Everything you need to know about sailing in Corfu and the North Ionian
Corfu Sailing Guide – Everything you Need to Know
Gentle breezes, turquoise waters, hidden beaches and coves, authentic cuisine… all you need for an amazing Corfu Sailing experience.
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Everything you need to know about your next Corfu Sailing Adventure
Corfu. It is one of the greenest islands in Greece, full of abundant and verdant vegetation, as well as wild plants, due to its mild Mediterranean climate. Despite Corfu is one of the most popular destinations in Greece, you can still find unspoiled beauties, picturesque small villages, full of authenticity and lovely colours.
Built between two fortresses, with an abundance of amazing Italian and French buildings, Byzantine churches, and squares full of flowers, Corfu Town is a real jewel waiting to be explored.
How to get there. You can reach Corfu and start with your Corfu Sailing experience immediately by flying directly to Corfu Airport (CFU). There are very good connections from most big European airports. From the mainland, you can reach Corfu by ferry from Igoumenitsa.
The Weather. True to the Mediterranean standards, the weather in Corfu and the Northern Ionian Islands is usually warm and sunny, even during Spring and Autumn. We can guarantee an amazing Corfu Sailing experience with the winds gusting up to 20 – 30 knots, providing excellent opportunities for a good day’s sail.
1. Corfu Sailing Itinerary
Corfu Sailing Itinerary
The team has prepared our suggested Corfu Sailing Itinerary for you so that you are ready to set sail when you get to Corfu. It is ideal for our slightly more experienced sailors (Level 2) looking for their next adventure out in the Greek waters.
Due to the slightly bigger, but definitely manageable distances between the islands, our Corfu sailing itinerary is ideal for those looking for mile-building routes, with a total of 101,93 nautical miles covered throughout the week.
2. Things to Do in Corfu
The Best Things to do Before Your Embark on your Corfu Sailing Adventure.
- Explore the Old City of Corfu. A city packed tight between two fortresses, Corfu’s Old Town is a knot of walkable streets and alleys between Venetian and Neoclassical houses painted pale yellow and orange. Allow plenty of time to see every corner, and don’t forget to check out the Archaeological Museum and Casa Parlante, a quirky 19th-century mansion with period interiors and animatronic figures.
- Visit the Esplanade and Liston. Between the Old Town and the old fortress is the esplanade, a long green square that is a remnant of the Venetian fortifications in the 17th century. During the French occupation of Corfu at the turn of the 19th century, the esplanade was planted with trees, while the cricket pitch is a holdover from the British period that followed. The Liston, on the Esplanade’s western boundary, is an elegant arcade, also from the French period and designed in the style of the Rue de Rivoli in Paris.
- Achilleion Palace. This Neoclassical palace was designed by the Italian architect Raffaele Caritto with the hero Achilles as its central theme. The illustrious German sculptor Ernst Herter produced statues inspired by Greek mythology for the grounds (the most famous shows Achilles in his death throes). You can tour the gardens, enriched with balustrades, a colonnade, fountains and Herter’s statues amid palms and trimmed cypress trees.
- Paleokastritsa Beach and Monastery. Nestling just east of the monastery is the exquisite Paleokastritsa Beach. It lies at the end of a long inlet with high walls of rock on both sides. The water could hardly be calmer or clearer and is a snorkeller’s dream and just right for families with smaller children. The monastery has a small brotherhood of eight monks who give masses and offer tours of the buildings and lush gardens. Almost every surface of the building is cloaked with bougainvillaea and geraniums, and if you’d like to enter the chapel there’s a dress code, and shoulders and legs have to be covered up. The monastery has a small museum with vestments, icons and, strangely, the skeleton of a whale.
- Pontikonisi (Mouse island). For €2.5 you can catch a boat to this small island where a 12th-century Byzantine monastery is crowded by pine and cypress trees. According to legend, Pontokonisi is Ulysses’ ship after it was turned to stone by Poseidon. The island is protected but you can disembark, climb the stairway to visit the bite-sized monastery, which has a cafe and a souvenir shop.
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3. Best Activities in Corfu
Best Activities in Corfu.
- Sailing. You can privately charter a boat and explore Corfu and the closeby islands, as well as the Western Greek coastline. Our favourite boat to ensure that you have an amazing Corfu sailing experience is a Lagoon 42ft catamaran. It gives you plenty of space and comfort and can be compared to a floating hotel.
- Snorkelling. There are plenty of amazing spots you can explore.
- Paragliding. Share the surreal experience of soaring through the sky over the Corfu coastline on a tandem paraglide.
- Hiking. Many kilometers of Corfiot walking routes that lead into forested landscapes untouched by the mass tourism await for you to discover and explore.
- Wine tasting. Take a break from Corfu’s beaches and head for the vine- and olive-clad hills of the Ropa Valley for a tour and tasting at Theotoky Estate.
- SUP & Kayaking. Either you are on a Corfu Sailing holiday, or you just want to rent the equipment for a day or so, you should definitely try stand up paddleboarding and kayaking in Corfu.
4. Best places to eat in Corfu
Best Places to Eat in Corfu
1. TOULAS – AGNI BAY
In spite of its reputation as a place for the rich and famous holidaying in Corfu, this seafood restaurant on the northeast coast of the island is relatively understated and affordable, especially considering the likes of supermodel Kate Moss and British royalty have been known to anchor their yachts just to come here.
Serving up seafood favourites with an extra side of Corfiot flare, owner Toula gets first dibs on the fisherman’s daily catch, handpicking a premium selection for the restaurant. The focus is on excellent produce and attentive service. Expect a prawn linguine that is actually served al dente and an impressive view over the turquoise, tree-lined bay with neighbouring Albania in the distance.
2. SIRENS BEACH BAR – MARATHIAS BEACH
Completely renovated in 2019, this haven on a cliff-backed beach towards the south of the island is akin to a beach bar you might expect to find on a remote island of southeast Asia, were it not for the predominance of all the olive wood amidst bamboo and banana trees. Walk down a path through the tropical flora and out onto a cacti-lined bar with views of the bright blue Ionian, offering morning yoga and perhaps the best brunch you might find on the whole island.
3. KLIMATARIA (BELLOS) – BENITSES
Owned by Mr. Bellos, the kind of proprietor always on hand to recommend a dish of the day as well as to look offended when you can’t quite manage to lick your plate clean, Klimataria is a Corfiot institution. Unassuming and camouflaged amongst the cheap tavernas of the former fishing village Benitses (now a tourist resort in south of the island), it serves up the kind of dishes you might expect were you to be welcomed into a Corfiot grandmother’s home for lunch.
4. THE VENETIAN WELL – CORFU TOWN
Chef and owner Yannis Vlachos had his eye on this spot located in a quiet piazza of Corfu Town long before its spell as a (thankfully) short-lived bar. Were you not on the look out for it, you might well miss the Venetian Well, which has become one of the island’s most high-end dining spots. Hiding in the shadow of a 16th-century church, this restaurant, shrouded in wall-climbing plants, spills out onto the pretty pink square, its neatly set tables positioned around a well, built six centuries ago by the conquering Venetians.
Its impossibly romantic setting, surrounded by the terracotta, yellow and pink palette of the Old Town’s architecture is enough of a draw to visit this restaurant – but chef Vlachos’ food is as attractive as the Venetian Well’s location. Greek flavors are distilled in elegant dishes made from simple, locally sourced ingredients for a gourmet take on the classics.