The perfect place to start your sailing holiday or sail training course.
The island of Corfu is located just off the West coast of Greece. With a combination of 25 degrees in the sea and a summer average of around 25 - 30 degrees in the air Corfu has the climate for a great summer holiday. As well as the temperature, Corfu also has a fantastic sea breeze which makes sailing around the islands every afternoon very No Stress! One of the best features about sailing from Gouvia is that for 10 miles to the North and 20 miles to the South you will be in the Lee of Corfu from the prevailing NW winds, meaning the majority of the sailing you will do for the first part of your holiday will be in glorious flat water! The best way to get use to sailing again or for introducing new sailors to the ropes.
As far as sailing destinations go, Corfu really does have a mix of harbours and bays to explore on your sailing holiday.
On the Northern end of the Island is the village of Kassiopi. It is one of the most picturesque villages on Corfu with breath taking views from our Villa ‘The Eagles Rest’, and great choice of fantastic tavernas around the water front. It can be hard to spot from a distance, but as you get closer you will see the villas/houses on the surrounding hills. There are some great places to eat and drink here, many just a stone’s throw from your boat. There is also a supermarket just back from the quay, where you can get supplies and inquire about going scuba diving (PADI) off the beach around the corner. The old Venetian Castle is free to explore. A nice little walk around the headland to the West takes you to some great little beaches and views. In the height of summer the harbour can get full quiet quickly so it is always a good idea to have plan B, which could be heading around the corner to the bay of Imerola where you can anchor off the beach and dinghy in for dinner in Kassiopi.
Another great spot is St Stephanos which is just on the North Eastern tip of Corfu. Here you can free swing in the bay and dinghy into the lovely village where there is a good choice of tavernas and bars to keep you satisfied.
Further South are the bays of Kerresia, Kaloura, Kalami and Agni. Where you can anchor off ad dinghy into some of the nicest tavernas on the island. Just be sure the weather will be calm during the night as they are all open to any wind from the South. Just around the corner from Agni is a small church (that featured in the TV episodes of the Durrels), next to this is a great little cave that you can swim in and dive out of!
Besides these main stops there are plenty of cute little bays and coves you can anchor in for a lunch swim or even over night if you fancy a quiet night onboard watching the stars.
South of Gouvia Marina, is Corfu Town where you have two yacht clubs you can stay underneath the old fortress. You can also anchor in the bay South of the Fortress and dinghy into town. From here you can walk into the ancient town of Corfu. In the town there, as you would expect, there is plenty of choice of tavernas and bars, as well as many shops to explore. The best advice is to get lost in the back streets to find the best food and local atmosphere.
Next along the coastline you have Benitses, which sadly is usually full of privately owned yachts. However if you can get in there are some great tavernas and cafes worth a stop. Around 2 hours sailing from Corfu Town is Petriti, a small village that is home to one of the biggest fishing fleets on the island. Obviously this means the fish is a must have when you stay here. You have options of staying on the quay next to the small fishing boats or anchoring in bay just off the beach.
After here you will be sailing past Lefkimi, home to a small ferry harbour and then Kavos, a popular place for young brits to come and party. From Petriti it is usually around 3 - 4 hours sailing to the top of Paxos, normally with a great WNW afternoon breeze blasting you across the gap.
The West coast of Corfu is a great one to explore by land but doesn't offer a lot of shelter for a yacht looking to moor. It is a nice sail in the right conditions to go from the Islands to the North of Corfu right down to Paxos. However make sure you have a good forecast as it is a long motor otherwise!
The places mentioned above are only a snap shot of the possible places you can expect to see on a trip to Corfu. The only way really to see the island is by sea.