Lefkas, sometimes called Lefkada, is one of many Greek islands in the Ionian Sea. Located to the west of Greece’s mainland, Lefkas is connected to the country by rail line and a floating bridge. An island in one of the most beautiful regions in the world, Lefkas is best experienced with the privacy and independence a hired catamaran, sailing boat or motorboat brings. With the wonderful weather conditions Greece enjoys in the summer months, the island is a unique and unforgettable holiday destination.
Lefkas’ breathtaking location near the Mediterranean makes it a sailor’s paradise. With the dozens of islands and multiple mainland countries so close by, a sail from Lefkas can take you to a huge variety of end points. Sail to Greece’s mainland and along its coast for a look at the country from a new perspective, across the Ionian Sea to the southern tip of the Italian boot, or stay closer to ‘home’ with a visit to other Ionian Sea islands or a circumnavigation of Lefkas itself. Experience the stunning beaches, fun activities on both land and sea, and delicious cuisine that the places in and around Lefkas offer. The different areas around the island make Lefkas a wonderful starting point for a sailing holiday, especially for those who like to have several options and plenty of adventure. By hiring a sailboat, motorboat or catamaran, you will have the independence to, literally and figuratively, go wherever the wind takes you.
The activities on and around Lefkas are well suited for both relaxation- and adventure-seekers. The island offers water sports, amazing beaches, nature activities, and historical attractions to entice people with all sorts of interests.
With so much water around, trying some ocean sports while visiting Lefkas is a must. Some possibilities are wind surfing, water skiing, and paddle boarding, all of which are offered on the island, and all of which will leave you feeling happy, exhausted, and ready for some relaxation aboard your yacht.
As one of the most beautiful and untouched islands belonging to Greece, Lefkas boasts some of the most magnificent beaches imaginable. Primarily featuring white sand but some with pebbles, some of the best-rated beaches in the world are on Lefkas. Egremni Beach, listed as the 24th best beach in the world by CNN, is a remote beach in the southwest of Lefkas. The electric-blue color of the ocean by Egremni will take your breath away. While some are not impressed by the beach at Vassiliki, north of that stretch features some stunning views of the coast and the nearby town, and there are some more secluded, enchanting coves nearby for a bit of relaxation.
For those wanting to see a bit more land while anchored along Lefkas, the island has some lovely walking and mountain biking possibilities. With lush vegetation and forests around the island, it is a beautiful place to see from the land itself, too. You can also combine land and water by visiting the Nidri Waterfalls, a beautiful natural sight by the eastern coast in the center of the island.
Being a part of Greece, Lefkas also has a lot of appeal for the culture and history seekers among us. The birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, Lefkas will have huge appeal for people interested in Greek mythology. You can also visit the ruins of the ancient city of Nirikos, the first capital of the island back in 2000 BC.
Starting at Lefkas Marina on the very northern tip of the island, you have the freedom to sail to a variety of destinations, and with all the islands close to Lefkas, you’ll be happy you have the independence to sail where you want to, when you want to. After leaving the marina and bay on which it sits, sail east to the coast of mainland Greece.
Stop at Vounaki Marina in the ancient area of Etoloakarnania, Greece for views of beautiful beaches with a dramatic backdrop of mountains. Continue south along the country’s eastern coast to Lygia Mitika Marina and visit Mitikas (not the one with Mount Olympus), a charming town with an impressive mountainous coastal area and lovely pebble beaches. Then continue along the coast, or sail south to the islands of Kalamos or Kastos to experience the unique beauty of tiny islands with only 600 and 120 over-wintering inhabitants, respectively.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, leave the Greek waterways and sail north to Italy, or even further up into the Adriatic Sea and the coasts of Albania, Montenegro and Croatia. With connections to marinas all over the world, with Yachtico.com you will be able to find a place to dock and experience the culture and life of almost any country you wish to visit.
With a typical Mediterranean climate, Lefkas enjoys warm summers and cool winters, which feel even colder in the mountains. Lefkas is therefore best to visit during its summer months, from May through September. The hottest month on the island is August, with an average of 84ºF (29ºC), is also the month with the warmest water temperatures, the sea averaging about 78ºF (26ºC). Though May and September are slightly cooler months, visiting during those times can be beneficial. Since they are not at the peak of the summer season, prices can be cheaper and beaches emptier. While the air temperatures are just a bit lower (72ºF/22ºC in May and 77ºF/25ºC in September), be aware that in May the water temperatures have not yet experienced the heat of summer, and are still quite chilly at 65ºF (18ºC). By September, the sea is still quite warm from all the sunshine of the previous few months.
You won’t have to worry much about precipitation on a visit to Lefkas during the summer – the island experiences barely any rainfall during its hottest months, instead making up for its dryness during the winter, receiving the most rain in November and December.
By choosing Yachtico.com, you will have your choice of boat in Lefkas from a selection of almost 200 sailing vessels. With a couple motorboats, several catamarans, and many dozen sailing boats, the perfect yacht for your getaway in Lefkas is just a few clicks away. View the boats in order of price, type, size, and more to have the most customized display of the yachts that are best suited to your preferences and therefore a simpler task of deciding which one to hire.
The prices of the yachts in Lefkas range from 800 Euros to 7,200 Euros per week. With such varied prices, you can choose to go for a more practical, fewer-frills yachting experience, or to treat yourself to a boat with luxurious touches that will make your holiday incredibly comfortable and relaxing.
The option of hiring a skipper or crew is also available on most of the boats available on Yachtico.com. If you’ve never sailed before, feel like your skills could use a tune-up, or if you’re a master sailor but just want to sit back and relax on your sailing vacation from Lefkas, booking a yacht with a skipper and crew is a wonderful option that you will surely enjoy.
Have a look at the wide array of yacht options available in Lefkas, and start planning an unforgettable sailing holiday to one of the most beautiful and unspoiled islands in the world.