Why do thousands of holidaymakers head to the Ionian waters every year to charter a yacht? Try the blend of warm winds, simple pilotage with minimal tides, good food in romantic locations and amazing Ionian anchorages. If there is another area as tailor-made for easy comfortable cruising then they’re keeping it quiet.
So what are you likely to experience if you sail a yacht from Corfu? Let’s start with what will dictate the quality of your sailing – the wind. As a rule, this will be in the north-west. Most days start clear and calm, then a good sailing breeze, known as “the maistro”, of Force 3-5, builds from midday before it fades away at sunset. This means perfect cruising territory.
Temperatures in the Ionian range from the low teens in Celsius, in January, to the mid-30s in July and August. Towards the end of the season, in September, temperatures are more comfortable at the mid-20s Celsius.
Bay-hopping is a constant delight in the Ionian, with beautiful turquoise anchorages to discover, many of which are only accessible by yacht … welcome to your charter on board Windweaver of Pennington.
Your Corfu Yacht Charter
When you charter a yacht from Corfu, one of the pleasures is to spend a day at anchor in one of the many incredible Ionian anchorages. Swimming off the boat is a delight, as the water in Greece is so clear, and ideal for snorkelling. Even if you don’t fancy wearing a face mask, snorkel and fins, you can just float about in the beautiful turquoise water and admire the surrounding views, or swim ashore and sit on the beach. Alternatively, after a cooling swim, you could take the dinghy ashore and explore further.
There are many places we have sailed to during our Greek sailing adventures. Most are worthy of a mention, for their crystal clear water and wonderful beaches. These are locations where it is easy and safe to anchor, and also possible to go ashore by swimming, or by dinghy.
North Ionian Anchorages
On the south east coast of Corfu,There’s an anchorage at Notos, just south of Petriti harbour. There is a small beach here and two tavernas – the Panorama, and the Notos Garden. Both provide sun beds and umbrellas and are located in beautiful lush green gardens with fabulous views over the sea.
Further north, 7 nautical miles north of Corfu town, there’s the lovely bay of Kalami. On the southern side of the bay you will see the White House, where members of the Durrell family once lived, but is now a restaurant. The beach at Kalami is soft pebbles, with sun beds and umbrellas. Going ashore you’ll find several bars and tavernas, including John’s Place, which serves traditional Greek cuisine.
There are beaches close to the three main harbours at Gaios, Loggos and Lakka, but if you want to swim in some of the clearest waters in the Ionian, you should anchor in Lakka. As the seabed is sand, this makes the water a vibrant turquoise blue, which you really shouldn’t miss. A short dinghy ride will take you to the bars and tavernas on the waterfront where you can have a drink at Fanis Bar or the Romantica cafe.
On the southern tip of Paxos is Mongonissi. There is a lovely traditional beach taverna with a wonderful sandy beach where you can easily spend an afternoon with a cold drink relaxing on a sun lounger. You can swim from the boat to the beach.
On the mainland opposite the southern tip of Corfu, and 20 nautical miles SE from Corfu town, are the Sivota Islands. There are numerous inlets and bays where you can anchor. Our favourite is called End Bay. This is a lovely place for swimming and snorkelling. We can take the dinghy a short distance over the sandbar and land on the little beach to the north. A short walk uphill will take you to the town of Sivota where the sunsets are some of the best in Greece.
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If you’re ready to discover these amazing Ionian anchorages for yourself, contact us and we’ll help you arrange the perfect yacht charter on board Windweaver of Pennington. For more stories and tips about sailing in Greece and the Ionian Sea, read more of our blog posts.