Enjoy the Ionian Islands Festival on a Yacht Charter sailing holiday in May

Date: 
Mon, 25/04/2011

Experience the Festival of the Ionian Islands on an Island Sailing yacht charter holiday in Greece in May.

The rich history and culture of the Ionian Islands of Greece is marked by the numerous festivals and events held throughout the year. One of the most beautiful festivals that takes place across the Island Sailing yacht charter sailing area is to mark the Union of the Ionian Islands (Enossis ton Eptanisson). The 21st May each year is celebrated on all of the islands in the Ionian, in its picturesque villages and in the towns and experiencing the festivities can be a great addition to your sailing holiday. Not only the locals but those on vacation can join all the fun that surrounds this event. The day begins with parades and is followed by dancing, singing and banquets.

For those able to travel from the UK to the Ionian, Greece in mid May for a bareboat yacht charter, flotilla sailing holiday or skippered yacht charter you can choose to spend the festival on any one of the beautiful and unique islands. From the Island Sailing charter base at Lefkas Marina, choose to sail to one of the major islands including Kefalonia, Corfu, Ithaca or Paxos or enjoy one of the smaller islands such as Meganissi, Kastos or Kalamos. Whichever Greek Ionian island you choose to moor in you will be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome by the local people, and, of course fantastic food and festivities.

A sailing yacht charter in the Ionian islands is simple and stress free and due to the close proximity of the islands navigation is predominantly by sight. For many the month of May is one of the best times to experience some great sailing conditions around the Ionian islands. The sailing area is quieter and it is easy to get a place on the quays and to find tranquil bays all to yourself. The weather in May in Lefkas and throughout the Ionian is warm and sunny with temperatures around the mid 70 degrees Fahrenheit (around 24 degrees Celsius). With clear blue skies and warm light airs the temperature feels around 5 degrees warmer. The Ionian sea temperature in May is lovely and warm, great for swimming and snorkeling when you moor your Island Sailing yacht in one of the many bays.

A little bit of Ionian history…Between 1815 and 1864 Britain was the protective power over the United States of the Ionian Islands. The British statesman William Gladstone recommended handing over the islands to Greece, after a detailed tour in 1863. Britain together with France and Russia signed on June 5 1863, in London, the Treaty according to which Britain gave up its role as the power protecting the Ionian Islands. On May 21st 1864 the unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece became official and the rule and protectorate of the Islands was passed by Britain to the newly enthroned Greek King, George I.

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