The island of Corfu is well known for its many blue and green bay's, dramatic coastline and numerous natural bays offering fantastic view and shelter from the weather there is only one which blends centuries of history, a stunning 360 degree view, deep blue waters and is right in front of the town of Kerkyra.
The bay of Garitsa was historically one of the two ports of Corfu which is well sheltered from the Summer winds but today it has become a highly sought after anchorage, or should you be lucky enough to find a place to moor by everything from small sailing boats to mega yachts.
As you will discover there are many other locations with far greater natural beauties, but no other anchorage offers the benefits of being right at the heart of town and such a good location.
Locals find it convenient to drop a fishing line from a small boat, sailors on a budget can safely anchor for long periods without having to pay anything and be in the centre of town, while those with unlimited budgets can savor the best the town has to offer. Captains can re-stock with ease as goods can be delivered at NAOK's pier, guests can be picked up and dropped without feet getting wet and crew can enjoy some R&R within a few minutes' walk. What more could you ask for.
Smaller vessels may also find a place to tie up by at Mandraki, which is the small marina by the north side of the Old Fortress home to Corfu's Sailing Club making it particulary popular with keen sailors as they find likeminded people to exchange ideas, talk endlessly about their experiences, make up stories and generally come up with excuses to have a beer or two.
Its location is also ideal for those who like to change scenery without going too far. Head south a couple of miles and you have the famous islet of Pontikonisi and the Kanoni peninsula followed by Benitses which now also has a proper marina. North of Garitsa is the island of Vidos, followed by the luscious bays at the foothills of Mount Pantokratoras with their many fish tavern's serving some of the best fish on the island.
All these qualities make Garitsa unique in that you can spend a day or a month and never have a dull moment, even if you lift up your anchor.