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Escape to an Ionian idyll with Sunsail
Lefkas features prominently in Greek mythology, and it’s easy to see why. The island’s spectacular coastline boasts white sand beaches, sheltered coves and towering cliffs in abundance. Today, Lefkas represents the perfect getaway for those tired of the hustle and bustle of city life. Explore the imposing ruins of the medieval Santa Maura Fortress, indulge in some of the watersports the island is famous for, or simply relax on the quiet beaches.
Explore Greece’s Ionian Coast and many of the other Heptanese Islands from our base on Lefkas, including Kefalonia, Ithaca, and the numerous tiny islets for which Greece is rightly known. You’ll take in the culture, cuisine, and nightlife of the Ionian Coast and relax in the sun with beautiful Grecian scenery as your backdrop. Lefkas is the launchpad for your perfect island-hopping getaway.
Lefkas One-Week Flotilla Itinerary
Day 1: Lefkas
Your unforgettable flotilla holiday begins on mythical Lefkas—an island central to Greek mythology, in particular to Homer’s Odyssey. Lefkas is known for its water sports, with windsurfing, kite surfing and paragliding especially popular in the region, while the ancient Venetian fortress of Agia Mavra is always worth a visit.
Day 2: Lefkas to Vathi, Meganisi
Follow the breakwater out of Lefkas marina, past the tiny islet of Forti and into the Ionian Sea. The first leg of your flotilla journey takes you south along the length of Lefkas Island to tiny, green Meganisi, believed to be a part of Odysseus’ Kingdom in Homeric mythology. The town of Vathi is home to one of the world’s largest natural harbours and represents a beautiful spot to moor for the night. Hike the forested hills around Vathi for spectacular views across the Ionian Sea or get to know your new flotilla friends better in a local tavernas while watching one of Greece’s beautiful sunsets.
Day 3: Vathi to Vasiliki, Lefkas
Cruise from sickle-shaped Meganisi Island around to Lefkas’ south coast. Skirt the craggy headland and make for the enormous Vasiliki Bay. Despite the region’s natural beauty, Vasiliki is known for only one thing: windsurfing. A strong, thermal wind (known locally as an ‘Eric’) ensures that Vasiliki offers some of the best windsurfing in all of Greece. If you prefer your thrills on land, however, mountain biking in the hills around the town is great fun and offers unmissable views.
Day 4: Vasiliki to Fiscardo, Kefalonia
It’s a straight line from Vasiliki Bay to the celebrated island of Kefalonia. Enjoy a few miles of exciting open water sailing as you make for one of Greece’s most famous islands, best known for Captain Corelli, olive oil and ancient history. The port of Fiscardo is a traditional Grecian island village with a history stretching back thousands of years. Today Fiscardo is home to many fine restaurants and tavernas where you can while away a quiet afternoon with your new friends.
Day 5: Free sailing day
Now that you’ve had time to familiarise yourself with your yacht and gain confidence on the water, a free sailing day is your chance to explore the Ionian at your leisure and seek your own personal adventures independently or in small groups. From Fiscardo, the numerous bays, beaches, coves and inlets of sleepy Kefalonia are yours to explore, while a short hop across the Ionian will take you to Ithaca, said to be the birthplace of Odysseus. Beyond Ithaca, tiny, uninhabited Arkoudi and Atokos are great fun to explore. If you’re unsure what to do with your free sailing day, your lead crew will be on hand with top recommendations and the latest weather reports to ensure you make the most of your free time.
Day 6: Abelike Bay
Abelike Bay on the northern end of Meganisi is a large, natural cove barely touched by human hands. The undeveloped shores of Abelike Bay are free from the kind of amenities and facilities you’d expect from the average sailing destination, and this is the charm of the place. Swim and snorkel in the warm waters of the bay without a soul to disturb you, and enjoy a final beachside barbecue with your new flotilla friends as the sun dips below the horizon. This untouched piece of paradise is the perfect location for a final blissed-out evening before you return to the hustle and bustle of the everyday.
Day 7: Abelike Bay to Lefkas
Cruise through the undisturbed waters of Abelike Bay as you make your way north to our Lefkas base. Back in Lefkas once more, your final day is a chance to take in any Ionian highlights you may have missed so far, or simply chill out and soak up the atmosphere. Try your hand at one of Lefkas’ popular water sports. The flyfish hydroplane is an adrenaline rush, allowing you to skip off the surface of the water like a stone. If you’d rather enjoy a quieter, more Zen-like climax to your flotilla holiday, then hiking Lefkas’ wooded hills or enjoying a shot of ouzo in a quiet taverna is the perfect way to spend your last day in the Ionian.