North Ionian - 7 Day Sailing Itinerary via Emerald bay
Day 1 - Kassiopi (Corfu)
Kassiopi is a lively resort at the North East corner of Corfu. A charming little fishing village, with a traditional port. Tourism has of course had its influence, but you can still find local fishermen bringing home the morning catch down at the harbour. The harbour is constructed in a natural cove protected on its W side from the prevailing winds by the peninsula of Ak Kassiopi, on which there sits an imposing Byzantine/Venetian castle.
Day 2 - Sayiadha (Mainland)
A small and very ‘Greek’ harbour, Sayiadha is located on the mainland near the Albanian border, in fact it was once closed to the public for this very reason! Today it is a lovely relaxed place to visit and top up on water and sample the prawns on offer from Alekos Taverna, reported to be the best in the Ionian!
Day 3 - Petriti (Corfu)
Petriti is a small and somewhat sleepy fishing harbour on the south east coast of Corfu, 10 miles south of Corfu Town. Nestling in a small bay protected from the prevailing north westerly winds, the harbour consists of a 100 metre long breakwater extending south from the north side of the bay. A rocky shoal to the S of the harbour affords some protection from southerly winds and swell. Visiting yachts berth on the outer 50 metres or so of the breakwater, using their anchors to go bows or stern-to.
Day 4 - Gaios (Paxos Island)
Gaios, the island’s main town, hardly needs to try for the ‘picturesque’ label. Pink, cream and whitewashed buildings line the edge of an emerald bay on either side of the Venetian square. The village is protected by the wooded islet of Agios Nikolaos, named after its monastery. Gaios has the liveliest nightlife on the island, and cafes and tavernas line the waterfront. The town’s picturesque setting and unique geography have made it deservedly popular and during the season it is full of day trippers from Corfu and the mainland and busy with yachtsmen of all nationalities, especially Italians.
Day 5 - Lunch spot - Emerald bay (Antipaxos)
“The turquoise bay was so clear that boats appeared to be suspended in air!” the words of one visitor help to give you an idea of why Emerald bay is such a special destination. Located on the north east shores of the tiny island of Antipaxos, Emerald bay really is a joy to behold. In the early 19th century, the island was inhabited by Souliotes, who fought the Ottoman Empire until they were defeated in 1803. If you’ve got time you might want to explore some of the short walks around the island among the orchards, vineyards and carpets of wild flowers.
Day 5 - Parga (Mainland)
Parga is a very popular and busy tourist resort lying 15 miles south east of Igoumenitsa and 25 miles north west of Preveza. The town is dominated by an imposing Venetian castle crowning the peninsula around which it sits, which is a useful landmark on arrival. For the visiting yachtsman, the only realistic berthing option is to anchor on the north west side of the long beach to the west of the town, Ormos Valtou, where shelter is reasonably good from the prevailing north westerly winds.
Day 6 - Sivota Mourtos (Mainland)
Mourtos is a small village and fishing harbour located on the mainland of Greece opposite the southern part of Corfu, six miles south of Igoumenitsa and three miles south of Plataria. In recent years it has become a bustling tourist town with the small harbour now used as much by yachts as fishing boats, while the quay has a mass of tourist restaurants and bars.
Day 7 - Gouvia Town (Corfu)
Just as it was a great place to start, Corfu is also a great place to finish. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in Gouvia Town we recommend you check out. Our information packs have lots of recommendations about the best places to eat, drink and explore.