About the Marina | Cruising Grounds | Around the Base | Provisioning | Things to Do | Water Toys & Sports

Whether this is your fifth trip or the first of many, we want you to feel at home when you're at a Moorings base. At Marina Gouvia, we welcome you to enjoy the marina's facilities before boarding and setting sail from Corfu.

About the Marina

Marina Gouvia 
PO Box 60 
49083 Tzavros
Corfu, Greece 

Base Hours 
The base is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (evening staff to cover until all flights have arrived).

Marina Facilities
Your comfort is assured by extensive facilities including:

  • Laundry room
  • Hotels
  • Parking
  • Post office
  • Restaurants
  • Banks
  • Supermarket

Dock Facilities

  • Water
  • Electricity

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Cruising Grounds

Experience Level
A formal sailing license is mandatory to charter here. Review the power or sail requirements for Corfu while planning your holiday. Please contact our Holiday Planners at 888.952.8420 if you have any questions.

The Greek Maritime Authorities have recently changed their sailing license requirements for 2022 and 2023 and have confirmed that they will no longer accept the RYA Day Skipper qualification for Yacht Chartering in Greek waters.

All RYA Day Skipper Qualification holders are able to convert their current qualification to the ICC (International Certificate of Competence) qualification. This can be done online through the RYA website or via a paper form which can be downloaded from the website and printed. If you are a RYA member, an ICC can be issued free of charge, please visit the website and complete the application form.

The conversion period may take several weeks, therefore please plan ahead to ensure you receive the ICC certificate in time. The skipper must bring a physical copy of their sailing qualification - a photocopy or picture on a phone will not be accepted by the marine authorities

Cruising Area Restrictions  
Albania: Starting from Corfu, navigation is only permitted in Greek territorial waters. Under no circumstances should you go to Albania.

Charts & Pilot Books
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are issued at your chart briefing.

Nighttime Sailing 
You must be moored at least one hour before sunset. Night Sailing is not allowed without permission from the base manager. The decision to allow night sailing is based on your skill level and can be requested in advance. You will need to fill out the Sailing or Power resume for the base to review but we cannot guarantee approval.

Cruising Permits & Taxes
It is not possible to make reservation in Greek ports. A passing through berth is generally available for the night. Your passage is not always recorded when passing through small ports. Port Authorities will sometimes request the boat's papers and your charter contract. Do not forget to retrieve your documents before leaving. The average price for a night for a 40 footer: 7€, in small harbors / in private marina’s 40-50€.

Moorings Fees & Taxes
Vary from port to port 30-70Euros.

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Around the Base

Hotel Debono - distance from the base : 500 m
Corfu Palace Hotel - 2 Leoforos Dimokratias Avenue
Kontokali Bay Hotel - distance from the base: 1 km

It is best to exchange your money when you arrive at the airport.
Banking hours: Monday - Thursday: from 8.00 am – 2.00 pm and Friday: from 8.00 am – 1.30 pm. Most banks have a 24 hour cash machine.
During your cruise, you will find banks in the town centers of Corfu, Gaios, Parga Preveza, Levkas and Nidri. There is one ATM outside Gouvia marina, and one inside the marina in front of the Marina Office.

Currencies / Money Exchange 
The currency in Greece is the euro (EUR). Money changing facilities are present in the majority of towns, although, they are not that readily available off the beaten track. Money changing should be done either with cash or by travelers’ checks, euro checks.   Visa and Master Card are accepted, American Express may only be accepted at limited locations and most local tavernas accepting only cash.

Note: The base cannot accept cash or personal checks.

Post Office 
A post office can be found in the center of Corfu: Open Monday to Friday: 7:30am to 8:00pm. There is a mail box in the marina next to the Marina Office. The nearest telephone booth is 30 m from the base.

Pipilas - Greek specialties, 600m south of the base 
Gereko - Kontokali village - Fish specialties, 600m south of the base
Melina’s Restaurant and Bar- Gouvia village - 500m north of the base (15€ - 20€ per person)
Zorbas Restaurant - 500m north of the base in Kontokali village

In Corfu you can find fashions, jewelry and many other stores with a wide range of tourist items, such as wonderful gifts and souvenirs. Gold and silver are worked with a skill which has its Byzantine days with influences from the West. Ceramics also have a long history as a Corfiot craft.

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The Moorings Provisioning
Online Provisioning is not available in this destination.

There is a small supermarket at the base as well as a larger supermarket located across the Marina which is a 5-10 minute walk away.

There are a few restaurants located in the Marina itself serving traditional Greek dishes through out the day. 

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Things to Do

Please visit the Itinerary Page for more of the best places to visit on your trip. While you are in Corfu take the opportunity to visit these other cultural attractions. Take advantage of your visit to Corfu to see all the island's curiosities. 

The old town
In the center of town near the old port there is a magnificent Venetian district with colorful streets lined with numerous shops and taverns.

Byzantine Art Museum
Arseniou Street in the Antivouniotissa Church.

Napoleon Bonaparte later modified the new fort from the 16th and 17th century. The old fort was occupied by the Venetians for a long time. A "Son and Lumiere" spectacle is frequently given in different languages.

The Liston
Across from the old fort there are arcades constructed by the French. There you will find a variety of terraced cafes overlooking an esplanade where traditional cricket matches are played.

Archaeological museum - Vraila Street at the end of the road of Garitsa Bay near Corfu Palace.  There are numerous examples of prehistoric tools and pottery exhibited.  Open from 8:30 am to 3 pm. Daily except Monday.

Horse Riding
Try the experience of riding in Trailriders. 
Reservations are essential - contact Ano Korakiana tel: 30 26630 23090 / 22503 
Some other fun sports in Corfu are: water ski, tennis, golf.

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Water Toys & Sports

For your convenience, you can add water toys to your charter prior to arrival at the base. They will be waiting on your boat upon arrival. You are able to rent these at the base; please keep in mind that we have limited availability. For more information, please view our Water Sports Options.

Scuba Diving 
Scuba diving is strictly regulated in Greece. Please arrange in advance to dive with a local club: 
Seven Islands Dive Centre Gouvia Marina – Tel: 266 109 19 55

The Moorings provides snorkeling gear (flippers, masks & snorkels) for all charters for your pleasure. Children's sizes are very limited; you may wish to pack your own snorkeling gear.

Yes. No permit required.

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For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here for Bareboat Charters or here for Crewed Charters.