A Corfu cruising itinerary takes you to the beautiful bays and coves of the Ionian Islands off Albania and Greece’s northwestern shore (see Corfu maps). They are among the most scenic in Greece, with woodlands spread over the hills like an emerald carpet. Sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages add to the beauty. The ambience is peaceful and serene, the waters and balmy winds inviting. The typical Corfu Itinerary focuses on both the northern and the southern Ionian Islands. The rewards of a Corfu charter vacation are many - snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing at pristine beaches is a delight. Scuba diving is excellent in the area (guided excursions required due to regulations). Enjoy exploring small towns, historic monasteries and castles, and relaxing aboard your Moorings yacht.

Day 1

Bay of Lakka Paxos

Bay of Lakka Paxos sailing is an open-water affair, taking you past the southern end of Corfu into the heart of the north Ionian Sea. Off the bow are Paxos and Anti Paxos islands, two jewels that most cruising sailors don’t want to miss. Sparsely populated and fertile, the islands are known for their remote and quiet ambience. The interior of Anti Paxos is covered in vineyards and olive groves, and there are paths that take you past the lush greenery interspersed with flocks of sheep, bleating contentedly in the warm sun. The anchorages are snug and the beaches are beautiful, making sailing in the Bay of Lakka Paxos divine.

Day 2

Ithaca

Ithaca is best known as the home of Odysseus (Ulysses), hero of the Trojan War and Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. You can just picture the beautiful Penelope, wife of King Odysseus, waiting patiently (seemingly forever as one decade passes and another begins) for her wayward husband to return from his overly long adventure. Ithaca sailing is certainly a blending of the historic with the modern, as you venture into the waters of this famous Greek isle, its high hills covered in vineyards, pines, olive groves, and stands of cypress. In contrast to most of the other Ionian Islands, Ithaca is the least developed. Its west shore is rugged and mostly barren, overlooking a channel about three nautical miles wide that separates it from the much larger island of Kefalonia. Ithaca’s three main ports – Frikes, Kioni, and Vathy – are very beautiful and quiet towns on the island’s fertile east coast, offering a pleasant, laid-back ambience where you can walk the narrow streets, browse in the shops, and enjoy the scenery from a waterfront taverna. Sailing in Ithaca waters is delightful, a real pleasure in the southern Ionian Islands.

Day 3

Kefalonia

Cruising in Kefalonia waters is a marvelous experience. As you proceed down Ithaca Channel, with Ithaca close off the port beam, the mountains soaring from the interior of Kefalonia block out the west, towering more than one statute mile high at Mt. Ainos (elevation 5,308 feet). At 546 square miles in area, Kefalonia is the largest of the seven main Ionian Islands, with approximately 365 villages and towns sprinkled like jewels along the coast and inland. In 1953, a massive earthquake struck the area, destroying many of Kefalonia’s historic buildings, but some survived. The picturesque village of Fiscardo, a beautiful harbour at the northeast tip of the island, escaped most of the damage. Tavernas, nightclubs, boutiques, museums, fortresses, monasteries, beaches, hiking trails, and many other attractions await you. Kefalonia sailing is varied and exciting.

Day 4

Lefkas

In 600 B.C., the present-day island of Lefkas was part of mainland Greece, although only tenuously through a narrow isthmus of sand to the north. Seeing the strategic advantage of a channel leading from the Ionian Sea to the protected waters east of Lefkas, the Corinthians dug a canal. The channel still exists (it’s dredged regularly), and it has helped make sailing in Lefkas waters far more convenient for cruising sailors. Much of the west coast of Lefkas is rugged and wild, with high white cliffs and magnificent beaches. In fact, the word Lefkas means white, and the snowy colored rocks are much in evidence as you sail the western shores. The east coast is where the cruising ground really comes into its own, with numerous secluded coves, good beaches, quaint harbors, resort Meccas like Nidri, and beautiful outer islands such as Meganisi, which lies off the southeast coast of Lefkas and is itself a prime yachting destination. Lefkas sailing is a highlight of a cruise in the Ionian Islands.

Day 5

Parga

Parga sailing brings you to the coast of mainland Greece, with its splendid beaches, eclectic shops, and wide variety of restaurants.

Day 6

Corfu

The northernmost of the Ionian Islands and the westernmost point in Greece, Corfu is situated about one nautical mile off the Albanian coast. The island’s north shore is rugged and high, with steep limestone hills dominating the skyline. From seaward, it’s an impressive sight. The west coast is wild, fully exposed to the northwest winds, and there are few harbors. To the south, the land tends to flatten and on the east coast are hospitable towns, snug coves, and beautiful beaches. Cruising in Corfu waters is a delight, especially since it’s the gateway to the Ionian Islands and one of the prettiest cruising grounds on Earth.

Day 1

Sivota Mourtos - Power Boat Charter

Sivota is a beautiful coastal town located on mainland Greece directly east of the southern tip of Corfu Island. Just offshore, are the Sivota Islands group – Nisis Ay Nikolaos, Nisis Sivota and Nisis Mavros Notos. These rugged isles have long been popular with cruisers as a good place to unwind.  Note, a reef obstructs passage between Nisis Ay Nikolaos and Nisis Sivota. Although redeveloped, the town quay at Mourtos still features all the charms and ambiance of a traditional Grecian village. However, if you are looking for some late-night action, the Sand-bar Bay is the place to be. If you are traveling with children they will undoubtedly want you to bring them to the water park at Monastery Bay. The channel between Ay Nikolaos and the mainland is busy with water- and jet-skiers. There are also many small, but amazing beaches sprinkled along the coastlines.

Day 2

Kefalonia

Cruising in Kefalonia waters is a marvelous experience. As you proceed down Ithaca Channel, with Ithaca close off the port beam, the mountains soaring from the interior of Kefalonia block out the west, towering more than one statute mile high at Mt. Ainos (elevation 5,308 feet). At 546 square miles in area, Kefalonia is the largest of the seven main Ionian Islands, with approximately 365 villages and towns sprinkled like jewels along the coast and inland. In 1953, a massive earthquake struck the area, destroying many of Kefalonia’s historic buildings, but some survived. The picturesque village of Fiscardo, a beautiful harbour at the northeast tip of the island, escaped most of the damage. Tavernas, nightclubs, boutiques, museums, fortresses, monasteries, beaches, hiking trails, and many other attractions await you. Kefalonia sailing is varied and exciting.

Day 3

Kalamos

As you cruise up to Kalamos, it because easily identifiable from a distance – thanks to Oros Vouni on the northeastern end, which rises to 2,438-ft (750 m) and then steeply slopes with a sheer cliff into the sea. Kalamos is a remote and beautiful island with Port Kalamos being the isle’s primary settlement.  In the tiny village an harbor of Episkopi, located on the north side, is home to a ruined monastery. The walk from the harbor up to the monastery offers picturesque views over the water towards mainland Greece. Also on the Kalamos’ north end, there are several protected anchorages with deep water coves. Dolphins love this area, so be sure to look for them playfully swimming about! The coves are overhung with rocks and cliffs eroded into majestic and fantastical shapes and surrounded by thick pine forests providing welcome shade from the sun.

Day 4

Lefkas

In 600 B.C., the present-day island of Lefkas was part of mainland Greece, although only tenuously through a narrow isthmus of sand to the north. Seeing the strategic advantage of a channel leading from the Ionian Sea to the protected waters east of Lefkas, the Corinthians dug a canal. The channel still exists (it’s dredged regularly), and it has helped make cruising in Lefkas waters far more convenient for boat travel. Much of the west coast of Lefkas is rugged and wild, with high white cliffs and magnificent beaches. In fact, the word Lefkas means white, and the snowy colored rocks are much in evidence as you sail the western shores. The east coast is where the cruising ground really comes into its own, with numerous secluded coves, good beaches, quaint harbors, resort Meccas like Nidri, and beautiful outer islands such as Meganisi, which lies off the southeast coast of Lefkas and is itself a prime yachting destination. Lefkas is a highlight of a cruise in the Ionian Islands.

Day 5

Paxos - Power Boat Charter

Located due south of Corfu are two jewels that cruisers will not want to miss, the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos. Small and scenic Paxos Island offers excellent anchorages by the harbor towns of Lekka and Gaios, and further south Anti Paxos Island has a beautiful anchorage within a scenic creek. The beaches fringing Anti Paxos are breathtaking. Sparsely populated and fertile, the islands are known for their remote and quiet ambience. The interior of Anti Paxos is covered in vineyards and olive groves, and there are paths that take you past the lush greenery interspersed with flocks of sheep, bleating contentedly in the warm sun. The anchorages are snug and the beaches are beautiful, making cruising in these waters divine.

Day 6

Corfu

The northernmost of the Ionian Islands and the westernmost point in Greece, Corfu is situated about one nautical mile off the Albanian coast. The island’s north shore is rugged and high, with steep limestone hills dominating the skyline. From seaward, it’s an impressive sight. The west coast is wild, fully exposed to the northwest winds, and there are few harbors. To the south, the land tends to flatten and on the east coast are hospitable towns, snug coves, and beautiful beaches. Cruising in Corfu waters is a delight, especially since it’s the gateway to the Ionian Islands and one of the prettiest cruising grounds on Earth.

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