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Nikiana Beach Club

Our Beach Club in Greece enjoy great beachfront locations surrounded by beautiful scenery, so we more than anyone understand the importance of location.

The Nikiana Beach Club is especially popular with patrons, thanks to the friendly atmosphere and idyllic location on the beautiful beachfront.

Our club offers a wide range of sailing dinghies for all ages and experience levels as well as Windsurf Equipment, Kayaks & SUPs.

Nikiana Beach Club is an RYA Training Centre and we offer a huge range of courses for Dinghies, Multihulls, Windsurf & Powerboating.

Club Overview

Nikiana Beach Club received top ratings from our guests last summer. Small, intimate and cozy ‘taverna style’ clubs like this certainly get a lot of repeat customers.

Located in the village of Nikiana on the island of Lefkas (Lefkada), this small and perfectly formed beach front complex has 32 rooms, a fresh water swimming pool and a very good family run taverna in a quiet location with stunning scenery.

The beach is sand and shingle and it’s a simple, traditional style property where many of the rooms have either full or partial sea view. Although we now offer a Club Board Package, most lodging is on a bed & breakfast basis. At our fantastic beach setup with great conditions and knowledgeable instructors, unlimited sailing, windsurfing, and other watersports are included.


Located on the east coast of the beautiful island of Lefkada, Nikiana is beautiful and charming with the convenience of being connected to the mainland by a causway.

Nikiana itself lies a few kilometers south of the capital, Lefkas town. It is well worth exploring, with a myriad of tavernas, restaurants and cafes tucked away in the labyrinth of alleyways that make up its old town. South of Nikiana is the lively resort of Nidri, with day boats offering a variety of excursions to nearby islands such as Meganissi. Lefkas itself is worth exploring with a rental car, with its charming hilltop villages and stunning west coast beaches set against a dramatic mountain backdrop.

On the mainland, history enthusiasts will find plenty to interest them with the ruins of ancient Nikopolis and the ancient amphitheatre of Dodoni within reach for a day trip. You can also reach the interesting towns of Preveza and the regional capital Ioannina in a stunning mountain lakeside setting


Reliable sunshine is virtually guaranteed during the season between early May and late October, with temperatures ranging from the low 20s in early and late season up to the high 30s in late June through August.

Flights & Transfers

Sunday morning charter flights from Gatwick to Preveza with afternoon return. Flight Time 3 hrs. Regional charter flights from Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol, and Birmingham are available on request.

Direct road transfer to from Preveza Airport takes 45 minutes and is available on a private or shared basis.

Hotel Facilities

Nikiana Beach Club occupies an idyllic setting along a short single track road, just a two-minute walk from the center of the village, built around a courtyard just meters from a long sandy and pebble beach shaded by olive trees. The surrounding area is truly idyllic, with stunning mountain scenery, the mountains of the mainland and the islands of Meganissi, Kalamos and Skorpios is clearly visible across the inland sea.

Most rooms overlook the beach and the fresh water pool right next to the beach bar and taverna. The taverna and bar are located on shaded terrace overlooking the beach and the gorgeous Nikiana Bay. The bar serves refreshing cocktails, juices, soft drinks and ice cream.


Excellent taverna have proven to be very popular with guests. They offer Greek home-cooked à la carte menus, snacks and grilled dishes at a reasonable prices!


The hotel’s 32 rooms are located in four houses, Aeolus, Thalassa, Simos & Maria, all set around a central courtyard with many rooms enjoying cracking sea views. Most of the rooms have a double and single bed although there are a number of family, twins and doubles available.

For your comfort, all rooms have air conditioning, refrigerator plus en suite shower and WC. Most rooms have been refurbished recently and have TV & kettle.

Sailing Holiday Summary

Includes RYA Level 1 (please state if you want to do the course at the time of booking):

2nd July – £895pp

All holidays are based on 2 sharing a room and include flights from London Gatwick plus transfers. Prices without flights are available and there is an additional 5% discount for repeat bookers.

Sailing Holiday Summary

18 hours of free tuition in either dinghy sailing or windsurfing

21st May – £645pp

4th June – £695pp

24th September – £695pp

All holidays include transfers and flights from London Gatwick. Additional 5% discount for repeat bookers.

Sailing Holiday Summary

No single supplement on the following dates:

30th April – £595pp

18th June – £795pp

3rd September – £795pp

1st October – £645pp

Includes transfers and flights from London Gatwick. There’s an additional 5% discount for repeat bookers!

Watersport Activities

How We Operate

We take great pride in our beach operations at Nikiana and are often rewarded with big smiles from those who enjoyed the waters. The beach is generally open from 9.00 for Kayaks & SUPs and 9.30 for Sailing & Windsurfing. During off-peak weeks we generally close for an hour for lunch and we finish the day around 18.00 depending on the wind. All gear will be free to use during this time and we will try to find the best options for each level of skill. We also run a number of free tuition options including clinics, intros and regattas and a great list of RYA Courses.

Equipment Offered

Below is the proposed equipment list for the season. These number might change slightly throughout the season.

Sailing Equipment

  • 1 x Alto Performance Dinghy
  • 1 x Hobie 15 catamaran
  • 1 x Hobie Pacific catamaran
  • 1 x RS400
  • 1 x RS800
  • 2 x 2000s
  • 2 x 4000s
  • 2 x Dart 16 catamarans
  • 2 x Laser Funboats
  • 2 x RS100
  • 3 x Hartley Alphas
  • 3 x Laser Bahias
  • 6 x Laser Picos
  • 6 x Lasers (Standard, Radial & 4.7 Rigs)

Windsurf & Paddlesport Equipment

  • Red Windsurfer WindSUPs
  • Starboard Futura & Kode Shortboards
  • Bic Techno Core Intermediate Boards
  • Plently of Red SUP Boards with all sizes of Paddles
  • Range of Adult Monofilm Sails by Severne Sized 4.5 to 7.8m
  • Range of Tushingham Dino Junior Sails from 2.7 to 4.5m
  • Range of Tushingham and Tiki Training Rigs from 1.5 to 4.5m
  • Single, Touring and Double Sit on Top Kayaks with optional seats
  • Starboard Rio & Hifly Motion Beginner Boards

RYA Sailing Courses

Seafarer Training – Nikiana BC offers a great range of RYA Sailing, Windsurfing & Powerboating courses in every week of the season. The courses are all run over 4 half days (yachting courses will be 2 full days) and are a combination of theory and practical training. Assessment is continuous during the course. If you want some tips for what course you should be doing give us a call. All training takes place from Nikiana Beach Club in the village of Nikiana.

Adult Sailing Courses

  • RYA Level 1 Start Sailing (12 hours)
  • RYA Level 2 Basic Skills (12 hours)
  • RYA Level 3 Better Sailing (12 hours)

Maximum ration 9 students to 1 instructor except Level 1 which is 6 students per instructor

Junior Sailing & Windsurfing Courses

  • RYA Stage 1 – 2 Windsurfing (12 hours per stage)
  • RYA Stage 1 – 4 Sailing (12 hours per stage)

Maximum ration 6 students to 1 instructor

Advanced Sailing Courses

  • RYA Day Sailing (12 hours, 2 pax minimum)
  • RYA Seamanship Skills (12 hours, 2 pax minimum)
  • RYA Performance Sailing (12 hours, 2 pax minimum)
  • RYA Sailing with Spinnakers (12 hours, 2 pax minimum)

Maximum ration 9 students to 1 instructor but generally groups will be much smaller

Adult Windsurfing Courses

  • RYA Start Windsurfing (12 hours)

Maximum ration 6 students to 1 instructor

Powerboat Courses

  • RYA Powerboat Level 1 & 2 (12 hours)
  • RYA Safety Boat (12 hours, 2 pax minimum)

Powerboat 1 & 2 has a maximum ratio of 1 instructor to 3 students, Safety Boat has a maximum ratio of 6 Students to 1 instructor

  • All courses will be delivered in English

Dinghy Sailing Equipment

Taking up to 5 people, this is a great, versatile sailing dinghy. With main sail, furling jib and spinnaker . A great family boat, with a spacious cockpit and raised boom, this gives plenty of room to manoeuvre. Due to its stability its used by our instructors for learn to sail RYA courses. Easy to right, and simple controls this boat is great for beginner and intermediate sailors.

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An ideal beginner boat which is fun, durable and easily reefed in higher winds. Taking up to 3 children, or two adults this boat is great for those first solo sails, and are used within our RYA Level 1 courses. With removable jibs, and toe straps, these boats are great for progressing through the early stages of sailing.

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The AltO is a fast, two-person, single trapeze asymmetric dinghy suitable for intermediate to advanced sailors. It is exciting and challenging, yet highly controllable and an ideal boat for learning how to trapeze. With its swinging pole, the AltO offers the ultimate in downwind options – sail high and plane in stronger winds or swing the pole and sail deep in lighter airs.

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A mini catamaran for anyone and everyone! Ideal for those who have never sailed before, and a lot of fun for those who have. Stable and easy to sail, you can’t go wrong. Taking up to two people, these can almost sail themselves.

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Among one of the most popular single-handed dinghies, the Laser is an Olympic class boat and is raced throughout UK sailing clubs. With simple rigging and choice of rigs this boat provides a fast, exciting sail and is great for practising race technique and skills. A very popular boat with our guests wanting to improve their single handed sailing and progress to or improve their club racing.

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An exciting catamaran providing a forgiving and stable ride, with main sail and furling jib this boat is a favourite for both adults and our younger guests at our resorts for its speed and simple controls. Holding up to three sailors, this catamaran is great for introducing beginners to trapezing, but can also be a great challenge in high wind for those intermediate to advanced sailors.

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This boat provides high performance planing skiff sailing for two people, with a fully battened main sail, jib, asymmetric spinnaker, and single trapeze. This boat is suitable for advanced sailors looking for an exhilarating sail. This boat will plane in a force 3, but is at its optimum in a force 4 to 5 in which both crew and helm will take advantage of the rack system and trapeze.

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The best way to describe the RS 400 is supremly well behaved, beautiful to sail and yet fast and exciting when you want it. The 400 is a 2 person hiking dinghy with an Assymetric and is a great next step from the 2000 or Bahia.

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The 2000 is a classic intermediate doublehanded dinghy which is the perfect size for two people although it can be sailed by 3 or indeed alone. The boat features a spinnker and optional trapeze but has a modest sail area and is very forgiving.

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The RS 100 is a singlehanded performance boat with spinnaker. The hull is increadably light so it will get up and plane at the least provecation. Good next step for experienced laser sailors.

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The super stable Alpha is the perfect way to introduce kids to sailing with its small rig and easy controls. Suitable for children aged 6 to 12.

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Fast but controllable catamaran for 2 or 3 people with twin trapeze and asymmetric spinnaker

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Windsurfing & Paddlesport Equipment

Fast & Stable shortboard for advanced sailors available in 111L and 121L. Ideal for rigs from 6m to 7.8m

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We have Techno's to suit all abilities with 160L boards with daggerboard for early intermediates through 148L to 133L for those learning to blast in the straps.

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Starboard Rio's are a great beginner or early intermediate board with two sizes. Rio larges are great for larger beginners whereas Rio Mediums make a great second board for for those moving on from a Rio L, Motion or Windsup.

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Big stable boards for beginners

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Stable beginner board with soft decks which can be used for both windsurfing and paddleboarding. Also great for light wind freestyle

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Perfect for SUPing first thing in the morning

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Single, Double & Touring sit on top kayaks

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Combination of Tushingham Start and Tiki Trainers these sails are perfect for starting windsurfing.

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Lightweight rigs ideal for early intermediates and lighter windsurfers

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Great Freeride sails for Intermediate and Advanced Windsurfers

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Powerful Cammed sail for advanced sailors

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Kids Club

2023 Kids Clubs runs during half term (28th May to 4th June) and summer holidays (2nd July to 3rd September. Sessions run each day in either the morning (9.30 to 12.30) or afternoon (14.30 to 17.30). Each group has one session per day and there are different times on Monday due to welcome meeting. These are the rough groups each week;

Surf Squad – Ages 7 to 10

Youth Squad – Ages 11 to 13

Beach Bums – Ages 14 to 17

2023 Prices

2023 Nikiana Beach Club – Flights & Transfers Inc.

2023 Prices per person
Departures every Sunday.
Note that 3rd person price applies when booking a room with an extra bed. 4th person price applies to family room bookings only.

Departure DateOne WeekOne week 3rd / 4th personTwo WeeksTwo weeks 3rd / 4thEvent Week
29/30-April †£595£475£995£695** Solo Traveller
14-May£595£475£995£695SOLD OUT
21-May£645£475£1,295£895* Level up week
4-Jun£695£595£1,215£795* Level up week
18-Jun£795£655£1,345£825** Solo Traveller
2-Jul£895£745£1,495£895***Learn to Sail Week
3-Sep£795£645£1,345£845** Solo Traveller
24-Sep£695£545£1,195£695* Level up week
8-Oct£595£445** Solo Traveller

2023 Nikiana Beach Club – Accommodation Only

2023 prices per person
Departures every Sunday.
Note that 3rd person price applies when booking a room with an extra bed. 4th person price applies to family room bookings only.

Departure DateOne WeekOne week 3rd / 4th personTwo Weeks Event Week
30-April£445£345£775£535** Solo Traveller
14-May£475£345£835£595SOLD OUT
21-May£475£345£945£825* Level up week
4-Jun£495£475£895£665* Level up week
18-Jun£575£495£945£665** Solo Traveller
2-Jul£645£595£1,195£755***Learn to Sail Week
3-Sep£635£495£1,175£625** Solo Traveller
24-Sep£465£345£935£575* Level up week
8-Oct£395£295** Solo Traveller

* Level Up Weeks include 18 hours of free RYA Tuition in Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Sailing or Beginner Windsurfing (Please state desired course at time of booking)

** Solo Traveller Week – No single supplement on any rooms

*** Learn to Sail Week – A week designed for those with little or no experience, includes RYA Level 1

† 8 Day option (Saturday 29th April to Sunday 7th May) available at no extra charge, flight-inclusive only.

Whats Included

  • 7 or 14 Nights accommodation
  • Use of SUP’s & kayaks
  • Flight inclusive holidays are ATOL protected
  • Free sailing clinics & regatta
  • Meals on a Bed and Breakfast basis
  • Safety cover & support of sailing instructors & beach team
  • Transfer to and from our Beach Club (Flight inclusive package only)
  • Unlimited use of dinghy sailing & windsurfing equipment
  • Use of hotel facilities including swimming pool & sun loungers
  • Return flights from UK (Flight inclusive package only)

Club Board Option

For the past few years we’ve been just a bed and breakfast because we felt it didn’t “lock you in” to spending all your meals in a club like some places do. But due to the fact that most guests are happy to have their meals at the taverna anyways, we have made it possible to book meals in advance!

The price is £99 per person for adults or £79 for children 13 or under.  This includes the following;

  • Monday Evening Social Dinner
  • Wednesday Night Greek Night
  • Saturday Farewell Dinner
  • 2 x 2 Course Evening Meals from a set menu*
  • 3 x 1 Course Lunch from a set menu*


Seaview Supplement£10 per room per nightSingle occupancy supplement50% on twin occupancy rate
Private Tuition£40 per hourRYA Sailing Stage 1 – 4£99 (age 6 to 13)
RYA Assessment+ £20RYA Start Windsurf£99
RYA Level 1 Start Sailing£99RYA Windsurf Stage 1£99 (min 2 people)
RYA Level 2 Basic Skills£99RYA Windsurf Stage 2£99 (min 2 people)
RYA Level 3 Better Sailing£99RYA Powerboat Level 1 & 2 Full Course£275
RYA Seamanship Skills£110 (min 2 people)RYA Powerboat Level 2 Direct Assessment£110
RYA Sailing with Spinnakers£110 (min 2 people)Sunrise Paddle (not run every week)€10 Book Locally
RYA Performance Sailing£110 (min 2 people)

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Included With My Beach Club Holidays?

  • 7 Or 14 Nights Accommodation
  • ABTA Protection on all holidays
  • ATOL Protection (On Flight Inclusive Packages)
  • Kids Club during Peak Weeks
  • Meals On A Bed And Breakfast Basis
  • Regular Complimentary Sailing Clinics
  • Use Of Dinghy Sailing & Windsurfing Equipment
  • Use Of Stand-Up Paddle Boards And Kayaks
  • Overseas Airport Transfers (On Flight Inclusive Packages)
  • Return Flights From The UK (On Flight Inclusive Packages)

Do I need a visa for my holiday in Greece?

  • No, a tourist visa is not required for entry to Greece.

How much cash should I take with me?

  • Obviously this will depend on what your plans are, but generally you can expect to pay around 15-20 Euros per person for an evening meal. Although some places take card, it is good practice to have enough cash with you to cover any bill. Cash points are available on the main street. The Beach Club Taverna takes cards and you can also place any items on your room and pay at the end.

Do I need to buy everything at the club?

  • No. You have a fridge in your room as well as tea and coffee making facilities. You are welcome to buy suppliers from the local supermarkets to store in your fridge during your holiday.

Do I need a sailing license?

  • No, our club welcomes sailors of all abilites, from complete novices to racers, and everyone inbetween. As an RYA Training Centre, you will have the opportunity to gain your first or additional RYA qualifications during your holiday.

Are there any free sessions?

  • Yes, clinics, kids clubs and end of week regattas are all free of charge and available to everybody.

Is there Wifi at the club?

  • Yes, free Wifi is available in the taverna.

Do I have to eat at the club taverna?

  • The club’s taverna is a firm favorite with Greek locals, and it has a great following. However, you are under no obligation to eat there. The village of Nikiana has many options, and the main town of Lefkas and lively Nidri are also a short taxi or bus ride away.

Should I pre-book RYA training?

  • For the months of July & August we would recommend booking as the demand is extremely high. Throughout May, June and September booking in resort is fine.

What wind conditions can I expect?

  • Generally the prevailing wind is from the North and the strength ranges from force 2 to force 5. Light breezes in the morning are great for beginners and those familiarising themselves with new kit, with good cross-shore breezes in the afternoon to keep everyone entertained.

Can I always sail, regardless of wind strength?

  • Our experienced Beach Club team is always available to ensure the safety of all guests. This may mean that the beach will have to be closed if the wind strength dictates this. They will always try to organise other fun activities, including joy rides on the larger dinghies and multihulls if needed

Are there any hidden costs?

  • No, use of all equipment is available during your holiday for free. There is a charge for RYA Courses, Private Lessons, Yacht Trips and some other activities.

Can I sail anything?

  • Yes within reason. If you want to sail an unfamiliar dinghy like a Skiff or Multihull. We will provide you a briefing and joyride. The prerequisite for that is, of course, the right level of experience.