Sailing the Greek islands is listed on many people’s travel wish list.
The Ionian sea is one of the best places in the world to sail!
A sailing trip to the Greek islands is a must do trip of a life time!
Why I like to sail the Ionian Islands?
The beauty and ease of sailing is a perfect combination. The Ionian Islands are nestled just off the north east mainland of Greece (below Italy). The waters are relatively protected and the islands are many.
The chain of islands that make up the “Ionian Seven” are Corfu, Zakynthos, Lefkada, Paxi, Ithaca, Kythira, and Kefalonia. Of course, you know my favorite island is Lefkada!
The “Ionian Seven” Greek Islands
Lefkada – Our Greek Island! Need I say more? Lefkada offers one of the best harbors in Greece, attracting sailors from around the world. Many Europeans moor their boats here year round. The ease in sailing from Lefkada to explore the Ionian Islands is perfect.
Corfu – Is a large island, as well as, the best known of the Ionian Islands. Many people will recognize the name and know about Corfu as it is as popular as Mikonos, Santorini and Rhodes. All of these islands are great places to visit. John and I had a wonderfully romantic trip to Corfu many years ago before the boys were born… I remember having a great dinner and taking a carriage ride through the streets of the city center and all the power on the island went out. There was no panic, people continued on with what they were doing. The horse moved through the streets pulling the carriage, people sat and talked over their dinner by candle light, someone continued with their music lesson off in the distance… it was all very enchanting…. oh, back to sailing. Corfu is a good day’s sail away from the other islands in the Ionian, so you will need to chart your course allowing time to sail and explore the island.
Zakynthos – Love the name. Zakynthos is the southernmost of the Ionian Islands. It has a huge central plain with fertile land making it a green island. The history of the island is also rich as it’s location has given it importance in Homer’s “Odyssey”.
Kefalonia – Is the largest island of the Ionian, around twice the size of nearby Zakynthos and 30% bigger than Corfu. It doesn’t seem that big because most people will not sail around the island. When you are traveling by land, the island is broken up by a mountain range. This island was featured in the popular movie, Captain Corell’s Mandolin.
Ithaca – How cool is this? When you sail to Ithaca, you will be sailing into history! The two epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey that are said to be written by Homer who is thought to have been born on Khios in 800 BC. Many major events in the book are noted on the island of Ithaca. In the Odyssey, the basic plot describe the attempt of Odysseus and his men to get home form the Trojan War… what a way to ponder a day of sailing off the coast of Ithaca traveling the seas that Odysseus traveled before.
Stay tuned, I’ll soon be explaining more about the Greek sailing trip we’re getting ready to take.
We are a few weeks away from setting sail!