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

Two Week Faraway Islands Flotilla

Faraways 2019
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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.

Most flotillas will spend a night at anchor in remote Port Timoni and a night in spectacular Paleokastritsa. The flotilla will usually then head for Paxos on the “outside route”, down the mountainous west coast of Corfu. If the wind is blowing the wrong way, the flotilla may take the “inside route” (east of Corfu). This flotilla is a great way to “get away from it all”, although you are still likely to visit Paxos and a few other more populated places. Paxos never fails to provide wonderful memories, with the beautiful bay of Lakka and the Greek dancing nights of Mongonisi to name just a couple.

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.

Where will we visit?

Gouvia Marina on Corfu Island is your flotilla starting point - with plenty of choices of restaurants, shops and facilities it is a perfect place to begin your holiday! Corfu Island offers a complete mixture of the buzzing old town contrasted with sleepy fishing villages to the north and south. The highlight of this flotilla area is, of course, the fantastic Faraway Islands of Ericousa, Mathraki and Othoni! You'll also be visiting the beautiful island of Paxos with its four beautiful harbours - Lakka, Longos, Gaios and Mongonisi.

Typical Itinerary & Highlights

Days 1 - 2, Join the flotilla in Gouvia

Following a short transfer from Corfu airport you will arrive at Gouvia Marina. 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 in the Marina 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 the marina for you to stock up on provisions before you head out for a lazy lunch at anchor...

 

  • Gouvia Marina, Corfu Gouvia Marina

Days 3 - 4, 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 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, 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 14 - 15, Returning to Gouvia

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

  • Gouvia Marina, Corfu Gouvia Marina

 

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 - Lefkas, Ithaka & Whole Ionian Flotillas

  • Manchester Flights £25
  • Brimingham Flights £25
  • Bristol 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 - Kefalonia & South Ionian Flotillas

  • Manchester Flights £25
  • Heathrow Flights £35
  • 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 - Paxos, North Ionian & Faraways Flotillas

  • Heathrow Flights £35
  • 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)

Beneteau 331 Yacht Layout Enquire

Beneteau 361

From: £715 pp

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

Beneteau 361 Yacht Layout Enquire

Beneteau 35

From: £775 pp

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

Beneteau 35 Deck Plan Enquire

Beneteau 323

From: £815 pp

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

Beneteau 323 Yacht Layout Enquire

Beneteau 38

From: £865 pp

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

Beneteau 38 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!)

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 this flotilla is the Salvator Spa Hotel in Parga.

  • Pool at the Salvator Hotel

    Salvator Spa Hotel & Villas

    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 is about as good as it gets!

    For 20 years, our flotillas have been enjoying the wonderful food from the 'Castello Restaurant' in Parga. Spiros and his six sons have now expanded their programme in Parga with a fabulous boutique complex of rooms, apartments and villas called the Salva…

  • Relaxing by the pool at the Iris

    Iris Hotel & Apartments

    The Iris Hotel is one of our accommodation options in the South Ionian, ideally suited for a shore based week before or after one of our Lefkas or Ithaka flotillas, or one of our two week flotillas which finishes in the South Ionian.

    A 'beside the sea' base for your shore based week on Lefkas …

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Locations

  • Gouvia Marina

  • Corfu Island

  • Ericousa

  • Mathraki and Othoni Islands

  • Corfu Town

  • Petriti

  • Kassiopi

  • Paxos

  • Lakka

  • Mongonisi

  • Gaios

  • Sayaidha

  • Corfu Town

  • Gouvia Marina

 

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