Discover another world in Meganisi

Gentle morning breezes and energetic afternoon winds regularly caress the Ionian Sea, making the mythical isles of Meganisi, Kalamos and Ithaca the perfect destinations for a one-week flotilla sailing holiday.

Set sail from Lefkas and reach out into the spectacular Mediterranean, where beautiful beaches, traditional Greek villages and vibrant underwater life await. With short daily distances, easy line-of-sight sailing and calm, sheltered waters, a Meganisi flotilla holiday really showcases the best of the diverse Ionian scenery.

Meganisi itinerary

7
Days

Highlights

  • Dolphin spotting in the Ionian
  • Exploring Greek and Byzantine ruins
  • Free Sailing Day – weave your way between sleepy fishing villages and secluded bays
  • Kids coordinator during summer months
Day 1

Lefkas

The day's sailing

0 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Begin your flotilla holiday in the traditional Greek village of Lefkas. Enveloped by the emerald Ionian, Lefkas is draped in miles of heavenly beaches famous throughout the Greek Isles. Meet the rest of your flotilla companions and explore the narrow alleys of Lefkas or head for the beaches along the west coast. From sweeping arcs of uninterrupted sand to remote, white stone shores, beaches in every shape and size await.

Discover Lefkas

Kitesurfing

Head for spectacular Milos beach on the western shores of Lefkas. This unspoilt beach is blessed by strong winds and high waves that are perfect for the adrenaline rush of kitesurfing.

Day 2

Lefkas to Paleros

The day's sailing

12
Nautical miles
2.5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

You’ll begin you Meganisi adventure with a 12nm passage across to the mainland town of Paleros. Paleros is a great spot to catch the local flavour of the Ionian Isles, offering summertime puppet shows, theatrical performances and traditional Greek dancing in the town square. Enjoy the traditional flotilla punch party and dine on freshly caught octopus, bream and bass with your new flotilla companions at one of the many waterfront tavernas.

Discover Paleros

Byzantine ruins

Walk the mountain path behind the marina to the Byzantine monastery of St. Dimitrios, widely considered the protector of Paleros.

Suggested lunch spots

Anchor in Varko Bay to enjoy swimming in the warm, clear Ionian. This sheltered bay is the perfect place to stop for your first lunch anchorage of the week.

Day 3

Paleros to Kalamos

The day's sailing

13
Nautical miles
2.5 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring
Kalamos, Greece

Today you’ll enjoy a stretch of coastal line-of-sight sailing from Paleros down to the town and eponymous island of Kalamos. The port is a lovely place to moor, with a smattering of shops, traditional tavernas and Greek bars dotted along the harbour and beach.rbour and beach.

Discover Kalamos Town

Ancient ruins and spectacular views

Take the walk up from the harbour to the ruins of the monastery for fantastic views over the Ionian towards mainland Greece.

Suggested lunch spots

Drop anchor in one of the many coves dotted along the north end of Kalamos Island and enjoy swimming in the deep turquoise waters, followed by lunch on deck. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for dolphins.

Day 4

Kalamos Town to Vathi, Ithaca

The day's sailing

15
Nautical miles
3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Turn due south out of Kalamos Town, and take on the longest leg of the week, a 20nm reach to Vathi, on the famous island of Ithaca, home to Odysseus. Continue down the coast until you reach a narrow waist 200m across. Navigate through the narrow entrance into the Kolpos Molou Bay, which shelters the little town of Vathi, capital of Ithaca. Moor up and revel in this centre of Greek archaeology, folklore and culture.

Discover Vathi

Suggested lunch spots

Take your pick of one of the abundance of quiet bays and beaches along Ithaca’s east coast. Drop anchor at your chosen spot and dive in for a cooling dip.

Day 5

Free sailing

The day's sailing

0 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Today is your day to shine. Put your sailing skills to the test and gain confidence on the water with your free sailing day. Set out for the secluded bays and harbours dotted around the Ionian, stopping at sleepy fishing villages along the way or simply relaxing. It’s entirely up to you. No matter what you choose, your lead crew is available to give you top tips and the latest weather reports..

Day 6

Port Athene, Meganisi

The day's sailing

0 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Sail the gentle waters of the Ionian Sea for the easternmost bay on Meganissi. Glide past fertile, pine-covered islands dotted with red-tiled houses to the bay that crowns Port Athene. Fringed with olive trees, this wide bay is popular for snorkelling or swimming. Sample fresh seafood caught daily and enjoy traditional Greek dancing at the port's only taverna.

Discover Port Athene

Traditional Ionian village

Take the half hour jaunt inland to the traditional Ionian village of Katomeri and explore the gift shops, tavernas, bars, and cafés dotted amidst stone houses colourfully decorated with flowers.

Suggested lunch spots

Stop off at the densely-forested Sparti island. Very scarcely populated, this is the ideal place to kick back, relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch before heading up the Lefkas Canal on your final afternoon.

Day 7

Port Athene, Maganisis to Lefkas

The day's sailing

3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Sunbathing Sunbathing
  • Watersports Watersports
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Finish your Kalamos flotilla holiday back in Lefkas, where you have one last chance to enjoy drinks and dinner with your flotilla sailing companions at one of the town’s many restaurants. You might even have time to explore the town’s charming boutiques and jewellery galleries, or take a pleasant walk to the Faneromeni monastery for picturesque views over the sea and salt marshes.

Discover Lefkas

Suggested lunch spots

Stop off at the densely-forested Sparti island. Very scarcely populated, this is the ideal place to kick back, relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch before heading up the Lefkas Canal on your final afternoon.