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Day 5: Kefalonia - Zakynthos

7 day route to the Ionian Islands

Zakynthos

Third largest of the Ionian Islands, Zakynthos is sometimes affectionately referred to as the “sumptuous flower of the Mediterranean.” The beauty of its land has long been celebrated – as far back as in ancient myths. According to these stories, Artemis liked to hunt here, and Apollo preferred to rest under the shade of its trees. The island even boasts poetic glory – it’s the birthplace of the famed Greek poet Dionysios Solomos.

But the endless spread of spectacular beaches is this island’s main draw. The shoreline is sprinkled with snow-white sand and rimmed by a pine forest, while its golden cliffs are brightly reflected in the deep-turquoise waters of the sea. The most famous beach on Zakynthos is in Navagio bay with its abandoned smugglers’ ship sitting on the shore. The beach can only be reached by water, giving yachtsmen an insider advantage. The second-most popular beach is Gerakas. It’s worth a stop just to see the caretta-caretta sea turtles. No less picturesque are the island’s other beaches: Laganas, Argassi, Tsivili.

Aside from rest and relaxation, Zakynthos offers island guests the chance to gain some local insight. You can visit the monastery of Agios Georgios, take in the Venetian architecture of capital-city Zakynthos, visit the Askos flora and fauna park a kilometer away from the port of Agios Nikolaos, and admire the many Byzantine churches sprinkled throughout the island.

Recommended boats for this region

Lagoon, 2019
Lagoon 450 F
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Electric winches
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Grill
Hot water
Hydraulic gangway
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Microwave
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Solar panels
From 03/10 to 10/10
4 900 3 920
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2017
Bavaria 41 Cruiser
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 03/10 to 10/10
2 100 1 785
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2015
Lagoon 450
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Audio input
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Electric winches
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Heating
Hot water
Internet connection
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Solar panels
Stand up paddle
Teak
TV
From 03/10 to 10/10
6 580 3 948
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2009
Bavaria 35 Cruiser
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Internet connection
Safety net
Stand up paddle
From 03/10 to 10/10
1 350 1 148
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2011
Oceanis 37
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 03/10 to 10/10
1 500 1 050
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2020
Sun Odyssey 410
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter in cockpit
Inverter
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 03/10 to 10/10
3 250 2 275
for 1 week, bareboat