Hiring a yacht in Corfu will allow you to explore exotic beaches, caves, and traditional tavernas along the coast. Corfu is one of the largest islands in the Ionian complex and has an abundant set of marinas giving you the opportunity to pick the ideal yacht of your choice. You can directly contact the owners for the ideal vessel or allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
Book and hire a yacht with a skipper or without if you have a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise along the unique coastline of Corfu. Renting a motor yacht in Corfu is ideal for shore excursions but also day trips to nearby islands due to the fast cruising speed they offer. You can visit Igoumenitsa, Sivota and the Paxi islands all in one day with your private group. Finally, hiring a luxury yacht will ensure you have a great vacation as you explore the rest of the Ionian islands including Lefkada, Ithaca, Kefalonia, and Zakynthos.
Corfu is also known as Kerkyra and borders the Adriatic Sea. Together with the tourism influx and its 200 km coastline, it has gained popularity on the charter map. Moreover, it has a large international airport and a modern marina that can accommodate about 1400 yachts of all sizes. Before you charter a yacht in Corfu and sail the Ionian islands, you can wander around the old town. The old town of Corfu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site protected for centuries by the old Venetian fortress. You may also 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. Don’t forget to make a great addition to your kitchen by purchasing olive oil at decent prices.
Renting a motor yacht in Corfu is a great way to combine beach hopping and day trips to the nearby Paxi islands. These breathtaking islands will leave you with a tropical tan and beautiful memories. The Corfu to Paxos day trip takes roughly an hour. As far as the legend goes, Corfu was struck by Neptune creating the impressive cliffs, the olive groves, and the many secluded beaches that now characterize this unique couple, Paxos and Antipaxos.
With a yacht charter in Corfu, you can explore unique beaches on the west side. They are generally sandier than the east and include Paleokastritsa, Porto Timoni, Sidari beach, and another 50 beaches to choose from that are only accessible through a private yacht cruise. The Vlacherna Monastery is one of the best images in Corfu and is situated close to Porto Trimoni beach which splits down the middle and is perfect for snorkeling.
Although Corfu is great for a day cruise, you can rent a yacht to explore the Diapontia islands. From Agni and Kalami to Garitsa bay, you will be able to visit the architectural masterpiece dedicated to the Goddess of Artemis. Docking into the many ports you will be able to visit Virgin Mary’s monastery where the view is simply superb. Many yachting enthusiasts also will love to go for a cruise into the Blue lagoon in Sivota bay. The bay has a unique view of the Royal palace and offers guests the option to partake in water activities by the beach. For those interested in combining water sports adventures, the Othoni shipwrecks, Barbaro Caves and the Poseidon Cave are great diving spots!
Renting a luxury yacht in Corfu and planning a longer itinerary can take you to many neighboring islands and top destinations. You can go for excursions further south to Lefkas, such as the popular islands of Zakynthos and Kefalonia. Igoumenitsa is also a great stop with a pretty port surrounded by green hills and mountains. You can even make a stop at Preveza which is a picturesque town that is steeped in history with traditional taverns on every corner. Many Ionian sailing routes begin from Corfu or Lefkada and head to Parga, too. Parga is 2 hours away from the Paxi islands and can mark the end of a great Ionian journey.
Marina Gouvia has a large berthing capacity for 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 yachts. Has a large variety of services for customers including water, and electricity, and overall offers good protection for most directions ( except the SW which 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 the anchorage 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, however, the S part of the harbor can get a little uncomfortable due to strong winds.
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 78km from the city of Ioannina. The drive from Igoumenitsa will take less than 2 hours.
If you are coming from northern Greece, the Egnatia motorway has significantly shortened the route, and the trip from Thessaloniki – to Igoumenitsa lasts only 3 hours and the trip from Ioannina – to 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 4jm 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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