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 it's 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 - Sivota (Lefkas Island)
Sivota is a gem. Located on the South East of Lefkas Island (and not to be confused with Sivota Mourtos in the north Ionian), this picturesque harbour has a range of tavernas and bars circling a long concrete quay. Difficult to spot from the sea, Sivota opens up into a well-sheltered harbour. It’s best to visit mid-week when the pesky flotillas are congregating elsewhere.
Day 3 - Ayia Euphemia (Kefalonia Island)
Ayia Euphemia (Saint well-spoken of) lies on the East coast of the island of Kefalonia, 10 miles South of the harbour of Fiskardo. Considerable investment has been made refurbishing the quay here, including installing water and electricity points all the way along. Ashore there is an excellent bakery, several provisions stores and restaurants.
Day 4 - Sami (Kefalonia Island)
The port of Sami lies on the East coast of the island of Kefalonia in Greece, 13 miles SSE of Fiskardo and just over four miles SE of Ayia Eufimia. Sami has a sheltered harbour protected by breakwaters with berths for around 30-35 visiting yachts. The west quay is where most yachts usually berth as it has the greatest number of spaces. From here it is possible to visit the Cave of Melissani, an underground lake fed by a subterranean stream which flows all the way across the island from Argostoli. It's best to visit around midday, when the sun streams down through the roof and turns the water below the colour of turquoise. Boatmen row visitors around the cave.
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. Apart from yachtsmen, the village has few other visitors. The primary attraction of Kastos is the beaches down its eastern side, which are perfect for anchoring, swimming and lunching. There is little else to do in Kastos except chill out under the Greek sun with a drink in hand.
Day 6 - 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 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.