Ionian sailing area / West Greece / Lefkas

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Ionian Sea

The Ionian Sea is an ideal area for sailing the first time. Best season is from June to September.

  • Light wind area
  • Easy navigation
  • Modest Infrastructure
  • Mediterranean climate
  • Family friendly

The Ionian Sea is a part of the Mediterranean. In the southeast it is connected to the Aegean Sea, and to the west to the Tyrrhenian Sea by the Strait of Messina. The boundaries of the Ionian Sea are by the Salento peninsula in the west, and on the east coasts of Sicily, Calabria and Basilicata. In the east the sea borders on southwestern Albania and western Greece with the Peloponnese peninsula. The Ionian Islands are the largest islands in the Ionian Sea and belong to Greece. The main islands are: Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Kythira. Kefalonia is the largest and most populated island. Other island groups are the Cheradi Islands in the Gulf of Taranto, the rocky islands of the Alkyonides in the Corinthian Gulf and the Sicilian Cyclops. In the Southwest of the Peloponnese you find the Calypso Deep in the Ionian Basin. This part of the Ionian Sea is 5267m below sea level and is the lowest point of the European Mediterranean.

The Ionian Sea is one of the most popular Greek sailing areas. Some of the best starting points for Yachtcharter in the Ionian Sea are the ports of Corfu, Lefkada and Preveza. It is also possible to begin from Paxos, Nydri, Patras, Paleros, Cephalonia or Zante. The Ionian Sea is one of the calmest areas in the Mediterranean and during season is dominated by thermal winds. The wind comes mostly from the northwest at 2-5 Bft. In October, more sophisticated winds and squalls can occur. Nevertheless, the frequency of storms is less than 1% and sailing conditions are generally very convenient and predictable. Tides have little effect and are within a range of 30-60 cm. Between the islands and the mainland coast, the waters are protected and offer calm and relaxing sailing. Families and beginners to yacht charter will enjoy this area. In the summer months there are very light winds, which are perfect for beginners.

Route Suggestion

Rent or charter a boat and cruise around the Greek islands in the Ionian Sea, and visit some of the best islands in Greece. When you sail around islands such as Meganisi, Kalamos and Ithaki, you will find unspoiled beaches and picturesque towns and villages. Begin your trip at Nydri, Lefkada... more

Airports nearby Ionian Sea

  • Aktion National airport (Preveza) to Vounaki: 30,4 km, 32 minutes
  • Aktion National airport (Preveza) to Vonitsa harbor: 13,5 km, 15 minutes
  • Aktion National airport (Preveza) to Lefkas: 20,2 km, 21 minutes
  • Aktion National airport (Preveza) to Lefkas harbor: 36,8 km, 1 hour and 4 minutes
  • Aktion National airport (Preveza) to Palairos: 30,4 km, 34 minutes
  • Aktion National airport (Preveza) to Preveza: 4,8 km, 9 minutes
  • Korfu airport to Gouvia harbor: 9,7 km, 17 minutes
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Climate & Weather in Ionian Sea

Like the rest of Greece, the Ionian Sea has a pleasant Mediterranean climate. The summer is long and warm with little rainfall. The sailing season begins in April and continues until late October. By May the weather is very stable. In August the water temperature stays at around 24 °C. The daily temperatures in the summer months range from 24 to 31 °C and it is always sunny. Most rainfall occurs in Corfu, making the vegetation much denser there than on the other islands.