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Essential information

Lefkas

Location

Our Lefkas base is located on the west coast of Greece at the foot of the Arkanika Mountains. Paleros village is nearby and Nidri is only a taxi ride. They are both reasonably sized tourist towns with many shops, bars and tavernas.

Lefkas is safe, secluded and is a short transfer time from the airport. It is ideal if you're travelling with kids. Its sheltered bay provides a gentle introduction to sailing and steady breezes further out make it the ideal place to get to grips with yacht sailing or your first flotilla.

Contact details

Lefkas Marina
East Shore Lefkada
311 00
Greece

Base open hours

Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm

Sat-Sun: 9am-6pm

Base/shore facilities

Facilities available include water, fuel from the dock, showers, provisioning at the mini market, shore power, telephone, book swap and a fully staffed marina office.

Our base also offers you the use of its facilities and it is here you can enjoy your first morning’s breakfast.  

Arrival and departure

Airport parking

Save up to 30 percent when you book your airport parking through us. Please call the team for more details.

Airport hotels

We have preferential rates at many hotels at the UK’s major airports. Please call the team for more details.

Time difference

GMT +2 hours (GMT +3 hrs from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Flights

Gatwick information: 0844 335 1802

Heathrow information: 0870 000 0123

Manchester information: 0871 271 0711

Luton information: 0158 240 5100

Glasgow information: 0870 040 0008

Luggage

Luggage allowance is 20kg per person. Only one item of hand luggage per person is allowed and this must not weigh more than 5kg. For storage aboard we recommend travelling light and using folding luggage.

Lost or damaged luggage whilst flying is the responsibility of the airline and is not covered by your travel insurance. Virgin Airways carries no liability for loss or damage to valuable or fragile items packed in hold baggage however caused. You must not include in checked baggage money, jewellery, precious metals, computers, personal electronic devices, negotiable papers, securities or other valuables, business documents, passports and other identification documents or samples.

Alcohol may be taken on flights but only in checked luggage (well secured from breakages) not as hand luggage due to airport security restrictions.

Incidents

If an incident occurs, immediately report it to airport officials and ensure Property Irregularity Reports (PIR) are completed. Claims will not be considered once you have left the airport.

Airport

Aktion National Airport is located on the Greek mainland, 10 minutes from the town of Preveza and 40 minutes from our Lefkas base. Preveza is served regularly by internal flight from Athens/Corfu, together with direct charter flights from the UK.

Aktion Airport facilities

Money and communication: There is the Emporiki Bank with a bureau de change. There are telephones in the airport as well as a post box inside the terminal.

Eating and drinking: Three buffet style snack bars are located next to the check in area.

Shopping: There is a small duty free shop.

Corfu Airport

Located two miles to the south of Corfu Town, in the area of Kanoni, opposite the islet of Pontikonissi, the airport of Corfu offers all the facilities and services that one can find in all the international airports.

Corfu Airport facilities

Money and communication: There is a bank, an ATM, a post office and a bureau de change in the terminal building.

Eating and drinking: One restaurant and four buffet style snack bars located next to the check in area.

Shopping: There is a small duty free shop. 

Transfers

Corfu Airport to Corfu Harbour by taxi costs approximately EUR 12 and takes about 30 minutes.

Corfu to Igoumenitsa (ferry–per person) costs approximately EUR 5 per person and takes about two hours, between 6am-11pm.

Igoumenitsa to Lefkas by taxi costs approximately EUR 120 and takes about two hours.

Astakos to Lefkas by taxi costs appoximately EUR 60 and takes about one hour and 40 minutes.

Preveza/Aktion Airport by taxi costs approximately EUR 40-45 and takes about 40 minutes.

Prebook and pay at base on arrival or get your own taxi to base from the airport.

Vassiliki to Fiscardo (ferry per person) costs approximately EUR 2.95 per person and takes about one hour 15 minutes.

Organise your own transfer from the airport on arrival.

Car parking 

Cars are requested to park at the hotel complex only after having asked at the hotel reception having used the marina area to load/unload. Charges are payable at the Hotel reception.

Luggage

We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht.

Passport and visas

Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.

If your child is not already included on a valid British passport they are required to hold their own passport.

EU passport holders do not require a visa.

Non-British passport holders should check with their local consulate direct.

It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. We cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your embassy for full details.

Please note country entry/exit requirements are subject to change. Please check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the latest information before you leave.

We are not accountable for any requirement changes.

Customs and immigration

Before leaving the airport you will have to clear customs and immigration.

Your lead crew

Your lead crew is a qualified and trained team consisting of a skipper, engineer and host(ess). They are on hand to help you with everything from advice on where to visit, to physically helping you moor up when you have reached your destination for the night. Never very far away on a flotilla, you have a specialist team on call 24 hours a day by radio contact.

The skipper holds informal chart briefings to help you get the most out of your sailing day. Every morning they will decide, based on the weather and the number of yachts in the Flotilla, where best to head for the night. You can follow as closely as you like or take your time reaching the destination.

Your host(ess) is there to make sure you get the best out of every day. They can give handy tips on where to go to find the best attractions or where to dine ashore. Often they will arrange dinner for the flotilla and it’s up to you whether you want to join in or not.

With an expert engineer nearby at all times, you can relax and enjoy a carefree holiday, knowing that if any problems do arise, your support team is never far away!

On arrival

Your yacht will be ready at 6pm for boarding.

Upon arrival at your base you will be greeted by a member of our flotilla team who will show you to your boat. Once there you'll be given a “Lights and Loos” welcome brief demonstrating the essentials you need to know, before heading out for dinner at your leisure.

Your flotilla crew will carry out chart and flotilla briefings describing the cruising area, facilities at each stop and any potential hazards. Yacht briefings introduce you to your yacht, its systems and rigging. It is important that all systems and equipment are fully understood. Please note: briefings are mandatory.

Luggage may be left at the base office at the marina.

Out of hours arrival procedure

A notice is placed on a board by the reception showing location of boat, mobile number, facilities etc. Base emergency mobile number on reception.

On departure

At the end of your charter your yacht needs to be vacated by 9am.

Before departing your boat you will need to collect a debrief form from reception.

The debrief form is to let us know if you have encountered any problems with the boat or broken anything during the trip. This enables us to rectify problems for the next charter.

In addition to filling in forms, we also require you to bag dirty laundry and leave in the cockpit, empty all cupboards and fridges of food and throw away. Return snorkel gear and any lifejackets borrowed from reception and ensure that the boat is handed back to us in a clean and tidy state. We reserve the right to charge you for boats left less than shipshape.

Sailing information

Sailing experience: Level 1

Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area.  

Get more information on Lefkas sailing conditions.

Sailing licences

Click here to view the sailing requirements in Greece.

Cruising permits and taxes

In Greece it's essential that we have all of the following details in advance: full name, date of birth, place of birth, nationality and passport number or ID card number for every member of your crew so that your boat papers can be prepared. You won't be able to sail without these papers, and failure to supply information in advance could delay your departure from the base.

It's also essential that you bring any RYA certificates or other sailing qualifications with you.

Night time sailing 

Night sailing is not permitted; you must be moored at least one hour before sunset at all of our locations.

Cruising area limits

This information is covered in the chart briefing.

Mooring fees and taxes

Greece does levy mooring fees in some harbours, and these are not included in the price of the charter. The charges are fairly minimal and are usually around GBP 5-15 per night. Marina prices are considerably higher, between GBP 25-45 per night depending on the size of your yacht.

If you stop free of charge at a private jetty it is expected that you will eat at that taverna.

Shower facilities are available at most restaurants for a small charge.

Start and end of season flotilla routes

Please note that on early and late season flotilla routes the start or finish base may differ from the normal route. Please refer to the pricing section in the back of the brochure for more details.

Charts and pilot book

All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht. 

Charts and pilot books can be purchased from the UK chandler Kelvin Hughes by contacting 02380 634911.   

Skippered charter information

The skipper’s time is booked from 12pm-12pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved a skipper for the first day of your charter and have a 6pm start, he or she will use this time to ensure they are happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you've reserved a skipper for a later date on your charter they will start at 12pm on that day.

The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. They are not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He or she must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of the contract with you.

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the check out skipper’s time is booked from 6pm-6pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day.

The skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. We suggest that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his or her time with you on the yacht. We also suggest that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover: anchoring, docking, etc.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and this is your responsibility. We suggest that you discuss this on the first day with your skipper and establish whether you'll provide cash for meals, whether you've included him or her in your provisioning or whether you'll accommodate him or her as part of the group for meals ashore.

The skipper must have his or her own cabin. We prefer not to put the skipper in the bow due to the shared head and size of the cabin. If you expect your skipper to stay in the bow, please let us know well in advance so that we can choose the appropriate (small) skipper.

For one-day check out skippers, it's your responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay all expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him or her back to the base.

The average tip for a skipper is 15-20 percent of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at your discretion.

Cool boxes

Cool Boxes are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Please sign for these and return them clean and undamaged otherwise you will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.

Banks and money exchange

Currency

The currency in Greece is euros. Money changing facilities are present in the majority of towns, although, they are not that readily available off the beaten track. Money changing should be done either with cash or by travellers’ cheques, Euro cheques and credit cards are rarely accepted, with most local tavernas accepting only cash.

There are no money changing facilities at the base. Nearby Paleros also has banking and exchange facilities.

Banking

ATM machines are available in Paleros. You can exchange T/C, E/C and English Sterling at banks, however both the club and banks will not accept individual Euro cheques written to an amount more than GBP 100. When exchanging T/C and E/C you must have your passport.

Banking hours are Monday-Thursday 8am-2.30pm, and Friday 8am-2pm. Banks on the larger islands tend to stay open in the afternoon and some during the evening to offer currency exchange facilities during the tourist season.

There are no limits on the amount you can take in or out of the country, but the exchange rate is often more favourable in Greece. Money changing facilities are present in the majority of towns, although, they are not that readily available off the beaten track. Money changing should be done either with cash or by travellers’ cheques.

Credit card information

Travellers cheques and credit cards are accepted in most restaurants and shops.
Please note: bases are unable to accept personal cheques and cannot give cash back on credit or debit (Switch/Delta) cards.  

Currency can be exchanged commission free at any high street TUI retail travel agent on production of your Sunsail invoice. You can pre-order your currency from a TUI travel agent by telephoning them in advance on 0870 9005154 to find your nearest branch.

General information

Language

The official language in Greece is Greek.

Cost of living in Greece

The cost of living in Greece is approximately 10 percent less than the UK. Prices in Greece usually include service charges although it is normal to leave loose change as well.

Restaurants

There is a good choice of tavernas and restaurants throughout our cruising areas, our local staff will advise you of their whereabouts.

Tipping

Tipping is standard and expected in all restaurants and bars and for other services undertaken during your holiday. The rule of thumb is generally 10-15 percent of the amount charged. Some establishments automatically add this onto the bill.

Tip according to quality of service.

Shopping

Shops in Greece tend to be open from 9am-1pm and then in the evening from 5pm-8pm.

Special purchases include lace, jewellery, metalwork, pottery, garments and knitwear, flokati rugs, leather goods, local wines and spirits. Athens is the centre for luxury and designer goods and local handicrafts.

Regional specialties include silver from Ioannina, ceramics from Sifnos and Skopelos, embroidery and lace from Crete, the Ionian Islands, Rhodes and Skiros, alabaster from Crete and flokati rugs from the Epirus region.

Visitors should be aware that many ‘antiques’ sold to tourists are fake; it is illegal to export any item of real antiquity without a special permit from the Export Department of the Ministry of Culture.

A pretty stroll from the Marina, Paleros town has lots to offer in a rural setting.  Paleros is historical area as this is where Antony and Cleopatra were defeated by Octavius in a sea battle. Octavius built a new city on the site of the current Paleros in 31 BC.

Paleros offers many restaurants, and bars, mini markets, market, baker, banks, exchange, cash points, shops, post office, pharmacy and medical centre. 

Hotels

Lefkas Petra
Address: Agios Nikitas, 31080 Lefkas
Phone +30 2645097165
Fax: +30 6977574295
Email: info@lefkaspetra.gr

Hotel Ianos
Address: Marina Lefkada, 31100, Greece
Phone +302645022217
Email: ianoshotel@hotmail.com

Hotel Ianos is placed in the heart of Lefkas' Marina, is 200m far from the city center. There are 22 rooms with air-conditioning, television, access to the internet, fridge, telephone and private bathroom.

Electrical, phones and music

Electricity

The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Greece is 220 volts and uses the standard European 2-pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220 volts you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

Mobile phones

GSM 900 and 1800 networks exist. Coverage is good around the major towns on the mainland and on many islands. Main operators include Cosmote, Q-Telecom. Stet Hellas, and Vodafone. Please check with your service provider for coverage details and call costs. You may need to activate international roaming on your contract. 

Music/iPods

All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your iPod whilst sailing you will need to bring along an I-trip or FM radio transmitter.

Activities

Car and jeep hire

Car hire is available throughout Greece. All international rental companies are available.

Provisioning

Provisioning is available in this location.

Find out more about our provisioning options.

Water sports

Scuba diving

Scuba diving in the Greek Islands with its crystal clear waters gives excellent opportunity for both beginners and experienced divers. There are a number of diving centres in the Ionian islands and throughout Greece. 

Fishing

Sea fishing is possible from the shores, from boats and even underwater, and is allowed almost everywhere without a permit.

Snorkelling

We have a range of snorkelling gear which you may wish to use. We are limited on children’s sizes so if you have your own you may wish to bring them with you.

Health and safety

Illness or injury

If you get ill and visit the doctor or hospital during your trip contact a member of our team as soon as possible on either your lead boat, the base. If you need to make a claim for curtailment due to illness, ask the base manager for assistance and contact your insurer’s emergency medical service immediately.

Your insurance company will assist with travel arrangements, advice and payment of bills. Obtain receipts for any medication, treatment or transport you have to pay for and submit with your claim.

Safety

All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets and harnesses. We leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.

We have a limited supply of children’s life jackets (age 4+ only). If you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along.

We suggest that children who are not strong swimmers should not be allowed in a dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and that they should wear a buoyancy aid or harness when on deck.

Children under the age of 16 should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.

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