Boat Rental and Yacht Charter in Corfu

An island located in the Ionian Sea, part of Greece. Corfu is known for its beautiful beaches, historic sites, and delicious local cuisine. A perfect destination for a beach holiday!

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Sailing Guide Corfu

Charter a yacht in Corfu to enjoy scenic sailing in one of the world’s top holiday destinations. With Borrow A Boat, you can set sail from Gouvia Bay and explore the surrounding Ionian Islands, such as Paxi and Lefkada, while stopping at some of the best remote beaches in Greece.

Things to do and see when sailing in Corfu

Sailing in Corfu is an amazing way to spend the summer with your family or friends, but the island has so much more to offer. Watersports, beautiful beaches and sleepy fishing villages are just waiting to be explored.

Activities in Corfu

  • Visit the Old Town of Corfu – a World Heritage Site, that consists of a wonderful ensemble of beautiful Baroque and Venetian buildings
  • Enjoy wandering around the cobblestone streets, passing through Liston and Splanada, or visit one of many archaeological sites or art museums before departing for your next destination on your sailing holiday in Corfu
  • Head to the mountains in the north of Corfu to enjoy hiking or biking trails that take you through the island’s rugged, yet beautiful, landscapes. The trail around Mt Pantokrator offers breathtaking views and is a great way to see more of this charming island
  • The small town of Acharavi on the northern tip of Corfu is home to some of the best water parks as well as museums and bars on the island
  • Agios Georgios to the north-west is a great destination for hiking from the shore to the inland mountains
  • A Corfu sailing holiday also gives you the unique advantage of being able to visit the nearby islands, including Paxi and Lefkada at your own pace
  • Windsurfing is definitely a fun activity you should put on your bucket list when coming to Corfu
  • The southern beaches of the island are generally more popular, with sandy shores and several seafront bars, restaurants, and resorts, making them the perfect spot for a family day out
  • In Gouvia, enjoy a delicious dinner at Romeos and 9 Muses or visit the more relaxed My Place Bar and lively Old School Rock Bar nearby for a drink
  • You have the choice of sandier shores to the west, such as Issos and Prasoudi, or the quieter Messonghi and Halikounas beaches
  • Nissaki is a popular beach on the island of Corfu where you should head on your boat rental for a wonderful day out by the beach
  • Snorkel in the Blue Lagoon where you will wonder if you are actually in Greece or if you got lost in the Caribbean
  • Mount Pantokrator offers one of the best views on the island. After hiking up all the way, you will be rewarded with a view that makes you think that you are in heaven

Beaches in Corfu

  • Rovinia beach is one of the most stunning beaches on the island. One of the best ways to get there is by boat or by hiking. Scenic rock formations and green-turquoise waters make this beach worth a visit
  • Porto Timoni is a scenic beach that is not easy to reach. However, once you get there you won’t be disappointed. The scenic views and the lack of touristy crowds makes this a hidden gem you need to write on your bucket list right now
  • Issos beach is a lovely sand beach in the South of Corfu where you can enjoy the day with lots of amenities close by. Due to the strong winds, it is the perfect spot for windsurfing

Restaurants in Corfu

Casual dining in Corfu:

  • After dinner, spoil yourself with cheap, but tasty gelato at Papagiorgis in Corfu town
  • Favela 17 is a romantic little spot, perfect for anyone seeking to have breakfast of lunch in a beautiful setting
  • Stavros Traditional Grill House is the perfect place to enjoy juicy and tender meat with a mountain view. Try the highly praised grilled chicken!

Beach restaurants in Corfu:

  • Aristos Taverna Kaliviotis is a restaurant that is literally on the beach. Sit on the wooden furniture while listening to the waves and savouring a delicious traditional Greek meal
  • Enjoy the stunning sea views while dining in Taverna Kalami. This lovely restaurant offers tasty seafood dishes and a lasagna that is to die for

Fine dining in Corfu:

  • Trilogia Plous Restaurant in Kassiopi is a superb fine dining experience with a view. The shrimps with quinoa are not just shrimps with quinoa. An explosion of different flavours is going to fill your mouth.
  • Dine in a stunning piazza with excellent dishes at The Venetian Well in Corfu Town. You’re in Greece, so you shouldn’t miss the Greek salad as an appetizer.
  • Pomo d'Oro Corfu charms you with its classic and elegant interior as soon as you step in the restaurant.

Bars and Clubs in Corfu

You might want to visit Corfu especially for its natural beauty and ideal sailing conditions, but a night out after a long day at sea can be a great way to relax and enjoy your summer vacation 100%.

  • Why Cocktail Bar offers a wide range of delicious cocktails. It’s the perfect spot to wind down on a hot summer evening
  • At Fuego Beach Bar you get to sip on a fancy cocktail and enjoy the sunset at the beach. Located in the North of Corfu, you should stop here for a bite to eat or something to drink while exploring this part of the island
  • Pazuzu Club in Glyfada beach is a club directly by the beach. Dance the night away to amazing dance sounds. It’s a luxury beach club where the best DJs in the world perform, making this a hotspot for great parties

Explore historical Corfu

Like many parts of Greece, the island of Corfu has been inhabited since the Old Stone Age era. The harbour on the island was a very important trading port in antiquity. Many of the ancient buildings can be explored today, including the temple of Artemis, the Old Fortress of Corfu and the Byzantine Fortress of Gardiki. Head to the Archaeological Museum of Corfu to learn more about the history of the island.

Due to its strategically important location in the Mediterranean, Corfu has been invaded by many different foreign powers, including the Goths, the Normans and the Venetians - although the local population at the time voluntarily became part of the Venetian sphere of influence. In the 18th century Napoleon Bonaparte conquered the island and made it part of the French State. Many Medieval buildings can still be admired in the capital of Corfu until this day. If you need a break from sailing all day long, head into the old town and roam around the picturesque streets.

Discover mystical Corfu

Like many Greek islands, the history of Corfu is very much influenced by Greek mythology. Starting with the Greek name of the island, Kerkyra, which originates in the name of a nymph that Poseidon fell head over heels in love with. Another mythological love story has its beginnings here with Hercules falling in love with the nymph Naiad.

Corfu is also Odysseus' last stop on his journey back to the island of Ithaca, making it an important location in Homer’s Odyssey.

Sailing conditions in Corfu

The south of Corfu is a popular area for sailing holidays thanks to the region’s excellent summer weather and sailing conditions with calm waters and ideal wind speeds. This is a preferred destination in Greece for sailors who are just starting out or those looking for a more relaxing kind of sailing holiday. However, sailors need to be cautious in the area and watch out for occasional gusts when traveling alongside the mountainous areas.

Mooring is possible in all the major ports, and each island is well provisioned with marinas that are well-equipped for sailors who arrive there. The best time to sail in Corfu is between June and September.

The waters around Corfu are generally calm and make for enjoyable sailing holidays in Greece. Tides are low, reaching 0.5m in more extreme weather conditions, but are usually far lower than that. The Ionian Sea generally experiences a north-west to west-north-west wind that ranges from 10 to 15 knots. It should also be noted that winds in northern Corfu can blow strong at times, making for an exciting sailing trip. Set your sail and enjoy the experience of freedom on the sea. On average the air temperatures on the island of Corfu reach 25°C in the height of summer, but often even into the 30s. The average sea temperature is a pleasant 25°C in the summer. The perfect temperature for a quick dip in the sea.

How much does it cost to rent a boat in Corfu?

How much it costs to rent a boat in Corfu highly depends on the type of boat you choose, how many people are travelling with you, how big the boat is, how old it is and whether you want to sail during high season or low season. On average it will cost you 102 EUR per person per day to rent a speedboat in Greece. The average cost of a catamaran is 150 EUR per person per night while a motorboat will cost 190 EUR per person per day on average. Renting a sailboat in Greece is one of the cheapest options at an average price of only 53 EUR per person per day. Renting a gulet in Greece will cost 105 EUR per person per day on average. On average it will cost you 93 EUR per person per day to rent a RIB. No matter which boat you choose, keep in mind that the price to rent a boat in Corfu can vary.

What type of boat is best for sailing in Corfu?

What type of boat you should rent for your sailing vacation in Corfu all depends on the type of holiday you want to experience here. If you want to explore the scenic hidden bays and beaches a catamaran is probably the best choice. If you want to practice your sailing skills, a sailboat would probably be better suited for you.

Rent a catamaran in Corfu

Pros of renting a catamaran in Corfu

One of the advantages of renting a catamaran in Corfu is the fact that the shallow draft allows you to sail and anchor closer to the shore than with other types of boats. This makes catamarans the perfect water vessel to explore some of the remote beaches like Porto Timoni, Agni or Stellari.

Adding extra stability to the boat are the hulls that the catamaran is standing on. While anchoring in a lovely bay for the night, you won’t feel it shaking as much as other types of boats. Due to the construction of these types of boats, they offer a lot of space on deck and in the cabins, almost making them the hotel rooms of boats.

One of our favourite catamarans to rent on the island is the Catamaran Lagoon 42 which charms you particularly with its spacious deck. Sunbathe all day long or enjoy lengthy dinners with all your friends on board. The catamaran offers space for up to 10 people.

Cons of renting a catamaran in Corfu

One of the downsides of renting a catamaran in Corfu can be its size. As it needs more space for mooring at the marinas, it can be quite difficult to find a spot - not just in Corfu, but all the surrounding marinas in high season. Your best bet is anchoring in a beautiful bay that is well protected from the winds. Waking up with a view of scenic rock formations wins over the view of a port any day, right?

Rent a catamaran in Corfu

Rent a sailboat in Corfu

Pros of renting a sailboat in Corfu

Renting a sailboat in Corfu is perfect for anyone who wants to perfectionate their sailing skills. The wind conditions are ideal, but still not as strong as in other parts of the Mediterranean, making Corfu the perfect choice for novice sailors.

The ideal wind conditions also allow you to explore the islands nearby. Sail over to Lefkada or Sivotas island by sailboat. You will create unforgettable memories on a sailing trip through the Greek Mediterranean.

One of our favourite sailboats to rent in Corfu is Sailboat Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 469 which can hold a maximum number of 10 guests. The rustic interior and well-equipped boat is perfect for a sailing holiday in Corfu. You can sail with or without a captain, but remember, if you decide to sail without a captain, you need to possess a valid boat licence.

Cons of renting a sailboat in Corfu

One of the disadvantages of renting a sailboat in Corfu is the fact that sailboats run on wind, not on fuel. This means that it might happen that the wind suddenly stops blowing, leaving you stranded in the middle of the sea. If you only have a week of holidays, it might leave you incredibly frustrated.

Another downside of renting a sailboat in Corfu can be the lack of space. Not as spacious as catamarans or motorboats, sailboats are the type of boats you rent for the sailing experience rather than a comfortable boat holiday.

Rent a sailboat in Corfu

Rent a motorboat in Corfu

Pros of renting a motorboat in Corfu

Rent a motorboat in Corfu if you’re looking at exploring as many different spots around the island and beyond as possible. Motorboats are faster than other types of water vehicles. This ensures that you get to see everything you want to see on a week-long sailing vacation.

Another advantage of renting a motorboat in Corfu is the fact that they don’t have a keel. Similar to catamarans, they are perfect for sailing in shallow waters, making them the perfect choice for exploring the most beautiful remote beaches and bays around the island.

One more positive aspect about motorboats is the space they offer on deck. Unlike sailboats, they don’t need to be equipped with the right gear to sail in the wind. As they run on fuel, they have an engine which doesn’t require too much space. One of our favourite motorboats to rent in Corfu is the Motorboat Axopar T-Top Brabus Line which offers enough space for up to 9 guests. Considering the lack of space many motorboats have to deal with, hosting 9 people is quite a lot. A captain is included in the charter, ensuring that you can enjoy your sailing holiday to the fullest without worrying about operating the boat.

Cons of renting a motorboat in Corfu

One of the disadvantages of renting a motorboat in Corfu is the fact that they run on fuel. With the increasing prices it can become quite expensive to explore all the spots you want to discover. Be aware that an additional bill for all the fuel might increase your holiday bill significantly.

Another disadvantage can be the size of the cabins. These are definitely not ideal for anyone who is claustrophobic. Motorboats are not the type of water vehicle you rent for comfort, you charter them for their speed. Bring your friends together and race around the Greek islands.

Rent a motorboat in Corfu

Charter a luxury yacht in Corfu

Chartering a luxury yacht in Corfu is a great idea for anyone who wants a luxurious sailing vacation on the Greek islands with the right budget on hand. Don’t miss out on any amenities that you would expect in a hotel room. Motorboat Canados 80 S will make all your sailing dreams come true. Up to 9 people can sleep on this luxury yacht. Offering enough space to dine with all your friends and to sunbathe all day long on deck, a special surprise is the swimming pool you can find on board. If you don’t feel like jumping into the sea, take a refreshing dip in the pool on board. An experienced captain will operate the boat while you relax on your vacation.

Charter a luxury yacht in Corfu

What kind of boat license do you need when renting a boat in Corfu?

If you want to hire a boat in Corfu you have to possess a valid boat licence - if you want to operate the boat yourself. If you don’t have a valid boat licence or simply want to enjoy your sailing holiday worry-free, you can always hire a skipper to operate your boat. No boat licence is needed in that case.

Sailing routes in Corfu

The Ionian Sea remains a great sailing location due to favorable weather conditions and calmer seas than the nearby Aegean. To see the best of the Ionian Islands, start at Gouvia Marina and sail all the way south to Pylos on the mainland, in the gorgeous Navarino Bay. Historically known as an important battle location that helped secure Greece’s independence, today the bay is mostly known as a safe place to anchor and a superb place to stop for a delicious traditional Greek meal. Along the way, you’ll see Sivotas Island, Port Gaios, and Lefkada, the second largest of this island chain and famous for its stunning beaches surrounded by impressive rock formations. From Lefkada (Lefkas), enjoy safe and easy sailing along the canal. You can stop at the small harbors in Lygia and Nikiana before heading out to the nearby islands of Meganisi and Kalamos. On Meganisi, you should visit the historic Papanakolis sea cave. Continue south and stop at Vathi and Zakynthos, with its remarkable Venetian Fortress and the stunning Blue Caves that rise from the sea. Navagio Beach is one of the most famous beaches on Zakynthos. Sail to this beach to explore an abandoned shipwreck.

You’ll find that the above-mentioned locations offer excellent moorings, with Sivotas, Abelike Bay, and Pylos offering anchorages to stop off and relax at the beach.

Sailing Locations in Corfu

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