This is a sample seven day itinerary for a Corfu yacht charter exploring the Ionian Islands. It gives a flavour of the type of sailing holiday you can have in this region on a private charter and can, of course, be tailored to your preferences.
Corfu has a wide variety of bareboat, skippered and crewed yachts available.
A short three hour flight will transport you to Corfu, the largest of the Ionian Islands and the perfect starting point for exploring the smaller islands and mainland coastline on the sun-soaked turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea.
7 Days From Corfu
- Day 1 - Arrive Corfu, Gouvia Marina
- Day 2 - Gouvia to Mandraki Harbour - 4NM
- Day 3 - Mandraki to Paxos Lakka - 26NM
- Day 4 - Lakka to Parga - 13NM
- Day 5 - Parga to Sivota Mourtos - 12NM
- Day 6 - Sivota to Siagada - 16NM
- Day 7 - Siagada to Gouvia - 16NM
- Total = 87NM
7 Day Itinerary - Corfu
Pick up your yacht from Gouvia Marina. Before you do, allow time to explore Corfu Town, about 15 minutes from the marina. Colourful Venetian buildings overlook the harbour and the Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. For the best views of the town and the Ionian Sea beyond, aim for the lighthouse at the fortress.
While in Corfu Town
- Visit the Palaio Frourio, a wonderful fortress built by the Venetians in the 15th century on the remains of a Byzantine castle.
- For a moment of peace, pop into the Church of Agios Spyridon. The sacred relic of Corfu’s patron saint, St Spyridon, lies in an elaborate silver casket in the 16th century basilica.
- Dine at Christomalis, a traditional Greek tavern that was popular with Gerald Durrell and his family when they lived here. And also the actor Anthony Quinn.
- Stock up with fresh fruit, vegetables and fish at the main public market, north of Plateia San Rocco
A great opportunity to familiarise yourself with the Ionian Sea around Corfu. Stretch out your sailing day with a quick visit north, and maybe stop off for lunch at Kalami. Set in a horseshoe-shaped bay, it is the perfect place to drop anchor and enjoy your first swim in the crystal clear water. Kouloura, in the next bay is another gem worth visiting.
End the day by heading back south to Mandraki Harbour and enjoy dinner in Corfu Old Town.
Spend the morning sailing leisurely down to the south of Corfu and across to Paxos, one of the most charming of the Ionian Islands. Your destination will be Lakka at the northern tip, a small, traditional Greek fishing village.
Things to see and do in Lakka:
- Buy olive oil – direct from producers in Paxos.
- Wander out of the village along old goat tracks among the olive groves.
- Photograph the charming street cats and perhaps donate spare change in the blue PAWS (Paxos Animal Welfare Society) boxes which help keep the island’s cats healthy.
Today it’s over to mainland Greece, specifically Parga. Sailing time is approximately 3 hours across the Ionian Sea and the destination is a lively town with excellent tavernas, bars and a bustling harbour.
En route, it is worth stopping at Antipaxos, a tiny dot of an island that is almost uninhabited. Excursion boats visit daily from Paxos, so avoid the two main beaches and head for a smaller, quieter cove where you will be undisturbed.
While in Parga:
- Enjoy fresh local fish and seafood at one of the many excellent tavernas
- Visit the Paragaea Olive Oil Museum
- Swim off the town’s sandy beach or stroll 2km south of Parga to Lyhnos beach.
- Check out the romantic ruins of Parga’s Venetian castle with its incredible sea views.
Head up Greece's coastline to the Sivota Islands. Along the way, drop by Mourtos, a small fishing village on the mainland and then on to Sivota Mourtos. This is a small village tucked in between three surrounding islands, and is famed for stunning sunsets.
While in the area:
- Drop anchor off the outer islet and explore the gorgeous Blue Lagoon. Enjoy a quiet afternoon surrounded by pine-clad hills.
Sagiada, mainland Greece
Today's route takes you 16 nautical miles north along the mainland coast, up to the tranquil village of Siagada, at the foot of numerous hills. Great beaches abound and Sagiada makes for a very welcoming final destination, with numerous tavernas along the waterfront.
While in the area:
- Drop anchor near a quiet cove, and enjoy an afternoon relaxing on board and swimming and snorkelling in the clear, warm turquoise water.
Make the most of your final day, with a leisurely stretch across to the island of Corfu and back to Gouvia Marina, stopping off for lunch and a swim in the bay underneath the Old Town.
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