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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

Bavaria Yachtbau, 2019
Bavaria C45 Style
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Self-tacking jib
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Teak
From 18/12 to 25/12
3 000 2 610
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2014
Bavaria Cruiser 50
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
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 18/12 to 25/12
2 500 2 125
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2011
Oceanis 37
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
GPS plotter
Internet connection
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 18/12 to 25/12
1 200
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2017
Sun Odyssey 449
Booked 4 times recently
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
GPS plotter
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Sprayhood
From 18/12 to 25/12
2 584 2 145
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2009
Sun Odyssey 44i
Marina Lefkas, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 18/12 to 25/12
1 800 1 530
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2021
Oceanis 40.1
Port of Lefkada, Lefkas
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
Coffee maker
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
GPS plotter in cockpit
Inverter
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 18/12 to 25/12
2 000
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat