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Experience Greece: Ionian Isles



Often a destination in its own right, your charter yacht will start at the island of Corfu, where you will see the overlapping Venetian and Byzantine cultures. The medieval castles and imperial fortresses were built to withstand the might of the Ottoman Empire, and remain an impressive sight today. Experience the famous nightlife, or for a quieter day, relax on the beach at Syvota or further south Paxos. At the charming port of Gaios, enjoy the cafes and explore the sea caves at the Grotto of Ipapantis.



Take a walk through the boutique shops of Lefkada Town and explore the back alleys to find some of the traditional family-run tavernas. The Castle of Santa Maura is close by, with the highlight being a swim at the spectacular Porto Katsiki - a stunning beach nestled amongst sheer cliffs.



After circling Skorpios – an infamous private island owned by a string of billionaires– you’ll head to Meganisi and take a swim in the beautifully clear waters off the village of Spartakhori. The town is small and peaceful, and as you sail to a quiet cove for dinner you may catch a glimpse of the old Onassis family home.



Anchor at the stunning Myrtos beach, which is known for one of the prettiest coves in the world. Head inshore to recharge at the charming village Assos in the shadow of a ruined Venetian castle. During August you might catch the Robola Wine Festival or see one of several religious events in honour of Agios Gerisimos, the protector of the island. The night ends at Fiscardo, where you can dine in the candlelight of at one of the traditional tavernas.



Well known in Greek mythology as the birthplace of Odysseus, Ithaca is a mountainous island in the Ionian Sea. Surrounded by beautiful beaches, you may stop along the way – Afales Beach is a favourite for a dip in the sparkling waters and a picnic on the sand. Continue to the capital Vathi to absorb the spectacular views of the harbour, or stop to visit Taxiarchon where you can see a typical medieval Greek monastery.



The largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia was made famous as the setting for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Many of the pebbled coves and beaches of Kefalonia are only accessible by foot making it a perfect destination for charterers. In the morning visit the Cave of the Nymphs. Some exploring may find you a souvenir as it is said Odysseus hid his gifts here. In the afternoon visit Odysseus’s castle by taxi, and be sure to sample some olive oil from one of the local groves.



For the final day, you’ll journey to Zakynthos, called the “perfumed isle” for its aromatic flowers. The King of Troy built a city here, and in Greek mythology it was conquered by Odysseus himself. As you depart, visit the beautiful turquoise waters of Navigo beach, and enjoy some time on the beach in the shadow of the rusting wreck of the smuggling ship, the Zante.

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