Located in the Ionian Sea, the island of Lefkada boasts remote and beautiful beaches that are best accessed by boat. At the heart of the island, you can explore Lefkada's traditional way of life in its small villages. For more excitement, take your sailing holiday in Lefkada to the other side of the island for some excellent windsurfing spots.
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The ideal time of year for a sailing holiday in Lefkada is between May and October, with temperatures averaging around 25°C in July and August. There are more than 20 spectacular beaches in Lefkada, including the stunning and popular Porto Katsiki. There are also plenty of secluded, quieter beaches such as Kalamitsi.
The currency used in Lefkada is the euro. Flights from Athens, and other major European cities arrive daily at the island's airport, Aktion National Airport in Preveza. From the airport, car rentals and taxis are available to get to the marina. There is a bridge connection between Lefkada and the mainland, so it's also possible to drive from Athens. There are many marinas around Lefkada where you can rent a boat, including the main Lefkas Marina, which is conveniently located near Lefkas Town. Other options include Nydri and Sivota.
Many villages lie scattered across Lefkada, but the main one is Lefkada Town. Most of the activity here is centered around the seafront. Enjoy a seafood dinner or other Mediterranean dishes at Frini Sto Molo on the harbour and Thymari. You can also walk among the ancient ruins at Agia Mavra. Other towns worth visiting during your Lefkada sailing holiday include quiet Agios Nikitas and picturesque Sivota. As for beaches, the white cliffs surrounding Porto Katsiki are breathtaking, and Mylos offers a secluded retreat.
walk among the ancient ruins at Agia Mavra
Lefkada remains one of Greece's most authentic and pristine islands that attracts many nature and sports enthusiasts throughout the year. The Ionian Sea is a great place for diving, and it's easy to reach the best spots when you charter a boat with Zizoo. You can also spot many exotic fish while snorkelling in crystal-clear waters. Kalamitsi is especially great for snorkelling enthusiasts. Thrill seekers spend their time at Agios Ioannis, not far from Lefkada, where the high winds make for excellent windsurfing conditions.
Lefkada remains one of Greece's most authentic and pristine islands
During your Lefkada sailing holiday, exploring the island is easy. You may also want to venture out from your base and do some island hopping around Lefkada. We suggest sailing out towards other Ionian islands, such as Kefalonia and Ithaca. Kefalonia is the largest in the Ionian island chain and offers pristine landscapes, charming towns and a coastline surrounded by brilliantly blue and crystal clear waters. After a day of snorkelling and swimming, spend an evening in one of the towns while listening to traditional Ionian songs as you enjoy the island's delightful dishes and wines.
From Kefalonia, continue sailling south towards Zakynthos where you'll find Navagio Beach (also known as Shipwreck Beach). Famous for its dramatic towering cliffs, Navagio Beach is not to be missed. The beach is also only accessible by boat, making it the perfect addition to your island hopping route in the Lefkada region.
Whether you're island hopping around Lefkada or simply exploring the island itself, the region makes for some wonderful sailing experiences. Wind speeds are generally consistent, but mid-summer months can bring strong gusts from the prevailing ‘Meltemi’ winds. The tidal shift is very small, between 0.4-0.6 meters. The water temperature can get up to 28°C, while the air temperature can climb into the 30s.
When going on a sailing holiday in Lefkada, it's a good idea to stick to the island's east or south coasts where there are more sheltered harbours and anchorages for yachts. Lefkada isn't technically an island, so watch out for the shallow lagoon between the island and the mainland.
On the island, there are several marinas for your Lefkada yacht charter. Lefkada Town is the busiest, and reservations may be required. Vasiliki is another great option for anchorage at the quay, unless there are high northwesterly winds. The same goes for berthing at Sivotas, but you can also choose to anchor. To ensure peace of mind, hire a skipper to help you sail in Lefkada, and kick back and enjoy your holiday in this Mediterannean paradise.
To ensure peace of mind, hire a skipper to help you sail in Lefkada
Charter a yacht in Greece and experience the beauty and wonders of a nation made up of 6,000 islands and over 13,500 km of inspiring coastline. Meander from island to island, stopping for a swim in the gorgeous bays or to discover ancient ruins before catching the breeze to sail to your next destination.