Ionian Islands Yacht Charters
Kerkyra(Corfu) is known as the “castle city,” due to the many castles that dot the ancient, colorful landscape. The town—named after Poseidon’s beloved “Korkyra”— is filled with narrow, cobblestone streets and footpaths that wind their way through the scenic peninsula. There is a lovely promenade that climbs the seaside hills from the Bay of Garista. To its west, you will findnumerous restaurants and bistros in the historic citadel of Spianada.
The seafront neighborhood of PalaioFrouriois known for its delicious seafood restaurants, bars, and luxurious marinas. History buffs will enjoy visiting the tunnelsand dungeons ofthe Venetian citadel, Neo Frourio(New Fortress) and PalaiaAnaktora (Palace of St. Michael and St. George), with its lush gardens, and the Byzantine chapel of Pantokrator, located on the nearby islet of Pontikonisi. Music lovers will enjoy a visit to the Ano-Kato Plateia (music pavilion). The area is awash in culture, and there are numerous archeological sites and museums to visit, including the Archeological Museum, Byzantine Museum, Banknotes Museum, Solomos Museum, and the KapodistriasMuseum.
The islandplays host to music and arts festivals all year round. Its unique Easter celebration has become world-famous and is visited by thousands of touristseach year. Several movies have been filmed here, including the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only. The locals have a long history of hospitality to foreigners, which, along with its notorious beauty, makes the island a favorite with tourists. Itscrystalline waters, sandy beaches, exciting night life, and quaint, localtraditions attract millions of visitors every year.
Spend a night inMarina Gouvia, a comfortable marina near town, orBenitses, another beautiful marina for anchorage. Corfu offers a variety of beaches, each one unique. The beaches on the west side of the island are sandier, while the ones on the east side have calmer waters. The most popular beaches with visitors includeSidari, Kassiopi, Glyfada, Pelekasand Barbati.
Paxoi, part of the smallest group of Ionian islands, Paxoi- Antipaxoi, is unspoiled and pristine. It is most famous for its prize-winning wines and claims two of the finest beaches in the Ionian. Explore the island by private yacht charter, and snorkel or swim in its sapphire waters!
Lefkada(Lefkas)islocated on the west coast of Greece and connected to the mainland by a causeway and floating bridge. The German archeologist Wilhelm Dorpfeld, after performing excavations in Lefkada, said that it was the location of Homer’s Ithaca and that the palace of Odysseuswas in the town of Nidri. One of the most popular beaches on the island is Porto Katsiki. Others include: Egremni, Gialos, Kathisma, andMilos.Lefkasis exceptionally historic and unique. Her famed beauty inspired Odysseus’ many adventures and even beckoned multimillionaire Aristotle Onassis, who purchased his own private island, Scorpios, facingNidri.
Ithaki (Ithaca) The capital town of Ithakihas one of the largest natural harbors in the world and has been inhabited since the 2nd Millennium B.C. It was occupied by the Romans, andlater by the Byzantine Empire, Normans, Turkish, Venetians, and the French. Its original occupants are unknown, but it is thought the island was first inhabited by humans in Neolithic Period. Though many structures on the island were destroyed by an earthquake in 1953, the island’s infrastructure and structures have since been largely rebuilt. The most wonderful beaches to visit by a private sailing yacht or a motor yacht charter are: Afales Bay, Frikes, Kioni Bay,and Ormos Gulf.
Kefalonia(Cephallonia)This is the largest island in the Ionian Sea, named after the mythological figure,Cephalus. The capital is Argostoli. Be sure to visit the MellisaniandDrogarati caves—two of the most impressive natural wonders on the island, which is alsowell-known for the endangered loggerhead turtles that nest in the sands on KaminiaBeach.
The film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was filmed in Kefalonia, and the book’s location is believed to have been inspired by the village ofFarsa. Tourists travel from all over the world to enjoy the clear waters and white sands of Mirtos, the island’s most famous beach. Other island beaches include: Antisamos, Emblissi ,Fiskardo, Foki Beach, PlatisGialos, and Petani. Kefalonia is a wonderful place to anchor your luxury private yacht charter!
Zakynthos(Zante)is uniquely beautiful, with a blend of traditional villages and wonderful beaches. Known as a “Paradise on Earth,” the area suffered a series of four severe earthquakes in August of 1953, along with a complete destruction of the island’s infrastructure. Only three buildings remained standing—the St. Dionissos Cathedral,National Bank, and the Church of AgNikolas. Its buildings were subsequentlyrebuilt in conformity with a rigid anti-seismic code. Visit the village of Lagana during the months of June, July, or August to witness themigration of the loggerhead sea turtles. Each year, they lay their eggs on a beach that is protected by local ecologists.
Another famous beach on the island is Navagio (Shipwreck,)where you can walk in the fine, volcanic sand, snorkel in turquoise, crystalline waters, and dive to the bottom of the sea to see the remains of a wrecked ship. Other popular beaches to visit includeKalamakiBeach, AlykesBeach, and TsilliviBeach. Zakynthos is a very popular destination for charter sailing vacations in Greece!
Kythirahas been a strategic location for nautical travel and the crossroad of merchants and sailors since ancient times. Because of this, it has been influenced by many cultures, as is evidenced by the diverse architecture of its homes and buildings. In ancient Greek mythology, Kythira was the island of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. This—and the island’s many quaint villages, gorges, waterfalls, and beautiful beaches— makes it the perfect romantic couples getaway destination! While Kythira is easily accessible by private charter yacht, it is harder to travel there by other means, which makes it a perfect escape for travelers looking to steer clear of crowds.
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