Sailing is one of Greece’s biggest lures, and travelling by yacht is an incredible and unique way to discover the islands. The Ionian Islands attract people from all over the world for their aquamarine waters, sandy beaches, traditional tavernas and friendly Greek hospitality. Sailing offers flexibility to explore and take your own route, sailing between islands and stopping as often or wherever you wish, at the drop of an anchor for a swim, or mooring up in a picturesque harbour for a bite to eat.
Bareboat, skippered or flotilla?
There are different types of sailing holiday you can enjoy: bareboat, where you rent and sail the boat independently; skippered, where you rent a boat and a skipper sails it for you; and flotilla, where a group of boats are sailed by people of mixed ability, with the guidance of a lead boat and qualified expert.
It is highly recommended to plan your Ionian sailing holidays with an expert travel organiser or charter company. Yacht charter companies generally rent out their boats on a weekly basis. Skippers and hostesses will usually be multi-lingual and experts on the local sailing area, and are available to help you organise activities such as windsurfing and scuba diving while on your holiday as well as suggesting things to see and do on each of the nearby islands.
Ionian sailing holidays are a popular choice with families due to the protected flat waters, and charter boat centres are usually based in Lefkas or Corfu. With numerous bays, islands and stunning whitewashed Greek villages to visit, this is one of the most relaxing, beautiful and enjoyable areas to sail in Greece. You can expect every day to bring a new adventure while on board a sailboat, and it is your choice whether to head north or south, or even both!
By arranging your sailing holiday with an expert company, you can relax in the knowledge that your boat will be ready for you on your arrival. A thorough show-around of the boat and instruction will be given on the equipment. You will be dealing directly with the people who best know the boats and the area, providing you with all the necessary information and advice you may require whilst on your sailing holiday.
You will also have expert advice available right through from the initial enquiry, to booking, arrival and departure. If you are unsure on the right size of boat to choose, or you require the services of a skipper and hostess, an expert operator will assist and advise you through each request and query you have. Take the stress and hassle out of planning your sailing holiday and let the experts do it for you.
For a fabulous, sun, sea and adventure holiday for all the family, a sailing holiday is perfect, and with Greece only a four hour flight away, the idyllic destination of the Ionian Islands takes a lot to beat.