Suggested Route – Avoiding Easterly Winds

If the wind is forecast easterly, don’t panic and stay holed up for the week – there are some great options for avoiding harbours exposed to the East!

Sunday night – Vathi, Meganisi

Prebook a space in Odyseas Marina in Little Vathi on Meganisi for a safe space for your first evening. Or if you can find a space on the town quay – great! Lots on offer here in Vathi – restaurants, supermarkets, bars.

Monday night – Assos, Kefalonia

Located on the West coast of Kefalonia, Assos is a hidden gem that can only be discovered in the right conditions. In an easterly wind, Assos provides great shelter. Although there is a town quay, it is small, so expect to longline towards the cliffs where there is a cool hidden cave.

Tuesday night – Sivota, Lefkada

Prebook with Yanni’s Ionion taverna for a space with lazy line on his quayside. The family taverna serves up delicious Greek food as well as guaranteeing a safe mooring when it’s windy. Get in early to avoid having to moor up in a atrong cross wind.

Wednesday night – Big Vathi, Ithaca

Big Vathi is ideal for heading to in a blow – try stern to on the quay or if it’s too windy, then drop the hook in the middle of the bay and freeswing. Great holding – just give yourself plenty of space and drop plenty of chain.

Thursday night – Kalamos

Book ahead a space with George in Kalamos harbour. Although it is located on the East coast of Kalamos, George will ensure you are in a good sheltered location within the harbour.

Friday night – Palairos, Mainland

Anchor off Palairos beach or north of Palairos harbour on the mainland. The anchorage is nice and shallow with good holding – a short dinghy ride ashore and you’ll find some lovely beachfront tavernas or The New Mill is famous locally for its local food and (very) palatable wine!

Saurday night – Geni, Lefkada

Located just opposite our home base of Vliho, Geni is a great option for your final evening with only a 10 minute motor across in the morning. Geni offers great holding, good shelter and some nice tavernas ashore – Elena’s is traditional Greek or Seaside for a special occasion.


Read some of our other route plans:

Suggested Route – Quiet Escape

Suggested Route – Lively Nightlife

Suggested Route – Exploring the Northern Ionian


See more about the area here:

Our Sailing Area

Route plan: Ionian Highlights

Top 10: Anchorages

A Route Plan from Craig

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