Date: 31st April – 2nd May
Price: 59Euro/night + VAT
Water: drinking water – charged / non potable water – free
Wifi: charged (30Euro/month)
Amenities: Chandler, Dive shop, Supermarket, Laundry, Restaurants, Bars, Port Police, Swimming Pool, Toilets/Showers, Ship Yard, Fuel Dock
Laundry: 10Euro/load, 12Euro/wash&dry
On 31st April we headed up to Gouvia Marina, Corfu to check ourselves in with the port authority and get our DEKPA (Transit Log).
We planned to leave between 9 and 10 am after we took Tiny to shore to do her business. While we were getting ready Tiny decided that the boat was good enough for a pee and we could get the outboard off the dinghy and then hoist the dinghy up earlier than anticipated and left Lakka at 9am.
We tried to sail for a while but once we got in between Corfu and the mainland there was not much wind left and we had to motor for a few hours. A couple of hours before we arrived we called the marina if they had room for a couple of days (by the time we arrived the Port Police would be shut) and then advised them of our arrival via VHF once we came down the channel to the entrance and were escorted to our berth by a marinero. We tucked in between a charter boat and a custom made steel motor sailer inspired by American fishing trawlers.
Gouvia Marina is completely different to what we experienced the last 7 months in Licata. It is big, it is busy, it is noisy. Mind you, during winter there were about 5 liveaboards and all the shops in the marina were shut. Now, especially the charter boats were hustling and bustling to get ready for the season. Gouvia is the base for the Sailing Holidays charter company, who have 140 well maintained yachts here, a big group of young and friendly staff and a Kiwi owner who stumbled upon us (our NZ flag). We became best friends for a couple of days and got some insight into the charter business and some good tips and laughs along the way. Maybe, once we’ve done sailing ourselves we’ll give him a call and work for him. In Greece. There’s worse.
The marina had lots of restaurants and bars, shops, a swimming pool, showers and toilets that kept getting cleaned, a laundry service with clean washing machines and even a dive shop to get our dive tank filled again. Lots of tavernas just outside the marina were great and cheaper – we are recommending the mixed grill platter (when you are very hungry).
Saturday we wanted to see the Port Authority only to be told that we would need to see the Tax Office in Corfu Town first but they are closed on weekends and Monday was a public holiday (1st of May) so we spontaneously decided to find a Vodafone store to get a data sim card for Greece – the closest one was 6.3km away. So off we went. It took us over 5 hours to get there and back and a sim card. Oh my poor legs! Oh my poor legs for a couple of days!
After 4 nights and obtaining our official Greek paperwork we decided it was time to leave – had spent enough time in a marina and were looking forward to some beautiful Ionian bays!
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