Greece: Dedocanese

BLOGhttp://www.ovnijad.com/Ovni_JAD/JAD_BLOG/JAD_BLOG.html
BLOGhttp://www.ovnijad.com/Ovni_JAD/JAD_BLOG/JAD_BLOG.html
 

Lakki (Leros))  37ºN07'  026ºE51'

November 2010

The large bay  of Lakki is very well protected. This fact and its location close to Turkey explain its strategic role during WW2. The Italian domination, from 1912 till 1943 also explains the architectural neo- fascist style. Unfortunately those buildings are very neglected and the town lacks of charm. You will find all types of shops including gas and ship chandler. There are two marinas in the bay. The Lakki Marina, that belongs to the Agmar shipyard located North of the island, is located next to the public pontoon and the ferries ones. It offers very good showers and a cafeteria-bar.  The other one, Leros Marina, located at one km from the town offers a better protection and a shipyard. It is equipped with 3 travel lift (up to 160 tons). It is the ideal marina to leave your boat in or out the water. But not to stay on board! The showers are not comfortable, there is not even a cafeteria, and if it rains you walk on mud! Note that there is no black water pump, no waste antifouling water recuperation system (goes into the ground!), no separate domestic waste. The free WIFi is very secured, so you cannot do the upload of your site or even get your mail from Gmail! If you look at the brochure you wonder where the theater, the gas station, the ship chandler, etc. are! In terms of pricing for the berth the prices are reasonables. But I do not adhere with their commercial policy: I booked in June and paid a part in advance. When I arrived there was a promotion... of which I could not benefit and therefore will pay an extra 100€  compared to some one who would arrived in November without booking! The price for man power is also expensive: 150€ to apply one coat of antifouling on a 12m. sailboat! To conclude, this will be a super marina once the works are completed and once the owners will understand sailors needs and preoccupations. !


PHOTOS


Pothia ( Kalymnos)   36ºN56'  026ºE59'

March 2011

Pothia is the main port of the island. The others like Vathi are tiny ones. It is the largest fishing harbor of the Dodecanese and there are also lots of ferries. For sail boats there is a long quay, but it is very exposed and some times dangerous with strong East  and South winds. The best place is the W quay, but it is crowded most of the time. There is water and electricity. Showers (3€) can be taken at the Yacht Club café. The town is quite pleasant and you find all types of commerce, including ship chandlers, supermarkets, etc.There is a cleaner/ dry cleaner, close to the main taxi next to the school. There is also a good diving centers, but there is little chance to find sponges, that used to be the main business of the island.There are few tourists and the ones coming are attracted by the mountains, paradise of climbers and walkers.

PHOTOS


Emborios ( Kalymnos)   37ºN01'  026ºE55'

March 2011



Emborios is located at the NW of the island. There is no port, but you will find laid moorings belonging to the tavernas, and plenty of place to anchor. There is a nice beach and a few tavernas. The mini market is not open yet in this season.But a fruit and vegetables merchants passes every morning. The bay is very nice to do a stop over for a day or two. No internet available.

PHOTOS



Kos    36ºN53'  027ºE18'


April 2011


The marina of Kos is run by the municipality. It offer 250 berths and a yard. Electricity, water and TV are available in all pontoons. The showers are perfect, the café that opens the all year is pleasant, the mini market has good products, specially wines and there are 2 ship chandlers, plus one just out site and a cleaner. Most of the S/Y are charter boat (moorings, etc). This marina is quite safe, even if there is no natural defense to the N winds. The price for our 40 feet boat was 28 €, and 1700€ for 5 months. There is a petrol station that sells camping gas. You are 10 minutes walk from the old port and city centre, that offers a lot of charm and places to visit: Ancient Greek and Roman monuments, the templars fort, etc. The town is animated the all year, with international press available, etc. Kos is a nice place to stay for a few days or even an all winter.

PHOTOS