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One Week Ithaka Flotilla
One Week Ithaka Flotilla OverviewThis is a fantastic flotilla for those looking to sail the South Ionian with gentle breezes and fabulous bays to stop at for lunchtime swims. It is also brilliant for those who have done a flotilla in the North Ionian Islands and fancy exploring somewhere new!
Where will we visit?
This route starts and finishes in Sivota and spends the majority of the week exploring the delightful island of Ithaka as well as the smaller islands of Kastos and Kalamos. Ithaka is famed as the home of Odysseus. It is also host to three fantastic ports and a number of beautiful anchorages.
What is the weather like?
This is a fantastic flotilla for beginners or people looking to introduce people to the Ionian Islands. There is the chance to venture into windier areas if you are looking for a bit more sailing but you can also spend your days bay hopping around the secluded coastline.
Typical Itinerary & Highlights
Days 1 - 2, Joining the flotilla in Sivota
After arriving at Preveza, a short transfer through the hills of Lefkas Island will bring you to our southern base at Sivota. Here you will be met by our crew who will introduce you to your boat and show you around. Then it is time to sit back and relax with a cold drink and sample some of the best food the Ionian Islands has to offer in one of the many quayside tavernas.
A likely first day stop is Frikes, a picturesque village, nestled between the mountains on the north east of Ithaka Island. Beyond its unique setting and crystal clear water, the fantastic array of tavernas and cosy bar offer a brilliant evening’s entertainment.
Days 3 - 4, Exploring Ithaka Island
A short sail from Frikes around to Poli Bay on the North West side of Ithaka is the perfect way to get off the beaten track. Enjoy a laid back party on the beach with your fellow flotilla sailors or simply cook on board and enjoy a night under the stars. You’ll feel a million miles away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Sailing further down the West Coast of Ithaka is an opportunity for some brilliant sailing! After a hard days sail a swim stop at stunning Pere Pigadhi is in order. This spot hosts a small island, surrounded by the spectacular mountains of southern Ithaka. Enjoy the gin clear water before the short sail to Big Vathi in the evening.
The port affectionately known as ‘Big Vathi’ is the largest port on Ithaka Island. A wander around the back streets of this town will take you back in time. A visit to the village square will envelop you into the leisurely world of cafes and tavernas. Simply sit back, relax and unwind!
Just a short sail from Big Vathi is terrifically traditional Kioni. It’s brightly coloured buildings, fishing boats and gorgeously Greek atmosphere make this one of the most popular spots in the South Ionian Islands. Enjoy dinner on the quayside with water lapping just feet away.
Days 5 - 6, Escaping to Kastos & Kalamos
The next few days will really get you off the tourist trail. From Kioni sail across the Ionian sea to the remote islands of Kastos and Kalamos. A swim stop on Atoko Island in either Cliff Bay or One House Bay is a fantastic idea to cool off en route. In Kastos enjoy the panoramic views of the Greek Mainland from the Windmill Bar and Café. The mountainous island of Kalamos has a small port and beautiful beach from which you can swim. If you fancy exploring further afield the abandoned Port Leone is a great bay for a swim.
Days 7 - 8, Enjoying your last couple of days
Your final night stop will be back in the charming village of Sivota nestled in a sheltered natural inlet at the southern end of Lefkas Island.
The lead crew will arrange a final night dinner where you can enjoy the company of your fellow sailors one final time before heading home!