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Greece: Sailing Adventures In The Ionian Islands

With yacht charter Greece for a fantastic sailing trip around the beautiful Ionian Islands.

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Made up of a chain of seven, beautiful isles off the west coast of Greece – Corfu, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Paxil, Kythira, and Ithaki – are idyllic sun-drenched holiday hot spots. Diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing are all superb and popular water activities, which the Isles stunning blue Mediterranean waters have to offer. But if you’re really looking to experience island life, then island hopping by sailing boat is definitely the best way to explore these magnificent islands. And with so many port towns, sailing across from one island to another is a breeze.

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Blessed with near-perfect, year-round weather, these evergreen islands are dotted with lush vineyards, forests of cypress and olive groves, whilst the coastline boasts towering limestone cliffs, pristine swimming spots, and seductive beaches. There are in fact dozens of beaches: Zakynthos’ isolated cove Navagio beach popularly known as Shipwreck Beach is arguably the most sensational, certainly the most photographed. The beach is home to a shipwrecked, smuggler ship and provides visitors looking to get the perfect Instagram shot with plenty of photo opportunities. Book2sail can help you get the perfect shot with great Greece tours.

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Enjoying a sumptuous lunch at a family-run tavern, a traditional Greek eating spot is the best indoctrination to the Ionian Islands. Strategically located at the water’s edge some of these taverns even have their own private dock, so you can drop anchor right outside.  There you can sample the Ionians’ distinct cuisine such as Kefalonia’s signature meat pie, Kreatopita, or if you’re craving something sweet why try out Lefkada’s traditional olive oil cake, the Lefkadítiki ladópita. Corfu’s Venetian-inspired, a fish dish, Bourdeto hints at the Ionian Islands’ fascinating cultural heritage left behind through the ages by the Corinthians, Byzantines, Venetians, French and British. The impact of diverse cultural influences is not limited to the Ionian’s cuisine; it’s also visible in historic palaces, houses, forts, and churches.   So, if you ever get tired of all the sunbathing and swimming, there are plenty of other things to see and do. For instance, Kerkyra city, a UNESCO Heritage Site in the town of Corfu is well-worth the visit.

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