Day 1 – Base to Meganisi – 5nm | 1h
The sailing route starts from Lefkas island!
Even if the check-in starts at 17:00, there is no need to stay at the marina. The closest destination is the small island of Meganisi, 1 hour to the East from the port of Nidri. It is a calm introduction to the experience of sailing!
Sail past Sparti island and continue to Skorpios, the private islands of the famous Onassis family.
Approaching the north of Meganisi, you head to Little Vathy, a lovely destination to spend the first night. You can berth at the old harbour if available spots or to the new 68-berth marina.
Day 2 – Meganisi to Kalamos – 13nm | 2h 30min
Sail to the east to approach Kalamos island, a small island where you can enjoy the beauty of its green scenery. Swim at the beaches in the NE area of the island. Asprogialli beach and nearby small coasts are ideal for a swim.
If you decide, you can stay at the comfortable and atmospheric harbour of Kalamos, where George (the taverna owner) directs the arriving yachts on their spots. Follow his instructions, and you won’t get disappointed.
Day 3 – Kalamos to Vathy (Ithaca) – 20nm | 4h
This day you sail towards Atokos, a privately owned island with vibrant turquoise water, steep and densely forested mountains, a lonely chapel – a dream. Don’t miss a swim at the beautiful beaches of this uninhabited island.
Sailing to Ithaca, to moor at Vathy. Around 4 pm, the wind picks up near the entrance. Watch out for gusts. Stop in the harbour bay south or west of the pier, or anchor free-standing. The ground is excellent. After sunrise, you will have a truly magical view of the town on the hillside. The strong falling gusts from 5-8 pm completely subside at night. Vathy is a magnificent town with cosy taverns and bars.
Day 4 – Vathy (Ithaca) – Sami (Kefalonia) 16nm | 3h
As you depart from Vathy in the morning, there are some stops you may consider for swimming. Gidaki Bay, with the turquoise blue waters and the natural landscape with the wild, lush vegetation, impress every visitor. Filiatro is the most crowded and cosmopolitan beach of Ithaca. The beach is pebbled, and the water in Filiatro is amazing: transparent, turquoise and clear all year round. Near Filiatro, you can also find Sarakiniko, with clear waters that turn green and the emerald hue mirroring the nature around it.
As you enter the well-protected bay of Sami, you see the town. Moor at the peaceful port and relax onboard. Sami bay is safe for North around East winds.
Day 5 – Sami (Kefalonia) to Fiskardo (Kefalonia) – 14nm | 3h
While sailing up to the channel between Ithaki and Kefalonia heading to Fiskardo, there are plenty of bays and places to explore like Agia Sofia, Chorgota, Foki beach in Kefalonia and Polis in Ithaca.
The most famous sailing destination and one of the most beautiful places of Kefalonia is the bay of Fiscardo, at the northern cape of the island. Fiskardo, the most cosmopolitan place in Kefalonia, known for its 19th-century Italianate architecture that remains intact, is busy most of the time. Cafes, bars, restaurants and shops are within walking distance, to spend a pleasant evening by the harbour.
Day 6 – Kefalonia (Fiskardo) to Lefkada (Vasiliki) – 11nm | 2h
Heading to the north coast of Ithaca, to Afales beach, is an excellent stop for swimming. The cliffs surrounding the beach are creating one of the most idyllic landscapes in the world. Leave early and head to Vasiliki bay.
Vasiliki is a popular destination for windsurfers and is the most extended bay of Lefkada in the southern part. There are numerous traditional waterfront tavernas to moor and enjoy local food. Anchor there and spend the night under the dazzling stars.
Day 7 – Lefkada (Vasiliki) to Base – 12nm | 2 h 20min
Sail to return to the marina, but don’t forget to stop for swimming to the Desimi bay. It is surrounded by a large campsite located uphills, with a superb view. Desimi, a small pebbled beach, that many yachts find shelter, as it is protected from strong winds.
Continue sailing at the clear blue waters of Lefkada and finish the day at the base, where you end your day with a beautiful dinner at a lovely local tavern.