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Day 1: Lefkada - Nidri

7 day route to the Ionian Islands

After renting a vessel and safely accommodating on board, spend some time talking to the manager of the charter company. Before sailing from marina Lefkada, you’ll have enough time to see the city and enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants.

Lefkada

The main island in the Ionians is Lefkada. There are several theories regarding the origin of its name. According to one, it derives from the name of Odysseus’ friend, Lefko. However, the more likely and widespread theory is that it is associated with the white cliffs of Cape Lefkatas, since “lefkos” is Greek for “white.” Its wide-open spaces, varied terrain, and land link to mainland Greece have made Lefkada one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole country. It draws all types-- affluent yacht-owners, families with kids, young people, and water-sports enthusiasts.

The island’s main resort towns are located in the east: Nikiana, Lygia, Pergiali, and Nidri. In the south you’ll find the local windsurfing center of Vasiliki, and the west side of Lefkada is known for its unbelievably-beautiful – and therefore most popular – local beach, Porto Katsiki. It is that natural beauty that serves as the island’s main attraction. Cultural heritage sites include several churches, the archaeological museum and picture gallery in the capital of Lefkada, the Apollo Temple in Lefkatas, and the four ancient grinding mills on Gyra beach.

Nydri

The village of Nydri, located on the eastern coast of the island of Lefkada, is a large and sought-after tourist center of Greece. The village earned its popularity thanks to its entrancing view of the nearby islands Skorpios and Madouri, as well as its local waterfalls – the most popular of which is Dimossari. Nydri is also the sailing center for the whole island; its shoreline is always dotted with numerous mooring yachts, and it’s the scene of the Ionian regatta at the end of September.

Recommended boats for this region

Lagoon, 2011
Lagoon 400
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Audio input
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Heating
Hot water
Internet connection
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Solar panels
Stand up paddle
From 10/10 to 17/10
3 540 2 124
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2020
Oceanis 51.1
Port of Lefkada, Lefkas
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 10/10 to 17/10
4 300 3 225
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2020
Sun Odyssey 519 - 6 cabs
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Hot water
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Teak
From 10/10 to 17/10
4 410 3 087
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2019
Lagoon 450F12
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Electric winches
GPS plotter
Hot water
Hydraulic gangway
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Microwave
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Teak
TV
From 10/10 to 17/10
5 990 4 193
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2016
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 10/10 to 17/10
2 700 2 295
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2009
Oceanis 43
Port of Lefkada, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 10/10 to 17/10
1 600 1 200
for 1 week, bareboat