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Location

This lush, axe-shaped island lies close to the coast of Albania. At its narrowest, the channel separating it is just a mile wide. Although being a popular and busy holiday destination, it is still possible to find places to enjoy its quiet beauty.

Clearance

For full details on clearing into our out of Greece see Greek Formalities.

Corfu town is a port of entry and the central port authorities are situated at the far end (west) of the commercial port. The tax office for DEKPA payment is located in town opposite the theatre.

For EU boats - Useful notes on the process to follow in order to get a DEKPA here can be found under comments at the bottom of the page.

Authorities here are kept busy with the commercial vessels, cruise ships and ferries which dock here, and yachts are advised to clear in at Gouvia marina where the officials for dealing with yachts are based. See Gouvia (Corfu) for more details.

Last updated September 2017.

Tax Office (DEKPA)
Samara Spyrou 13 , Corfu Town
The building opposite the theatre, first floor, door on the right (see photo).

Docking

Port Mandraki, the old harbour below the fortress, offers the best shelter, particularly alongside the outer breakwater, and has the most spectacular setting. Fees include water, electricity and WiFi and appear to be pretty negotiable, so see what you can do (see comments at bottom of page).

It is shallow so go bows-to and be sure to pull yourself well off the quay with the laid lines, as there tends to be a lot of wake here from passing commercial traffic and it can get choppy in strong northerlies.

The town quay is free, but is silting up so pick your spot carefully as depth is restricted in places. There is no security on the town quay and it can be noisy and smelly.

Alternatively, there is an anchorage south of the port in the bay, Ormos Garitsas. Here, there is shelter from the prevailing winds and the holding is good.

Coastguard Tel: +30 (0) 661 32665 VHF channel 12

Last updated March 2017.

Gouvia Marina
PO Box 60 , 49083 Tzavros , Corfu, Greece
Tel:+30 26610 91900 Fax:+30 26610 91829 ,VHF Channel 69
Located in the closed bay of Gouvia about 3 miles north of Corfu town. When approaching from Corfu's northern channel the islet of Lazaretto is a landmark about a mile south of the entrance. The channel is marked by 2 pairs of light buoys, with depths 8 to 9 meters in the middle. Gouvia marina is surrounded by a developed tourist area full of restaurants, bars and hotels within walking distance of the 2 entrances. The centre of Corfu town is about 7 km away with regular bus service on the main road.
See Gouvia (Corfu) for more details. This marina has a boatyard with 75-ton travel hoist.

Yacht Clubs

The two yacht clubs, Corfu YC and Naok YC both have small harbours of their own, but they are not, in general, open to visitors.

Sailors for Sustainability
Sailors for Sustainability says:
Sep 01, 2017 10:32 AM

We arrived on the West side of Corfu from Italy, St. George Bay. Great anchorage. As we didn't have the DEKPA yet, we contacted the Gouvia Marina, who told us that we shouldn't worry and get it once we made it to Gouvia or Corfu City. We also heard from seasoned sailors that they were never checked.
Once at anchorage in Corfu, we first went to the tax authorities. They are located down the street from the anchorage, opposite the theatre. There are no signs on the 5-story building and nothing in English at the entrance (or anywhere else).
Go up the stairs to the first floor and go through the first door on the right.
At the first of five counters (with a paper sign "DEKPA"), you need to present the passport of the skipper/owner and boat details.
Pay Eur 50 at the next counter.
Then make your way to the far end (west) of the commercial port, where the "Central Port Authorities" are located. On the first floor, immediately on the left is a small office, where you can apply for the DEKPA after showing the receipt from the tax authorities, passports, insurance, boat registration and the engine number.
Then it's downstairs (ground level) to a colleague who puts some stamps and takes you to another colleague to pay Euro 15 "Fee for Entry into Greece".
That's it, just make sure you do it in the right order!

Boatnotes
Boatnotes says:
Mar 03, 2017 12:25 PM

Mooring for free in the port possible, avoid the berths marked with an X, they are designated to tourist boats. Quite smelly though but super convenient. No security of course. If you are berthed close enough to the cafes you can get yourself free wifi :)

Boatnotes
Boatnotes says:
Mar 03, 2017 12:17 PM

We also negotiated the price down from 45 to 35 per night for 45' (cash only!). showers don't open before 10 am, no laundry. very spectacular setting, you'll have to walk through the fortress to enter and exit the yacht club.

MichaelK
MichaelK says:
Jun 14, 2015 08:10 AM

June 2015: Port Mandraki (the one below the old fortress): €45 per day for 46', though I was able to negotiate it down to €40/day for a 5 day stay - water and electricity and WiFi included.
While generally a pleaant setting, ferries and other shipping passing by WILL generate a lot of surge, so keep well of the quay (laid moorings). With more notherly winds above 4-5 it can also get quite choppy here.

You need to go bow first on the outer mole if you love your rudder.

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