Discover a different side of Greece

One of the larger of the Ionian islands, Paxos is only 13 km long but there's plenty to see and do. Explore many blue caves along the west end's steep coastline. See how olive oil and soaps are made. Olive groves stretch across the island as far as your eye can see. 

7
Days

Highlights

  • Chalky, steep cliffs
  • Olive oil manufacturing
  • Watch local fisherman bring in the day's catch
  • Enjoy fresh bread from local bakeries
Day 1

Lefkas Marina

The day's sailing

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Sailing time

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Suggested activities

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Sailboats in Lefkas harbour

Arrive to the base and get settled into your floating home for the week. If you have time explore the town of Lefkas and grab a bite at a local restaurant. Facilities here include: fuel, water, trash, laundry, and bathrooms.

Day 2

Lefkas to Preveza

The day's sailing

7
Nautical miles
1.5 hr
Sailing time

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

Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Exploring Exploring

The first day head NE to the town of Preveza, at the entrance to the Amvrakikos Gulf, for the night. There is a buoyed channel into Preveza that takes you carefully through the rocky shallows. Preveza itself has an ancient ancestry dating back to 290BC when the King of Epirus built a city here. There are also the remains of the ancient city of Nikopolis to the north, that was built by Octavius after he defeated Anthony in battle when he became besotted by Cleopatra. At the end of August there is the annual Sardine festival, with live music, wine & beer, and of course grilled sardines everywhere. The lead crew will organise a group meal in one of the restaurants in the town for this night.

Day 3

Preveza to Gaios

The day's sailing

28
Nautical miles
3.5 hr
Sailing time

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

Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Exploring Exploring

The second day includes a long scenic sail that gives you the chance to stretch your sea legs as you navigate to Paxos. This island is known as one of the must-see spots in the northern Ionian and Gaios its capital is no exception. It contains some most stunning anchorages set in stark blue waters. Your lead crew will find you a space on the bustling local town quay, where you will drop your anchor and moor stern to for the evening. It is traditional and quaint and there is medieval fort that sits on the island of Ay Nikolaos that protects the harbour. Hand made and painted pottery is sold here and the traditional Greek dancing is often danced on a fire lit floor with swords. You can enter the harbour from both north or south side of the islet Ay Nikolaos, check your depths first as it’s a little shallow to the south. On this night, there will be a gin and tonic party before you choose one of the many places for dinner. Harbour fees this evening with water & electric.

Day 4

Gaios to Sivota Mourtos

The day's sailing

15
Nautical miles
0.5 hr
Sailing time

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

Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Exploring Exploring

Today gives you the chance to have a more leisurely sail with a lunch stop on either Paxos before you leave or one of the several bays close to your evening destination. The main harbour is pretty and a lovely holiday spot with lots of villas & hotels around the hills. You will be anchoring stern to the dock with your anchor and dining ashore with the group. Here lies the ruins of a monastery that sits above the harbour side with a lovely bay beneath. There will be harbour fees this evening and electric and water available

Day 5

Free sailing day

The day's sailing

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Sailing time

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

Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Exploring Exploring
Sunsail yacht with view of Croatian coastline

If you are looking for something different, there is Fanari Bay to the south of Parga where you can free swing at anchor. The bay is at the end of the Acheron river, which is said to be the entrance to Hades, where the souls of the dead are thought to pass into the underworld. It’s known as the River of Styx and there are boat trips you can take up the river. There are also kayaking trips up the river for those interested in more of a challenge. It is a quiet local place, and the restaurants are well supplied with fresh caught fish. Head back to the north of the island of Paxos, to the town of Lakka this is the most picturesque bay of the trip. Enjoy turquoise waters as you free swing or moor on the dock and its usually great holding on a sandy bottom with little or no weed. As there will be no facilities at your next stop make sure to top off your water and provisions on this day.

Day 6

Parga or Mongonissi

The day's sailing

30
Nautical miles
3.5 hr
Sailing time

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

Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Exploring Exploring

On Friday head over to Parga, a spot well known for the castle that sits above the town. It was thought to be nigh on impregnable, history mentions the castle as early as 1337, and the references all give the impression its origins are Venetian. The castle splits the town of Parga to the south from the bay of Valtou to the north where the boats will moor. To get into town you can walk up and over the hill past the castle or take your dinghy. As you have been away from the crew for a day, they will organise a group meal at a lovely local spot.

Day 7

Parga to Lefkas marina

The day's sailing

30
Nautical miles
5 hr
Sailing time

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

Suggested activities

  • Shopping Shopping
  • Exploring Exploring
Sailboats in Lefkas harbour

The final trip down on you last day takes you back through the floating bridge and into Lefkas marina. You could stop off for one last swim at one of the bays just to the north of Preveza. This night will be our final evening and the lead boat will organise either dinner or drinks ashore where prizes will be given out related to the weeks activities. On Sunday, head back to the base to return your yacht, along the way enjoy the beautiful sail and scenery.