Yacht Charter in Sivota
Yacht Charter Sivota
On a Sivota yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of the Ionian islands and mainland Greece within an easy sail. Whatever you want from an Ionian Sea yacht charter, from its beautiful beaches to mountainous interior, a Sivota sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.
Close to the border with Albania, Sivota is on a physical and political divide between the two nations. With the wild, mountainous border country, this makes for an extremely attractive fishing village that sailors from around the region visit year after year just to take in the beauty of the place.
As a tourist destination, Sivota isn't a classic Greek tourist resort with nightclubs, hotels and fun and frolics. It trades in its authenticity, attracting people for itself and not some artificial vision of what tourists want. Bring your hiking boots and explore the countryside inland, or chill out on the pebble beaches, surrounded by some of the most beautiful coastline in the whole of Greece. Relax at a waterfront taverna by the harbour and watch the world go by, as so many sailors and tourists seem to enjoy!
Close to the shore of the bay there are small, uninhabited islets where you can escape the crowd and relax in solitude on a sandy beach - to get to Megalo for example you can cross a small sandy isthmus from the mainland to get to it, while by yacht or small boat you can access other beaches that aren't accessible by car or on foot and enjoy the turquoise waters all to yourself.
A stereotype of Greek villages is one where there is a different pace of life. In the Cyclades this is a mere myth in summer as they get overrun with tourists. On a Sivota yacht charter you will find this year round.
Explore Sivota By Renting A Yacht
So, on your bareboat charter or skippered yacht charter out of Sivota, where else would you like to go? Just down the road, Parga is another laid back sailing vacation destination that attracts rather than grabs its tourist money. Further down the coast of mainland Greece, the historic town of Preveza has over 60km of beaches around the Ambracian Gulf, and ancient ruins dating back millennia too.
Just across the strait from Sivota is the Ionian island of Corfu and the sailing mecca of Gouvia. A sail around this island will soon bring you to Corfu Town with its heady mix of tourist economy and very old relics from empires that have passed through it over the centuries. To the south you have the nearby island of Paxos and its smaller neighbour Antipaxos - only accessible by sea, these are another way of escaping the tourist mob by sea!
The other major Greek islands of Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Lefkada are worthy of long pauses too. Zakynthos, one of the most beautiful islands on the Ionian Sea, is an important holiday island with towns like Agios Nikolaos and Zakynthos Town being fun holiday resorts.
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 Zakynthos yacht charter.
Between Cephalonia and mainland Greece lies Lefkada. Connected to the mainland by a causeway and bridge, this is a fun filled tourist island with excellent facilities, whether you moor at Nydri or the largest marina on the Ionian, Lefkada Town Marina.
A Sivota 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.
How To Get To Sivota
Although Sivota is out of the way and rather far to get to, it is definitely worth it!
This is the main regional airport and has flights from much of Europe to service Ionian Sea resorts.
It takes about 4 hours by bus to get to Sivota, though another options is by taxi which is more expensive, but take less time to cover the 50km.
This will involve a bus to the ferry, then a ferry to Igoumenitsa, then a 15 minute bus ride to Sivota.
Marinas In Sivota
Sivota has only one small marina and quay.
It is a yacht charter base with charter companies based here offering bareboat and skippered yacht charters of luxury yacht charters,catamaran charters, motor yachts and monohull sailing yachts for a day charter or longer.
Max Length 40.5m (132 Feet)
Max Draught 5m (16 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, toilets, bar, restaurant, supermarket
Suggested Sailing Itinerary From Syvota
On your Sivota charter yacht, whether bareboat or with a skipper you can access many of the islands of the Ionian Seaas well as larger ones like Kefalonia and Lefkada on your sailing boat or motor yacht.
7 days - Corfu, Paxos and Lefkada: As a first port of call you will head to Gouvia on Corfu and then Corfu Town. A relatively long leg next - down the coast to Parga on the mainland Greece, then another longer leg to Nidri on the south coast of Lefkada. The old fishing port of Vathy on on the nearby island of Ithaca will be your next port, before heading north around Lefkada to Gaios on the small island of Paxos before handing over your charter yacht back in Sivota the next day.
Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Sivota
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 beefy 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. Combined with the crowds being smaller, this suggests that May to early June are the sweet spot for an Ionian boat rental.
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.
Sailing Weather In Sivota
April to mid June: There is rainfall and the temperatures build steadily from the mid-teens to the mid 20 degree C range. There are sometimes cooler northerly winds, though the southerly Bora kicks in in around early May. There is more rainfall here than on Aegean Greece but you will soon find that a blessed 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 with recent hot days exceeding 40 - often hotter than the Aegean. 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 sailas the temperatures are often in the comfortable low to mid 20s though can touch 30C from time to time.
What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?
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.
What are the Marinas on Sivota?
Syvota Marina has 90 moorings and can take vessels of up to 40.5 metres LOA.
When are the best times to hire a boat in Sivota?
To avoid the summer heat and crowds, if you can get to Lefkas Island after autumn school term begins you will find the seas still warm, the air more comfortable and the marinas less crowded.
Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Yacht in Syvota?
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.
What happens if my Yacht breaks down?
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.
What should I think of before I hire a Yacht or Boat in Sivota?
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.
What Qualifications Do I need to hire a boat or yacht?
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.