Marina Lefkas – Ideal Starting Point for a Sailing Trip across the Ionian Islands
Location & Approach
A modern marina by all standards, Lefkas
Marina has open its gates to the Yacht Charter public in 2002 and hasn’t closed them ever since. This open all year round location can be found on Lefkas Island in Greece
. The island itself is south of Corfu
and north of Zakynthos, on the western shore of the peninsula.
The self-proclaimed most modern marina of the Mediterranean
lies on the eastern side of the island near the town of Lefkas, near the main harbor. You can’t miss it, since it’s located near the 50m long bridge that links the island with mainland Greece. This is, undoubtedly, a plus, since it facilities access for Yacht Charter crews arriving here by car.
The entrance to the marina is guarded by a large breakwater, but it’s not one of the most accessible entries since it’s located within a large canal (the Lefkas Canal) which separates the island from the mainland and is bordered by a huge saltwater marsh. In order to aid Yacht Charter skippers, a separation system marked with buoys has been installed so make sure to keep well within the safe zone. The marina provides you with radio assistance on VHF channel 69 and more assistance once you reach your berth. The exact coordinates of the marina are 38°49,8' N 20°42,8' E.
Infrastructure & Ambience
The marina has a maximum capacity of 620 berths for boats up to 45m in length and a maximum draught of 4m. There are also dry docking facilities for about 280 boats in case you’re looking for a place to “winter” your Yacht Charter boat. The berths come with electricity (both 220 and 380V) as well as a fresh water supply.
There are some repair facilities as well, including a 150t travel lift and a 70t mobile crane. These can provide a range of services from power washing to hull repair and maintenance on your boat. A fuel station that has petrol and diesel can also be found at the location. Yacht Charter visitors can use the marina’s toilets and showers, the boat rental agency, the port office police, the laundry service and the first aid station should need arise.
There is an unguarded parking lot near the yacht pier that is still quite safe. ATM and many banks are located inside the marina and some of them can also be found in town. For travel purposes or just a quick ride, there is a nonstop taxi service and also a local bus terminal which connects with many beaches and villages around the island, should you and your Yacht Charter buddies look for a time out.
The hinterland region of the marina is also a suitable Yacht Charter tourist location, since there are numerous attractions and day trip possibilities. The neighboring town of Lefkas is the main draw for the tourists, since it provides them with all the shopping, visiting and entertainment needs. Here, you’ll also find lots of beaches, museums, bars and restaurants. Remember that the town’s main street is just minutes away from the marina by foot.
The island itself is known as the gateway to many islands of the Ionian Sea
. Many Yacht Charter itineraries have their starting point here in Lefkas, trips that can reach Kos
, Corfu or any other location within the Saronic Gulf
or in the Dodecanese