About the Ionian

The Ionian Islands rise out of sparkling blue water, scattered with tiny, colourful villages nestling on the slopes of hills clad in olive and cypress. The whole area simply oozes historic atmosphere. It's a land of poetry, of history and of legend. Homer's Odyssey set sail across these very waters with a fleet of black-sailed ships to fight at Troy, while numerous forts and other ruins bear witness to centuries of domination by Venice. Many of the olive trees date back to Venetian times, when islanders paid taxes to their overlords in the form of olive oil

Women in traditional costume sit shaded by vines and apricot trees as they tat intricate lacework. The fisherman in his picturesque boat nods a smiling "Yassou" of greeting. If you are lucky you may get the pick of his catch to cook for your supper: mullet, lobster, swordfish or octopus.

These islands are quite different from those of the Aegean to start with, high rainfall in the winter ensures that the hills remain green and fresh all year round. The waters are clean and clear: you can spot shoals of fish swimming around your keel. And the local people welcome you hospitably with the traditional Greek friendliness towards visitors.

If you're lucky, a school of dolphins may decide to use your yacht as an adventure playground as you sail along; or you may sight a turtle gracefully powering its way through the translucent water. But the best experience for many of our clients is watching sparkling clouds of fireflies, dancing over the sea in the evening.

Flotilla sailing yachts moored

Climate and sailing conditions

During spring and autumn the temperature in the Ionians is similar to a bright Summer's day in Northern Europe. In high summer it gets considerably hotter but sea breezes ensure that, even you, remain comfortable. The sea is warm enough to swim in throughout the season.

The prevailing winds are north westerly, but vary from island to island and even day to day.Winds are usually Force 3-4, perfect for a pleasant afternoon sail, but can occasionally reach Force 5 or 6 which gives keen sailors a chance to put the yacht through its paces, whilst the less energetic can relax in one of the many ports or safe anchorages.