Itinerary Ideas from Lefkas, Greece

If you’ve got white sand beaches and picturesque villages in mind for your next vacation, the Southern Ionian Islands are the perfect destination for your next trip. The most common launching point is Lefkas, Greece, where you can catch flights to and from Athens, as well as international destinations.

Lefkas is known as Lefkada to locals, and as you set sail keep in ind that many Greek places share similar names. It’s a good idea to always double check that you’re researching the right destination.

In Lefkas, Porto Katsiki is a must. This white sand beach is backed by a huge cliff. If you’re adventurous, you can easily hike to the Nydri waterfalls or tour the island by mountain bike. For the more relaxed traveler, wine tours are also an option. When you’re ready to set sail, consider this itinerary.1

Stop 1: Nikiana

Logistics: Sail south along the coast to Nikiana, and dock for the night. There’s a town quay, or you can anchor.

What to see and do:

  • Get used to the pace of the island: Slow down for some food and drink in the village’s tavernas.
  • Take a trip inland to the nearby Agios Georgios, a small but rustic church from the 16th or 17th century.
  • Learn to scuba at the Lefkas Diving Center.

Stop 2: Sivotas

Logistics: Keep sailing south around the tip of Lefkas Island to Sivotas. You can dock in the harbor or anchor in the bay.

What to see and do:

  • Relax and enjoy a slower pace of life in this picture-perfect, small village.
  • Travel inland slightly to visit the Lefkas Earth Winery.
  • Windsurf at nearby Vasiliki Beach, known for its perfect windsurfing conditions. If you’re looking to add a stop, Vasiliki may be one to consider en route to your next destination.

Tip: The harbor is hard to spot from the sea, and moorings fill up early in the afternoon. Try to get here early if you can. When researching, be sure you look at Sivotas on Lefkas Island, not Sivota on the coast near Korfu.

Stop 3: Ayia Eufimia

Logistics: Sail south to Kefalonia Island and dock at the town of Ayia Eufimia.

What to see and do:

  • Stock up on any needed provisions, since Ayia Eufimia is one of the bigger towns on this itinerary.
  • Visit the Cave of Melissani, an underground lake. This lake is fed by a stream flowing from Argostoli on the other side of the island. If you’re adventurous, sail along this stream on a rowboat with a guide.
  • Hike around the Monastery of Themata.

Tip: There are a number of coves nearby that can only be explored by boats. Ask locals about their favorite spots.

Stop 4: Kastos

Logistics: Leave Kafalonia and sail northeast to the island of Kastos. Port Kastos is quick to fill up, so you might choose to anchor off one of the beautiful beaches.

What to see and do:

  • The best beaches are on the east side of the island, and some are reachable only by boat.
  • Swim or snorkel in the crystal-blue water.
  • Visit the seal cave, a small sand-covered cave where you are likely to spot a monachus seal or two.
  • Eat and drink at the local tavernas, which fill up with sailors in the summer. Try to get a table with a view of the village windmill.

Tip: Keep an eye out for dolphins on your trip from Kafalonia Island to Kastos Island.

Stop 5: Spartachori

Logistics: Leave Kastos and sail northwest to the island of Meganisi. Sail to the northern part of the island to dock near the old village of Spartachori. There are three ports you can choose from, or you can anchor on the northeast coast.

What to see and do:

  • Climb the hill to take in Spartachori Village, where the stone houses feel untouched by time.
  • Visit the Papanikolos Cave on the southwestern side of the island.
    Tour the island by mountain bike (tours are managed out of Lefkas).

Stop 6: Palairos

Logistics: Sail northeast to Palairos. You can moor on the harbor breakwater or on the pontoon.

What to see and do:

On the final day, sail back to Lefkas. If you have extra time before your flight, consider revisiting some of the sights we mentioned earlier in the article.

Tip: If the weather is good, you can also anchor north of the harbor.

If you’re interested in sailing around the Ionian Islands, using this itinerary or a completely different version, check out the available boats here.

1Everything in this article is accurate to our knowledge. If you find something isn’t as stated here, or discover new tips and trips to try, send us an email at

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