Even the most travelled sailors have been completely captivated by Greece’s beauty, ancient culture, gastronomic delights, relaxed atmosphere and friendly welcome.
The country’s thousands of islands offer a bounty of varied landscapes, from dazzling white beaches, private inlets and turquoise seas to rocky mountains, rugged coastlines and lush forests. The sheer choice can make picking a starting point for a bareboat yacht charter in Greece very challenging indeed. To help, we recommend setting sail from Lefkas, also known as Lefkada, which is nestled among the Ionian islands off the west coast.
Lefkas means “white” and the island is named after its famous white rocks. It’s connected by a causeway and floating bridge to the mainland after the Corinthians created a canal through the sandbanks. Steeped in myths and legends, Lefkas is famed for romance and heroism, being linked to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, and Odysseus, the Greek hero and king of Ithaca from Homer’s Odyssey.
Today, Lefkas is renowned for its breathtaking beaches on the west of the island, such as Porto Katsiki and Egremni, with protected coves, sun-bleached rock faces and deep blue waters. You’ll find locals living a traditional lifestyle in the centre and east of the island and professional kite and windsurfers in the south, who flock to take advantage of the favourable wind systems.
Starting your yacht charter from here means you’re perfectly placed to discover the Ionian islands. You can explore the principal islands of Corfu, Paxos, Ithaca, Kefalonia and Zante, with their distinct cultural identity, which was heavily influenced by the Venetians. Or you make your way to Athens and hop between stops on the way such as Meganisi, Trizonia and Galaxidi. When you plan, leave plenty of time to enjoy the wonderful local food and drink.
If you want advice on planning your dream bareboat charter itinerary from Lefkas, just give the LateSail team a call and we’ll share our top tips and recommendations to make your sail in Greece truly memorable.