We have a new Ionian flotilla for 2018!
We will be taking a trip down memory lane and bringing back our Two Week Faraway Islands Flotilla. We have been asked over and over again to reinstate this amazing flotilla and we thought...why not this year! It will take in the best of what the North Ionian has to offer and of course the gorgeous Faraway Islands.
If you have sailed to these islands before then you will know the draw of the area, if you haven’t, then read on to find out why you should book for 2018.
The Start of a North Ionian Adventure
You will pick up your yacht in our North Ionian base of Plataria, where you will spend your first evening on board. The first couple of days will take in the harbours of Sayaidha, on the mainland, and St. Stephanos, on the north-east coast of Corfu. Both of these are beautiful little fishing villages, you will be moored on the town quay just a hop, skip and a jump away from some of the best seafood restaurants in the Ionian.
Sailing the Faraway Islands
These first few days are just a taste of things to come. If you have sailed in the South Ionian before, you may notice how quiet it is compared to some of the more popular sailing areas. We can’t understand why people don’t venture further north in the Ionian, but we’re not complaining!
The rest of your first week will be spent exploring the delights of the three Faraway Islands. The first you will come to is Ericousa, here you will find just one small harbour and a long sandy beach. The Faraway Islands are home to some of the most stunning beaches in the Ionian and they also have the turquoise water to match!
Sailing further west you will come across the islands of Othoni and Mathraki. Othoni is the largest of the three islands also the furthest from Corfu, it is often the quietest of the three. Mathraki has just one taverna that has an excellent view across the harbour and back across to Ericousa and Albania.
Crusing the Corfu Coastline
After pootling between the islands, you will head back to more familiar territories. On Corfu Island the flotilla may stop off at Kassiopi, Corfu Town and Petriti. All come with their own individual charms. Kassiopi has kept its small town feel despite the area drawing in a more affluent crowd than ever. You will still be able to find small family run tavernas and little bakeries.
Corfu Town is as beautiful as ever! Approaching the yacht club from the sea is a stunning sight, with the ancient citadel perched precariously on the cliff top above. The winding Venetian backstreets hold a whole host of restaurants, shops and bars for you to spend your evening exploring.
Pottering Down to Paxos
From Corfu, you will carry on down to the island of Paxos. There are three main harbours to choose from, Lakka, Gaios and Mongonissi. Lakka and Gaios have a bustling waterfront with some excellent restaurants. Mongonissi is a bay to the south of Paxos, it is home to one taverna and some stunning crystal-clear water. You may also have heard of (or been witness to) their fantastic Greek dancing nights.
The Last Couple of Days
The end of the fortnight is drawing near but there is still time for a sail back over to the mainland to the towns of Parga and Sivota Mourtos. Parga is one of the larger towns in the area with some fabulous history behind it. We recommend taking a walk up to the fortress on the hill, there happens to be a bar handily located within the walls (excellent for quenching the thirst).
It’s now back to Plataria for your final group meal and a reminisce over all the places that you’ve explored over the past fortnight!
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