Whole Ionian 14 Day Itinerary
Gouvia Marina (Corfu)
Gouvia marina is three miles north west of Corfu Town. Other than the normal facilities you would expect from a marina Gouvia doesn't offer a huge amount to do so we would recommend you go into Corfu Town. Corfu has long been popular with European tourists, especially the British as a consequence of British rule in the 19th century.
Day 1 - Corfu Town (Corfu)
If you're lucky enough to get away on the first day then out of the three choices of berthing location around Corfu Town, we'd recommend the yacht club located on the north side of he castle. Mooring is via lazy lines. Once moored you can walk up through the castle grounds and out into the centre of Corfu Town.
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 - Lakka (Paxos Island)
The picturesque, tranquil harbour of Lakka lies at the end of a shielding bay on the north coast. Yachts dot ice-blue waters, small beaches like Harami Beach lie round the bay’s headland, and pleasant walks crisscross the area. The town ashore is totally dedicated to serving the needs of tourists and virtually every house is a taverna, café, boutique or souvenir shop. Mooring options here include anchor mooring to the town quay, free anchoring in the bay if room permits or anchoring with a long line ashore on the N side of the inlet.
Day 4 - 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 5 - Lefkas Town (Lefkas Island)
Also known as Lefkada or Levkas, this is the capital of the island of Lefkas. It is situated on the north east coast, where the island is joined to the mainland by a causeway and 50 metre swing bridge. As well as the population and commercial capital of Lefkas Island, Lefkas Town is also a tourist destination in its own right. If its utter peace and quiet that you’re after then Lefkas may not be the place for you, but it provides a good contrast to the small villages dotted around the rest of the Ionian.
Day 6 - Spartochori (Meganisi Island)
Spartachori is a lovely village located on a cliff above Port Spilia on Meganisi Island. It’s well worth the hike up to the village, which retains its old world charm. A couple of tavernas have their own quays and pontoons with lazy lines, look out for them. The SE part of Port Spilia has a small shingle beach and beach café where younger members of a yacht crew can while away the hours.
Day 7 - Sivota (Lefkas Island)
Sivota is a gem. Located on the South East of Lefkas Island (and not to be confused with Sivota Mourtos in the north Ionian), this picturesque harbour has a range of tavernas and bars circling a long concrete quay. Difficult to spot from the sea, Sivota opens up into a well sheltered harbour. It’s best to visit mid-week when the pesky flotillas are congregating elsewhere.
Day 8 - Kioni (Ithaca Island)
South of Frikes on the North East coast of Ithaca is Kioni, one of the most attractive villages in the Ionian. Tucked into a wooded cleft at the foot of a deep valley and partially protected from E by a rocky promontory lined with ruined windmills, it’s surrounded by pine, olive and cypress trees. There is a pleasant walk along the road to the S of the inlet out to the ruined windmills, and a swimming ladder has been installed at the root of the breakwater, which makes this a convenient spot for cooling off in the summer.
Day 9 - Fiskardo (Kefalonia Island)
Tiny, precious Fiskardo, on the North East coast of Kefalonia Island, was the only Kefallonian village left largely intact after the 1953 earthquake. Its fine Venetian buildings, framed by cypress-mantled hills, have an authentic picturesque appeal and it’s popular with sailors. The outstanding restaurants and chilled-out feel might entice you to stay longer than just a single night.
Day 10 - 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. Gaïos 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 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - Corfu Old Town (Corfu)
Corfu Town, capital of the island of Corfu, is the largest port in the Greek Ionian and a major transport hub for ferries across the Adriatic to Italy and to the Greek mainland at Igoumenitsa. Out of the three choices of berthing location we'd recommend the yacht club located on the north side of he castle. Mooring is via lazy lines. Once moored you can walk up through the castle grounds and out into the centre of Corfu Town.
Day 14 - 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.