Explore the North Ionian

We have been sailing in the north Ionian Islands for over 40 years and it remains one of our favourite destinations. With its light winds and crystal clear waters it is an ideal place to introduce family and friends to sailing. The North Ionian offers a mixture of island hopping and mainland coastal sailing.

Whether you are grabbing a week away, or have two weeks to meander and explore, our guides below will give you a good idea of the best places to visit. Explore everywhere, from the clear waters of Corfu to Kefalonia, and all the islands in between! Our one week guide to sailing from Corfu, takes you to all our favourite places in the North Ionian islands, making the most of Paxos and Anti-Paxos Islands. Our two week guide gives you an overview of a relaxed week sailing around Paxos as well as the coast of Corfu. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, a two week holiday gives you time for a foray into the south Ionian Islands.

What’s the weather like?

The Ionian Islands are known for their gorgeous warm summers. You can expect temperatures of around 30°C during July/August with it dropping to around 23°C in May and October. At the beginning and end of the season, the weather can be slightly more changeable, meaning that good wind is more common.

In terms of wind, the Ionian is widely regarded as on of the least challenging sailing areas in the whole of the Mediterranean. A normal day will be flat calm in the morning, with the prevailing wind (a friendly NW 3-4) picking up at around 2 or 3pm. This means relaxing mornings and lazy lunch stops anchored in a bay until the wind picks up. Great for anyone looking to really relax!

Expect mooring fees in most places except for bay stops. Prices vary depending on the type of harbour or marina you’re visiting and size of your yacht.