The Ionian Islands lie off the west coast of the Greek mainland. They have a cooler climate and a greener landscape than the mainland. The islands are popular with travelers who want to island hop. One of the best ways to do this is to rent a catamaran in Ionian Greece.
Catamarans are shallow hulled boats that have plenty of space on board. This means that you and your friends have room to relax and the craft can easily be navigated around even shallow waters. You can choose to rent a catamaran that has a skipper on board, or one that does not have a skipper, depending on whether you want to have control of the catamaran yourself or would rather leave the work to someone else.
Take a look at the Sailogy website and you will find the ideal catamaran to transport you between islands such as Corfu, Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Ithaki. The islands have a lot in common, when it comes to landscape and climate, but there are also specific attributes that are associated with each island.
Corfu is known for being a party island and there are certainly plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy while you are there. However, there is also a different side to Corfu. It features the 19th-century Liston which is a promenade on the central square. You can also visit the 15th-century Old Fortress which is close to the square.
Zakynthos, which is also known as Zante, is another island that people choose to go to if they want to party. This type of environment is especially prevalent in the town of Laganas. However, the northern part of the island is quieter and there are several pristine beaches to enjoy if you go ashore from your rented catamaran.
Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian islands by area. If you want to sail to the island from the mainland, take a look at the Sailogy website and find a comfortable catamaran to use, at a reasonable cost. Once you have navigated your way to Kefalonia, you can spend some time visiting the picturesque towns which give you an insight into what living on the island is really like.
Ithaki is more rugged than the other main Ionian Islands. There is no sand on the island so you should not steer your rented catamaran to Ithaki if you want to spend time sitting on a beach. However, if you are looking for some adventure, you will love rock climbing opportunities on Ithaki.
Once you have finished climbing, you may want to spend time having lunch with friends, on the spacious deck of the catamaran that you have rented. It's the perfect way to spend an hour or two in the afternoon before heading off to your next destination.
You will notice that the Ionian islands have similarities, such as the lush landscape that many of them share. However, you will also notice that there are specific things to see on each island. Lefkada is home to some of the best beaches that you will find in the islands. Zakynthos have sea caves where turtles live.
Kythira is regarded as part of the Ionian Islands but is quite separate from what are normally regarded as the main six, Corfu, Zakynthos, Paxi, Lefkada, Kefalonia and Ithaki. If you are thinking of visiting Kythira, on the catamaran that you have rented, you should note that it can only be accessed via the southern Peloponnese. It's worth the effort to get to the island as it's just as stunning as the others in the group.