The ionian sea offers well protected waters, many little anchorages accessible only by boat, beautiful bays and quaint villages. Starting your sailing holidays from our Corfu yacht charter base gives you access to some of the best sailing in the Mediterranean. Here is a sample itinerary perfect for a week charter exploring the picturesque greek islands.
The wind during the summer is normally coming from North West picking up at noon and going down late in the afternoon with the sunset. The weather conditions in the area are extremely favorable for relaxing family sailing adventure.
Discover Paxos & Epirus Coast Sample Itinerary
Depart from Gouvia Marina, Corfu
Mourtos, Mainland Coast of Greece
Mourtos is a small village on mainland Greece, north of the Ionian Sea hidden behind a group of tiny islands, called Sivota or Syvota. Mourtos has a beautiful boulevard and a number of terraces along with to stroll, take a cold drink and admire one of the most beautiful sunsets in the area. The town quay is perfectly laid out for sailing yachts with a few places to eat and drink. Nearby there are lots of anchorages and places to stop off for lunch.
Gaios is the largest of the three main villages on Paxos. Gaios, the ‘capital’ of the island has its own unique mixture of Venetian and British heritage with colourful buildings that line the waterfront. Life in Gaios focuses on a super variety of tavernas, chic boutiques and old-fashioned greek shops.
Parga, Mainland Coast of Greece
On the mainland coast, east of Paxos, Parga is an active anchorage with a mix of mellow and more lively activities on offer. A large resort, Parga is a popular tourist destination and one of Greece’s treasures, not only for its idyllic surroundings, but also because it has so much to offer. Parga is a picturesque postcard-town which comes alive at night. Enjoy watching the world go by along the promenade, in one of the many tavernas or bars. Alternatively, anchor off Two Rock Bay after visiting Parga for a swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters in one of the most peaceful and sheltered bays in the Ionian.
Island of Mongonissi
At the southern point of Paxos the small island of Mongonissi (or Mongonisi), steeped in natural beauty is set in the most beautiful surroundings with sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Mongonissi, just south of Gaios, is connected to the island of Paxos by a small causeway and provides a naturally beautiful and very sheltered inlet for visiting yachts on Ionian island sailing holidays. Mongonisi island has a friendly and laid back atmosphere and makes for a great overnight stay
The picturesque bay of Lakka is the second largest of the three main villages on Paxos Island in the northern Ionian and is a windsurfing and dinghy sailing haven and there are some great spots for sailing yachts to anchor. Lakka is a magnificent setting on Paxos island, at the head of a long, curving inlet with water that is the most beautiful shade of turquoise. Hills covered in trees drop gently down to the sea, providing shelter from the prevailing winds which makes this an ideal harbour to stop in during your Ionian yacht charter when visiting Paxos.
Mathraki, The Faraway Islands
The smallest and most northerly of the group of three Diapondian Islands, Mathraki offers peace and tranquility on your Ionian yacht charter holiday. The ‘Faraway Island’ of Mathraki is very picturesque and has a magnificent coastline which forms bays, two of the largest are Ammos and Apidies, with little taverns awaiting visiting sailors every summer. The small harbor in Mathraki is a real haven offering good shelter whilst on your Ionian yacht charter holiday.
The Diapontia Islands (which translates to The Faraway Islands) to the north west of Corfu are only 8 – 10 miles apart. The group of islands are Erikoussa, Othoni and Mathraki.
Return to Gouvia Marina, Corfu
Note: Itineraries may vary during the summer sailing season according to weather and operating conditions and your skipper will keep you fully briefed each day.