Corfu / Ionian Sea
Corfu known as Kerkyra in Greek is a one-of-the-kind island. Defined by its unique cultural heritage and Italian-inspired architecture, Corfu combines the free-spirited Greek mentality with the ornate order of the West.
Corfu, unlike the rest of Greece, never fell under Ottoman oppression. Due to the successive dominations of the Venetians, the French, and the British over the centuries, the island has primarily become part of the Western rather than the Mediterranean world. Their culture wielded a strong influence in the city, and it is this cultural heritage that is still preserved and highly praised among its citizens and visitors. Many innovative institutions that were introduced in Greek territory, were founded here, in Corfu. Some of them were the first Greek University (the Ionian Academy), the first Philharmonic Orchestra, and the First School of Fine Arts. The island is full of impressive architectural monuments, such as the Achillean Palace, the Esplanade, and the arcade of Liston.
The high-capacity marina in the bay of Gouvia is located only 6 km away from Corfu town and 7 km away from the Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport. Here you will find essential services like a fueling station, repair service, and several cranes used for transporting and relocating ships. Corfu’s mild climate favors sailing trips from April up to October, especially on its east side.
Things to do
- Corfu Old Town
- The Esplanade and Liston
- St Spyridon Church
- Achilleion Palace
- Paleokastritsa Beach
- Pontikonisi (Mouse Island)
- Kassiopi Beach
- Canal d’Amour Beach
- Mirtiotissa Beach
- Issos Beach
Corfu enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot and dry summers. Visiting the island, you’ll be greeted with plenty of sunshine, warm sea and favourable winds.
Due to fair weather, sailing season on the island lasts from April to October, with peak season during summer. Average air temperatures in spring and autumn sit around 20°C while summer temperatures often exceed 30°C.
In May, sea temperatures around Corfu sit around 20 °C, which can be too cold for some. However, by August, sea temperature around the island can rise to 25 °C, ideal for a family sailing vacation.
When sailing the island of Corfu or any other Ionian island, keep in mind that the west coasts are not suitable for overnight stays on anchor. The waves from the open sea might hit hard at any time. On the other hand, sailing the eastern coasts (near the mainland) you will experience a calmer sea with smaller waves. The wind in the Ionian Sea rises in the afternoon from the northwest, allowing several hours of uninterrupted sailing before it fades out as the night approaches.
Another thing to consider when sailing around the Ionian islands is the depth of the bays (up to 20 meters in depth), so be sure to take special care and have an extra anchor chain ready if required.