Ionian Yacht Charter Guide

Learn everything you need to know about an Ionian yacht charter.

Ionian Yacht Charter Guide

On an Ionian yacht charter, you can discover a stretch of paradise along Greece’s coastline, along with a collection of beautiful islands. Gentle light winds, easy light sailing conditions, and short distances, with the options of visiting some of the best places and views in the world, blue waters, and beautiful buildings. The Ionian Sea is a great place for a beginner or intermediate sailor with great islands to enjoy and discover.

An Ionian yacht charter has something for everyone whether you are a history buff, beach person or someone who likes to explore, it is the perfect destination for everyone.

In this guide, we hope to give you an insight into everything you need to know about booking and going on an Ionian yacht charter.

Weather on an Ionian Yacht Charter

Weather on an Ionian Yacht Charter. The best time to go on an Ionian yacht charter is between May and September. With the warm hot dry summers of the Mediterranean averaging a high of 29c (84f) and a low of 18c (64). The weather is mild during the winter months between 13 – 18c (54 – 63f), the tail ends of the season at the end of April and the beginning of October offer cooler weather but with less crowded areas and marinas. The sea surface temperatures vary between 15°C (59°F) in February and 27°C (81°F) in August.

On an Ionian Charter. On an Ionian yacht charter you can find out more about weather forecasts and weather alerts on the following channels;

  • 6.30 am – Athens 729 kHz 412 m
  • 1.10 pm – Corfu 1008 kHz 298 m
  • 1.30 pm – Rhodes 1494 kHz 200 m
  • 12.00 pm – Patras 1485 kHz 202 m

Wind Conditions on an Ionian Yacht Charter

Ionian Yacht Charter. The best months to go on an Ionian yacht charter are between May and September. The Ionian is significantly calmer than the Aegean Sea or other areas of Greece and the Mediterranean. This makes it the ideal place for a beginner or intermediate sailors and grouped flotillas, who want to sail around Greece and discover the beautiful islands. 

Tides and Swells. On an Ionian yacht charter, the tide is minimal and only ranging up to 2ft (0.6m) at a maximum.

Best Time to go to the Ionian

When is the best time to go on an Ionian yacht charter? Any time of year is a great time to go on an Ionian yacht charter, depending on the individual’s availability and requirements.

Seasons. The Ionian has a Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and mild winters, the temperatures vary and cooling off during the winter season. During the winter months, the chance of rainfall is significantly higher than during the summer months. The area is still beautiful and if you prefer the cooler temperatures a great time to visit is at the beginning of the summer season in May or at the end of September. During these months the temperatures are cooler but the water temperature hasn’t cooled down completely and the summer crowds haven’t appeared yet.

The Ionian is a great Sailing Destination

Great Sailing Destination. The Ionian is a 2,300 square kilometre area of the sea located between mainland Greece and Southern Italy. The Ionian includes a large number of Greek islands including Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, and the Greek Mediterranean coastline. The Ionian and its history have attracted visitors from all over the world to its beautiful beaches, picturesque bays, calm seas, and quaint towns. The Ionian has a large number of towns and villages to explore, coves to anchor in, and beaches to relax at.

Ionian Yacht Charter. When you are on an Ionian yacht charter, you can create an itinerary depending on your desires and requirements. One thing that makes the Ionian so appealing for sailors is the large number of destinations to explore in the area. If you have a skipper, your skipper can recommend which islands to explore, marinas to moor in, and restaurants to visit. They also have expert knowledge of how to book marinas and what needs to be done in advance and what places you can just arrive at without pre-booking.

Ionian Itineraries

Ionian Sailing Itineraries. The Ionian is located between the mainland of Greece and southern Italy. Including several collections of islands, within the 2,300 square kilometres, it covers. The sea has a large number of islands and is filled with history.  We have created a number of Ionian sailing itineraries, to allow sailors to experience some of the best sites on an Ionian yacht charter.

Places Not to Miss on an Ionian Yacht Charter

Places to Visit. The Ionian is filled with wonderful places to visit and places to anchor or swim on an Ionian yacht charter. Here are some recommendations for the best places to visit in the Ionian.

  • Petritis – A picturesque fishing village, with good, sandy holding, and crystal clear waters.
  • Lakka Bay, Paxos Island
  • Mongonisi Bay
  • Gaios – Offers good shelter, along with a number of bars, cafes and traditional tavernas.
  • Voutoumi Beach, Antipaxos Island – Crystal clear, perfectly pristine waters.
  • Parga
  • Sivota
  • Corfu Town – With astonishing Venetian architecture will leave you absolutely speechless.
  • Corfu 
  • Gouvia Marina
  • Lefkas
  • Fiscardo, Kefalonia Island
  • Emblisi Beach, Kefalonia – Ideal for snorkelling with crystal clear turquoise waters.
  • Pera Pigadi Bay, Ithaca Island
  • Kioni, Ithaca Island – A picturesque village with impressive amphitheatric architecture and traditional tavernas on the waterfront.
  • Kalamos Port
  • Ampelaki Bay, Meganisi Island 

Best Time to Book an Ionian Yacht Charter

Best Time to Book an Ionian Yacht Charter. The best time to book an Ionian yacht charter is now! We have fully qualified and knowledgable sales advisors who can find your perfect Ionian yacht charter and help make your sailing dreams come true.

Expert Advice. Our sales advisors can give you recommendations of areas to visit, itineraries to take, and help with choosing the perfect boat for your trip. Our sales advisors have knowledge of the boats and area, as well as wind conditions and weather at specific times of the year.

Ionian Yacht Charter Guide

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