Sailing area: Ionian sea

Ionian Sea

The Ionian Sea is part of the Mediterranean and lies to the south of the Adriatic Sea. It is surrounded by Greece to the east and south and Italy to the west. Sailing in the Ionian Sea from Corfu Sailing in the Ionian Sea is much easier than in any other sea or ocean. There is no Meltem in this area and there is often no wind in the morning which only starts to build in the afternoon through to the start of the evening. Coolsailing offers departures from Corfu towards Igoumenítsa, Preveza, Sami and Zakyntos.

Places to visit

Before setting sail for Igoumenitsa, we suggest that you visit Corfu, which is one of the largest Greek islands. You will be charmed by its shopping streets, the view from its fortress and the old town. Make your way to Paleokastitsa, in the north of the island, and discover the magnificent mountains and superb sea cliffs in the area. Do not miss a visit to the Moni Theotokou monastery, which overhangs the coves, and enjoy a sea outing to discover the coast. Also, pay a visit to Palakos beach. It is, without a doubt, the perfect place for relaxing. Then, take a leap back in time and visit the palace of Empress Sissi (yes, that's right) and visit the gardens on the trail of the ruins of the old boat.
Then, stop off in Igoumenitsa, a town surrounded by hills and mountains that has a pretty port where you can drop anchor for the night. The town offers many beautiful walks. You will also find beautiful beaches for swimming and water-skiing or wakeboarding. Above all, take advantage of the charming fine sand coves and turquoise waters for a lazy afternoon in the sun.
Then, continue your journey by visiting Prevez, a picturesque town with a rich past. A host of places to visit and many beaches. On the coast, you will find many cafés and taverns among the buildings. Visit Seitan Bazar, an old shopping area that still has traditional taverns and cafés on every street corner, and the Archaeological Museum, the Venetian Tower and its solar clock, and Pandokrator Fortress.
Next, stop off in Kefalonia and visit Melissani cave north-west of Sami. It is a magnificent cave that can be accessed by boat and offers a 30-metre deep lake with limpid waters. Do not miss Xi beach 8 km from the town of Lixouri: it is covered with red sand, an unusual site not to be missed at any cost! Near the island of Ithaca, set out to discover Fiskardo with its traditional Venetian-style houses. An amazing sight!
Finish your cruise with the Ionian island of Zakyntos, certainly one of the most beautiful Greek islands. Visit the main town, with Saint Dionysis square and Saint Denis church. To the south of the town, swim in Argassi, Gerakas or Laganas, where loggerhead sea turtles lay their eggs on the east coast of the island in Plano or Tsivili. You will also have the opportunity to visit the charming villages of Zakyntos, as well as the village of Anafonittra to the north-west of the island, or the village of Volimes where you will find Saint George Monastery with its tower and its churches that contain many frescoes. In the centre of the island, the village of Kiliomenos is well worth a detour with its impressive 22-metre spire that is part of the Church of Agios Nikolaos. To the north of the island, be sure to visit the blue caves that line Cape Skinari with its natural arches.
Whatever the itinerary you choose, the Ionian islands welcome you to Paradise! All its islands are magnificent! Dotted with olive trees, pine trees and vineyards, they are fertile and luxuriant and offer a perfect setting with white sand beaches and vivid blue waters. You will be extremely well greeted by the friendly locals and won over by the prevailing festive atmosphere. For your cruise, there is no better place than the Ionian Sea: the winds are always favourable and the mooring places are always safe.
Do not wait to book your boat rental in the Ionian Sea! Coolsailing will help you to find the boat best suited to your cruise, from a catamaran, a monohull sailboat or a gullet, it's up to you to choose! You can decide to sail on your own if you have a boating licence, or with a skipper who will take care of sailing and suggest the best routes so that you can take full advantage of your destination. Furthermore, Coolsailing also offers boat rentals with a crew that ensures half-board or an all-inclusive deal so that you can take advantage of your stopovers to visit towns and enjoy lunch. For full-board options, everything is provided, meals, drinks leisure activities, stopovers. All you have to do is enjoy your stay!

Worth knowing/Advice

Greece's easiest navigation area the Southern Zone is ideal for amateurs thanks to its tranquil waters Windier conditions in the North, with longer nautical crossings for boaters with more experience and longer stopovers The Lefkada area is more sheltered with short hops and various anchorages. There is a large selection of water sports and activities in these turquoise waters Very few tides Direct access from the boat to the taverns  

The ports in this sailing area

Argostolion, Corfu, Gouvia, Kefalonia, Kyllini, Lefkas, Messolonghi, Missolonghi, Paleros, Patras, Perigiali, Preveza, Sami, Zakynthos ...


To sail in Greece you will need: A sailing licence A sailing resume To rent a large sailboat 2 Sailing licences are required

When to travel?

To be informed of the weather forecast, you can visit the Italian website LAMMA (vento e mare)


10-20 knots
15-20 knots


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