Sailing conditions in the Ionian Sea
Ionian Islands are located at the west coast of Greece. The wind is soft and the afternoon rises up to 4 beauforts, usually from the North West, giving the opportunity for sailing for few hours. When sailing at the east of the islands (close to the mainland coast) waves are small. Hence sailing is not obstructed by the waves and the nights are usually safe, as the wind fade out in night hours.
Sailing the Ionian Sea offers relaxed moments in wonderful bays with turquoise waters, surrounded by hills full with flourished trees - nature at it's best!
Few things to consider when sailing around the Ionian islands are the big depth in many bays (staying on anchor at 20 meters depth), so the additional caution (and anchor chain) that is required.
Moreover, take into account that the wide bays at the western coast of the islands (Corfu, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Zante) are not suitable to stay overnight on anchor, as the waves from the open sea might come strong at any time. However, there are countless bays hidden at the coastline of each island so you certainly won't miss the western side.
The nature is wonderful, full with trees in the countless bays of each island. Sailing is not very challenging at most times. Berthing is easy because of the big private marinas in most islands, but with extra cost (around 50 euros / boat / night). Small ports have limited spots, usually occupied by the afternoon hours. But with normal wind conditions, yachts berth around the port, with a line ashore (to the rocks), so going easily out for dinner and party...
From a cultural point of view, the Ionian islands share a different tradition compared to the rest of Greece, due their history. Their diversity is vivid everywhere, especially in famous Corfu and Zante islands. Ionian Islands host many monasteries, interesting for sightseeing.
Ionian Sea is ideal for family holidays on a sailing yacht but also for young people because of vivid nightlife in the bigger islands. It's also ideal for lovers of nature.