Our two week Faraway Islands Flotilla is back in 2018 but only for two dates in the summer holidays. The route visits some of the most picturesque harbours in the Ionian Islands. This sailing area is largely sheltered by Corfu and Paxos Islands, with regular afternoon breezes. You will also venture north to the Faraway Islands, three islands that are the definition of off the beaten track! Spend your evenings in wonderfully ethnic Greek village harbours and bays where you can swim in crystal clear water and simply relax.
This flotilla will only run on two fortnights in 2018.
29th July and 12th August.
Generally warm and sunny, which is why we love sailing in this part of the world! The regular but steady afternoon breezes make this an ideal route for those of you that are looking for some livlier sailing. Once north or Corfu you will really be able to take advantage of the slightly longer sailing days.
Plataria on the Greek mainland is your starting point for the North Ionian flotilla. The port faces west offering unbeatable sunsets over neighbouring Corfu. Corfu Island offers a complete mixture of the buzzing old town contrasted with sleepy fishing villages to the north and south. One of the highlights of this flotilla area is, of course, the island of Paxos with its four beautiful harbours - Lakka, Longos, Gaios and Mongonisi. However, you will get a unique opportunity to explore the three gorgeous Faraway Islands - Ericousa, Othoni and Mathraki.
Following a short transfer from Preveza airport you will arrive in the picturesque fishing village of Plataria. Here you will meet your lead crew and home from home for the fortnight (your yacht). After a short boat brief, it is time to retire to a taverna for a drink and a bite to eat.
On Monday morning, there will be a thorough boat brief and a chat about where you are heading that day. There are an array of small supermarkets and bakeries to explore where you can stock up on provisions for a lazy lunch at anchor...
A likely first evening is the tiny harbour of Sayaidha, it teeters right on the Albania border. With fishing still being the main income for this town you will find no end of gorgeous restaurants lining the waterfront. Trust us, this is the best place to enjoy the freshest seafood!
St Stephanos is a little fishing village that has become a very popular 'up market' resort in the peak summer months. There is a thriving local Greek community that welcomes its visitors with the warmth and hospitality Greece is famous for. The village is extremely pretty and is situated within the shelter of hills that sweep down on either side, making it a very safe harbour. Evenings here are spent in one of the several Tavernas looking across the water to Albania. The local restaurants take waterside dining to a new level...
The next couple of days will take you off the norther coast of Corfu, away from the crowds! The three Faraway Islands are Ericoussa, Othoni and Mathraki. Depending on weather you could visit these in any order, the sailing between the islands is excellent, and often on your side. Meaning that you can often sail on one tack between the islands, nice and relaxing!
Ericoussa has one small harbour on the south coast of the island, it is also handily located right next to a gorgeous sandy beach. You can also just drop you anchor just off the beach and swim in the crystal clear waters.
Othoni is the largest and most westerly of the Faraways. As with all of these three islands the water is a stunning turquoise colour and as this is the furthest island from Corfu it is one of the quietest in the Ionian.
Mathraki is the epitome of ‘getting away from it all’. There is a stunning golden beach right beside the harbour and a taverna that overlooks the bay.
The wonderful village of Kassiopi is on the northern coast of Corfu. This spot hasn’t changed much in thirty years. There are excellent tavernas, bars, restaurants and shops as well as a secret beach in a bay a short walk around the coast.
You may head to Corfu town where you can moor in the yacht club beneath the citadel and spend an evening wandering the rustic backstreets of the town.
Another stop on Corfu include the small fishing village of Petriti. You can either choose to free swing in the bay or moor up stern to on the town quay.
You will then wend your way south to the delightful villages of Lakka, Longos, Gaios and Mongonisi on Paxos Island.
The crystal clear emerald water of Lakka Bay is not to be missed for a lunch stop within a stone's throw of Lakka Village - a favourite evening destination. Gaios is a traditional Greek town, with a number of tavernas to explore. Mongonisi is a highlight for many - the only stop on Paxos without a village. Mongonisi's charm lies in the idyllic environment where you can swim of the back of your boat and Greek dance the night away.
A highlight of the trip is a lunchtime stop in Emerald Bay on Anti-Paxos Island for a lazy lunch and swim. For the more adventurous sailors among you, a sail down west coast of Paxos, with its stunning cliffs is a great way to spend a day.
A mainland stop in the Greek Town of Parga should not be missed, with its long sandy beach, buzzing promenade and the unbeatable choice of evening entertainment. Simply moor the boat on stunning Valtos Beach and catch Yiannis ferry boat into town. A walk up to the citadel is also recommended.
A luxury of the two week sailing route in this area is the possibility of having a two day stop in this delightful spot.
The first or penultimate night stop is likely to be Mourtos village on the Mainland. There are a number of lunch stops in the surrounding archipelago of small islands and the sunsets from this west-facing port are some of the best we have seen!
On Saturday, you will return to Plataria where the crew will host a final night meal at one of the tavernas along the quayside. Simply spend your final night relaxing and regaling tales of the week’s events with your fellow sailors over delicious Greek food and wine.
The yachts below are an example of what is available on this flotilla. Please give us a call to check live availability.
Combine a one week flotilla sailing holiday with another week relaxing ashore.
These holidays will appeal to those who enjoy sailing but have family or friends who are not quite so enthusiastic about sailing - a compromise can now be made!
Most people opt for a week of sailing followed by a week of winding down on shore. However it is entirely up to you to do what you want to do (and when!)
Choose from studios or apartments beside the sea at the Iris Hotel, Stena, near Nidri, or opt for one of our carefully selected boutique hotels. The San Nicolas Resort Hotel is now available in nearby Roudha Bay, or really pamper yourself at the Salvator Villas and Spa Hotel in Parga, which also has a selection of two-bedroom villas with private pools.
The closest hotel to the Paxos flotilla is the Salvator Spa Hotel in Parga.Â
We have no doubt at all that our flotilla sailing gang will really score a few points with the non sailors of the family by bringing them here! The combination of one of our yachts and a room here ...
Swimming Pool, Air Conditioning in Public Areas, Cocktail Bar, Complimentary Breakfast, Doctor on Call, Laundry Service, Garden Areas, Spa, Internet, Jacuzzi , Library, Lift, Lobby Bar, Pool Bar, Mini Bar, Complimentary Mini-bus to Parga, Mountain Views, Private Parking, 24 Hour Reception, Restaurant, Safety Deposit Box, Sea Views, WIFI Connection
All 3 of them were absolutely FANTASTIC ...They did a great job every day. Their patience and knowledge was outstanding..10/10 .
We renewed our wedding vows for our 20 years of marriage and the lead crew Brae, Danny and Krisha were absolutely superb. Arrangements were fantastic - they made our day and whole holiday very memorable. Best holiday we have had.
I have just completed your on line survey regarding our recent and 1st flotilla holiday around the north Ionian, but I wanted to contact you personally as well.
We have just had a fantastic week in Greece. All the Crew were excellent - Brae, Krisha and Danny. They were professional and friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
However our sailing trainer Ben was outstanding. I know he is new to sailing holidays, but he really is a credit to your team. For someone so young he had a very mature approach to teaching us the ropes. He clearly explained and demonstrated, then sat back and let us sail, only really getting involved if we did something wrong, or suggesting ways to get more out of the sails etc.
I have been extremely impressed with the whole experience and wanted to convey that to you personally rather than via the survey.
We will definitely be booking again.
Richard and Dan.
I thought our lead crew were exceptional, Matt in particular. Nothing was too much trouble or tedious for them. They remained patient, good humoured and courteous at all times and put our safety and enjoyment before all else.
First rate crew. Best hostie so far and have been some fantastic ones before. Excellent engineer in all areas. Very professional skipper with whom we felt very safe.
Don't worry, our experienced crew will be able to help you get your sea legs in no time.