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Sailing holidays in Corfu

Sailing holidays in Corfu

A complete yacht charter guide that has everything you need to know about sailing holidays in Corfu.

If you love the idea of having your next sailing holidays in Greece, and especially the island of Corfu, this is what you need to get prepared before your boat trip.

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Sailing Corfu ...at a glance

Sailing Corfu, Greece
Corfu Island, Greece

A Yacht Charter in Corfu allows you to explore Paxos, Antipaxos, Syvota, Parga & Othonoi.

Corfu takes its name from the Greek word "Coryfi" which means mountain top. It is the northernmost and most cosmopolitan of the Ionian islands, with a strong Venetian/Italian influence.

Corfu town is "sheltered" by two Venetian fortresses, a French-style arcade and the palace of St. Michael and St. George.

Sail around the North Ionian islands and enjoy exhilarating sailing conditions, numerous islands and bays, abundant native wildlife, as well as excellent nightlife.

Why charter from Corfu?

Corfu is a must-see Greek sailing destination and often voted the No1 holiday destination in the Mediterranean - and for good reason! 

Some of the itinerary highlights include the famous islands of Paxos, Antipaxos, and Sivota (mainland + islands), as well as the unspoiled islands of Othonoi and Ereikoussa at the North of Corfu.

Sailing distances are similar to those you will find at the South Ionian, the wind and weather are very predictable and there are many secure anchorages to choose from, be it ports, marinas, town quays or bays.

Did we also mention the amazing panoramic views from restaurants in Northern Corfu and the white sandy beaches?

Also, you shouldn't miss out on the island's top delicacy - the famous Limoncello liqueur.

The North Ionian is ideal for:

  • Intermediate sailors
  • Advanced sailors who wish to relax and unwind
  • Groups sailing with young children or elderly
  • Mile-building trips
  • Families

Are you a family?
Read our guide to planning the perfect family sailing holidays!

Corfu sailing weather conditions

The weather in this area is usually very sunny and warm.

During spring, summer, and autumn, an NW wind of up to 3 Beaufort starts blowing almost every afternoon (2-3pm) and dies down after sunset.

Where can we start our Corfu sailing holidays from?

You will need to fly in and out of the International airport of Corfu, which has frequent flights from the UK and other European countries.

The airport is very close to the Corfu marina (15 mins), so you can take a taxi after you land - the transfer cost starts from 10 EUR per way, depending on your group's size and luggage.

It is usually quite hard to find available taxis in Corfu, especially during high season, as they are few compared to the masses of tourists arriving at the island - we recommend pre-booking yours to avoid delays.

Corfu is also connected to the mainland with frequent ferries departing from the port of Corfu or the port of Leukimi in the South. 

Corfu sailing holiday tips

Corfu marina is a new, very well organised marina with all necessary facilities such as bathrooms, showers, bars, restaurants, chandlery, and laundry.

The marina is guarded by security at the main entrance 24/7, so it is safe to park cars inside (at no extra cost).

Bathrooms and showers are only used by marina guests and are in excellent condition. You can buy shower cards from the marina offices. Water and shore power cards are also provided at the marina offices.

There is a small supermarket inside the marina (stays open on Sundays), however, just 5 mins away, you will find a big-name supermarket which offers a wide range of product options and free delivery directly to your yacht.

On Sundays, you will also find a large supermarket 10 mins away from the marina at the seaside village of Ypsos.

In Corfu, you shouldn't miss a visit to Gouvia town, as well as Kassiopi at the North, and of course, the famous Palaiokastritsa with its sandy beach and crystal clear, invigorating waters.

Liked what you read about Corfu so far? 
Check also our Lefkas & Kefalonia sailing guide!

Recommended Corfu sailing itineraries

sailing route from Corfu

7-day sailing route

⚓ Day 1. Gouvia Marina (check-in) - Petritis Bay 16.5 NM

⚓ Day 2. Petritis - Panorama Bay - Lakka Bay, Paxos Island 20.6 NM

⚓ Day 3. Caves, Paxos Island - Mongonissi - Gaios Port 8.6 NM

⚓ Day 4. Gaios, Paxos Island - Voutoumi, Antipaxos Island - Parga, Mainland 15.7 NM

⚓ Day 5. Parga - Katsonisi - Sivota, Mainland 11.4 NM

⚓ Day 6. Sivota, Mainland - Benitses, Corfu Island - Port Mandraki, Corfu Island  21.1 NM

⚓ Day 7. Port Mandraki, Corfu Island -  Gouvia Marina 8 NM

13-day sailing route

⚓ Day 1. Corfu - Paxos

⚓ Day 2. Paxos - Assos

⚓ Day 3. Assos - Argostoli

⚓ Day 4. Argostoli - Katakolo

⚓ Day 5. Katakolo - Vathi

⚓ Day 6. Vathi - Petalas

⚓ Day 7. Petalas - Kalamos

⚓ Day 8. Kalamos - Nydri

⚓ Day 9. Nydri - Preveza

⚓ Day 10. Preveza - Antipaxos

⚓ Day 11. Antipaxos - Parga

⚓ Day 12. Parga - Igoumenitsa

⚓ Day 13. Igoumenitsa - Corfu

Keep on reading: Top 5 Reasons to Go Sailing in the Ionian


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