Lefkada is a very pleasant, friendly, typical Greek town. It is an ideal place to start a sailing holiday due to its proximity to the airport, the number of markets to provision your yacht and a selection of good bars and restaurants. If its utter peace and quiet that you’re after then Lefkas may not be the place for you, but it provides a good contrast to the small villages dotted around the rest of the Ionian.
Day 1 - Nikiana (Lefkas Island)
If you're lucky enough to get away on the first day then Nikiana offers a charming over night stop. It's a small fishing harbour with a few tavernas nearby. We would recommend getting your provisions in lefkas before leaving.
Day 2 - Spartachori (Meganissi Island)
Spartachori is a lovely village located on a cliff above Port Spilia on Meganisi Island. It’s well worth the hike up to the village, which retains its old world charm. A couple of tavernas have their own quays and pontoons with lazy lines, look out for them. The SE part of Port Spilia has a small shingle beach and beach café where younger members of a yacht crew can while away the hours.
Day 3 - Frikes (Ithaca Island)
The small harbour of Frikes lies on the NE coast of Ithaca Island. It is a pretty, charming and largely unspoilt village, and is a good place for an overnight stop in settled weather. There are three tavernas, a minimart, and each morning a fruit and vege van visits the village to sell its wares. With the afternoon sea breezes, there can be strong gusts down the valley behind Frikes, which can make mooring a challenge. Despite the extra effort required to secure your yacht, Frikes remains a lovely relaxing village to visit.
Day 4 - Vathi (Ithaca Island)
Vathy or Port Vathi is the wonderful main harbour of the island of Ithaca in the Ionian Sea of Greece and lies at the head of a long inlet on the East coast, four miles South of Kioni and five miles South of Frikes. The Old Town retains its authentic Greek feel and is lovely to wander, building up a thirst to quench in some of the local tavernas and cafes.
Day 5 - Kastos (Kastos Island)
The small Greek island of Kastós lies 10 miles SE of the island of Lefkas. There is just one settlement, on the SE side of the island, which has a small harbour offering good shelter from most directions. The harbour has space for around 12-15 yachts only and is often full by mid-afternoon in high season. Apart from yachtsmen, the village has few other visitors. Probably the primary attraction of Kastos is the beaches down its eastern side, which are perfect for anchoring, swimming and lunching. There is else little to do in Kastos except chill out.
Day 6 - Kalamos Habour (Kalamos Island)
The main settlement of Kalamos town is on the E side of the island, just over half way from its southernmost tip, and offers good shelter in winds from most directions. The harbour has space for around 30 yachts moored stern/bows-to on its long E breakwater and W quay. The village to the W is pleasant rather than picturesque and has a modest amount of tourism, mostly from local Greeks.
Day 7 - Lefkas Town (Lefkas Island)
Just as it was a great place to start, Lefkas town is also a great place to finish. There are plenty of bars and restaurants we recommend you check out. Our information packs have lots of recommendations about the best places to eat, drink and explore.