Renting a catamaran is an excellent way to explore one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, Corfu. An old town with Venetian influences, imposing fortresses, majestic villas, spectacular green bays, and endless sandy beaches. In Corfu, there are several organized Marinas where you can easily find the ideal catamaran of your choice. You can directly contact the owners of the vessel, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a catamaran with a skipper, or without if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise along the unique coastline of Corfu. You may also rent a catamaran to enjoy a sunset cruise, throw a birthday or bachelor party, or celebrate a wedding anniversary. Finally, you can hire a luxury catamaran and enjoy a 3-day or 7-day charter to the neighboring Ionian Islands.
Corfu is perhaps the most famous island of the Ionian islands and one of the most popular in the Mediterranean. The charming Old Town, the traditional villages, and the amazing beaches filled with turquoise waters attract thousands of visitors yearly. The homonymous capital of the island is a city museum, it is a place with great artistic tradition and with numerous European influences. It is no coincidence that the historical center of Corfu has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the same time, the first Greek university, the Ionian Academy, the first philharmonic, and the very first school of fine arts in Greece, was founded in Corfu.
Easter in Corfu and the events of the Holy Week are both celebrations that bring thousands of tourists to the island every year, even during spring. During Easter, the biggest celebration of Orthodoxy in Corfu takes place and is one of the primary factors that set it apart from many islands and destinations throughout all of Greece. In all of its glamour and splendor, Corfu remains to be one of the top cosmopolitan destinations in the world.
By renting a catamaran in Corfu, you can tour unique and countless beaches. With thirty Blue Flag awarded beaches that adorn the 217 enchanting kilometers of coastline of Corfu, you can drop anchor and enjoy moments of relaxation and tranquility. Apart from the award-winning ones, there are other equally beautiful beaches that you can explore in comfort and privacy with the catamaran of your choice. Some of the best beaches of the island you must visit are Canal d'Amour, Drastis, Loggas, Porto Timoni, Agios Georgios Pagon, Rovinia, Hermones, Myrtiotissa, Glyfada, Agios Gordios, Calikounas, Benitses, Marathias, Gardenias and Kerasia.
A catamaran tour in Corfu is a unique experience, as you are given the opportunity to enjoy all the wonderful beaches of the island without restrictions, but at the same time, you can organize your own parties on a boat and partake in water sports that will keep you moving. You may also enjoy a catamaran day cruise in Corfu to Paxos where you can explore the famous blue lagoon. With a 3-day or 4-day yacht charter, you may visit Ithaca and Kefalonia. You may also extend your cruise for a week or two and include Zakynthos in your itinerary. The options given to you by renting a catamaran are endless, while the memories you will create are unforgettable!
Below you will find some useful information for your catamaran rentals in Corfu.
Marina Gouvia has a large berthing capacity of 1400 yachts. Very well-maintained sowers, toilets, and provisioning for all kinds of yachts with expert staff.
Petriti Corfu: A fishing harbor with excellent restaurants aside. Great for overnight moorings for catamarans. Has a large variety of services for customers including water, electricity and overall offers good protection for most directions (except the SW that can lead to a swell inside).
Port Lakka- Paxos: a beautiful village, but the bay can get very busy during the high season since lots of yachts cross from Corfu to Lefkada. The shelter is good in most conditions, but anchoring is perfect. Lots of great tavernas and restaurants with typical Greek cuisine.
Port Gaios- Paxos: the main harbor of the island of Paxos, during the high season it gets crammed with day-trippers from Corfu. The shelter in the harbor is excellent in most conditions, the S part of the harbor can get a little uncomfortable due to strong winds, however.
How to get to Corfu
From mainland Greece, the easiest way to get to Corfu is by ferry from the port of Igoumenitsa in Epirus. The port of Igoumenitsa is located on the west coast of Greece, close to the border with Albania and 78 km from the city of Ioannina. The drive from Igoumenitsa will take less than 2 hours.
If you are coming from northern Greece, the Egnatia freeway has significantly shortened the route, and the trip Thessaloniki – Igoumenitsa lasts only 3 hours and the trip Ioannina – Igoumenitsa just 45 minutes.
The Intercity Ktel of Corfu connects the island to Athens (8 hours till Igoumenitsa) and Thessaloniki (6 hours) with daily schedules 2-3 times a day.
Airport: The Corfu International Airport Ioannis Kapodistrias is situated 4 km south of the center of the city. The flight lasts less than an hour from Athens and there are multiple flights. Other charter flights are available during the summer months (mainly from Germany and England)
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