This page provides useful pre-departure, travel and base information. From airport procedures to visa requirements, it will tell you what to expect to make your vacation smooth and care free. We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you. You might also find our online cruising guide helpful in planning your vacation itinerary in more detail.

Cruising Requirements

Click here to review the sailing and power requirements for Greece while planning your charter vacation.

Address & Map

Address
The Moorings
Marina Gouvia
PO Box 60 
49083 Tzavros
Corfu, Greece
Tel: (+ 30) 26610 99132

We suggest you notify family and friends of how you may be reached in case they need to contact you.

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 9.00 am-5.00 pm
Saturday: 9.00 am – 7.00 pm
Sunday: 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Season: This charter destination is closed from early November to early April.

Base Facilities
Your comfort is assured by extensive facilities including laundry room, hotels, parking, post office, restaurants, banks, and supermarket.

Base Map

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Arrival and Departure

How to get there
Corfu airport is located on the east side of the island 4 miles from the base. From the airport, the trip takes 15 minutes.

Servicing Airlines
Daily domestic flights on Olympic Airways and international charter flights
Aegean Airlines, Corfu
Aegean Airlines, Athens
Due to the number of flights we organize, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact your Vacation Planning Specialist before you book your flights.

Customs & Immigration
A valid passport (for each passenger) and crew list is compulsory for clearance. Expiration date must be no earlier than 6 months after your planned return. A customs declaration form must be completed at the port of entry.

Airport
Corfu Airport & Ferry

Airport Transfers
Transfers from the airport to the base are not included. However, they can be arranged by special request. 
Please advise us of your requirements at least 3 weeks prior to the charter start date by completing the appropriate form.

Arrival / Departure Procedure
Embarkation: Charters start at 3:00 pm.
Briefing Times: Boat & Chart briefings are scheduled for 1:30 pm. All head charterers are required to attend the briefings. All skippers must attend the briefing and everything you need to know will be covered from customs regulations, use of the radio, making dinner reservations, how to get help and more. Please save all questions of this nature until then. The Moorings operations manual will be on board your yacht for your use throughout your charter.
Disembarkation: All charterers must return to base by 5:00 pm the night before disembarkation for debriefing and checks. Disembarkation is at 9:00 am the following morning. 

Late Arrival Procedure
The base personnel will wait for you until 9:00 pm. After 9:00 pm, you will find an information sign at our reception office with a message for you indicating your yacht's berth. Your boat will be open and indicated by a sign with your name.  The boat's equipment will be ready for the night. The base personnel will be available the next day at 9:00 am.

Taxes / Departure Tax
There is no departure tax for Corfu.

Taxi
Central Booking Office-radio taxi - Tel: 30 2661 33811
Recommended taxi in Gouvia - Tel: 695 330205 / 6944 331560

Car Rental
Hertz, Avis, and Europcar car rental companies have bases at the airport. A rental car can be collected upon arrival at the airport or at the base.

Bus Services
The local bus covers the distance from Piraeus to the Airport. The bus is the E-96. The bus stop for the Marina Kalamaki is EDEM and is 300m away from the entrance. The bus ticket costs 3€ per pax.

Ferry Services
From the port in Corfu to the base: distance 2.5 miles.
Strintzis Lines 30 2661 025232 Minoan Lines 30 2661 025000
Hellas Flying Dolphins: www.hellenicseaways.gr - timetables

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General Information

Area: 81,994 sq. mi
Population: 10,737,428
Capital city: Athens
People: population: Greek, other (foreign citizens)
Language: Greek (official), other (includes English and French)
Religion: Greek Orthodox , Muslim, other
Government: Parliamentary Republic
Major industries: tourism, food and tobacco processing, textiles, chemicals, metal products,  mining, petroleum
Tipping:  Tipping waiters, taxi drivers, etc. is generally not expected in Greece, but if you round up the bill it will be appreciated.
Currency: EURO
Electricity: 230V AC, 50 HZ, two-pin plugs are standard
Time: Local time is UTC/GMT +2 hours; Daylight Savings Time is +1 hour

Festivals & Holidays
New Year's Day
The Epiphany
Independence Day
May Day
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Ochi Day
Christmas Day
2nd Christmas Day
Moveable Public Holidays
Good Friday
Easter
Easter Monday
Whit Monday

Hotels
Hotel Debono -distance from the base : 500 m
Corfu Palace Hotel -2 Leoforos Dimokratias Avenue
Kontokali Bay Hotel - distance from the base: 1 km

Restaurants
Pipilas - Greek specialties, 600m south of the base
Gereko - Kontokali village - Fish specialties, 600m south of the base
Melina’s Restaurant and Bar- Gouvia village - 500m north of the base (15€ - 20€ per person)
Zorbas Restaurant - 500m north of the base in Kontokali village

Post Office
A post office can be found in the center of Corfu: Open Monday to Friday: 7:30am to 8:00pm.
There is a mail box in the marina next to the Marina Office. The nearest telephone booth is 30 m from the base.

Internet Connectivity
Connecting to the internet in Greece is not always possible. At the moment, Athens International Airport is offering Wi-Fi access but elsewhere, it's still hard to find. And when you do find Wi-Fi in Greece, it can be very expensive. There are a few internet cafes available in the larger cities. 

Mobile Phones
The mobile network is well developed all over Greece. You can use your own mobile after checking with your supplier to find out if Greece is included in your contract. Mobile phones are NOT available to rent locally - we strongly suggest reviewing service options with your provider before travelling.

Telephone
The nearest telephone booth is 30 m from the base.
Tourist Information Center
Tourist Information center, Corfu (GNTO)
Platia Eleftheria, 49100 Corfu
Tel: 30 26610 37638

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Banks & Money Exchange

Banks
It is best to exchange your money when you arrive at the airport. 
Banking hours: Monday - Thursday: from 8.00 am – 2.00 pm and Friday: from 8.00 am – 1.30 pm. Most banks have a 24 hour cash machine.
During your cruise, you will find banks in the town centers of Corfu, Gaios, Parga Preveza, Levkas and Nidri. There is one ATM outside Gouvia marina, and one inside the marina in front of the Marina Office.

Currencies / Money Exchange
In most ports Visa and MasterCard are accepted by shops in Gouvia or in the small towns you are likely to visit, but American Express is rarely accepted. It is a good idea to have some cash available or traveler’s checks. It is possible to exchange foreign currency or traveler's checks at the Lords Travel Agency located near the Harbor Office.

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Activities & Sports

Snorkeling or Diving
To help you avoid traveling with an extra bag, The Moorings has snorkeling equipment (fins, masks and snorkels) for your use at all of its bases. The equipment is on board. If you wish to exchange fins, customer service would be delighted to, subject to availability. Scuba diving is strictly regulated in Greece. Please arrange in advance to dive with a local club:
Seven Islands Dive Centre Gouvia Marina – Tel: 266 109 19 55

Horse Riding
Try the experience of riding in Trailriders.
Reservations are essential - contact Ano Korakiana tel: 30 26630 23090 / 22503
Some other fun sports in Corfu are: water ski, tennis, golf.

Shopping
In Corfu you can find fashions, jewelry and many other stores with a wide range of tourist items, such as wonderful gifts and souvenirs. Gold and silver are worked with a skill which has its Byzantine days with influences from the West. Ceramics also have a long history as a Corfiot craft.

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Cruising Information

Marina Information
It is not possible to make reservation in Greek ports. A passing through berth is generally available for the night. Your passage is not always recorded when passing through small ports. Port Authorities will sometimes request the boat's papers and your charter contract. Do not forget to retrieve your documents before leaving. The average price for a night for a 40 footer: 7€, in small harbors / in private marina’s 40-50€.

Electricity Information
Certain yachts are equipped with power cords, a battery charger and 220V plugs, but unfortunately the marina piers don't often have electrical outlets. The piers in the marina are not equipped with 220 V.

Sailing Area Restrictions
Albania: Starting from Corfu, navigation is only permitted in Greek territorial waters. Under no circumstances should you go to Albania.

Interesting Sites
Please visit the Itinerary Page for more of the best places to visit on your trip. While you are in Corfu take the opportunity to visit these other cultural attractions.
Take advantage of your visit to Corfu to see all the island's curiosities.
The old town: In the center of town near the old port there is a magnificent Venetian district with colorful streets lined with numerous shops and taverns.
Byzantine Art Museum: Arseniou Street in the Antivouniotissa Church.
Fortifications: Napoleon Bonaparte later modified the new fort from the 16th and 17th century. The old fort was occupied by the Venetians for a long time. A "Son and Lumiere" spectacle is frequently given in different languages.
The Liston: Across from the old fort there are arcades constructed by the French. There you will find a variety of terraced cafes overlooking an esplanade where traditional cricket matches are played.
Archaeological museum - Vraila Street at the end of the road of Garitsa Bay near Corfu Palace.  There are numerous examples of prehistoric tools and pottery exhibited.  Open from 8:30 am to 3 pm. Daily except Monday.

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Provisioning (Food & Drink for your boat)

Provisioning Services
This destination offers the convenience of The Moorings Provisioning Service! Let The Moorings take all the hassle out of provisioning your yacht with the highest quality beverages, fresh foods, and non-food items. Order complete packages when booking online or over the phone. Or choose to order online from our Online Provisioning Store which also offers all packages and an extensive a la carte inventory. We’ll coordinate the details and guarantee that everything is aboard your yacht when you arrive. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.

Supermarkets
There is a supermarket at the base.

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Health & Safety

Travel Insurance
Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities of your vacation with The Moorings. Click for more details

Vaccination and Immunization Information
Greece is generally risk-free of contagious disease.
You are advised to be up-to-date with your Tetanus and Hepatitis B vaccines. An International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory.

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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunization requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination’s authority website to receive the latest updates.

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