Greece: Saronic Gulf & Eastern Peloponnese

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Monemvasia   36ºN41'  023ºE02'

August 2010

In a first instance we did not stop in Momemvasia as the Imray Pilot book was referring to bad pontoons and little sheltered anchorages. Hopefully we had to do shopping. In fact the free marina is in good state with available water. Around 5 sail boats can go along side the pontoon of the mole, and some other 10 on the pontoon, bow or stern to. Between that pontoon and the little fishing port, there is no depth to go alongside. But on the other side of the bridge that links mainland and the island, there is another long quay, as well as a long nice beach.  And there is also plenty of place to anchor. The village offers all types of shops, excluding ship chandler and automatic launderette. One supermarket (see panel on the mole) offers free delivery to the marina. Check the price in the bars, the price of a small beer goes from 2.5€ to 4€!You have also to visit the ancient byzantine city, that you access via the bridge or with your tender that you can leave in front of the city walls. If you have the courage you can climbe up to the top of the city where there is a breathtaking view and a church, Ayia Sofia.

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Ieraka   36ºN47'  022ºE05'

August 2010

Ieraka is located in a small bay that has a narrow ( 300 m.) entrance difficult to see from the coast. Then the canal that gives up to the village and then to a lagoon is even more narrow, some 100 wide. There is a quay that can host 5 sailboats, with a depth of 4 meters, with no water or electricity. Shallow-draught boats can go along the quay of the tavernas. You can anchor in the middle of the canal, the bottom is sand with some rocks. make sure that your anchor is well in place because we were told by a sailor who knows well the place that the wind at night coming from the mountains can blow up to Force 9. The two tavernas are good ones, specialized in grilled octopus. There is a small shop that sells basically drinks, bread and olive oil, not much more. You will not find a news agent or tobacconist, neither souvenir shops, few tourists... The place is a real delight!

 

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Kiparissi  36ºN58'  022ºE53'

August 2010

Kiparissi is a large bay with a lovely and charming village. There are three pontoons. The first one is in the SE corner next to a little chapel. Few rings to secure your lines! the second one is in front of the village and the third one is in the North of the bay. the latter is occupied mostly by motorboats. Kiparissi would be a nice place to stay if a continuous swell turns the place uncomfortable, even with very little winds!



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