Top things to do when you rent a boat in Corfu
Take a break from cruising the coast in your boat rental to experience Kérkyra Old Town. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 due to the three forts designed and built by Venetian engineers starting in the 8th century BC. These forts were used for several centuries to maintain and defend the Venetian maritime trading business from the Ottoman Empire. While on a yacht charter in Corfu you may visit two of the three forts, the Venetian-built Néo Froúrio fort and the Paleó Froúrio on the east side of the old town.
The rest of the old town was built between these fortresses. The buildings have Venetian-style shutters and pastel-colored facades that make the experience of walking seem like a blast into the past.
The Esplanade of the old town is a large green area between the town and the old fortresses. Today this green area is a huge, beautiful park lined with trees and benches along with an English cricket pitch that dates back to a time of British influence. At one edge of the Esplanade, you can find the Royal Palace that is now called Saint Michele Palace. On the other end of this beautiful park, is the former Saint Giorgio Palace that is now home to the Museum of Asian Art (a must-see!).
Also, along the Esplanade, we can see the Liston promenade, which was inspired by the architecture of the Rue du Rivoli in Paris, France constructed during French rule of the island in 1807. You can sit under the arches and enjoy a cool beverage and a bite to eat at any of the local restaurants. You will have a view of the cricket pitch, the old town, and palaces in the area. You can also enjoy a bit of shopping in the small boutiques in this picturesque part of the old town during your yacht charter in Corfu.
Sidari – You can find lovely sandy beaches here! To the west, there are the fjords and the famous Canal d’Amour (translated as Canal of Love). People say that if you swim in this canal, you’ll find your soul mate! Also, not far are the Diapontia Islands that you can sail your yacht charter to for a day trip!
Paleokastritsa – Located on the northwestern coast where you can take advantage of crystal clear waters and see caves that are only accessible by boat. Here you can find the Agios Spyridonas beach where you can anchor your boat rental and look out at the cliffs across the water. Also, stop here for all sorts of water sports!
Agios Gordios Beach – Travel to the west coast of the island and land upon this magnificent Blue Flag beach. Bask in the beauty upon its white sand or take a dip in its turquoise waters. This beach comes well equipped with chairs and water sports equipment for hire. A boat rental will help you easily access this beach which is one of the most popular on the island!
Berthing options for your boat rental on the island include the capital and main ferry terminal, Corfu Town, the small harbors of Kassiopi on the Northern coast of the island, Petriti on the South-Eastern coast and Palaiokastritsa on the North-Western coast along with plenty of anchorages, including, yet not exclusive to Agni, Kalami, Kouloura and Ayios Stefanos at the North-Eastern edge of the island and Ayios Yeoryios on the North-Western coast.
Off the beaten path
If you have anchored your boat rental and desire some leg space, take your party over to the famous Corfu Trail. It is a 220 kilometer/ 136 miles trail that will take you from one end of the island to the other. You will follow inland tracks and cobbled paths that will take you through forests and alongside rivers up to one of the islands highest peaks, Agii Deka (576 meters). You will pass many historic sites like monasteries, manor homes and hidden traditional tavernas along with old Venetian salt works.
Enjoy nightlife and secluded beaches on this island. There is a very big student population thanks to the Ionian University, so the old town and its surroundings stay lively pretty much all year round. However, people of all ages are sure to enjoy themselves while on holidays on this island.
How to get there
You can easily fly directly to the island from major European airports. Getting to your yacht charter in Corfu is simple and practical thanks to the easily accessible airport. Private transfers from the airport to your boat can be organized as well! Taxis and buses are also available for you and your crew.
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