Sailing to the Greek Seas is... Precious

 

The Ionian Islands

Sailing in the Ionian Sea is a unique experience. It is an area with magnificent verdant islands that are unlike the islands in the Aegean Sea. They have a European aura that is attributed to the abundance of Venetian, British and French buildings, spellbinding beaches and lush hillside.

The Ionian Islands are 7 in total: Corfu (Kerkyra), Kefalonia (Cephalonia), Zakynthos (Zante), Lefkada (Lefkas), Kithira, Ithaki and Paxoi. They are located off the coasts of the Peloponnese, Sterea Ellada and Epirus.

Sailing in the Ionian region is easy, although haze and early morning fog may cause limited visibility. Fishing nets are a hazard, so you must be careful, especially if you have not sailed in the area and are not aware of the spots where fishermen leave their nets. Rocks are visible and do not pose mush of a threat.
During the summer months (June – September) the winds in the Ionian Islands are NW to WNW. It is at its strongest (3-6 Beraufort) from noon to sunset. The wind gusts most forcefully along the eastern coasts of Zakynthos and Ithaki. The NE Kabatic wind that comes from the mountains on Mainland Greece can reach up to 6 Beaufort and lasts for about 2-3 hours. Be careful of a southern wind that can suddenly turn into a strong northern wind. The Sirocco wind in the spring, which comes from the Sahara Desert, is quite humid.

Corfu

Zakynthos

Lefkada

Ithaki

Paxi

Kithira
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