Charter Bareboat Sailing Greece – Ionian Islands

… sail the enchanting last leg of Ulysses’s Odyssey

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Greece2007-067 (3)Rocky, wooded Islands with isolated bays and steady afternoon winds help one imagine what Homer’s hero Ulysses must have felt finally returning home after his long Odyssey. The Ionian Islands on the west coast of Greece offer the quintessential Greek sailing experience.

With English friends in tow, we met Lisa, Marcello, and their Dutch friend Donne four days into our 18 day cruise at Pettrite about an hour south of Corfu airport. This late August, early September 2007 bareboat charter took us from Corfu to as far south as Ithaca in the southern Ionian Island group. We anchored off the beautiful tourist towns of Fiskardho and Parga, discovered little visited Vonistsa and O. Astakou on the mainland, and caught our fair share of fish, all while enjoying sails filled with 15-20 knot winds for most of our passages. After two weeks in this Greek paradise, it’s no doubt that it is a must return destination.

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6 thoughts on “Charter Bareboat Sailing Greece – Ionian Islands

  1. […] the most popular bareboating areas in the world, but, there are many areas to choose from. In the Ionian Islands you feel like Odysseus on his Odyssey. For me the Southern Ionians were extra special. The passage […]

  2. Ionian Islands are amazingly beautiful!! In case you are sailing there you might find useful some suggested sailing routes:

    Base Marina Gouvia Corfu
    One week sailing
    Corfu – Paxoi 32 mls
    Paxoi – Fiskardo 48 mls
    Fiskardo – Ithaca 15 mls
    Ithaca – Meganisi 20 mls
    Meganisi – Parga 42 mls
    Parga – Sybota 10 mls
    Sybota – Corfu 28 mls

    Two weeks sailing
    Corfu – Paxoi 32 mls
    Paxoi – Fiskardo 48 mls
    Fiskardo – Ithaca 15 mls
    Ithaca – Zakynthos 38 mls
    Zakynthos – Ag. Efimia (Cefalonia) 35 mls
    Ag.Efimia – Astakos 30 mls
    Astakos – Kalamos 12 mls
    Kalamos – Meganisi 10 mls
    Meganisi – Lefkas 12 mls
    Lefkas – Parga 32 mls
    Parga – Sybota 10 mls
    Sybota – Corfu 28 mls

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