Sailing Lefkas – the Greek Caribbean
About the island:
Lefkas or also known as Lefkada is the fourth biggest island in the Ionian Sea, situated in the West part of Greece, between the islands of Corfu and Kefalonia.
This is one of the few islands in the world accessible by car!
Lefkada means “white island” and the island got its name from the white chalk rocks and white cliffs in the south of the island around the picturesque Cape Lefkas.
The island is very green just like most of the other Ionian islands.
According to mythology, the island was given by Odysseus’ father to Penelope’s father as a wedding gift.
Lefkas island amazes with the exotic white color of its beaches. This is the perfect place for sailing holidays for families, couples and large groups of friends, as it has something for everyone.
The island has the most amazing turquoise sea color.
Beaches Porto Katsiki, Kathisma and Egremni, are among the most photographed places in Greece.
Besides beaches, lovely villages with charming little fish taverns can be found by the sea surrounded by lush greenery.
Nidri, Vassiliki, Sivota, the Town and Agios Nikitas are beautiful places to visit.
How to get there:
- By air: The nearest airport is the Preveza/Aktion airport. In summer there are flights to Preveza/Aktio from all over Europe. There is a 25 min drive from the airport to the Lefkas town.
- By sea: ferry lines from Kefalonia and Ithaca
- By car: as mentioned, Lefkas is connected to land with a 50 m long bridge
Sailing conditions in the Ionian Sea are ideal and the wind is predictable. From May to September the wind blows from North-West at Force 5-20 knots.
In Spring and Autumn, the wind is less strong and blows usually from South-West.
It arrives around noon, blows between the force 3 to 6 (10 to 25 knots) and dies down at sunset.
The whole Ionian area is a great sailing area for sailing beginners, families with children and less experienced yacht charter crews.
The islands are very popular with sailing flotillas also and it can get quite crowded especially during August when the Greeks and Italians go on vacation.
Sailing requirements for bareboat charter in Lefkas:
To charter a bareboat in Greece, there must be at least one certified skipper and one experienced crew member, both over 18.
The skipper should be competent at handling a yacht, anchoring and mooring and be able to use navigation charts and pilot books and know your position at any time – as on any other destination.
The skipper should have one of the following recognized licenses:
- US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course” or above
- ASA “104 Bareboat Cruising Course” or above
- RYA “Day Skipper Course” or above
- ICC (International Certificate of Competence)
- or certification from any recognized sailing association in your country.
Note: before confirming a booking/reservation check if your sailing license is recognized on the selected destination!
It is mandatory to have original copies of certificates with you and not just copies.
Night sailing is not allowed.
Sailing charter marinas on Lefkas:
- Lefkas Marina
- Port of Lefkada
- Nikiana Marina
- Preveza Marina
- Preveza Main Port
The biggest yacht charter Marina is Lefkas marina with 620 berths. Lefkas Marina is only 10-15 min walking from the Lefkas town center.
Facilities: water, electricity, toilets, and showers. Fuel is delivered with a mini tanker.
Where to sail from Lefkas:
Lefkas is the best place to start discovering the Ionian Islands due to its position.
The East part of the Ionian Sea, where Lefkas is also located, is the one that has the most islands, and the most beautiful places to visit.
World-famous islands such as Kefalonia, Ithaca, Skorpios, Meganissi, and Zakynthos are only a few miles away from Lefkas.
The distance between the islands is small and the whole Eastern part of the Ionian Sea is very well protected and sunny, but also windy enough to enjoy Lefkas sailing vacations.
Tourism came on Lefkas in the 1960s when the international press gathered on the island to be close to the shipping magnate Onassis who owned the small island Skorpios that is just to the East of Lefkas.
Onassis got married to Jackie Kennedy on Scorpios in 1968. This was a big thing for tourism in the area.
We wish you fair winds