39:39.64N 19:51.34E Gouvia, Corfu
Friday, 8th July, 2011.
We left Othoni and motored between the islands of Erikoussa and Mathraki and around the north coast of Corfu into the North Corfu Channel between Corfu and Albania. We were very surprised how high the mountains of Albania are. We saw a couple of very built up towns consisting of high rise flats on the Albanian coast with the bare hard mountains in the back ground. Whereas, on Corfu Island we were spying the beautiful villas of all sharps and sizes. Some were facing out from beautiful bays which look very good for Ariel anchoring another time depending on the wind.
We motored on and although we had the genoa sail in and out and we had to give up as the wind dropped to nothing. We covered 34.16 nautical miles into the harbour area of Gouvia just along from Corfu town where two cruise liners were moored. We have anchored opposite the priceless large villas with their own beach area and it is very pleasant with fantastic views 360 degrees. Not too impressed last night as one of the villas had a huge party with three huge boats moored at the end of their garden. The music was still going at 5.30 this morning and the flashing lights were a nuisance across the whole bay. Hopefully tonight it will be quiet!!!!
From now on as we have several sets of friends flying into Corfu we will be around this area for quite a few weeks visiting lots of different bays and towns along the way. It appears to be a good choice and after visiting Gouvia marina we are pleased to see it is not going to cost us a fortune like Italy if the weather changes and we need to go in for cover. The marina has a swimming pool, a good shower block, laundry and lots of very nice restaurants as well as a chandlery, car hire, bike hire, kids play ground, jewellery and small shops. The atmosphere is very relaxed and with the hot sunshine, clear water to swim in, views we are very happy.