Corfu sailing guide
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Corfu, located in the western part of Greece, is one of the greenest and wealthiest regions in the country. It boasts of natural wonders and rich cultural heritage, making it a popular tourist destination. The island is home to some of the best beaches and viewpoints in Greece. The northernmost island in the Ionian Sea, Corfu is renowned for its two fortresses and the old town located between them.
The island is famous for its olives, olive oil, and Mediterranean cuisine, which includes an array of fish, seafood, lamb, vegetable dishes, and excellent cheeses. Corfu is also famous for its vineyards and wines. Visitors can enjoy wine tours and tastings to discover the richness of Greek wine culture.
Sailing conditions around Corfu
The sailing season in Corfu typically lasts from May to October, during which the weather is warm and stable. Summers are characterized by sunny and calm conditions, but it’s still important to keep an eye on weather forecasts to be prepared for any changes.
Corfu’s favorable conditions make it suitable for sailors of all levels, from beginners to experienced sailors. The tides in the Ionian Sea are minimal and have little effect on sailing.
Best mooring spots around Corfu
Corfu boasts several marinas and harbors that offer various facilities and services for sailors. One of the most popular marinas in Corfu is Gouvia Marina, located in Corfu Town. Benitses Port Yacht Marina, on the eastern coast of Corfu, is situated in a charming fishing village with a picturesque harbor. It provides mooring options and a peaceful atmosphere for sailors.
Kassiopi, located on the northeastern coast of Corfu, has a well-protected harbor. It’s a delightful place to anchor your boat and explore the village’s restaurants, shops, and historical sites.
Why is Corfu popular among sailors?
The Ionian Islands, which include Corfu, are famous for their picturesque landscapes. Sailors can enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean by sailing in this area, taking in stunning coastal views, crystal-clear waters, and charming villages.
The prevailing winds in this region are generally from the northwest to the west, providing comfortable sailing conditions with less extreme weather patterns compared to other areas in Greece.
“Canal d’Amour” – popular attraction on Corfu
Canal d’Amour is a natural attraction located on the island of Corfu, Greece. This unique natural phenomenon consists of rock formations that have been sculpted by sea erosion, creating various “canals” and pools between the rocks.
According to local legend, if you swim across the Channel of Love with your partner, your love will last forever. On the other hand, if you are a single girl swimming alone, it is believed that you will find the love of your life. Whether this is true or not is up for debate, but it’s a nice story nonetheless.
The best time to sail in Corfu is generally from May to October when the weather is warm, the sea is calm, and there are plenty of sunny days, offering ideal conditions for a sailing adventure and exploration of the Ionian Sea. The peak months of June to September often provide consistently pleasant weather, optimal for sailing, swimming, and enjoying the island’s scenic beauty.
One of the best sailing routes in Corfu includes exploring the Ionian Islands, visiting Paxos and Antipaxos for their stunning beaches and turquoise waters, and then sailing south to Lefkada, offering picturesque anchorages and beautiful landscapes, providing a diverse and captivating sailing experience.
The cost of renting a boat in Corfu varies based on factors like boat type, size, duration, and season, typically ranging from around €500 to €5,000 or more per week for a bareboat charter. Luxury yachts or larger vessels with crew can cost significantly more, ranging from several thousand euros to tens of thousands per week, depending on amenities and services included.