The Ionian Sea lies west of the mainland, between Greece and Italy. The islands in the Ionian Sea are: Corfu, Paxi, anti Paxi, Lefkas (but with a bridge connected to the mainland), Ithaca, Kefalonia, Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos and Zakynthos.
Can you alreally imagine yourself at sea while sailing peacefully between the islands with many beautiful bays and picturesque villages?
Distances and navigation
The distances you will sail for a day are relatively short: 5 – 15 Nm per day (except for specials, distances might be more). Of course, you can always extend this by sailing a number of lines before entering the harbor, or take it easy by dropping anchor at one of the beautiful bays along the way. The area is easy to survey and you have many opportunities to stay overnight.
Zakynthos is a bit further, and that is a nice goal for a 2-week sailing holiday. You sail more on the open sea and there is more swell and wind but is definitely recommended if you watch the weather reports. In terms of navigation it is, with the exception of reefs, also a simple area. Between the green hills you can almost always recognize the next village by the white houses..
Is this area suitable for me?
The Ionian Sea is very suitable for those who are sailing abroad for the first time. Because of the quiet water and the predictable wind you can go in all directions. With little children it is often nice that you can also sail short distances.
Do you want to know more about the Ionian Sea? Download the complete description of the area here.