- Build year:2023
- Length:54 ft
- Boat type:Catamaran
Already an important town in the time of Cleopatra, the Ionian coastal town of Preveza is now a major tourism centre thanks to its attractions from the deep past and the present day.
On a strip of land sandwiched between the Ionian Sea and Ambracian Gulf, and perfect for Greek island hopping, Preveza has it all. Thanks to its strategic position there was an important naval battle between future Roman Emperor Octavian and the naval forces of Cleopatra and Anthony which Octavian won and founded the city of Nikopolis (Victory City) in celebration of the success. The ancient city of Kassiopi is nearby too - said to be home of one of the god Zeus's wives, adding to the fun to be had for those with an interest in Greek history and mythos.
The Ambracian Gulf has seven saltwater lagoons and is an important wildlife haven with many species of interest in the bay to those with a love of nature.
There are also over 60km of sandy beaches between Preveza and nearby Parga. Pause awhile in the pedestrianised centre where you can wander around. Tavernas and restaurants abound with Mediterranean flavours combined with sometimes a very local flavour.
Two marinas are central to the economy locally - Preveza Marina and Cleopatra Marina are both major yacht charter hubs and are great jumping-off point for a sailing holiday on the Ionian Sea.
Preveza is an important yacht charter hub for those who wish to enjoy the mainland and islands of the Ionian on your chartered yacht, both on a crewed charter and bareboat charter. Sailing north up the turquoise waters of the Ionian, Corfu is popular with tourists yet has an old way of life that in some parts hasn't changed for centuries - its ancient olive groves tended for generations and diet simple and delicious.
The main Ionian Islands of Lefkada (Lefkas Island), Kefalonia and Zakynthos are worthy of long pauses too. Lefkas Island has a lot for the tourist from its stunning beaches to its Lefkas Town with its alleyways full of delight.
Cephalonia was the setting for the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli's Mandolin thanks to its stunning scenery and beautiful fishing villages. Sandy beaches and a large cave system make this, the largest of the Ionian Islands, a destination you shouldn't miss on a Preveza yacht charter.
The southernmost of the Ionian Islands Zakynthos is home to the rare turtle species Caretta- that lay their eggs on the beaches every year. The scenery is some of the best in Greece and the villages worthy of a few hours and a long lunch break in too.
A Preveza yacht charter will give you the opportunity to explore these islands over a week or two at your own pace, enjoying the placid and great sailing conditions of the Ionian Sea as you do.
Aktion Preveza Airport
Preveza Airport (also known as Aktion) is the gateway to the Ionian Islands and has several flights from European airports in daily on many charter flights. It is a short bus or taxi ride from Preveza Harbour via the tunnel linking the city to the mainland.
There are two marinas in Preveza, both of which are home to yacht charter companies offering catamaran, monohull sailboat, motor yacht and speedboat hire on a bareboat charter or crewed yacht charter basis.
Close to the city centre, this is the larger of the two marinas in the city and home to a flotilla fleet too.
Max Length 35m (114.8 Feet)
Max Draught 4m (13.1 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, fuel, wastewater collection, toilets, showers, bar, restaurant, ATM, rent-a-car, supermarket
Max Length 30m (98.4 Feet)
Max Draught 8m (26.2 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, fuel, wastewater collection, toilets, showers, bar, restaurant, ATM, rent-a-car, supermarket, pharmacy, shipyard, travel lift
With access to the Ionian Islands, the Peloponnese peninsula and Corfu, a Preveza luxury yacht holiday gives you lots of options.
7 days - Preveza and the Ionian Islands: Heading south down the Ionian Sea, you will island-hop along the islands of Lefkas, Cephalonia and Zakynthos, taking in the sights, smells and sounds of these islands. Pause at Shipwreck Cove on Zakynthos and explore the islands firstly north to south and then south to north.
7 days - Corfu: Heading north towards the Albanian border, you cross the sea to Corfu. This is an island worth of a multi day trip from the pretty streets of Corfu Town to the modern, cosmopolitan holiday town of Gouvia. Wander in the olive groves and beaches beloved of holidaymakers since the 1920s.
14 days - Peloponnese and the Ionian Islands: Itself closer to the Saronic Islands, the island of Kithra is widely held as the most southerly Ionian Island. Island and coastal hopping down the northern Ionian archipelago, where the seven-day trippers will head home you continue south and get to explore mainland Greece as well as you enjoy your extended trip to all of the Ionian islands.
The sailing season runs from late April to October with July and August being the busiest months for yacht charter.
Unlike the Aegean, the Ionian Sea is dominated by the Bora - the same wind that affects nearby Croatia. In summer this is far more benign and far more sailing friendly than the often stronger Meltemi. Building to a fun F5-6 in the afternoon from a zephyr in the morning, you can almost time your daily sailing by it.
The sea is cooler - often quite chilly - at the beginning of the sailing season but there is rainfall in Spring. As the days lengthen you will still see green fields and flowers in May and the winds can be quite benign too.
Come September and October the seas are still like a warm bath. With the wetter climate than the Aegean, this is less of a problem so with the warm seas could be at least as good as the earlier months of the year.
April to mid June: There is rainfall and the temperatures build steadily from the mid-teens to the mid 20 degrees C range. There are sometimes cooler northerly winds, though the southerly Bora kicks in around early May. There is more rainfall here than on Aegean Greece but that's often a relief from the heat.
Late June-August: You'll be unlucky if you see any rain, though it could be welcome in the summer heat. Temperatures are from 30s and the Bora often adds to the heat with its tropical origins.
September-October: The seas remain warm, as does the air. These months can be the best time of year to sail as the temperatures are often in the comfortable low to mid-20s though can touch 30C from time to time.
The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.
There are two marinas in Preveza - the larger Preveza Marina with 300 berths and the smaller Cleopatra Marina with 100. Both have lots of good quality services.
To avoid the summer heat and crowds, if you can get to Preveza after autumn school term begins you will find the seas still warm, the air more comfortable and the marinas less crowded.
You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.
If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company.
You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat hire before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool on most evenings.
If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a skippered on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.
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