A Corfu cruising itinerary takes you to the beautiful bays and coves of the Ionian Islands off Albania and Greece’s northwestern shore (see Corfu maps). They are among the most scenic in Greece, with woodlands spread over the hills like an emerald carpet. Sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages add to the beauty. The ambience is peaceful and serene, the waters and balmy winds inviting. The typical Corfu Itinerary focuses on both the northern and the southern Ionian Islands. The rewards of a Corfu charter holiday are many – snorkelling, swimming, and sunbathing at pristine beaches are just some of the delights. Scuba diving is excellent in the area (guided excursions required due to regulations). Enjoy exploring small towns, historic monasteries and castles, and relaxing aboard your Moorings yacht.

Day 1

Kalami bay

A charming former fishing village, Kalami is located on the northeast coast of Corfu, with lush olive groves surrounding and scenic hilltops peeking through in the background. This horseshoe-shaped bay is riddled with natural beauty and the bustling harbor town has something to offer visitors of all kinds. Kalami’s blue flag pebble beach makes for an idyllic place to bask in the Mediterranean sun or partake in water activities. Go ashore to enjoy some shopping in Kassiopi and if the timing is right, to soak up the culture during one of the annual festivals like the Vacarola or Pie Festival. Kalami is also home to a number of traditional restaurants, where you can tempt your palate with authentic Greek cuisine and sample the local wines. And because the bay is protected from north westerly winds, it provides a superb anchorage for charterers.

Day 2

Sivota Mourtos

Sivota is a beautiful coastal town located on mainland Greece directly east of the southern tip of Corfu Island. Just offshore, are the Sivota Islands group – Nisis Ay Nikolaos, Nisis Sivota and Nisis Mavros Notos. These rugged isles have long been popular with cruisers as a good place to unwind.  Note, a reef obstructs passage between Nisis Ay Nikolaos and Nisis Sivota. Although redeveloped, the town quay at Mourtos still features all the charms and ambiance of a traditional Grecian village. However, if you are looking for some late-night action, the Sand-bar Bay is the place to be. If you are traveling with children they will undoubtedly want you to bring them to the water park at Monastery Bay. The channel between Ay Nikolaos and the mainland is busy with water- and jet-skiers. There are also many small, but amazing beaches sprinkled along the coastlines.

Day 3

Bay of Lakka Paxos

Bay of Lakka Paxos sailing is an open-water affair, taking you past the southern end of Corfu into the heart of the north Ionian Sea. Off the bow are Paxos and Anti Paxos islands, two jewels that most cruising sailors don’t want to miss. Sparsely populated and fertile, the islands are known for their remote and quiet ambience. The interior of Anti Paxos is covered in vineyards and olive groves, and there are paths that take you past the lush greenery interspersed with flocks of sheep, bleating contentedly in the warm sun. The anchorages are snug and the beaches are beautiful, making sailing in the Bay of Lakka Paxos divine.

Day 4

Parga

Parga sailing brings you to the coast of mainland Greece, with its splendid beaches, eclectic shops, and wide variety of restaurants.

Day 5

Petriti

The sleepy working fishing village of Petriti is located on the east coast of Corfu. It is one of the few locations along this coastline to have a sandy beach and its gentle shallow waters provide superb conditions for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. Drop anchor and take your dinghy ashore to experience one of the traditional seaside tavernas, where you can enjoy a freshly-prepared fish dish that goes straight from the boat to your table.

Day 6

Mandraki Harbour, Corfu

Ideally situated within the Old Venetian Fortress, Mandraki Harbour provides a splendid setting for an overnight stay. Entry and exit to the harbor are taken via the fort by crossing the large bridge over the moat. Spend the day soaking up the radiant Mediterranean sun while sipping on your favorite cocktail and listening to the harmonic sounds of Corfu Music School in the background. In the evening, go ashore to explore the nightlife of Corfu Town, delighting in the local culture and tempting your taste buds with the most mouthwatering authentic Greek cuisine.

Day 7

Gouvia Marina Corfu

Gouvia is the main harbor in Corfu and the marina is the largest in Greece, providing a premier location to begin and end your yacht charter vacation. Past meets present throughout the small former fishing village of Gouvia, where you can marvel in the ancient Venetian architecture and enjoy a number of modern accommodations. For those interested in exploring more of the local land, you have the option to go horseback riding or rent bicycles. Arrive to Gouvia Marina by 5 PM to spend your last night aboard your yacht and disembark by 9 AM the following morning.

Day 1

Kalami bay

A charming former fishing village, Kalami is located on the northeast coast of Corfu, with lush olive groves surrounding and scenic hilltops peeking through in the background. This horseshoe-shaped bay is riddled with natural beauty and the bustling harbor town has something to offer visitors of all kinds. Kalami’s blue flag pebble beach makes for an idyllic place to bask in the Mediterranean sun or partake in water activities. Go ashore to enjoy some shopping in Kassiopi and if the timing is right, to soak up the culture during one of the annual festivals like the Vacarola or Pie Festival. Kalami is also home to a number of traditional restaurants, where you can tempt your palate with authentic Greek cuisine and sample the local wines. And because the bay is protected from north westerly winds, it provides a superb anchorage for charterers.

Day 2

Bay of Lakka Paxos

Bay of Lakka Paxos sailing is an open-water affair, taking you past the southern end of Corfu into the heart of the north Ionian Sea. Off the bow are Paxos and Anti Paxos islands, two jewels that most cruising sailors don’t want to miss. Sparsely populated and fertile, the islands are known for their remote and quiet ambience. The interior of Anti Paxos is covered in vineyards and olive groves, and there are paths that take you past the lush greenery interspersed with flocks of sheep, bleating contentedly in the warm sun. The anchorages are snug and the beaches are beautiful, making sailing in the Bay of Lakka Paxos divine.

Day 3

Kefalonia

Cruising in Kefalonia waters is a marvelous experience. As you proceed down Ithaca Channel, with Ithaca close off the port beam, the mountains soaring from the interior of Kefalonia block out the west, towering more than one statute mile high at Mt. Ainos (elevation 5,308 feet). At 546 square miles in area, Kefalonia is the largest of the seven main Ionian Islands, with approximately 365 villages and towns sprinkled like jewels along the coast and inland. In 1953, a massive earthquake struck the area, destroying many of Kefalonia’s historic buildings, but some survived. The picturesque village of Fiscardo, a beautiful harbour at the northeast tip of the island, escaped most of the damage. Tavernas, nightclubs, boutiques, museums, fortresses, monasteries, beaches, hiking trails, and many other attractions await you. Kefalonia sailing is varied and exciting.

Day 4

Ithaca

Ithaca is best known as the home of Odysseus (Ulysses), hero of the Trojan War and Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. You can just picture the beautiful Penelope, wife of King Odysseus, waiting patiently (seemingly forever as one decade passes and another begins) for her wayward husband to return from his overly long adventure. Ithaca sailing is certainly a blending of the historic with the modern, as you venture into the waters of this famous Greek isle, its high hills covered in vineyards, pines, olive groves, and stands of cypress. In contrast to most of the other Ionian Islands, Ithaca is the least developed. Its west shore is rugged and mostly barren, overlooking a channel about three nautical miles wide that separates it from the much larger island of Kefalonia. Ithaca’s three main ports – Frikes, Kioni, and Vathy – are very beautiful and quiet towns on the island’s fertile east coast, offering a pleasant, laid-back ambience where you can walk the narrow streets, browse in the shops, and enjoy the scenery from a waterfront taverna. Sailing in Ithaca waters is delightful, a real pleasure in the southern Ionian Islands.

Day 5

Parga

Parga sailing brings you to the coast of mainland Greece, with its splendid beaches, eclectic shops, and wide variety of restaurants.

Day 6

Corfu

The northernmost of the Ionian Islands and the westernmost point in Greece, Corfu is situated about one nautical mile off the Albanian coast. The island’s north shore is rugged and high, with steep limestone hills dominating the skyline. From seaward, it’s an impressive sight. The west coast is wild, fully exposed to the northwest winds, and there are few harbors. To the south, the land tends to flatten and on the east coast are hospitable towns, snug coves, and beautiful beaches. Cruising in Corfu waters is a delight, especially since it’s the gateway to the Ionian Islands and one of the prettiest cruising grounds on Earth.

Day 7

Gouvia Marina Corfu

Gouvia is the main harbor in Corfu and the marina is the largest in Greece, providing a premier location to begin and end your yacht charter vacation. Past meets present throughout the small former fishing village of Gouvia, where you can marvel in the ancient Venetian architecture and enjoy a number of modern accommodations. For those interested in exploring more of the local land, you have the option to go horseback riding or rent bicycles. Arrive to Gouvia Marina by 5 PM to spend your last night aboard your yacht and disembark by 9 AM the following morning.

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