Off the western shores of Greece
lie the mythically beautiful Ionian Islands known to have drawn
curious seafarers for centuries since the protagonist of Homer’s
Odysseus found refuge there. A variety of cultures have left
footprints on these lands and their people while the islands are
bordered by crystalline cerulean waters that are the perfect
cruising grounds for any luxury charter yacht. Golden sun-kissed
beaches, luxuriant olive groves with sparkling leaves, secluded
coves, quaint harbors and charming villages to explore are only
some of the reasons to visit the region. Not to mention delicious
Greek food served in traditional taverns, including hot souvlaki
which is meat served on skewers or in pita bread and traditional
white wine known as retsina. These gorgeous islands boasting of
magnificent green flora all summer long were named after Io, a
nymph and mistress of Zeus.
Hop onboard with Sunreef
Yachts Charter for a memorable and mythical vacation that will
take you on a journey through time.
Start your luxury getaway in Corfu where you will board the yacht
and sail straight away to the charming village of Syvota where you
will enjoy a relaxing swim in the turquoise waters of the Ionian
Sea. From this picture-perfect cove head south to the island of
Paxos boasting of verdant olive groves and splendid sandy beaches.
While there, visit the enchanting port of Galos with a fortress,
monasteries and the magnificent sea grotto of Ipapantis.
Levkas in an island connected to mainland Greece by a causeway and
floating bridge where the landscape is dominated by windmills set
amid verdant forests. Visit Santa Maura Castle or cruise over to
Vassiliki, an utter windsurfing paradise, to spend some time
lounging around in the sun. Porto Katsiki is a striking beach set
against an imposing rocky bluff. Take out your underwater camera
and prepare for some breathtaking shots.
Sail further north to Skorpios, a privately owned island belonging
to the Onassis family before heading south-east to reach Meganisi.
Discover charming villages including Spartkhori or Vathy, one of
the world’s biggest natural harbors. Swim, snorkel or take out the
water toys available onboard for a fun-filled afternoon. In the
evening, the yacht will moor in a secluded cove where you will
enjoy a delicious dinner prepared with care by the Chef.
Cruising further south around quaint islets and set in the Ionian
Sea, you will reach Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia. This stretch of
powdery white sand backdropped against rocky bluffs covered in
verdant flora borders crystal-clear azure waters and is considered
by many as one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. A
little to the East of Myrtos you will find the picture-perfect
village of Assos located on a charming minuscule peninsula pushing
into the water. Sitting atop Assos are the ruins of the Venetian
Castle with breathtaking panoramas over the sparkling bay. Hop back
onboard in the afternoon and head to Fiskardo. Spend the evening in
town where the enchanting port lights up with docked yachts while
waterfront tavernas become animated with locals celebrating life.
Today you will sail over to Odysseus’ birthplace and kingdom,
Ithaka. On your way there from Kefalonia, pass by Afales Beach on
the island’s northern tip, a pristine stretch of sand where you
will delight in caressing blue waters or enjoy a picnic of
Mediterranean specialties prepared by the crew. Continue your
voyage south along the island’s eastern shores until you reach
Vathy, a pastoral village in Molos Bay. Take an evening stroll
through Vathy and stop by one a taverna for dinner or go back to
the yacht to spend a tranquil soiree onboard.
While heading back to Kefalonia, visit the Cave of Nymphs where
Odysseus was believed to have been abandoned by Phaeacians in his
sleep. Choose to sail over to Aetos Beach, one of the most
beautiful and most immaculate on the island. The unspoiled bay is
surrounded by evergreen pine trees Mediterranean vegetation while
boasting of an appealing and inviting ambiance. For the evening
sail over Antisamos in Kefalonia, one of the best destinations for
sunbathing and swimming on the island. The beach itself has gained
international fame after having been featured in the Hollywood
production “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”. There is a café and
restaurant on-site and after dinner you might want to go for an
Debark in Zakynthos but before you do, visit Navagio, or the
Shipwreck Bay, one of the most well known in Greece. This quaint
narrow cove is the site of the wreck of the smuggler ship
Panagiotis built in the late 1930s and wrecked in 1980. It is
believed that the vessel was carrying cigarettes while being chased
by the Greek Navy. Enjoy lunch ashore if you have some spare time
before heading to the airport.