests it is set within a cave, it is perfect for a late afternoon beer and even a swim in the sea straight from your table.
Agia Euphemia is nestled on the east coast of Kefalonia; it is a great spot if you would like to spend the night on anchor. You can head into the quay for dinner at one of the water front tavernas before heading back to your yacht for a spot of star gazing.
Fiskardo is a must do when on Kefalonia, it is a picture postcard Greek harbour and however many times you find yourself here it never fails to deliver! From here you can jump in your dinghy and take a trip round to the caves in Foci Bay which are well worth a visit.
Your last couple of days will be spent around the northern tip of Ithaka and the southern end of Lefkas Island, this is the perfect time for making the most of the sailing between the islands.
Kioni is another beautiful harbour located on Ithaka, it is best for long-lining from the rocks so you can swim straight from your boat. The brightly coloured buildings, fishing boats and gorgeously Greek atmosphere make this one of the most popular spots in the South Ionian Islands.
Vasiliki on Lefkas is a large harbour where you have the option to moor on the quay or drop the anchor in the wide bay, there is a gorgeous sandy beach if you would like to get in early and spend the afternoon relaxing.
Sivota is just a short hop up the coast of Lefkas from Vasliki so you will have plenty of time to make the most of your last day. There is a great choice of bays to choose from for your last precious moments in the crystal clear water.
You will then have a final with your fellow sailors at one of the many tavernas located just metres from the water. We can’t think of a better way to end your two weeks of exploring.
Below is an indication of the yachts that will sail on this flotilla. Please call us on 020 8459 8787 to check live availability.
Don't worry, our experienced crew will be able to help you get your sea legs in no time.