Emerald Bay, Children Swimming, Anti-Paxos
Mongonisi by Becky Kerry
Soph jumping in in Emerald Bay

Two Week Faraway Islands Flotilla

Faraway Islands 2020

Two weeks of turquoise water...

New harbours at Ericousa and Othoni have prompted a return to the Faraway Islands! A safe haven at Ericousa gives us more flexibility when heading out to ‘the Faraway’s’. In reality the “Faraway Islands” really aren’t all that faraway. They are named this as they are Greece’s furthest away islands from Athens! (Like Lands End in the UK or Finisterre in Spain.) 

Most of the time we will head north in the first four or five days to the sparsely populated Faraway’s. Sometimes the flotilla will call into historic Corfu Town. This offers everyone an opportunity to immerse themselves in Venetian and Greek history. It has a unique atmosphere in the evenings. Ericousa has a large bay, great for free swinging or anchoring off at night. It is certainly a relaxing thing to do and your morning swim will be invigorating!

A new harbour has been built at Ericousa but it remains a well kept secret. So not many yachts usually venture this far north of Corfu making for a relaxing couple of nights under the stars. Othoni is clad in a thick cover of pine and olive trees with rocky scrub on the hilltops looking out over the sea to Mathraki and other smaller islands. All three of the islands feature beautiful sandy beaches. The most spectacular beach is the golden sands of Mathraki. The water is transparent with a backdrop of the white cliffs of Corfu. (Yes, Corfu has white cliffs too!) About four or five days will be spent around the Faraway islands.

What is the weather like?

Generally warm and sunny, which is why we love sailing in this part of the world! The regular but steady afternoon breezes between the islands creates exciting sailing for those with previous flotilla experience.

Typical Itinerary & Highlights

Days 1 - 2, Join the flotilla in Plataria

Following a transfer from Preveza airport you will arrive at Plataria Harbour. Here you will meet your lead crew and home from home for the fortnight (your yacht). After a short boat brief you have a range of restaurants to choose from for 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 is a supermarket in Plataria for you to stock up on provisions before you head out for a lazy lunch at anchor...

 

  • Sunset in Plataria Panorama Plataria

Days 3 - 4, Sayaidha and Corfu Town

Sayaidha is a small fishing village on the greek mainland, close to the Albanian border. The village is best known among sailors for it sunsets and the prawns at Alex's taverna - served by the kilo and not to be missed! 

The first or penultimate night stop is likely to be Corfu Town where you can moor in the yacht club beneath the citadel and spend an evening wandering the rustic backstreets of the town.

 

  • Sunset Punch Party Sayadha Sayaidha
  • Corfu Harbour, Corfu Town Corfu Town

Days 5 - 7, Heading North

The next couple of days will take you off the norther coast of Corfu, away from the crowds! The three Faraway Islands are Ericousa, 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!

Ericousa 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.

 

  • Ericousa Ericousa
  • Mathraki Greece Mathraki and Othoni Islands

Days 8 - 9, Seeing the rest of Corfu

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.

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.

 

  • Corfu Harbour, Corfu Town Corfu Town
  • Fishing boats at Petriti Petriti
  • The quay in Kassiopi on Corfu Island Kassiopi

Days 10 - 11, Sailing around Paxos Island

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.

 

  • Lakka Bay, Paxos Island, Sailing in the Ionian Paxos
  • Anchored in Lakka Bay for a swim! Lakka
  • Drinks at Mongonisi Mongonisi
  • Gaios, Paxos Island Gaios

Days 12 - 13, Exploring Corfu

A likely first evening stop is a little fishing village called St Stephanos. It 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...

 

  • Corfu Town Harbour Corfu Island

Days 14 - 15, Returning to Plataria

On Saturday, you will return to Plataria where the crew will host a final night meal at one of the tavernas in the harbour. Simply spend your final night relaxing and regaling tales of the week’s events with your fellow sailors over delicious Greek food and wine.

  • Sunset in Plataria Panorama Plataria

 

What's Included

    • Return flights
    • Transfers
    • Diesel
    • Village harbour fees
    • Linen & Towels
    • Dinghy
    • Harbour Guide
    • Starter Pack
    • Full Financial Protection

What's not Included

- Yacht Security Waiver (£60-£160)
- Food & Drink
- Personal Holiday Insurance
- Child Discount -£65 for one week 
- Child Discount -£115 for two weeks
- Infants travel for just £50

One & Two Week Optional Extras - Kefalonia, Ithaka, Paxos, Whole and South Ionian Flotillas

  • Manchester Flights £25
  • Brimingham Flights £25
  • Stansted Flights £25
  • SUP (paddleboard):
  • One Week £95
  • - Two Weeks £155
  • Dinghy Outboard:
  • - One Week £50
  • - Two Weeks £75
  • Cruising Chute
  • Holiday Insurance

 

 

One & Two Week Optional Extras - Corfu & North Ionian

  • Manchester Flights £35
  • Birmingham Flights £25
  • SUP (paddleboard):
  • One Week £95
  • - Two Weeks £155
  • Dinghy Outboard:
  • - One Week £50
  • - Two Weeks £75
  • Cruising Chute
  • Holiday Insurance

 

Two Week Optional Extras - Saronic Islands & Sporades Flotillas

  • SUP (paddleboard) £155
  • Dinghy Outboard £75
  • Cruising Chute
  • Holiday Insurance

Quick Yacht Price Search - For prices simply select party size and date

Below is an indication of the yachts that will sail on this flotilla. Please call us on 020 8459 8787 to check live availability.

Beneteau 331

From: £655 pp

Launched in: 2002/03
Sleeps: 6 (great for 4)

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Beneteau 361

From: £715 pp

Launched in: 2003
Sleeps: 8 (great for 4)

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Beneteau 35

From: £775 pp

Launched in: 2016 - 17
Sleeps: 8 (great for 4)

Beneteau 35 Deck Plan Enquire

Beneteau 38

From: £865 pp

Launched in: 2014 - 17
Sleeps: 8 (great for 6)

Beneteau 38 Yacht Layout Enquire

Beneteau 323

From: £895 pp

Launched in: 2008
Sleeps: 6 (great for 4)

Beneteau 323 Yacht Layout Enquire

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!)

Iris Hotel and Apartments

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.

Salvator Spa Hotel & Villas

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.

 

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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. 

Images from Flotilla

Locations

  • Plataria

  • Sayaidha

  • Corfu Town

  • Ericousa

  • Mathraki and Othoni Islands

  • Corfu Town

  • Petriti

  • Kassiopi

  • Paxos

  • Lakka

  • Mongonisi

  • Gaios

  • Corfu Island

  • Plataria

 

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