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Lefkas Yacht Charter

Stroll sun-dappled olive groves, snorkel in clear sapphire waters from fantastic beaches and immerse yourself in ancient civilizations as you sail the spectacular Ionian Sea on a Lefkas yacht charter.

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Highlights

  • Ancient ruins
  • Delectable seafood
  • Scenic fishing villages

Island Sailing Lefkas

Lefkas luxury sailing charter

Our base at Lefkas Marina is the perfect starting point to discover the special islands of the Ionian Archipelago, just to the west of mainland Greece. From there, you can sail to the island’s popular anchorages of Nidri and Sivota, marveling at the coast’s azure water and spectacular cliffs. 

Before departing Lefkas, take a swim at one of the island’s many fantastic beaches, especially the long sandy stretch at Agios Ioannis, popular with windsurfers. Other notable beaches include Pefkoulia, Egremni and Porto Katsiki, with its dramatic cliffs.

Beach lovers sailing further afield are sure to enjoy the golden sands at nearby Meganisi and the clear waters and pebbled shoreline at Fanari. Or journey to Vathi and relax on peaceful beaches only accessible by boat. 

While island sailing in Lefkas, you can easily reach Mytikas, Kalamos, Paxos, Antipaxos and Palairos. Or, for a tranquil anchorage, sail south to Kastos, a low-lying narrow island dotted with olive trees. 

To sail in Lefkas you’ll need a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities. Or you can hire a skipper. Read our guide to sailing qualifications for more information.

Available charter types

Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway..
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.
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Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.

Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.

SailShare

Low package rates for island-hopping aboard a sailing yacht.

Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean holiday.

Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.

Things to do in Lefkas

Lefkas girl swimming in blue waters natural landscape

Relax on Milos Beach

One of the first things to do in Lefkas is to walk through the forest from Agios Nikitas to this popular yet serene beach ideal for sunbathing and swimming. There are no facilities here, so be sure to bring along your own refreshments.

Visit the Frangoulis Distillery on Lefkas

The Frangoulis family business, in the center of Lefkada Town, is well-known for its traditional Greek ouzo liqueur. Stop by and enjoy a taste before purchasing some for as gifts and souvenirs. 

Explore Fiscardo on Kefalonia

Once a quiet fishing village, beautiful Fiscardo on the northern tip of Kefalonia is now a cosmopolitan haven for boaters, surrounded by lush forests reaching down to the coastline and a promenade brimming with cafes and shops. So make sure you don’t miss it while on your Lefkas yacht charter.

Dine on seafood at Sivota

A quiet little village by day, Sivota gets more lively as sailboats arrive in the evening to enjoy the famed seafood at the many family-run tavernas. This is one of the largest natural coves in the Ionian island chain and gives great shelter.

Hike to the Nidri Waterfalls

From the middle of the village, a road takes you through beautiful olive groves to a footpath leading to the sparkling falls. Be sure to bring your hiking shoes for the 40-minute walk and a swimsuit for a refreshing dip after your trek. It is, without a doubt, one of the best things to do in Lefkas.

Weather insights

Lefkas crystal waterfall nature adventure

When is the best time to visit Lefkas?

The best time of year to sail Lefkas is in the summer, when you can make the most of the Mediterranean climate and hot, dry, sunny weather. The best month is June, when there are fewer crowds and warmer weather.

Temperatures in summer can reach 88ºF and the sea is warm for swimming at 77ºF. Lefkas has a long sailing season and, with good weather, the spring and fall are also perfect for sailing.

What are the sailing conditions in Lefkas?

The sailing conditions for Lefkas include winds that blow northwestly between force 3 and 5.

During your approach to the marina of the main port, stay within the separation system (marked by buoys) to avoid the shallows. When returning to the base of your Lefkas yacht charter, go stern to or bows to and use the mooring lines, not your anchor.

Lefkas colorful port sailing charter

Sailing Lefkas with Dream Yacht Charter

Lefkas yacht charter

Discover the wonders of the Ionian islands and sail from Lefkas on your own yacht charter. Design your dream itinerary and take the helm on one of our catamarans or monohulls.

Skippered island Lefkas charters

You can enjoy sailing Lefkas even if you don’t know how to sail. Hire a skipper for your yacht while you explore the best of the Ionian islands.

Lefkas paradise beach natural cliff blue waters

Lefkas sailing itinerary

Take a look at our Lefkas sailing vacation suggestions

Other Itineraries
7-day itinerary Ionian Islands

Day 1

Sail to Vathy, Meganisi, and have a bite to eat at the port. This is a beautiful sailing area with much to explore. You can pop over the water and sail around the private Skorpios Island, once owned by the Onassis family.

Day 2

Make your way over to Vathi, Ithaca, an island of two halves joined by a narrow stretch of land. The home of Ulysses, this is the place to enjoy clear jade waters and peaceful beaches. Nearby are the Echinades islands, including the uninhabited Atokos Island.

Day 3

Enjoy visiting car-free Kastos Island, one of the less-visited Ionians. A small, peaceful island, you can spend your time snorkeling in clear, vivid blue water from many beaches, including Limni, Fiki, Agios Aimilianos and Vrisidi to name a few.

Day 4

Enjoy visiting car-free Kastos Island, one of the less-visited Ionians. A small, peaceful island, you can spend your time snorkeling in clear, vivid blue water from many beaches, including Limni, Fiki, Agios Aimilianos and Vrisidi to name a few.

Day 5

Sivota, Lefkas, is where you can find one of the most photographed harbors in the Ionian Islands. With its lushly topped hills, pastel-coloured waterfront and boats bobbing up and down on clear water, it’s a traveler’s dream.

Day 6

Don’t miss Porto Spilia, Meganisi, where you can discover Spartochori’s family-owned tavernas and feast on olives and feta to your heart's content. Or you can head down to Papanikolis Cave in the south.

Day 7

Depart for Lefkas and stop by some of the island’s renowned beaches, including Aghios Ioannis, Faros, Limonari and Bereta. The bay of Varko is also worth a stop by before returning to base.

Useful information for yacht charters in Lekfas

Lefkas colorful port chilling in terrace nature

How do I get to Lefkas from the US?

To begin your Lefkas island sailing vacation, fly into Aktion Airport (PVK) via a charter flight from Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH). There are also connecting flights available from other European cities, such as London and Amsterdam.

The airport is a 30-minute taxi ride away.

What language is spoken in Lefkas?

The language spoken in Lefkas is Greek.

What is the currency for Lefkas?

The currency in Lefkas is the Euro (EUR).

What documents do I need to sail Lefkas?

To visit Lefkas you will need a valid US passport. US citizens do not need a visa for visits to Greece for up to 90 days.

To sail Lefkas, a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities will be required.

Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.

How do I get around Lefkas?

You can get the bus from the airport to Preveza, Lefkada, Vonitsa and other destinations. Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Lefkas?

There is internet access at our marina and via cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots that you can use during your Lefkas yacht charter.

Cell phones with sim cards from European Union countries (except Switzerland) operate without roaming fees. For other countries, please contact your provider. You can buy a local sim card at telecommunication shops.

What regulations are there in Lefkas?

There are no restrictions, although this can change depending on the weather when you sail and the type of fishing you want to do. Please check with port authorities before you set off on your Lefkas yacht charter.

Where can I find weather forecasts in Lefkas?

You can find Lefkas weather forecasts on the Meteo.gr website.

What provisioning is there in Lefkas?

There is plenty of choice for provisioning your Lefkas yacht charter. Please refer to the base guide.

What baggage can I take on my Lefkas sailing vacation?

Please take only soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in Lefkas?

The electrical current in Lefkas is 220V (power sockets are F type).

What is the dialing code for Lefkas?

The dialing code for Greece is +30, and the Lefkas area code is 2645.

What is the cancellation policy for Sail Share?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits.

Our Sail Share cabin cancellation fees are:

  • More than 90 days before original embarkation date: 25% of the charter fee
  • 89 – 60 days before original embarkation date: 50% of the charter fee
  • 59 – 30 days before original embarkation date: 75% of the charter fee
  • Fewer than 29 days before original embarkation date: 100% of the charter fee

How flexible is the itinerary for a Sail Share charter?

Our yacht itineraries are designed by our destination experts and are set to showcase the best of the destination’s highlights. They are set and not flexible, even if you book all the cabins.

What happens if the weather changes while sailing on a Sail Share charter?

The skipper may decide to change the itinerary if there is bad weather.

Can I choose which cabin I want when I book a Sail Share?

Choose a double cabin with shared bath, or private bath for an additional fee.

Are there child or age restrictions for Sail Share?

Minimum Age: 16 years old

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