Yachts moored in a Greek harbour in summer with a taverna

Sailing Holidays in Kefalonia, Ionian islands

Kefalonia, Greece
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Introduction to Sailing & Flotilla Holidays
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3hr flight / 60 min transfer / GMT+2

Kefalonia & the Ionian islands

There’s something special about a sailing holiday in Kefalonia. Kefalonia and the Ionian islands are some of the world’s most popular yachting destinations. Nearly 3,000 islands offer incredible diversity, unrivalled beauty, cultural heritage and competitive prices.

Embrace laid-back life in the charming towns of Lixouri, our Introduction to Sailing base and Sami, our Flotilla base. The nearby beaches are beautiful and plentiful, scattered along the dramatic coastline – and often less touristy than some other well-known areas of the island. Tuck into the infamous “Kefalonia Meat Pie” at one of the traditional tavernas and stock up on provisions for the week ahead at a classic Greek mini-market and one of any fabulous local bakeries.

Man walks along edge of yacht which is moored in harbour. A woman is sitting on the yacht
Boy stands outside restaurant in Lixouri Town, Kefalonia
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Man walks along edge of yacht which is moored in harbour. A woman is sitting on the yacht
Boy stands outside restaurant in Lixouri Town, Kefalonia
Aerial shot of Lixouri town with terracota roofs and road running along seafront
view across harbour and hillside at sunset
3x Studio Room 1x with sea view, 2x non sea view: £6,260 for 5x guests or 6x guests
Sailing yacht moored at anchor on the sea with a sunset at the background
Greek flag flutter with a sea and sunset background
Four people sit around a restaurant table on a harbour side enjoying a meal together. Yachts can be seen in the background
A mother and children are having fun in a rowing dinghy. There is a yacht moored in the background
Three children jump off the side of a Feeling 306 yacht
Purple flowers in foreground with a view of a Atheras beach and bay in the background
Greek Grocery Store front with green sign and green and white stripped awning
Girl stands at helm of yacht. Two men sit either side of the cockpit
A boy in a yellow rash vest snorkels next to an anchor chain
Harbour scene of yachts and boats moored on a quayside and red terracotta roofs in the background
view down on two yachts moored in deep water


As a sailing holiday destination, Kefalonia in Greece is quick and easy to get to, with a reasonable flight time of 3 hours from the UK and many regional departure airport options direct to Kefalonia airport. Transfer to our yacht base is approximately 60 minutes.

Our Sailing Holidays in Kefalonia, Ionian islands

Flotilla yachts moored up on the East coast of Kefalonia

Kefalonia Flotilla

Prices from: £345pp
A man in a blue t shirt and white hat stands on a quayside in Ag. Efimia, Kefalonia. There is a white sailing yacht to his left. He is watching another yacht reverse into a space

Learn to Sail Holiday

Prices from: £370pp

Kefalonia Yacht Charter

Prices from: £950 total

Kefalonia and the Ionian islands are, without a doubt, one of the best sailing holiday and yacht cruising destinations in the world.

Easy itineraries and the sheltered waters of the southern Ionian islands of Greece are the perfect destination for yacht sailors looking for a more relaxed sailing holiday. The distance between one port and the next is never more than a few miles and there’s always a sheltered anchorage en route for a spot of lunch and dip in the sea. We sail mainly around Kefalonia, a beautiful island with some wonderful beaches and coastline. Perfect sea breezes, crystal clear waters and stunning scenery make this island an ideal sailing spot and the perfect base to explore Ithaka, Lefkada, Kalamos, Kastos and Meganissi. They are all incredibly beautiful islands – not mega-marinas, but quaint Greek fishing harbours that are full of character.

The highlights

  • Remote beaches
  • Underground caves and lakes
  • A national park at 1600m
  • Historic castles
  • Old harbour towns
  • Local Greek wines
  • Cosmopolitan capital
  • Dramatic west coast
  • Fertile valleys
  • Very friendly locals

About Kefalonia and the Ionian islands

Kefalonia is one of a group of islands on the western side of Greece in the Ionian Sea. It is the largest of the Ionian islands and boasts the third-highest mountain range in Greece. Parts of the island are now national parks, home to wild horses, golden eagles and other protected flora and fauna.

Brief history

Archaeological finds in different areas of Kefalonia gave evidence that the island was inhabited since 10,000 BC. Like much of Greece, Kefalonia has had a turbulent history. It is firmly embedded in Greek Mythology, with many scholars arguing that Kefalonia was the true home of the famed hero, Odysseus. The island was also occupied by the Byzantines, Turks, Venetians, British, and the Ottomans before it became a Greek state in 1864. During World War II, Kefalonia was occupied by the Axis powers, primarily Italy.

If you’ve not read it, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is a beautiful wartime story set on the island.

Best beaches

Kefalonia has some of the best beaches in the whole of Greece.

Looking down on Mrytos Beach, Kefalonia - A white sand beach with blue sea
Sunset view behind beach with orange umbrellas
Petani Beach
Purple flowers in foreground with a view of a Atheras beach and bay in the background
Atheras Beach
View of Asos. Kefalonia with colourful buildings around a natural harbour
Assos Beach
White pebble beach with a red boat and people sunbathing
Variko Beach
Sandy beach with mountains in the background
Xi Beach
Bamboo umbrellas on a sandy beach with taverna chairs
Lepeda Beach

Things to see & try

There are so many highlights it’s hard to choose…although Kefalonia is quite a large Greek island, it doesn’t take more than an hour or so to get from the cosmopolitan northern tip of Fiscardo to the southern wine-growing areas under Mt Aenos.

St. Theodore Lighthouse, Kefalonia at sunset - a white circular lighthouse on rocky point with sea and mountains in the background
The Lighthouse
Greek Restaurant front with blue door, signage and blue tables and chairs
Bottles of wine on a granite slab
Local Wines
Group of people sat in a rowing boat in the middle of lake cave which has a hole in the roof
Blue sea and white pebble beach dramatic cliffs
West Coast
Yachts moored in a Greek harbour
Looking down on Mrytos Beach, Kefalonia - A white sand beach with blue sea
Aeral shot of a Greek town near the sea
Walkers along a coastal trail in Greece

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