Greece
"North Ionian Islands"

Set sail on your sailing adventure around cosmopolitan Corfu, Homer’s ‘beautiful and rich land’. Starting out from Gouvia, just 5 minutes from Corfu Town, this idyllic destination is widely considered a major link between the Adriatic and the Mediterranean.  Strike out for open-water sailing or Greek island hopping, stroll Corfu’s Old Town or explore Gaios’ Venetian architecture. Your North Ionian yacht charter out of Corfu lets you enjoy ancient history, stunning waters and scenic ports along Greece’s beautiful northern shores.

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Gouvia Marina

Located on the spectacular island of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this luxury marina links the Adriatic and the Mediterranean.  D-Marin G

Gouvia is nestled inside Corfu’s ‘Gouvia Bay’, 8nm west of the Albania-Greece border and 75nm east of Italy’s southeastern Puglia.  The closest international airport is Corfu Airport – just 7km away and a 15-minute drive!

The sprawling, luxury complex offers well-rounded protection throughout the year.  Catering for yachts from small charter vessels to superyachts, you can find excellent facilities, plush restaurants and exemplary, professional customer service. 

This is a great launching point for your dream sailing adventure.  

Address: P.O. BOX 60 49083 Tzavros, Corfu
Phone: +30 266 109 1900
Email:  gouvia@d-marin.com
Website:  https://www.d-marin.com/en/marinas/gouvia/
VHF Channels:  69
Open:  All year
Max Length Berths:  60m
Number of Berths:  1198

Marina Services:  Reception, fuel station, mini-market, supermarkets close-by, winterisation services, yacht lift, chandleries, restaurants, bars, swimming pool, croquet lawns,  kinder garden, 24-hour water and electrics, WiFi, parking, diving services, maintenance and repair shops, security and CCTV.  

D-Marin Gouvia / Gouvia Marina - The main port and marina for North Ionian yacht charters and close to Corfu Town and the airport.
D-Marin Gouvia / Gouvia Marina - The main port and marina for North Ionian yacht charters and close to Corfu Town and the airport.
The Olympia Mare Restaurant on the waterfront at Gouvia Marina, Corfu, North Ionian Islands, Greece
The Olympia Mare Restaurant on the waterfront at Gouvia Marina, Corfu, North Ionian Islands, Greece

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Places To Visit

Corfu

“The island of Corfu”

Lat/Long – 39.6250° N, 19.9223° E

Corfu in Greece is one of the most beautiful and romantic islands of the Ionian island group. From lush green mountains to noble mansions, idyllic Corfu beaches and interesting, historical museums, this island has everything it takes to take the fancy of any traveller.

With a formidable history developed by the Venetians, French and the English, Corfu Town is a excellent launching point for exploring the island and the town itself has plenty of character and charm! You’ll see the glorious past of Corfu on imposing palaces, noble mansions, beautiful museums, and charming squares. You’ll discover picturesque seaside villages, tiny verdant islets, luxurious resorts and wild, natural landscapes. It’s amazing how the different sides of this idyllic island coexist in harmony!

If you manage to peel yourself away from the enchanting Corfu Town, move to the coasts where beautiful beaches are wait to be discovered! The beaches in Dassia, Paleokastritsa, Glyfada, Kontokali, and Kavos are must-visits. Nestled in sandy coves, surrounded by green forests and mountains, they are some of the best beaches in Greece!

As for sightseeing, it’s one of the best things to do in Corfu! The top places to visit in Corfu are Achillion Palace, the former retreat of princess Sissi of Austria, Mon Repos palace, where Phillip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II was born, the iconic Panagia Vlacherna and Pontikonisi island. They will make you fall even deeper in love with Corfu! 

Corfu Greece is famous for one thing in particular: it’s food! Based on meat, fish, pasta, and herbs, the island’s gastronomy will excite those who love good food. The excellent Corfu restaurants and traditional taverns are the best places to taste the local delicacies!

The Old Fort towering above Mandraki Marina, Corfu, North Ionian Islands, Greece
The Old Fort towering above Mandraki Marina, Corfu, North Ionian Islands, Greece
A large, open bay just to the south of the Old Fort and Mandraki Marina, Corfu Town, Corfu, North Ionian Islands, Greece
A large, open bay just to the south of the Old Fort and Mandraki Marina, Corfu Town, Corfu, North Ionian Islands, Greece
Yachts anchored astern to the waterfront dock at Gaios, the island of Paxos, near Corfu, North Ionian Islands, Greece
Yachts anchored astern to the waterfront dock at Gaios, the island of Paxos, near Corfu, North Ionian Islands, Greece
A drone shot from up high of Gaios harbour, the island of Paxos near Corfu, North Ionian Islands, Greece
A drone shot from up high of Gaios harbour, the island of Paxos near Corfu, North Ionian Islands, Greece

Gaios

 “The island of Paxos”

Lat / Long – 39.1974° N, 20.1852° E

Gaios is the capital town of Paxi, named after the Apostle Gaios, who played an important role on the island when he preached during the first years after the death of the Christ. Gaios is surrounded by a stunning landscape with lush green olive groves and it counts on 500 residents that constitute the majority of the population of the entire island. Today most of them are engaged in tourism and fishing.

Gaios lies around the natural harbour where most cultural and trade activities on the island take place. The village displays some of the most picturesque 19th-century buildings that can be seen from the port between the narrow alleys. The village retains its strong traditional character despite the cosmopolitan crowds that constantly arrive on the island with private yachts and boats. Paxi has always been a popular destination among the Italians and the English.

Lakka

“The island of Paxos”

Lat / Long – 39.2346° N, 20.1357° E

Lakka is one of three main villages of Paxi island located 7 km north of Gaios, the capital town of the island. It is surrounded by two headlands that create a natural circular bay. The village is sheltered by the verdant hills and the lush green trees that also block the strong winds and create picturesque and enchanting scenery. Lakka makes a safe harbour, chosen by many yachts and different types of crafts, especially in summer. Apart from the maritime means, it is possible to get to this village by regular bus service, which runs every day from Gaios and reaches Lakka after the village of Loggos.

Many interesting buildings with a strong Venetian influence can be found along the narrow streets of Lakka. Regarding the accommodation options in Lakka, visitors shall stay at the quiet villas scattered outside the village. Lakka has also several music bars that stay open until the early morning, in high season. The restaurants found in this location are also special, with the Italian influence complementing the traditional Greek cuisine.

This village has a particular charm, given by its lively nightlife and interesting activities but it gets neither too noisy nor too crowded. The area close to the harbour, obviously, concentrates large tourist crowds, while the surroundings provide great scenes in a tranquil framework. In case of choosing somewhere else to settle, the village of Lakka certainly worth a visit and it is pretty easy to reach.

A drone view of the large, open and shallow bay outside Lakka town, on the island of Paxos near Corfu, North Ionian Islands, Greece
A drone view of the large, open and shallow bay outside Lakka town, on the island of Paxos near Corfu, North Ionian Islands, Greece
A hillside view of Lakka town, on the island of Paxos, near Gaios, North Ionian Islands, Greece
A hillside view of Lakka town, on the island of Paxos, near Gaios, North Ionian Islands, Greece
The small fishing village and harbour of Longos, on the island of Paxos, North Ionian Islands, Greece
The small fishing village and harbour of Longos, on the island of Paxos, North Ionian Islands, Greece
The small fishing village and harbour of Longos, on the island of Paxos, North Ionian Islands, Greece
The small fishing village and harbour of Longos, on the island of Paxos, North Ionian Islands, Greece

Longos

“The island of Paxos”

Lat/Long – 39.2259° N, 20.1606° E

Logos is one of the three main villages of Paxi, along with Gaios and Laka. It is very small but it has a lively harbour, especially popular in summer. The simplicity of Logos makes a nice contrast to the busy atmosphere of Gaios. The beaches around Logos have nice and safe water, ideal for swimming, boating, fishing and eating in seaside taverns. The beauty of the nearby pathways and surrounding areas provide a great environment to stroll around.

However, those of you who like tranquil activities will certainly appreciate Logos by night. The lights of the seaside taverns are reflected on the sea and the motor traffic noise decreases. Logos also hosts the International Music Festival, a popular event with classical music that is celebrated from late August to early September every year.

The Spring Music Festival is another important occasion, as it hosts qualified Greek performers and takes place usually in May. In addition, occasional jazz concerts are held on the village.

Emerald Bay

“The island of Antipaxos”

Lat/Long – 39.1490° N, 20.2326° E

On the sheltered eastern side of the beautiful, rugged and largely unpopulated island of Antipaxos lies the jewel of the North Ionian islands, “Emerald Bay”.

As the inherent name says, the waters wrapped around these two bays are a bright, crystal clear emerald with shallow waters and an excellent, soft sand holding.  All in all, this makes a perfect, dream anchorage and an absolutely unmissable part of your sailing adventure!

Throughout the day and in the peak season months, these anchorages can be extraordinarily crowded.  If you want a good spot, it’s recommended to get there early to guarantee a position in the mouth-watering, emerald waters closer to the shore.  Be mindful, too, that from around 10 am through until the mid-afternoon you will see many day trip boats with many guests onboard, squeezing their way between the yachts.  If you see any yellow/orange markers, take care to moor away from them.  

Alternatively, Emerald Bay offers a beautiful, peaceful and serene escape from the towns and busy docks for an overnight stay.  Check the weather and the swell as it can get rolly with the right conditions.  There’s lots of room to anchor with lines ashore if you prefer!

Ashore there are beach bar and restaurants that will be busy during the day but quieter in the evening.  Usually, they don’t stay open beyond 9 pm/10 pm;

Restaurant Voutomi:  +30 697 374 3855 & paxos_ilprimo@yahoo.gr
Bella Vista (on the hill):  +30 697 354 2140 & valivlachopoulou21@gmail.com

The infamous crystal clear, blue waters of Emerald Bay, on the island of Antipaxos near Paxos, North Ionian Islands, Greece
The infamous crystal clear, blue waters of Emerald Bay, on the island of Antipaxos near Paxos, North Ionian Islands, Greece
The infamous crystal clear, blue waters of Emerald Bay, on the island of Antipaxos near Paxos, North Ionian Islands, Greece
The infamous crystal clear, blue waters of Emerald Bay, on the island of Antipaxos near Paxos, North Ionian Islands, Greece
A drone view from up high of bays and anchorages outside Sivota Mourtos, mainland Greece, North Ionian Islands
A drone view from up high of bays and anchorages outside Sivota Mourtos, mainland Greece, North Ionian Islands
A waterfront view of hotels and restaurant on the southern edge of Sivota Mourtos town, mainland Greece, North Ionian Islands
A waterfront view of hotels and restaurant on the southern edge of Sivota Mourtos town, mainland Greece, North Ionian Islands

Sivota Mourtos

“Mainland Greece”

Lat/Long:  39.4033° N, 20.2153° E

South of the Ormos Platarias bay lies the town of Mourtos, also known as Sivota.  This Greek fishing town is on the Greek mainland, a short distance across the water from Paxos and the southern coast of Corfu. It’s three miles south of Plataria and six miles south of Igoumenitsa. 

 Sivota Mourtos is a pleasant town with a beautiful, uninterrupted view out to sea and capturing some of the most gorgeous sunsets – viewed from a number of restaurants ashore!  The cluster of small islands around Sivota Mourtos offer this area great shelter during the night and when the winds pick up. You can moor in the new marina or anchor freely between the islands.

The islands are easily distinguishable from the coast and mainland, from great distances and from all directions. The largest island is also called the sleeping elephant (use a little bit of imagination!). It is not possible to sail between this island (Nisos Sivota) and Nisos Ayios Nikolaos. The passage is blocked by a reef on the south side. However, it is possible to sail between Nisos Sivota and the mainland, as long as your boat is not deeper than two metres. Once you arrive in the bay, the houses and port of Mourtos are easily recognisable.

 

Parga

“Mainland Greece”

Lat/Long – 39.2853° N, 20.4005° E

Parga Greece is a striking, attractive town in the western part of mainland Greece and across the stretch of water from Paxos and Antipaxos to the West. What’s wonderful about Parga is that although it’s on the mainland, the landscape and scenery can remind you of an island! That’s why it is a popular destination for many sailors on their Ionian yachting adventure.

Surrounded by lush greenery and the cobalt sea, Parga boasts a unique natural setting. Parga, which sits on the slopes of a hill, looks like a postcard. Full of elegant two-story mansions with colourful walls, it is incredibly photogenic. Parga is touristically developed, meaning that it has many Parga hotels, restaurants and facilities. On top of a hill above the town lie the ruins of an old Venetian Castle, built in the 11th century. It’s worth a visit! Another castle worth visiting is the Ottoman Castle of Anthoussa, which was built in the 19th century by Ali Pasha. 

Off the town lie numerous Parga beaches. Valtos, Sarakiniko, and Lichnos are the best ones.  Their crystal clear turquoise waters and beautiful ambience never fail to amaze.

You can’t get on the dock at the port in Parga Town.  Instead, 2km to the north is Valtos Beach.  This is a large, spacious bay with many opportunities for anchoring.  Take your dinghy around the corner to Parga and tie it to the docks.  Alternatively, there are numerous bars and restaurant along the beach at Valtos you can enjoy instead!

The spectacular and popular tourist town of Parga, on mainland Greece, North Ionian Islands
The spectacular and popular tourist town of Parga, on mainland Greece, North Ionian Islands
Valtos Beach, a bowl shaped bay just north of Parga town and an excellent overnight anchorage, mainland Greece, North Ionian Islands
Valtos Beach, a bowl shaped bay just north of Parga town and an excellent overnight anchorage, mainland Greece, North Ionian Islands