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Vassiliki Bay on the southwest coast of Levkas island is the place to aim for if you fancy a spot of windsurfing. The brisk afternoon wind that blows off the hills (this is a wind that’s so popular it even has a name, Eric) has made Vassiliki a place of pilgrimage for board-sailors and is said to be one of the ten best in the Mediterranean.

It’s a relaxed waterfront town with plenty of good tavernas lying in the shade of the trees and is a charming place to visit on a Vassiliki boat charter. Bounded to the west by the rugged hills of Cape Doukato, the limestone cliffs that give Lefkas its name and from which the poet Sappho is said to have leapt to her death after having been spurned by her lover, Vassiliki is a wide and sheltered bay that is happening place in summer with all manner of onshore activities to keep the troops entertained.

In July and August you can expect to find windsurfing competitions, beauty pageants and plenty of fun. There’s even a disco so get your dancing shoes ready.



  • You can anchor at the head of the bay in 2 – 5metres (6 – 16 feet) on sand and weed which is comfortable in moderate winds and not if there are strong gusts. 
  • In the inner harbour, you can moor stern or bows-to on the west or south quays but be aware of silting – yachts drawing 2 or more metres (6 feet) should be especially careful. 
  • The east quay of the outer harbour is an alternative. Here skippers will want to ensure that their anchor is well in and should lay a second anchor as the prevailing wind blows straight in.  

To Do:

  • Windsurfing
  • Disco-dancing


  • Water
  • Fuel
  • Provisions
  • Bakery
  • Tavernas and bars
  • Public wash-house