ABOUT THE ISLAND
Corfu stands at the entrance of the Adriatic Sea and is just 50 miles from the heel of Italy. Roman, Germans, Turkish, French, Russians, Italians and British - Corfu has seen them all and taken a little from each, becoming the proud and exciting island it is today. Corfu Yacht Base is the ideal destination from where to sail the North Ionian with its beautiful islands, mainland coast and stable winds.
The island's shape resembles a scythe (once the ancient name for Corfu) and geologists say it’s the exposed crown of a submerged mountain range that broke off from the Greek/Albanian mainland. The greenest of Greece's 1,425 islands, Corfu boasts beautiful scenery, endless groves of silvery olive trees, lovely beaches and lush hillsides. The most marvellous thing about Corfu is that over the years it has absorbed so much yet has changed so little.
Gouvia Marina is a state-of-the-art marina facility in the heart of the Ionian. There are mini markets, supermarkets, restaurants, bars and cafes all located within walking distance in the towns of Kontokali and Gouvia.
The first major escape from tourist development on Corfu is found in Agios Stefanos, a lovely, isolated and shady cove with a small but attractive pebble beach. There are four tavernas on the beach and a couple more in the village plus a minimarket and a few half-decent gift shops. Agni bay, also on Corfu is a small bay of pebbles with the odd patch of sand, home to three tavernas with views across to Albania. Jetties have been built to accommodate the yachts and it's a beautiful and peaceful setting; a step back in time for those seeking a more relaxed Greece.
The neighbouring island of Paxos is blessed with greenery, impressive white boulders and beautiful beaches with clear waters, small coves and enchanting caves. Gaios is the island’s principle town and port, a picturesque place with pretty whitewashed houses and narrow streets. The old windmill, Venetian fort and Ipapanti sea cave with its breathtaking blue water are all must sees before crossing over to the island of Anti Paxos.
A small but perfectly formed island, Anti Paxos is a complete escape from the daily grind. Its sandy blue water coves have been compared to the Caribbean’s and a swim in the crystal clear waters of Paradise beach will wash away your worries!
Set sail across to the mainland and head for Mourtos, a small village hidden behind a group of tiny islands called Sivota. Mourtos is a traditional town with a beautiful boulevard and a number of terraces from where to sit back and relax, soaking up the scenery and stunning sunsets.
On a two week charter you can easily head south to explore Levkas, Cephalonia, Ithaca and surrounding islands.