After a more than delightful dinner yesterday night, we sailed to Corfu Island. Oscar and Matthias would leave tomorrow from Corfu. The day started out lovely. Good wind so good sailing. Then the wind was on and off. Sail up sail down. Motor on motor off. Till we arrived in Corfu. Lots of big motor yachts and mega yachts in this bay. And one of them was Ngoni. Built by Royal Huisman and all the winches onboard delivered by On deck! Ngoni is a truely beautiful beast! This is the text of the website of Huisman and what they say of this extraordinary yacht: “Build me a beast. Don’t build me a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” “Exciting”, “Radical”, “Edgy”, “Stunning”: these are the kind of words that greeted the 58m / 190ft high-performance sloop Ngoni throughout the Mediterranean in summer.
I do not know the name of the bay where we anchored but it was opposite the Hotel Corfu Palace and close to Corfu Town Yacht Harbour. With a nice view on the Old Fortress Museum. Anchorage here is not easy. We tried 3 times and finally the anchor was holding well. With the dinghy we went to the harbour close by. No problem to leave your dinghy there. The walk into town takes about 5 minutes only.
Corfu town is a suprisingly clean town. Lots of small charming streets made of marble and cobble stones. I was really surprised by the beauty of the town. And espcially the clean look of the town!
At night we went for dinner, of course hihi! Oscar was still there! We choose to go to Salto. A small restaurant where you have to make a reservation I would say. Again, what a gem! Super wines, super food. Go there! It’s top!
Where the name came from? During the Middle Ages, the island and the town took the name Corypho which means: Place with peaks, (Peaks = Coryphaei in Greek), perhaps due to the two peaks in the peninsula of the old fortress, or probably the two peaks of it`s highest mountain Pantokrator. It is obvious that from this name Corypho the current international name of Corfu was derived. A Latin name but again with Greek etymology!
Corfu is located in the northern Ionian Sea, opposite the coast of the Greek mainland and southern Albania, it is the westmost part of Greece. Northwest of Corfu there are three small islands, named Othoni, Mathraki and Erikoussa respectively, known as the Diapontian islands, and to the south are the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos. It is the seventh bigger island of Greece, a medium-sized island with an area of 593 km2 (146,500 acres).
The length of the island from north to south is not more than 61 km(40 miles) and the greatest width is 27 km (17 miles), The beautiful and beaches rich coastline has a total length of 217 km(135 miles).
The northern part of the island is mostly mountainous and is dominated in the northeast by Mount Pantokrator (the ancient Istone mountain). Its highest peak is the easterly one of Pantokrator (914 meters) and a little lower is Stravoskiadi peak a few miles to the west at 849 meters. The mountain continues westward and dominates the northwest part of the island whose highest peak is Troumpeta at 600 meters. In the middle of the island, there is another mountainous area above the villages of Stavros and Agioi Deka, The highest peak here is above Agioi Deka where the crater of an extinct volcano at an altitude of 600 meters can be visited and where there is an aviation radar station. The southern part of Corfu is mostly flat with a few hills above the villages of Chlomos and Saint Mattheos.