Sailing holidays with Dolphin Yachts

A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for. - Grace Hopper

Our base is situated in the natural harbour of the Gouvia Bay .Gouvia Marina, the first privately owned marina in Greece, is situated about 7 kilometers from the town of Corfu and the International Airport. For many years seamen considered the harbor and the bay of Gouvia a natural link between the Adriatic and the Mediterranean Sea as well as a port of call, where they could sail in, to repose, enjoying the climate and the beauties of the island.

Facilities and services
In the 3.500 sq.m.of building facilities,a number of different services are available, such as commercial shops, car, motorbike and boat rental offices, restaurants, bars and cafe, Port police office, refuelling station, supermarket, laundry, showers and WC facilities. The broad quaysides include kindergarden, a swimming-pool, sports facilities as well as a cricket course, a sport with a great tradition in Corfu. The surrounding area is very attractive while the whole complex is in perfect harmony with the traditional architecture of Corfu.

How do I get there?

  • By air
    The quickest way of reaching Corfu is by air. These days a number of domestic flights from Athens and Thessalonica take place on a daily basis all year round, with Olympic Airways and Aegean Airlines. The duration of the flight from either city is about 40 minutes. International flights are scheduled throughout the year while during the summer period (April - October), there are many charter flights connecting Corfu directly with several European cities.
  • By ship
    When it comes to getting here by sea, there are a number of alternatives. There are daily ferryboats connecting Corfu with Igoumenitsa, with timetables which change according to season. Large ferries depart from Patras to Italy (Bari, Brindisi, Ancona, Venice) and vice versa, usually with a stop at Corfu.
  • By car
    Driving from abroad to Corfu by car one reaches the Italian ports, from where it is necessary to continue by ferry. From Athens, the distance is aproximately 550 km - 5 hours drive to Igoumenitsa, from where one takes the ferry to Corfu.

Location of our boats in the Gouvia Marina

Map : N 39o 39'.1 E 19o 51'
Our Yachts position in the marina : A69 - A78

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Gouvia marina - Mooring
Depths from the docks are from 3.9 to 6.7 meters. Permanent moorings have been laid for all berths and they are connected by a submerged rope with corresponding positions at the dock. One must approach the dock to catch hold of the rope and bring it aft to secure it. Because of its location the marina provides very good protection in all weathers. Only when there are strong northerly or northwesterly winds do small waves form in the southwest basin.

Gouvia marina - Approach
Gouvia marina is the only functionally complete marina in the Ionian; it is in the closed bay of Gouvia about 3 miles north of Corfu town. When approaching from Corfu' s northern channel the island of Lazaretto is a landmark about a mile south of the entrance, and when one approaches still further, the large hotel is visible οn the headland which is the northernmost point of its entrance chandler. When approaching from Corfu harbour, the is the Lazaretto is precisely οn course for the marina' s entrance and one may pass to the east or to the west of it. The channel is demarcated by 2 pairs of lighted buoys, with depths of 8 to 9 meters in the middle. The depths especially οn the channel' s south side lessen abruptly and care is needed to pass to the west of the second red buoy both when entering and when exiting. Ιn case of doubt when approaching, the marina' s office provides round the clock information οπ channel 69 as well as instructions about the pier where one should moor.

Gouvia marina - Further Information
Further information: At this point in time, the marina provides 960 berths with water, electricity, and telephone connections. There is a fuel station οn the western dock near the entrance. The marina' s office and that of the Greek Tourist Organization are available for information, There are also the following : harbour master, supermarket. restaurant. cafe-bar, toilets, showers, laundromat. yacht cnandler' s shops with ellectronic equipment. currency exchange, car and motorbike rental, and a diving center. The marina provides possibilities for repairs in collaboration with businesses and craftsmen that cover practically any job a boat may need, from sail repairs to installation of a new engine, plastic repairs, carpenter' s repairs et a1. The travelllift has a 65 ton capacity and there are two more cranes with 45 and 15 ton capacity. Finally, there are several offices for yacht rentals and sales. The marina is surrounded by a develloped tourist area full of restaurants, bars, and hotels within walking distance of the two entrances. The center of Corfu town is about 6 kilometers away; there is regular bus service οn the main road, a short distance from the marina entrances.

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