Tour Of Eastern Med Destinations #6. The Ionian
The Ionian Islands, on the western side of Greece, are our last charter destination on this trip and not only have we run out of time, the fine weather that has followed us the last 12 days changed dramatically just after we arrived. I managed to take a few photographs, but once the rain came there was little point in taking more!
While private crewed motor yachts and sailboats operate all the way down this coast, the Ionian Islands are best known as a bareboat cruising ground, as the sailing is relatively easy and there are many small harbors to visit. There are several flights from Athens into Aktion airport and from there it is a short ride to Levkas, at the north end of the island with the same name. The cruising ground is around Levkas and along the inside coast of Kefallinia.
The western coast of Greece enjoys a different climate and as you can see from these photographs, these islands have far more trees and vegetation compared to say the Cyclades. Many first time bareboaters automatically consider the better known Greek islands to the east, but chartering in the Ionian makes a lot of sense. We can tell you the pros and cons of each area.
We hope you have enjoyed these posts and photographs from our ‘Eastern Mediterranean Charter Destinations’ trip. The islands are as beautiful as ever and most of the boats we saw were well up to standard. When it comes time to consider a charter, do please contact us (phone 800 621 7855, email or request boat suggestions). It costs no more to book through Ed Hamilton & Co and our local knowledge of the area and the fleets can make all the difference to your holiday.