Take a break from cruising the coast in Windweaver to experience Kérkyra Old Town. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 due to the three forts designed and built by Venetian engineers starting in the 8th century BC. These forts were used for several centuries to maintain and defend the Venetian maritime trading business from the Ottoman Empire. While on a yacht charter in Corfu you may visit two of the three forts, the Venetian-built Néo Froúrio fort and the Paleó Froúrio on the east side of the old town.
The rest of the old town was built between these fortresses. The buildings have Venetian-style shutters and pastel-colored facades that make the experience of walking seem like a blast into the past.
The Esplanade of the old town is a large green area between the town and the old fortresses. Today this area is a beautiful park lined with trees and benches. You’ll also come across a cricket pitch that dates back to a time of British influence.
At one edge of the Esplanade is the Royal Palace that is now called Saint Michele Palace. On the other end of this beautiful park, is the former Saint Giorgio Palace that is now home to the Museum of Asian Art (a must-see!).
Also, along the Esplanade, we can see the Liston promenade, which was inspired by the architecture of the Rue du Rivoli in Paris, constructed during French rule of the island in 1807. Sit under the arches and enjoy a cooling glass or two and a bite to eat. You will have a view of the cricket pitch, the old town, and palaces in the area. Alternatively enjoy some shopping in the boutiques in this picturesque part of the old town during your yacht charter in Corfu.
The Best Beaches
Sidari – You can find lovely sandy beaches here! To the west, there are the fjords and the famous Canal d’Amour (translated as Canal of Love). People say that if you swim in this canal, you’ll find your soul mate! Also, not far are the Diapontia Islands that you can sail your yacht charter to for a day trip!
Paleokastritsa – Located on the northwestern coast where you can take advantage of crystal clear waters and see caves that are only accessible by boat. Here you can find the Agios Spyridonas beach where you can drop anchor and look out at the cliffs across the water. A good stop for water sports.
Agios Gordios Beach – Travel to the west coast of the island and land upon this magnificent Blue Flag beach. Bask in the beauty upon its white sand or take a dip in its turquoise waters. This beach comes well equipped with chairs and water sports equipment for hire. Access by yacht will help you easily get to this beach, which is one of the most popular on the island.
Off the Beaten Track
If you have anchored and want to stretch those legs, head over to the famous Corfu Trail. A 136 miles trail that will take you from one end of the island to the other following inland tracks and cobbled paths. You’ll pass through forests and alongside rivers up to one of the islands highest peaks, Agii Deka (576 meters). There are many historic sites including monasteries, manor houses and hidden traditional tavernas along with old Venetian salt works.
Enjoy everything from lively nightlife to secluded beaches on this island. The old town stays lively pretty much all year round but you’ll always find a quiet traditional taverna. People of all ages are sure to enjoy themselves while on a sailing holiday from Corfu.
Getting to Your Yacht Charter in Corfu
You can easily fly directly to the island from major European airports. Getting to your yacht charter in Corfu is simple and practical thanks to the easily accessible airport. Private transfers from the airport to our home base at Gouvia Marina can be organised as well! Contact us today for availability and prices.