Greece: Saronic Gulf & Eastern Peloponnese

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Hydra  37ºN21'  023ºE28'

September 2010

Hydra is certainly the most typical island of the Peloponnese. No modern building disturb the poetry of the place, there are no cars or scooters, only donkeys! So it is a real post card. But its harbor is a complete confusion! Once moored you hardly want to leave your boat! As the distance between the waterfront with the restaurants and the N mole is short, the motor yacht anchored on the town quay drop their anchor just in front of the ones on the mole. Great chances to have crossed chains! Also do not be surprised to have 3 or more other boats berthed in front of yours. So you can get more than 20 people passing on your boat to reach the pontoon! The town quay is therefore more convenient but you get more swell from ferries and water taxis. The alternative is to anchor in the close by bay of Mandraka, or take the hydrofoil from Ermioni or Poros! Last but not least, the prices are in line with the exclusivity of the place!

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Poros  37ºN29'  023ºE27'

September 2010


The village of Poros is separated of the continent (Galatas) by a mere hundred meters. You can berth in the <canal> (around 3€ per night plus 5 for entry in the port) but the first zone is reserved to a charter company, then you have fishing boats and the ferries. Those, on top of the tide, create lots of swell. On the W. side of the port you find more berths, with electricity and water and then you have a long pontoon (only water). An alternative is to anchor across the channel on the Galatas side, where you fing a Lidl. In Poros there are 2 good ship chandlers, a laundry (10€ for 4 kilos), camping gas in a shop selling fishing equipment on the waterfront,  and many other types of commerce.

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Epidhavros  37ºN40'  023ºE09'

September 2010


Henry Miller lived in Greece between the 2 WW, and wrote in <The colossus of Maroussi > his passion for this country, and especially about Epidhavros where we moored today. Obviously the village is quite different today. The small theater (not the one of 14,000 seats located 30 minutes by car), or the sunk city, located 30 meters from the waterfront at 2m depth, have not changed, but rare are the old houses. Its port offers some 20 places for visitors, but avoid the North section of the quay, as it is not deep. The pontoon offers water and electricity (paid) and in principle you have to pay your stay at the port authority. Attention also as there can be some serious swell entering the bay. We preferred to drop the anchor as there is a lot of space for it with good holding in sand and weed. In the village you will find a scuba diving center, a kind off ship chandler, groceries, butchers, etc. If you look for a cheap beer, half the normal price, look for a café whose customers are mainly old locals, that are making competition for the biggest mustache.

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Aegina  37ºN44'  023ºE25'

September 2010


This island located some 15 Nm from Athens, is very touristic. The entire day, hydrofoils and ferries deliver passengers, and create some swell in the little port. There are some 30 places for sailboats, and the quay is equipped with electricity and water. The other places are used by local fishing boats and...boats used as fruits and vegetables shops! Speaking about shops you find here all types of commerce, including good ship chandlers. And the great speciality here are the pistachios sold every where, at 12€  a kilo. The town is pleasant with its backstreet with lots of restaurants, its churches and its beaches. The one located South is in a bay that allows you to anchor, in 3 m., in sand with good holding. Next to the North beach there is an important archeological site. Aegina is a pleasant place to stay, if you find a place!

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