All about Sailboat Rentals in the Ionian Islands
Sail away in a Grecian paradise on your next sailing vacation. The Ionian Islands are comprised of twelve islands, ideal for a week or fortnight of island hopping and indulging in delicious Greek cuisine. The Ionian Sea is sublime for many other water sports and snorkelling, or simply anchoring in a hidden cove and bathing in its pleasant crystalline waters. A sailboat rental in the Ionian Islands grants you the freedom to cruise where you please on a romantic escape or a family holiday for all, tailored to your own timetable, routine and itinerary.
Sailing Areas in the Ionian Islands
You can rent a sailboat with us from any of our Ionian Island boat rental locations. We also have locations along the western coast of Greece in addition to on the islands. Please find a list below of the locations and marina/port names:
West coast of Greece - Port of Kyllini, Preveza Marina, Palairos Marina
Lefkas - Port of Lefkas (also known as Port of Lefkada), Vasiliki Marina
Corfu - Gouvia Marina, Kerkira Marina
Kefalonia - Sami Port
Climate and Sailing Conditions in the Ionian Islands
Sailing the Ionian Islands in summer is a dream with the prevailing wind blowing in a north-westerly to west north-westerly direction at force 2 to 5. At the beginning of the day, there is sometimes a light breeze which blows from the east to south-east. Though this wind never tends to peak force 2. In the months of July and August, the maistro wind blows from north to north-west and is a slightly stronger wind.
Temperature wise, the Ionian Islands are a bliss for swimming, snorkelling and other aquatic activities, as the temperatures average 30°C with little rain.
Itinerary Ideas for the Ionian Islands
Allow us to give you a few ideas of activities and places you can visit on your sailboat rental.
The island of Kefalonia is home to some breathtaking beaches, such as Myrtos Beach. This coastal heaven is ideal for those looking to unwind in the presence of natural Greek beauty.
Originally, the Ionian Islands formed part of mainland Greece but parts of the earth sank as a result of the seismic process, which explains why the islands have such mountainous terrain; the Pindus mountains that stretch across mainland Greece. Hereby, if you’re looking for other types of adventures, pack your hiking boots and discover one of the island’s spectacular mountain range.
Fortresses are not uncommon in Greece and are a fantastic way of viewing architecture as well as a beautiful view of the fortress’ surroundings. Our two favourite fortresses are Kastro in Kythira and Palaio Frourio in Corfu.
Travel Tips for the Ionian Islands
Kefalonia and Corfu
have airports on the islands. Conveniently, Lefkas island has a bridge to mainland, meaning Aktion Airport (PVK) is just 28 km away. Preveza and Palairos are even closer to Aktion Airport. Further south on mainland, Araxos Airport (GPA) is located 46 km away from Kyllini.