At the end of October all our yachts are returned to Corfu ready for our special Half Term Paxos and Corfu flotilla.
For this week the flotillas are organised into groups with children of similar ages. This flotilla visits the fishing villages of Corfu and the mainland before heading down to Paxos for a few days. You may also visit Corfu Town before heading back into Gouvia for a regatta on the final day of the holiday.
You will travel from the airport to your start base of Gouvia Marina. Here you will meet your lead crew and home from home for the week (your yacht). As well as the quayside options, Gouvia Marina has a selection of tavernas just a short walk away in the nearby village. Marina amenities such as showers, cafes and basic shop are available just a short walk from the boats.
On Monday morning there will be a thorough boat brief and a chat about where you are heading that day. Then it is time to stock up on provisions, ready for a lazy lunch at anchor...
Just across from Corfu is the Greek and Albanian mainland coast. One of our favourite spots here is Sayaidha which is a small fishing village on the greek mainland, close to the Albanian border. The village is best known among sailors for its sunsets and the prawns at Alex's taverna - served by the kilo and not to be missed!
Another great mainland spot is Mourtos, where the surrounding archipelago of island provides excellent swim stops. The quayside tavernas offer an array of evening options from the cocktails at Bamboo Place, to the traditional Greek dishes at The Blue Coast taverna.
Another mainland spot is our summer base of Plataria which is a great stop if you are after traditional Greek food and incredible sunsets.
From Corfu you will 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 stones 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.
A highlight of the trip is a lunchtime stop in Emerald Bay on Anti-Paxos Island for a lazy lunch and swim stop. For the more adventurous sailors among you, a sail down west coast of Paxos, with it's stunning cliffs is a great way to spend a day.
The last couple of days will be spent making your way back up to Corfu. Likely stops on Corfu include the small fishing village of Petriti which will give you a real taste for Greece as it was 20 years ago.
There may also be a chance to head up to Corfu town where you can moor beneath the citadel and spend an evening wandering the rustic backstreets of the town. This is a great option for the final night as it means there is just a short trip back in to Gouvia marina the next day.
The last Saturday of this week coincides with the North Ionian Regatta which has become a bit of a tradition! This is a family friendly laid back regatta that everyone is encouraged to take part in (as it tends to be great fun!). If this doesn't sound like your thing then a trip into Corfu Town for a day of exploring is highly recommended - you will also have the best view of the regatta from high up in the Old Citadel.
Below is an indication of the yachts that will sail on this flotilla. Please call us on 020 8459 8787 to check live availability.
Our Shore to Sail holidays are a combination of a one or two week flotilla sailing holiday with another relaxing week or two 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!)
The Iris Hotel has been a popular choice for flotilla sailors for many years. This accommodation option will fit in with any of our flotillas starting and finishing on Lefkas Island. The hotel itself is a small family run hotel located close to Nidri Town. It has a combination of studio rooms for two or three people and apartments that can sleep up to 4.
The Salvator Spa Hotel is perched in the hills above Parga town and is a slightly more luxurious offering. The rooms on offer range from the Deluxe Room for two people, up to the Superior 2 Room Villa for up to 6 people. The hotel itself has an excellent restaurant, pool and spa facilities and all villas come with their own private pool.
Our brand new villa in Sivota on Lefkas is exclusive to Sailing Holidays Ltd. Built with families and groups in mind, the 3 double bedrooms all feature en-suite bathrooms. Built into the hill the ground floor level comprises of the master bedroom, a large kitchen and living space. On the same level you will find a huge outdoor seating area and a private pool.
Brilliant holiday - if only I actually went
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Very well organised. Beautifully maintained boats. Really good lead boat crew. You can tell this is family owned business who care. Already booked for 3rd consecutive year.
Dear Team, I just wanted to say how happy I was with lead boat Christine during our weeks holiday. In fact dealing with Sailing Holidays is an easy and pleasant experience. During the week, lead boat Christine did an excellent job of looking after us. I personally think they went beyond that which might have been required or at least beyond what I expected of them and given this was the last week of what is no doubt a long season for them, they could have easily given up. Desborough Sailing Club had a great week with friends on Flotilla and given the number of novices on this flotilla, I think Yorkie, Becky and Dan should be patting themselves on the back. I have no doubt that some families will continue to book further flotillas (without Desborough SC) now they understand they don't need to be 'pro'. Well done sailing holidays, good job done. Kind Regards Mark
It’s been an amazing experience for all of us and I think my enthusiasm for life on the ocean waves seems to have rubbed off on my children.
'Can we go and sail in Greece again?' all three of my children ask regularly, weeks after we arrive back in the UK...