Ionian: Ports

Descriptions of sailing destinations in the Ionian, Greece, in alphabetical order. Click the name to see full details. These give detail of what to see and do, and the facilities ashore. (This section is still in preparation – where there’s no text below, I’ve not yet documented that port).

  • Agios Nikitas (Lefkas) Agios Nikitas is a small bay on the north end of the island of Lefkas. It’s a very pretty village with a small but popular beach. A number of hotels and apartments have rise up in recent years but it still retains its charm. There’s a good range of restaurants ashore where you’ll also find provisions, ... Read more
  • Agios Nikolaos (Zante) Agios Nikolaos is a small bay at the north est end of Zakynthos. The small fishing village is the start point for popular boat trips to the Blue Caves of Volimes, towards the north tip of the islands where you can snorkel amongst the limestone caves and arches. These trips usually head on to Shipwreck Bay, also known ... Read more
  • Agios Stefanos / Avliotes (NW Corfu) Details coming soon. Read more
  • Ammoudia / Fanari An interesting bay with a river running in at the south edge, which has been formed in to a canal by the addition of a long breakwater. This is supposedly the River of the Dead where the ancients were sent for burial via the Gates of Hell upstream, by the ferryman (who presumably dumped the ... Read more
  • Antisamos (Kefalonia) Details coming soon. Read more
  • Argostoli (Kefalonia) Argostoli, the once drab capital of Kefalonia, has become quite a chic destination in recent years. At the south end of the bay is a salt water lagoon. This is a popular feeding ground for loggerhead turtles. Look out for them swimming in the bay as you enter and leave. As you enter the bay, the ... Read more
  • Assos (Kefalonia) Assos is a charming quaint village. It’s built around a narrow isthmus which is all that prevents the peninsula becoming an island. The small pebbled beaches are popular with those wanting a swim. There are several restaurants and cafes clustered around the small horseshoe bay. But before you sit down for dinner, take a walk up ... Read more
  • Astakos Details coming soon. Read more
  • Corfu Town The capital of Corfu Island and a town steeped in history, Corfu Town offers much to entertain you whether your interests are archaeological, cultural or more retail focused! The various occupying forces have left their influence, most prominently the Venetians who provided both the two fortress and many of the attractive buildings around town. As well ... Read more
  • Dragonera Islands / Echinades Islands This group of around 20 islands offers some lovely anchorages. There is nothing here facilities wise – this is anchor and eat aboard territory, a great chance to get away from it all for a night. The best spots vary with the weather but in most cases you will have to get well in to the ... Read more
  • Efimia / Eufimia (Kefalonia) A holiday town particularly popular with Greeks, which has ensured retention of its Greek atmosphere, Efimia is also a good base to explore the Melissani Cave and Lake. There are a number of white pebbled beaches a short walk south of the town, or if you want to go a little further afield, you can hire motor boat. ... Read more
  • Fiskardo (Kefalonia) A beautiful place of multi coloured houses ringing the clear bay, set at the foot of dense pine clad slopes. Fiskardo escaped the ravages of the 1953 earthquake and now enjoys a high level of protection from development. This gives a rather up market air and a number of the Hollywood set have visited. It’s a very ... Read more
  • Frikes (Ithaca) Location for the best Greek restaurant, the best bar, and the best mini market in the Ionian, according to one of the pilot books for the area. Frikes is also a very picturesque place, with the green hills behind watered by the stream that runs through the village. Like most of Ithaca, there are few tourists, ... Read more
  • Gaios (Paxos) The main harbour and largest town on the island of Paxos, Gaios is a picture postcard town with a bit of a colonial feel, set against the green hills of the interior. It’s also a rather unique port, with a lush green island plugging the centre of the harbour leaving a channel around it where you ... Read more
  • Gouvia (Corfu) The small village of Kondokali has been rather overtaken by Gouvia marina and it’s associated developments, with the number of yacht berths exceeding the population of the village. You won’t go hungry or thirsty here with a wide range of options on offer, tailored to tourist rather than local tastes. You can buy an English paper ... Read more
  • Ipsos Details coming soon. Read more
  • Kalami Details coming soon. Read more
  • Kalamos / Port Kalamos Kalamos is the capital of the island of the same name and a popular stop. The village itself is on the hill overlooking the harbour where you’ll find the bakery, a grocers and some bars. For those that don’t fancy the climb, there’s a mini market and a couple of tavernas by the quay. George’s ... Read more
  • Kastos Slightly less lush than some of the surrounding harbours, Kastos has an undiscovered feel. There’s excellent homemade ice cream on the seafront, a sandy beach and a choice of a handful of restaurants but the place  gives the impression it’s missed out in the battle for the tourist purse, which is no bad thing. In truth, ... Read more
  • Kato Katelios (Kefalonia) The long beach at Kato Katelios has long attracted the loggerhead turtles but in recent times it’s been discovered by holidaymakers and yacht charters too. Once there were just a few fishermens shacks with the main agricultural settlement, Ano Katelios a short walk inland. In recent times holiday accommodation has appeared at Kato Katelios. However the ... Read more
  • Katsiki Details coming soon. Read more
  • Kioni (Ithaca) Though largely flattened by the 1953 earthquake, Kioni has re-emerged with little to betray the more modern origins of many of the buildings. The whitewashed house with their red tiled roofs, run up the green densely tree’d hillsides, offering some pleasant walks. The bustling harbour with yachts going to and fro is ringed with cafes and restaurants. ... Read more
  • Koronisia Details coming soon. Read more
  • Kyllini / Killini Kyllini is now the main ferry hub for Zakynthos and Cephalonia and as such can be a very noisy and busy place. Kyllini is not a usual stop for bareboat charters or flotillas but, that being said, it does make a handy port for those heading in to and out of Gulf of Patras or if ... Read more
  • Lakka For such a small town, Lakka offers plenty of things to do. Thrill seekers can take advantage of the many options at the watersports centre. If you want more time at sea, you can hire motor boats to explore the far side of Paxos. If you fancy time ashore, there are some lovely walks through the ... Read more
  • Lefkas / Levkas The capital of the island of the same name, Lefkas is separated from the mainland by a canal you will sail through when entering or leaving. The town is a maze of narrow streets and is the culturfal and commercial centre for the island, as well as a tourist town and yachting centre. Many of Lefkas’s ... Read more
  • Ligia (mainland) A traditional Greek fishing village, Ligia is a great place to get away from the tourists and comes complete with a white sandy beach, just south of the harbour. The village itself is up the hill behind the harbour and it’s worth the walk for the views. But if you can’t make it, don’t despair – ... Read more
  • Lixouri (Kefalonia) Set on the gentle slopes of the Paliki/Pali peninsula, Lixouri began as a farming settlement. The fertile soils still yield plenty of grain, grapes and olives. The town is divided by a river, the halves linked by small bridges (it’s not a very big river)! It’s a traditional looking place, though like many in the Ionian, more ... Read more
  • Messolonghi / Mesolongion Messolonghi is a fascinating harbour with a long and illustrious history but none of it is really capitalised on! However, its well sheltered harbour, accessed by a long, narrow and interesting canal, makes it an excellent overnight stop for any yacht and it does have some hidden charm. While it could be argued that Messolonghi is ... Read more
  • Mongonissi Mongonissi is a delightful bay between the beautiful islands of Paxos and Antipaxos. Much loved by the Italians, this area has a sophistication you wouldn’t normally associate with such a small place. Strong southerlies do not penetrate here and in the prevailing northerlies the quay is secure and serene. Whether you are on your own ... Read more
  • Mourtos / Vola Tucked in behind the Sivota Islands of Nikolaos, Mavros Notos and Sivota itself, lies the harbour of Mourtos with its recently refurbished sea front set against the green woodland behind. Neither these renovations nor a scattering of holiday centres along nearby shores have spoilt this small town which is well worth a visit. For those fancying a ... Read more
  • Mytikas / Mitikas / Mitika An almost tourist free fishing village, Mytikas is well worth a visit. It’s a sleepy place, with a good range of facilities but a pleasant absence of holiday activities. A place to visit just to be there. The village sits on the promontory between two bays, in front of a short area of fertile land at ... Read more
  • Nidri / Nydri (Lefkas) On the east side of Lefkas island, Nidri revolves round the water. Once a small fishing village, the large bay now buzzes with craft large and small. It’s a ramshackle place, apparently thrown together with whatever was to hand to serve the burgeoning watersports and yacht charter companies. It’s now one of the busiest resorts on Lefkas. It’s a lively ... Read more
  • Palairos / Paleros / Zaverda This small fishing town is an attractive yet low key resort for those in the know. Palairos lacks the cache of an island location though has excellent views of them. It is often overlooked by international travellers and so feels more truly Greek. It also means yachts will find more room in the harbour than ... Read more
  • Paleokastritsa / Palaiokastrita & Spiridonos Details coming soon. Read more
  • Parga A town steeped in history, Parga is as much a Greek holiday destination as an international resort. Built around its prominent Venetian Citadel perched on the promontory between two bays, the town has all you’d expect of a moderate size resort with a wide range of restaurants and plenty of narrow winding streets to explore. The ... Read more
  • Petriti It’s hard to believe anywhere on Corfu can be as quiet as Petriti, or that this small village was only built in the last 50 years. Set amongst gently sloping olive groves, it’s a charming spot. The rocky bay includes a beach immediately south of the harbour and there are a couple of restaurants. Shopping opportunities are rather ... Read more
  • Plataria Visiting yachtsmen aside, Plataria is off the tourist trail. Consequently, the excellent sand and shingle beach lined with palm trees is rarely busy although it’s just a few minutes walk from the harbour. The small town here dates back to around the 2nd Century BC, though it’s had a few name changes along the way. Considering how ... Read more
  • Polis / Port Polis (Ithaca) Polis is a pretty bay on the west side of Ithaca, ringed with a shingle beach and popular with swimming parties thanks to the clear waters. Yachtsmen see it at its best – after the beach has emptied at the end of the day. you also have the luxury of the shade on your yacht, ... Read more
  • Poros (Kefalonia) Poros is steeped in mythology. Hercules’ footsteps are stamped in to the hillsides, and rocks thrown at pirates by the Cyclops lie on the beach. Just out of town is the possible burial place of Odysseus and a cave once inhabited by a she-dragon. It’s described in several guides as an unpretentious place! Situated at the end ... Read more
  • Port Leone (Kalymnos) This pretty bay was the location of a village called Kefali, once the main port of Kalamos.  The settlement, particularly its water system, was severely damaged in the 1953 earthquake and the villages abandoned the place. Most buildings have now crumbled but the church remains and islanders still return for regular services. Read more
  • Preveza There’s more to Preveza than an airport and down by the waterfront it’s becoming a place to be seen. There’s plenty of history too, most notably the ruins of Nikopolis a couple of miles to the north of the town. This once unremarkable market town is still more of a working place than a holiday resort ... Read more
  • Sami (Kefalonia) The fishing and ferry port of Sami dates back to Prehistoric times. It was once the capital of Kefalonia. Sami’s main attractions today are two nearby caves; Melissani and Drogarati, though there are good beaches nearby and some archaeology to explore as well. Melissani is the result of an underground stream that flows from the other side ... Read more
  • Sayiadha / Sagiada If you like prawns you’ll love the monsters served in Sayiadha. One of the less visited Ionian harbours (except when the flotillas call), it’s very Greek, despite its proximity to the Albanian border. For those who like their exercise, you can visit the old town, about an hour and a half’s walk up the hill, which ... Read more
  • Sivota / Syvota (Lefkas) A pretty bay at the south end of Lefkas Island, surrounded by steep olive clad slopes, Sivota lives primarily for the charter boats that visit and is a popular spot for flotillas. Most of the sea front is available for mooring and you can step off your yacht straight in to a restaurant. There’s a small ... Read more
  • Skorpios Details coming soon. Read more
  • Spartochori / Porto Spilia This pretty bay on the north of Meganisi is a place of several parts. You’ll need to burn a few calories to reach the best bit, the village of Spartochori itself. As most Ionian yacht charter crews don’t seem to use many during the day this shouldn’t be a problem! In the north west corner the small ... Read more
  • Two Rock Bay Named by someone who couldn’t count beyond two, as there are plenty more rocks than the obvious ones, but don’t worry, it’s not a difficult anchorage. Take a swim over to the beach or dinghy over for a walk on the many cliff top paths.  Then it’s dinner on board unless you prefer a half ... Read more
  • Varko The charming bay of Varko lies immediately west of AK Varko near the southern end of the Lefkas Canal. Varko is a popular bay for lunchtime stops and flotilla barbeques. Varko (Goat’s Beach) provides good protection from the typically northern sea breezes that spring up in the afternoon throughout the area in very pleasant surroundings. Behind the large sandy ... Read more
  • Vasiliki (Lefkas) The windsurfing capital of Greece, Vasiliki’s long pebbled beach offers a range of watersports activities. For the less energetic, the village waterfront is lined with cafe’s, restaurants and shopping opportunities and is a pretty place to relax. Vasiliki lies at the end of a fertile valley and for many years the locals combined fishing and agriculture ... Read more
  • Vathi (Ithaca) After many of the small fishing villages that make the staple of a yacht cruise in this area, “big Vathi” (as opposed to “little Vathi” on Meganisi) seems huge. As towns go, its actually pretty small  but it is a bit of a hub for both local boats and yachts. In summer, it’s a lively place, ... Read more
  • Vathi (Meganisi) The main port for the island of Meganisi, the village is none the less known as “little Vathi” to distinguish it from “big Vathi” on Ithaca. The village is so popular with yachts that it now boasts it’s own marina, but don’t worry – the single pontoon on offer doesn’t exactly overwhelm the place! As well ... Read more
  • Vonitsa With its large fortress overlooking the bay, Vonitsa is hard to miss. It’s a nice spot too, especially now the new breakwater leaves one feeling much more secure than previously. Lounge on the beach, take a swim, or just park yourself in a seafront cafe and take in the air. Take a walk up to the ... Read more
  • Voutoumi This beautiful bay is an extremely popular destination for day trippers, drawn by the clear blue waters. During the day it’s packed with boats but things quieten down in the evening. The beach is pebbled though the bottom of the bay is sandy. Once you’ve had a swim, there’s a choice of a couple of restaurants, ... Read more
  • Zante Town / Zakynthos The main harbour of Zante Town/Zakynthos is an absolute hive of activity during the summer months. Flotillas of loud trip boats overflowing with the partying set depart at all hours of the day and, at times what seems like, all night! Meanwhile the quay ebbs and flows with a veritable parade of people passing the ... Read more