Snap up a boat on one of our new flotillas next year!
NEWSFLASH! We are excited to announce some new flotilla routes for 2017. These two new routes are great for those of you looking to explore some more of the Ionian, or if you are sailing with us for the first time these could be great for your first foray into sailing.
Our wonderful new Ithaka flotilla spends a week meandering around the South Ionian Islands. An area that we know and love! This new route will start and finish in Nidri and spends the majority of the week exploring the delightful island of Ithaka. You may also spend some time on the smaller islands of Kastos and Kalamos. Ithaka is host to three fantastic ports and many many beautiful anchorages.
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!
Starting from Nidri puts you in a terrifically central location to start your holiday, Nidri is a great place to kick back and relax at the beginning of your holiday. Our pontoon is just in front of the Iris Hotel where you will have the use of the pool and the bar; from here you can walk into Nidri town to buy some provisions for your yacht.
The first flotilla stop will probably be one of our favourites on Ithaka, the harbour of Frikes is a picturesque village nestled between the mountains on the north east side of the island. Beyond its unique setting and crystal clear water, the fantastic array of tavernas and cosy bar offer a brilliant evening’s entertainment.
Kalamos and Kastus.
Sailing further down the west coast of Ithaca Channel is an opportunity for some brilliant sailing! After a hard days sail a swim stop at stunning Pere Pigadhi is in order. Enjoy the gin clear water before the short sail to Big Vathi in the evening.
The next few days will really get you off the tourist trail. From Kioni sail across the Ionian sea to the remote islands of Kastus 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 Kastus 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 of Port Leone is a great bay for a swim.
What boats will be sailing on this flotilla?
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 before.
The flotilla starts from our base of Sivota at the southern tip of Lefkas Island. It is ideally located for making the trip into the south most part of the Ionian.
The flotilla route
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 restaurants 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 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.
Keri is a popular spot, it is on the boarder of the Zakynthos National Marina Park where that are ongoing efforts to protect the nesting turtles in the area. The flotilla will then spend one or two evenings in Zakynthos Town, located on the eastern side of the island it is a beautiful town that hosts an array of narrow back streets and a vibrant water front.
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. Ay. 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 harbours and however many times you find yourself here they never fail to deliver.
The last few days in the sun.
Your last couple of days will spent around the northern tip of Ithaka and the southern end of Lefkas Islands, this is the perfect time for making the most of the sailing in the channel between the islands. Kioni is a beautiful harbour located on Ithaka, it is best for long-lining from the rocks when 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.
Your final night will be spent in Sivota where you will enjoy on last meal with your fellow flotilla sailors at one of the many restaurants located just meters from the water. We can’t think of a better way to end your two weeks of exploring.
What boats will be sailing on this flotilla and when will it run?
We will have the Beneteau 311 (wheel steer), Beneteau 323, Beneteau 331, Beneteau 361, NEW Beneteau 38 and Beneteau 393 sailing on this flotilla. This route will only be running for two dates over the summer holidays, they will be the 23rd July - 6th August and 6th August - 20th August.