Guide to Sailing Holidays in Corfu

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Zizoo’s Guide to Sailing in Corfu: An island of both rugged and classic beauty

Charter a yacht in Corfu and enjoy scenic sailing in one of the world’s top holiday destinations. With Zizoo, you can set sail from Gouvia Bay and explore the surrounding Ionian Islands, such as Paxi and Lefkada, while stopping in some of the best beaches in Greece. 

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Best time to sail in Corfu and how to get there

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  • Best time to sail:  summer for superb beach and sailing weather
  • Airport: Corfu International is the island’s main airport, and is located just 15 minutes away by car from the island’s main marina at Gouvia. You can also reach Corfu by boat from Igoumenitsa on the coast of mainland Greece
  • Marinas: anchorages in Corfu can be found in the towns of Agni, Kalami and Kouloura, but you can also enjoy hopping around the Ionian Islands and visiting mainland Greece where you’ll find a number of well-equipped marinas and bays for overnight stops

Things to do and see when sailing in Corfu

Visit Corfu:

  • the Old Town of Corfu – a World Heritage Site, is made up of a wonderful ensemble of beautiful Baroque and Venetian buildings
  • enjoy wandering around the cobblestone streets, passing through Liston and Splanada or visiting one of many archaeological or art museums before departing on your sailing holiday in Corfu
  • head to the mountains in the north of Corfu to enjoy hiking or biking trails that take you through the island’s rugged, yet beautiful, landscapes. The trail around Mt Pantokrator offers breathtaking scenery and is a great way to see more of this charming island
  • the small town of Acharavi on the northern tip of Corfu has some of its best water parks as well as museums and bars
  • Agios Georgios to the north-west is a great destination for hiking from the shore to the inland mountains
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A Corfu sailing holiday also gives you the unique advantage of being able to visit the nearby islands, including Paxi and Lefkada at your own leisure.

Activities:

  • windsurfing
  • the southern beaches are generally more popular, with sandy shores and several seafront bars, restaurants and resorts
  • at Gouvia, enjoy relaxed dining at Romeos and 9 Muses restaurants, or visit the more relaxed My Place Bar and lively Old School Rock Bar nearby
  • you’ll have the choice of sandier shores to the west, such as Issos and Prasoudi, or the quieter Messonghi and Halikounas beaches.

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Suggested sailing routes in Corfu

The Ionian Sea remains a great sailing location due to favourable weather conditions and calmer seas than the nearby Aegean. To see the best of the Ionian Islands, start at Gouvia Marina and work your way south to Pylos on the mainland, in the gorgeous Navarino Bay. Along the way you’ll see Sivotas Island, Port Gaios and Lefkas, the second largest on the island chain.

From Lefkada (Lefkas), enjoy safe and easy sailing along the canal. You can make stops at the small harbours in Lygia and Nikiana before heading out to the nearby islands of Meganisi and Kalamos. On Meganisi, you can make a visit to the historic Papanakolis sea cave.

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Continue south, stopping at Vathi and Zakinthos, with its remarkable Venetian Fortress and the stunning Blue Caves that rises from the sea. A boat trip to Zakinthos is not complete without a visit to the iconic Navagio or Shipwreck beach.

You’ll find that the above mentioned locations offer excellent moorings, with Sivotas, Abelike Bay and Pylos offering anchorages to stop off and relax at the beach. For more information and tips about sailing around the Ionian Islands, check out our magazine where you’ll find more sailing routes in Greece

Sailing conditions in Corfu

Sailing conditions:

  • the waters around Corfu are generally calm and make for enjoyable sailing holidays in Greece
  • tides are low, reaching 0.5m at the extreme, but usually far lower
  • the Ionian Sea generally experiences a north-west to west-north-west wind that ranges from 10 to 15 knots
  • it should be noted that winds in northern Corfu can blow strong at times, making for an exciting sailing trip
  • air temperatures on the island of Corfu are at an average of 25°C in high summer, but often into the 30s. The average sea temperature is a pleasant 25°C or so.
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“This is a preferred destination in Greece for beginner sailors or those looking for a more relaxing sailing holiday.”

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The south of Corfu is a popular area for sailing holidays thanks to the region’s excellent summer weather and easy sailing conditions with calm waters and ideal wind speeds. This is a preferred destination in Greece for beginner sailors or those looking for a more relaxing sailing holiday. Sailors in the area need only to watch out for occasional gusts when travelling alongside mountainous areas.

Anchoring is possible at all the major ports, and each island is well provisioned with harbours for stopping at your leisure. Remember, you can also enjoy booking a skippered sailing holiday with Zizoo.