Lefkas, Greece

A main port for chartered yachts, the mountainous island of Lefkas (or Lefkadas) is home to some of Greece’s finest beaches (principally along its west coast), splendid forests, and much dramatic scenery.

Speculated to have been Homer’s Ithaca (like various other locations, as a matter of fact), Lefkas lies in the Ionian Sea off the Playia Peninsula in Acarnania, with a causeway connecting it to the mainland.

Despite its accessibility and popularity – various resorts line its east coast, where the vast majority of its best anchorages are to be found – Lefkas retains many of its traditions, particularly among its more remote villages, where locals sell deliciously golden olive oil, red wine and honey along the roadside.Lefkas_1

Lefkada Town is vibrant yet relaxed, with a number of distinctive, modern buildings blended amongst its pretty churches that came into being after the destructive effects of an earthquake in 1948.

With so many beautiful ports and bays nearby, island hopping from Lefkas is a much-enjoyed activity, with an abundance of fantastic spots to discover.

Among them, the island of Meganisi is perfect for couples and small families. It lies off the south-east coast of Lefkas and is especially beautiful, with stunning vistas and charming bays, sea-caves and sandy beaches, turquoise waters and a lush landscape. Climbing, winding lanes reach the village of Spartakhori and offer splendid views all along the way.Lefkas_2

Starting your bareboat charter from Lefkas, typical one-week itineraries may take in such ports as Poros, Kastos, Frikes, Paxos and Meganisi. All of these are beautiful, accessible spots.

Alternatively, you might reach Lefkas having set sail from Corfu, which is another popular and beautiful route, as is that which goes from Lefkas to Athens. Expect the favourable Maistro wind to accompany you throughout the summer months, which can help disperse any early-morning fog.

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