Angelokastro Castle is a historic marvel that is worth a day trip to see during your sailboat charter in Corfu. The castle is strategically located along the northwest coast on the highest peak of the island. The position of the fortress allowed its residents to successfully defend themselves from pirate attacks as they could see the invaders approaching from a distance. Inside, located in a cave, you can still see the ruins of a church which was dedicated to angels. Some historians argue that this fortress dates back to the 13th century. If history is not your forte, come visit the castle anyway as it provides some the best views of the entire island!
Wander 10km south of the city center and you will find yourself exploring a palace. This structure was ordered to be built by empress Sisi of Austra in 1890, a year after the tragic death of her only son. She named the palace after her favorite hero Achilles. During both World Wars, the palace was used as a hospital and as a military headquarter. Today the palace is a museum that draws thousands of tourists each year. Don’t leave without getting a glimpse of the fantastic view of the sea from the gardens.
Constructed on a rock in 1228, this monastery is a typical example of Greek monastic architecture. Admire the beauty of this structure and icons scattered throughout the property. Mosey through the peaceful gardens that overlook the island’s picturesque coastline. Note: This historical site is an active place of worship, so it is highly recommended that you enter respectfully dressed.
A sailboat charter in Corfu will give you access some of the best Greek food in the country. The island has many prestigious restaurants which dish out meals that blend Greek and Venetian flavors. Want to eat like a local? Try some favorite recipes among the island’s residents. Sofrito is slowly cooked veal in a delicious wine sauce. Pastitsada, rooster served with spaghetti and topped with tomato sauce, is a classic. And finally, for those who enjoy seafood, try Bourdeto, a spicy fish dish.
The busiest time of the year on the island is July and August as visitors from around the world come to enjoy the hot summer temperatures. In August, temperatures reach a daily high of 32 degrees and the chances of precipitation are low. From the months of November to March many establishments tend to have limited hours or are closed. This “off season” is due to cooler temps and increased rain. To enjoy pleasant conditions while beating the crowds, a sailboat charter is recommended during the months of April and October.
Start your journey from this mordern marina, located in the west of Corfu. Only 7km from the airport and 6km from the city center. Gouvia Marina is the largest marina in Greece as its has a capacity allowance of 1200 berths and dry docks for over 500 boats. High quality facilities and services can be accessed daily throughout the year. Gouvia Marina is the perfect starting base for a sailboat charter in Corfu.
Arriving to your boat rental is easy by both air and sea. During the summer season, there are many direct flights from various European cities into Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport. However, during the “off season” there tends to be a limited amount of flights to the island from outside the country. Daily flights and ferries are available for sailors coming from mainland Greece year-round.
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