If you’ve just starting out in the world of bareboat chartering, it’s always best to visit places that offer easy sailing conditions and plenty of services. The Ionian Sea is well-known in the worldwide sailing community for these exact reasons. This makes it an excellent choice for beginners.
Located directly south of the Adriatic Sea, the Ionian is bordered by southeast Italy, southern Albania, western Greece and of course the Mediterranean. The Greek Islands in this area are known as the Ionian Islands; among them you’ll find Corfu, Ithaca and Cephalonia.
Visitors to the Ionian Sea enjoy crystalline waters and its beaches have often been called the most beautiful in the entire Mediterranean. Those on bareboat charter cruises enjoy elements that make for a truly easy, breezy experience: short passages, light winds, protected waters and excellent places to sample regional cuisine.
The area has actually become quite popular due to the number of flotilla holidays available. Being part of a group can make your sailing experience even more relaxing. So, if you’re not quite ready to make a go of it on your own, this is a great alternative. You’ll be able to practice your sailing skills with the support of a lead boat and crew to assist with things like mooring and weather conditions.
Don’t miss the beautiful harbour at Fiskardo on Cephalonia (one of our expert´s top recommendations), or the chance to visit the lovely fishing villages on the islands of Paxos and Anti-Paxos. Each has charming waterside tavernas, making them an excellent place to stop off for at least a day.
LateSail offers a number of cruises that end in Athens, which is another great place to soak up Ionian culture. Visit our Ionian section to find out more.