The Nikiana Beach Club is located a few miles south of Lefkas. Lefkas is capital of the island of the same name and one of Greece’s Ionian islands. It’s a small friendly place offering a range of sailing and other activities including dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, yachting, swimming, kids clubs and mountain biking.
For novices or those that want to advance their skills, tuition is available, including courses leading to Royal Yachting Association (RYA) qualifications. It is also possible to combine a stay at the Club with a flotilla or bareboat yacht charter.
Unlike many larger beach clubs, the Nikiana is well integrated in to the surroundings. You can eat at the taverna on site but just a couple of minutes walk away is the village, offering further choices.
The Club is a short ride from Preveza Airport, served by flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester. I can offer flight inclusive packages through ATOL bonded UK tour operators or you can make your own way there and book accommodation only.
The Nikiana has just 25 rooms, in three traditionally styled 2 storey blocks arranged around a courtyard. Rooms are a mix of doubles, twins and family rooms, the latter comprising a double with adjoining room containing 2 bunk beds.
Rooms are air conditioned with balcony, ensuite toilet and shower. Each contains a fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, and satellite TV. Most rooms have a partial or full sea view from the room or balcony. Rooms are cleaned daily.
On site is the family run taverna and pool bar. Accommodation is on a B & B basis, so you’re not tied to using the on site taverna and can explore the other restaurants in the village.
The Nikiana Beach Club offers a wide range of equipment, use of which is included in the price. There’s a range of dinghies to suite all abilities:
- Dart 16
- Laser 1’s (standard & Radial Rigs)
- Laser 2000
- Laser 4000
- Laser Bahias
- Laser Picos
- Laser Funboats
- Topaz Taz (Junior Dinghies)
There’s also a good selection of windsurf’s, paddle boards and kayaks:
- Starboard Futura, Carve and Go Shortboards from 111 to 161 Litres
- Starboard Rio and Hifly Motion Training Boards
- Range of Adult Monofilm Sails by Severne from 4.5 to 7.5m
- Range of Tushingham Dino Junior Sails from 2.7 to 4.5m
- Range of Tushingham and Tiki Training Rigs from 1.5 to 4.5m
- Plenty of Red and JP Australia SUP Boards with all sizes of Paddles
- Single and Double Sit on Top Kayaks with optional seats
Safety crews are in attendance during the day and there are complimentary clinics to assist you. Tuition is also available as an optional extra.
The Club also has a yacht which can be hired for day trips and cruises, and is used for yacht training courses.
The Nikiana Beach Club offers a range of dinghy, windsurf, power boat and yachting courses for those who just want a refresher to those wanting formal qualifications.
Courses are run by qualified RYA (Royal Yachting Association) instructors. The following courses are in addition to the accommodation price unless otherwise noted. Take your pick from:
Dinghy or Windsurf Refresher – a free one hour session
RYA Dinghy Level 1 – Start Sailing
RYA Dinghy Level 2 – Basic Skills
RYA Start Windsurfing
RYA Powerboat Level 1
RYA Powerboat Level 2
RYA Safety Boat Course
RYA Watersports Instructor Training (certain dates only)
Yachting Pre-Flotilla courses
Yachting International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
Personalised tuition and assessment
Courses are of varying length and price, as required by the syllabuses – ask for details. Powerboat & safety boat courses are subject to availability.
The Club has a fresh water swimming pool.
During high season (mid July to end of August), Kids Clubs are laid on to give parents some relief. These cover three age groups; ages 5-7, 8-12 and 13-18. As well as sea based activities, there are pool & beach games.
Evening events include quizzes, a Greek night. At the end of each week there’s a regatta, with special classes for youngsters, and an awards ceremony to reward good or otherwise notable performances!
Bikes are available to hire and guided mountain bike tours are offered in conjunction with a local specialist organisation. These vary in length and difficulty so you don’t have to be an experienced rider to take part.
If you tire of all the activity, Nikiana offers a number of attractions within easy reach. A short distance to the north is Lefkas, the island’s capital. Here you’ll find an old town that’s a mass of narrow alleys and well worth exploring.
To the south is Nidri from where you can take a boat to trip to another of the nearby islands. If that’s not enough, hire a car and explore Lefkas or hop over the bridge to the mainland where there’s a choice of historic sites to visit.