The Aegean splendor is undoubtedly irresistible but no one can compare it with the uniqueness of the Ionian sparkling landscape. The strong presence of the Venetian, French and British Era, the lush green slopes with olive trees, the particular varieties of Vineyards and of course the exquisite seafood and local dishes are the elements that constitute the Ionian Sea the idyllic sailing Greek destination.
The verdant island of Corfu has a variety of things to see and explore. The Old town of Corfu, remarkably affected by the Venetian Occupation, has a particular architecture with old buildings and narrow streets hiding narrations of the island’s history and exquisite Greek restaurant where you can taste the delicious local specialties. Just a few kilometers from the town of Corfu you will find the known and well-preserved Achilleion Palace, the summer residence of the Empress of Austria, Sissy. Some important places to discover are also the picturesque Pontikonisi, the scenic Palaiokastritsa and for more leisure, Sidari with the famous Love Canal Beach.
Paxoi, along with Antipaxoi, are two small and charming islands, south of Corfu with colorful tavernas where you can taste delicious seafood and with an imposing castle as the island’s landmark. Paxoi are said to be renovated by the Venetians following the plan formatted by the worldwide known Leonard DaVinci. The highlight of your visit will be a swim at Antipaxoi Island where the serene and turquoise waters will mesmerize you.
It can be characterized as the island of contrasts. The bright white-sanded beaches of the edgy West coast are competing the legendary island of the shipping tycoon Onassis and the lush green East coast. Even Lefkada has a particular architecture with small attractive buildings similar to fisher’s whare. You should not miss to visit Porto Katsiki and Kathisma, the two most popular beaches and Agios Nikitas a pictorial village with hospitable people and mouth-watering food. Lefkada has also a lot of water sport activities so do not forget to crab your gear and have an amazing time at Agios Ioannis Beach. Last but not least, witness yourself the engaging sunset from the Cape Lefkada.
Kefalonia is the famous island where the movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” has filmed. Argostoli and Lixouri, the rival towns and Fiskardo are the most beautiful and scenic places to start your exploration on the island. Additionally, Myrtos beach is also a great spot with crystal clear waters and fair sand where you will definitely enjoy your swim. Nevertheless, the real magic comes with the Underground lake Melissani. The engaging deep-blue waters, the variety of fishes and the serene environment will captivate you as it reminds you of a mermaid cave. It will be an experience of a lifetime.
Ithaca is the homeland of Homer’s Odysseus, the hero that conquered Troy and led the Greeks to Victory. It is a petite but rather scenic island with lovely landscape, cute villages and undoubtedly tasteful food. There are spots of historical and archeological interest such as Loizos Cave but also real gems as Kioni, Vathi and Lazareto. There is no doubt why Ithaca constitutes a source of inspiration for many artists and litterateurs.
Zakynthos is also an Ionian island with a lot to offer. The island is known for the famous shipwreck bay with the turquoise deep waters and the alluring sand. You can either see it from above or swim at the beach. Zante is the first marine park of Greece as it hosts a certain species of turtle known as “caretta-caretta”, especially in Laganas Beach. Every year the Venetian Wedding is held, in the town of Zakynthos, where there is parade of participants dressed with middle-age costumes. A highlight of your visit will be the Blue Caves of Zakynthos which you can explore them by kayak. It will be a memorable moment of you trip.
Certainly, Greece is a destination of great sailing interest and has the potential to live up to all your anticipations. The attention-grabbing azure waters, the one-of-a-kind beaches, the abundant landscape, the superb local cuisine are the ingredients that you need for a spectacular sailing trip that will be imprinted in your heart.