Greece: Ionian

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Missalonghi (Gulf of Patras)   38ºN18'  021ºE24'

June 2010

The bay of Missalonghi is very large. You reach it trough a 2 NM long canal which has nice little wooden houses on each side. There is a public quay ( free of charge) without water and electricity. But as the place is quite deserted there could be a security problem...On the West side there is the new marina (channel 69) that is still being builded. There are 5 pontoons with electricity and water, showers and an office. No bar or taverna and the closest shop is 2 km far away. The only service is a baker coming in the morning. Note that the WIFI works quite well and is free. The charge is around 20€ per day. It seems that the prices for wintering are quite attractive (dry docks).

The town itself is not very attractive. Before you get there you need to walnk in quite dirty roads, with lots of loose dogs! The center square has a cafe called Byron, as the poet died here in 1828. There are a few streets closed to traffic with lots of bars and restaurants, a few supermarkets, butchers, etc. and one ship chandler (Close to the church).

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Killini (Gulf of Patras)   37ºN56'  021ºE08'

June 2010

Located at the entrance of the Gulf of Patras, Killini was once an important port as a starting point to the Peloponnisos. Its castle, build in 1220 and now restored from the Turkish destruction in 1825, proves the importance of the place. The town does not offer any interest, except a few supermarkets and tavernas as well as a nice beach. Nowadays Kellini lives from the tourists taking their ferries. The port is indeed split in two section. The commercial area with ferries and a marina for fisher boats and transit sail boats. It is free as well as the electricity and water! The 2009 pilot book of Imray is completely, once more, out of date!

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Port Zakinthos  37ºN46'  020ºE54'

June 2010


Zakinthos is the capital of the island of the same name also called Zante. From its Venetian and English domination very little is left since the 1953 earthquake. Around its large square, close to the port, you will find lots of restaurants, fashion cafés, lots of tourists shops with a large quantity of items related to turtles, and all types of commerce including supermarkets. The port is divided in three zones. A marina that is not completed and is useless except for the locals and some tourists boats, the ferries zone and the public  quay for visitors. It offers electricity and water. Note that when you arrive, a person ask your papers, transit log, names of the crew, etc. and ask you 15€ per day. That individual in fact does not represent the port authority and once you answer that you will deal directly with the authority, he leaves you... A truck with mineral water offers its services (Why as there is free water at the pontoon?) and you can get fuel, also via a truck.

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Kéri (Zakinthos)  37ºN40'  020ºE50'

July 2010


Kéri is located in the large (9 Km.) bay of Lagana, South of the Zakinthos island. It is a national marine park, one of the last place in the Mediterranean, where turtles lays nests. It is divided in 3 zones, where you can neither enter with a boat, or moor, or where you can. Some of the beaches are also restricted at night, but during day time dozens of little rented boats, without permit, invaded them, specially the ones of the island Marathonesi. At the exception of the village Keri, on the West site where you can put your anchor, cheap tourism with loud discos and inflatable castles in the water have taken over ecology and nature! Keri has a little port, but reserved for the locals. You can anchor just in front, in 4 meters, sand and good holding. The little village offers restaurants, bars, supermarkets, butcher, rent a car, a petrol station and a souvenir shops selling also the international press. Note that there is no ATM machine! You will also find nice beaches around, some only accessible with your tender.

To spot turtles is a real magic moment!

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