Sailing Around the Ionian Islands in Greece

July 14, 2015

Greek Islands, Ionian Sea

We flew down to one of the smallest airports I have ever seen in Preveza, Greece, not knowing that the 10 of us was up for one of the most memorable adventures of our lives. We boarded the boat in Sivota and off we went discovering some of the most incredibly beautiful places on the Ionian Islands. Best Greek Islands

Sailing Around the Best Greek Islands

Sailing Around the Best Greek Islands

Ithaki

The Best Greek Islands

On the first day, we arrived to a bay, the water was crystal clear, the rocks were white. It was calm and quiet. There were a few sailing boats around us. We swam in the crystal clear water, took out the paddle boards and paddled around. In the afternoon we turned the boards into waterskis. It was amazing fun! In the evening we hit a nearby fishing village for dinner. The town had about 20 houses, a few restaurants and one supermarket. The restaurants were family ran, serving local dishes at fairly reasonable rates. The ten of us slowly turned into a family while we were spending 24 hours a day together. It was an amazing experience and the Greek islands were absolutely beautiful!

Ionian Islands - Best Greek Islands

Ionian Islands – Best Greek Islands

Zakhyntos, My Favorite of the Ionian Islands

It took us hours to reach Zakhyntos on the sailboat. The scenery was all worth it though. We docked the boat in a bay and swam to the shore, where there was a giant shipwreck. Took photos from every direction and swam back to the boat as it was getting dark.

Ship wreck of Zakhyntos, Ionian Islands, Greece

Ship wreck of Zakhyntos, Ionian Islands, Greece

We spent a night in the bay on the boat. It was amazing to stay out on the open water. It was only us and another boat in the bay. We cooked on the boat and ate dinner on the deck. While we were eating, we heard people screaming from the other boat and saw the large boat was moving towards us. Suddenly everyone stopped eating and we started to panic. Our guys jumped up from the dinner table and moved the boat out of the direction of the other boat as quickly as they could. People were screaming on the other boat in Greek. We could not understand them. In the end it was all sorted and the boats did not collide. We finished dinner that night, had a couple of drinks and slept in the wide open water. I could feel the boat moving underneath me as I was falling asleep. The captain stayed up all night to watch the sea. He said it was not safe to leave the boat floating on the open water.
By the time we woke up the next morning, the bay was full of tourist boats. People would come out from the nearby town to see the wreck for a day. There were at least a dozen boats and hundreds of people in the water. It was sunny and the water was crystal clear. We swam to the nearby caves to see what they are like inside and then we headed back to the boat and took off for our next destination. It was a beautiful day on the boat, the scenery was incredible.

Girls having fun on Zakhyntos Island

Girls having fun on Zakhyntos Island

Kefalonia

We reached the biggest city on our trip. The port had about two dozen boats of all the different sizes. We made friends with a group of American guys. They were young, loud and boozed up. In Kefalonia, we stocked our boat with local rose wine and other fancy goods that we were not able to get in other small villages. We went to the main square for dinner and we ended up at some bar. The city was not particularly pretty. Also did not have the kind of cozy atmosphere like the other fishing villages did. So we sailed on the next morning. We saw the boat of the Americans in the open water.

Party between the Ionian Islands, with the Americans

Party between the Ionian Islands, with the Americans

We docked our boat next to them. Many of them were swimming naked. Some of our girls got topless. The music was blasting. They were finishing one whisky bottle after the other. Some were dancing on the top of the table naked. Everyone was having a blast. The party lasted for about an hour, when everyone was drunk and most of the alcohol was finished. It was the kind of party, we will all remember for a while.

Mirtos

Mirtos was a small and very beautiful island. The water was crystal clear, the sand was white.  It felt like we were in the Caribbean. This bay can only be reached by boat, so the place was deserted. We felt like it was our little private beach. It was beautiful. After a couple of hours of swimming we got back on the boat to reach the nearby fishing village called Assos.

Mirtos - Best Greek Islands

Mirtos – Best Greek Islands

Assos

Assos was the most picturesque place I have seen this whole Summer. It was a spectacular little village with colorful houses on the mountain. The water was clear, the scenery was beautiful. We ate at a wonderful local restaurant. It was always the usual homemade Greek food. We sat at a bar on the beach until late at night, drinking ouzo and other local drinks. It was peaceful and quiet and so beautiful.

Landing in Assos in the Ionian Islands, with the Girls

Landing in Assos in the Ionian Islands, with the Girls

Fiskardo

Fiskardo was our next destination. It was quiet a large city with lots of nice touristy shops. We had dinner at a very nice restaurant. It was the fanciest meal we had on our whole trip. We did some shopping in the local stores. They sold interesting local goods. We made some new friends on the shore. It was a very vibrant village with nice bars and nightlife. We lost a couple of drunk people from our team who had to swim back to the boat, but that was part of the fun in the end.

Fiskardo, The Best Greek Islands

Fiskardo, The Best Greek Islands

Vassiliki

Our last stop was in the island called Vassiliki. We were all very sad to leave the boat. One week flew by so quickly. We all agreed that we saw some of the most amazing scenery and beaches around the Ionian coast. We arrived to our last fishing village that looked pretty touristy. We enjoyed our last Greek dinner together in a local restaurant. We were all very sad to leave each other and our pirate life. We picked up some souvenirs in the stores and took off for Preveza airport the next day. Preveza is one of the most interesting airports I have ever seen in Europe. There is no passport control anywhere, there are no signs. You don’t really know where and when your flight leaves from. It was like being in a third World country to be honest. Anyway, we enjoyed our amazing week in Greece and we accepted all the circumstances. It was an incredible trip.

Sailing the Best Greek Islands

Sailing the Best Greek Islands

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Sailing Around the Ionian Islands in Greece hitting the most incredible places such as Assos, Mirtos, Ithaki, Zakhyntos, Vassiliki, Fiskardo, Kefalonia.
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Barbara is a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger. She started traveling through Paris, London, New York, Milan, Tokyo at the age of 17 to conquer the World as a model. Ever since, she has visited 67 countries. She writes about the most exclusive jet-set destinations such as Cannes, Venice Film Festivals, Monaco Grand Prix, Oscar Parties in LA, Fashion Weeks in Milan or Paris as well as yacht parties in St-Tropez, Miami Art Basel, Biennale in Venice, Frieze in London or the Royal Wedding in Monaco.

  • Buddy The Traveling Monkey

    You managed to get around the islands quite a bit! The way you described the water really makes it sound so lovely. I’d love to go swimming there one day!

    • Barb

      It is the most beautiful water, I have seen in Europe. You will love it for sure!

  • Seems like a lot a fun! And the greek islands are so amazing! The clear water makes you wanna jump right in 🙂

    • Barb

      Yes, for sure, this is paradise. t`he water looks like the Caribbean here.

  • Jen Ryder

    These islands looks incredible!! I can’t wait to visit Greece one day, and hadn’t thought much about sailing there, but now it’s definitely on my list. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Barb

      I am glad you like the idea of sailing around Greece. It was certainly a very special experience that you will never forget, once you do it.

  • Looks like you had an incredible and extremely memorable trip – I don’t know how I would have slept after that near boat collision! I love how peaceful the bays look with the boats bobbing around.

    • Barb

      Yes, it was very memorable for sure. For some reason, I was sleeping very well on the boat, but that almost collision was indeed scarry.

  • Loving how comprehensive this post is. I particularly liked your jump shot together! You’re making me miss my time in Milos! Did you visit that island?

    • Barb

      I dont think we went there. Yes, the Greek Islands are a wonderful place. I could go back every Summer!

  • Tamara Wilcox

    I love Greece, and the islands are some of the most beautiful in the world. But I really enjoyed seeing the peaceful and quiet side; I don’t think I would have enjoyed the partying you described. It was so nice to get away from city noise and enjoy the spectacular sunsets, the views, and the food!

    • Barb

      Yes, the Greek Islands are mostly a quiet destination, but we wanted to have a party, so we made sure there was a party. 🙂 It s a perfect place for families, who just want to relax on the beach.

  • Looks like such an amazing adventure. I’ve heard the islands are the best part of Greece but have yet to visit. With the views and all the fun you had I think I need to plan a trip soon.

    • Barb

      I think you will love it. The water is so clear and beautiful. It s like the Caribbean.

  • Lois Alter Mark

    Ha ha! Looks like you had quite the party! The Greek Islands are so beautiful and this must have been an amazing trip!

    • Barb

      It was, indeed. It is something I will always remember.

  • Lauren Craving Sunshine

    I would love to do this but i get horrifically sea sick! How choppy was the water?

    • Barb

      You shouldnt do it if you get sea sick. Although, the water wasnt too choppy.

  • Chrysoula Manika

    I live in Greece and a sailing around the Ionian islands is on my to do list. You had such a great time and the have been to all the major attractions in the area. Mirtos beach in Kefalonia is my favorite!

    • Barb

      Yes, it was beautiful. I hope you will do it soon. It is a wonderful experience.

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