For lovers of sailing and yachting, the Ionian Sea is a favourite destination throughout the Mediterranean: Calm, crystal-blue waters, safe small harbours at a short distance from one another, organised marinas and tail winds constitute ideal conditions for memorable and safe journeys.
The well-known Etesian winds of the Aegean Sea are unknown in this area and the summer wind (which rarely exceeds 5 Beaufort) usually blows in the anticipated direction from west to north-west starting late in the afternoon, making it easy to programme a trip.
The eastern coast of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia in particular, has “well-protected” natural coves and organised harbours that welcome pleasure craft. Craft mooring infrastructure can be found in the areas of Argostoli, Lixouri, Poros, Sami, Aghia Efimia and of course in the cosmopolitan and picturesque Fiscardo.
It is needless to say that the winds are usually stronger in the area of the Argostoli gulf and the southern coast of the island, due to the high mountains, so extra care in required. On the island’s west coast even the more experienced navigators will be impressed by the landscape’s wild beauty that “fades out” in the crystal blue waters. At this point you must make a stop at Assos to admire the majestic scenery of the peninsula and visit the Venetian fortress and quaint settlement.
Ithaca traditionally constitutes one of the favourite destinations for the Ionian Sea “Sea wolves”. The island’s eastern coast is preferred by the amateurs in sailing and yachting due to its well-protected natural harbours. Organised harbours can be found at Vathy, Frikes and Kioni. However, the experience of a sea tour around the western coast of Ithaca is surely exceptional. Afales, Ammoudi, Polis and Aspros Yalos constitute some of the picturesque gulfs and coves, where you can stop for a dip in the crystal blue waters.