Three Reasons to Charter a Yacht in Lefkada
1. Postcard Quality Beaches
Home to some of world’s most beautiful beaches - this Ionian island is synonymous for golden sand beaches, exotic blue waters, and cascading cliff backgrounds. A yacht charter is the most ideal way to visit these beaches.
Egremni Beach is a top attraction for tourist’s traveling to this Ionian Island and with one glance it will be crystal clear why people are flocking here. Egremni has been ranked among the 13 top beaches for having the bluest water. To get to this paradise, you must descend 250 steps. But why struggle with steps when you can just navigate along the glorious coast and anchor at this small piece of paradise.
Porto Katsiki is one of the most popular beaches in Greece. Known for its stunning blue water and white pebbles, it is a must see while traveling Lefkada. Sail your boat rental to this remote beach to enjoy a day of relaxing in the sun and admiring earth’s beauty.
Kathisma beach is located on the west coast of the island just 15km from the center of the capital city. Spanning over 7,000 meters, this beach is will equipped with umbrellas, beds, and watersport activities. Kathisma is ideal for those looking for a lively vibe as there are many bars and restaurants close by.
2. Greek cuisine
Calling all foodies! Craving the finest tastes of the Mediterranean? Greek food fanatic? Look no further, Lefkada has you covered. Anchor your yacht charter at the marina or Vasiliki port before wandering down cobble stone streets to find some of Greece’s top restaurants. Fresh fish, fine wine, and tasty olives, you’ll be dreaming of these meals long after your trip. Head to the Village of Geni to have dinner at the Seaside Restaurant. Extraordinary views and authentic Mediterranean food, this place should be part of your voyage must do’s! Have a special occasion? Make a reservation at Thymari restaurant and enjoy traditional Greek food with an appealing twist. After a long day bathing in the sun on your charter, you definitely deserve to spoil yourself to an evening of fine dining!
3. Modern Marina
Set sail from the heart of the capital city! Nestled on the eastern side of this spectacular island sits one of the finest marina’s in Europe. The marina is a state of the art facility which can accommodate up to 620 yachts. This modern marina offers fuel, electricity, water, showers, and much more. In 2002, it was awarded Blue Flag status for its impressive environmental and safety criteria. Whether it’s just a stop on your Ionian Island itinerary or your starting base, this marina will help make your yacht charter nothing but smooth sailing.
Best time to Visit
When should you set sail to this mesmerizing island? Enjoy a Mediterranean climate? Here, summer months consist of warm dry weather. While winter months tend to be cooler and rainy. A yacht charter in Lefkada would be most ideal during the months of June and September. These months you will be able to soak up the glorious weather while avoiding the crowds that come into town during the peak season (July – August). For those looking to rent a boat during these peak months, it is recommended to book in advance to avoid high costs and have the best options available.
A Day in the Capital City
Begin your voyage in the capital of the island: Lefkada Town. A sophisticated city filled with an abundance of history, memorizing landscape, and family run businesses. The marina is located with only a few minutes’ walk to town! Wander the cobble stone streets lined with colorful houses or visit one of the various museums including the Phonograph museum located in the center of town. As you enter the island, one of the first and most important sights you will see is the Castle of Agia Mavra. Built in the 14th century, this fortification was built to protect the island from invaders and enemies. Although only ruins remain, this site is a must see on your catamaran charter itinerary to better understand and appreciate the history of Greece.
Connected to the mainland of Greece by a small narrow bridge, it is one of the few islands reachable by car as it is Fly into Aktion National Airport, near the mainland town of Preveza, which accommodates low cost flights from European cities. (Note: this airport only operates during the summer months!) From here your yacht charter in Lefkada is only a 30-minute drive by car or bus. For those traveling from the capital city of Athens, shuttles run daily both ways (6 to 7-hour journey).
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