Renting a sailboat is the ideal 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 sailboat 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 sailboat with a skipper, or without if you have a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise along the unique coastline of Corfu. You may also rent a sailboat for a 3-day or 4-day charter and visit the Paxi islands and Lefkada. Finally, you can hire a luxury sailboat and go island-hopping in the Ionian Sea, taking your time to visit many more islands such as Zakynthos, all at a great price.
Corfu has a coastline crossing over 200 km, a large international airport, a modern marina that can accommodate about 1400 yachts of all sizes, and an old town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site protected for centuries by the old Venetian fortress. Together with the tourism influx that borders the Adriatic Sea, Corfu has become a huge attraction on the charter map and many can now rent a sailboat in Corfu to get a good glimpse of the island. Before you begin your cruise you may wander around the old town of Corfu, visit the largest square in the Balkans- Spiniada and Liston and entertain yourself with some of the best restaurants along the coast. You cannot miss the local Corfiot cuisine that has been influenced by the island’s 400 years long occupation by the Venetians. Some great dishes are served with lamb accompanied by ginger beer, also, don’t forget to make a great addition to your kitchen by purchasing olive oil at decent prices. If you want to take a break from leisurely sailing or are considering renting a boat just for the day and have much more time, then the northeast of the island is great for hiking, you can go through secret villages such as Perithia and suspend your time in the mountainous environment.
A sailboat charter in Corfu is the most fuel-efficient option to discover the Ionian Sea and its hidden beauties. Contrary to popular belief, a yachting holiday is budget-friendly and allows guests to access the hidden beauties of an island away from the crowds at surprisingly great prices. A group of 8 people can book a sailing boat at a cost of about 50 euros per person per day including the cost of the captain. We highly suggest you to rent a sailboat from the marina of Gouvia in Corfu and plan a tour along the shoreline, where you will discover some of the most tranquil beaches.
Renting a sailing boat in Corfu and planning a longer itinerary can take you to many neighboring islands. You can go for excursions further south to Lefkas, Zakynthos and Kefalonia which are popular islands that each have unique bays nestled between their ports. For example, Igoumenitsa which is surrounded by hills and mountains has a pretty port available for docking, you can even make a stop at Preveza which is a picturesque town that is steeped in history with traditional taverns in every corner. Many Ionian sailing routes begin from Corfu or Lefkada and head to Parga which has a secluded bay sitting on a monolithic rock! Parga is 2 hours away from the Paxi islands and can mark the end of a great Ionian journey.
Below you will find some useful information for your sailboat rentals in Corfu.
Marina Gouvia: the first private marina in Greece and is located about 6 km from the city of Corfu. Marina Gouvia in Corfu is ranked among the best in Greece, but undoubtedly takes a place among the most famous marinas worldwide. It is a fully organized marina with Very high standards and facilities. Its total capacity is 1235 berths for vessels up to 80 meters and a maximum draft of 5.5 meters.
This Marina is 8.5 km from Corfu airport.
Marina Naok: located in the western part of Garitsa bay, near the Old Town of Corfu, and is an excellent marina to anchor your sailboat. It has 222 berths and is located in an exquisite area where you can admire the beauty of nature.
This Marina is 1.5 km from Corfu airport.
Marina of Palaiokastritsa: A large marina and is an ideal destination to anchor your sailboat. The natural environment, the traditional cuisine, and the unique shops of the area will keep you entertained.
This Marina is 25 km from Corfu airport.
Marina Kassiopi: located on the northeastern coast of the island of Corfu, is a picturesque, beautiful marina with 15-20 berths that has been built in a natural bay worth visiting.
This Marina is 36 km from Corfu airport.
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