mercredi 9 septembre 2020
This trip over two weeks took us from Gouvia to Lefkas ; 120km and then through the Lefkas canal to the islands lying behind.
An amazing area of multiple islands featuring white beaches and fjords. In total there are only 3 villages; Nydri, Vathi (pronounce Bathy) and Bathy (pronounce Vathy)😀
The islands include Sparti, Madouri, Panaghia, Scorpidi, Scorpios (ex Onassis), Meganisi hosting many fjords, Kythros, Arkoudi, Ithaki, Kastos, Kalamos and a number of tiny blobs.
This sea is open to the Ionian and the water is deep turquois and transparent.
|Gouvia-Lefkas and back 350 km at 8 km/h|
First off to Syvota however stopping a bit later in a narrow fjord with a bit of roly poly. The next morning we took the dog to the beach for his bowel movements and found ourselves at a wild camping under the trees. We were not very welcome. Strange thing the campers did not build a latrine, but were doing their shitting just all over the place. Thus Pacos followed suit.
We moved on to a very nice bay; Scala Beach only 3 hours from our overnight. It featured 3 beaches, of which one filled with Greek holiday makers and one small beach only accessible from the sea and a most amazing grotto created by nature and like a huge church dome.
Next on to Lefkas where we arrived before the turn bridge at 10 min to 5 and it opened at 5! Managed to get some 50l diesel at Lefkas port and on we went though the canal to the Islands. Speed limit 5kn, but the motorboats were competing between 10 and 20 kn.
Had a swim and went on direction Nydri, where we got some gas for the outboard and some water.
Around Nydri many foreign boats are anchored and some on an annual basis. Very busy, so we went past Scorpio island to a fjord at Meganisi island.
Barely there and a lot of boats came in as well as some Greek mega yachts attaching to the quays. We had dinner on the quays but could not eat half of what was served, too much.
|at the beach we had some tiny neighbors|
As from 4:00 boats came swarming in and attaching to the quays with long lines all very busy, crossing each other lines and anchor chains, hollering and gesturing, quite a spectacle we were watching from the terrace of the pub with an ice cold beer in the hand. TV on! 😱
The spectacle of the day: an Austrian boat that kept on anchoring from 12 noon till 8 at night, they did not seem to get it right, quite hilarious and in the end they left in the evening.
|Corfu Town fortress|
Pacos was real happy to get back home on the veranda.
vendredi 26 juin 2020
|Our single boat on the quai|
|Only local population going for an evening stroll|
|Pipitou Beach, Cristal clear waters full of fish|
|A very crowded beach|
|Its calm, thus sleep, sleep...|
mercredi 4 septembre 2019
|a huge hotel construction stopped 10 years ago|
|Gouvia next to shopping center, wheelbarrows with cement still there since 9 years|
dimanche 25 août 2019
The Islands north of Corfu: Erikoussa, Othonoi, Mathraki and down to the bay of Paleokastritsa.
The trip to Erikoussa was almost entirely on engine since as usual the wind was in the nose.
anchored in the smal bay of Erikoussa, swim and went to a fish restaurant, that in the end did not have any fish that was on the menu.
Next morning we sailed all the way to Othonoi island with a nice breeze at 60º, while trying to fish with a drag line. Ofcourse no fish.
We managed to moor at the wooden pontoon with just another 2 places free. All th eother spots were taken by Italian ships on their way back home.
We had a long swim between the rocks littered with any size of fish.
Had a walk in the small village and decided to try another fish restaurant. This time the waiter, George, took us to the kitchen to choos the fish we wanted, we made our choice and it was delivered shortly with vedge and tajiki + 1 l of red wine and ice cubes.
Helene made sure the stray kittens got their share of the fish, which was very nice.
Walking back to the boat we saw the great expanse of the Milky Way, far away from interferring city light. We also met 2 italian kids trying to hike a boat to Italy.
Nex morning, nearly all the Italian ships had left very early, we had a swim and mainly motored to Mathraki Island, while fishing and catching zip zero.
At Mathraki we anchored in a blue lagoon.
Early afternoon the wind came up NW and we sailed all the way to Paleokastritsa, where we anchored in a small spot between rocks in a very protected bay, while motorboats were zooming past in front and in the back
Just before turning into the bay we saw a couple of 1m long tuna fish jumping out of the water. Ofcourse impossible to film or photo.
The greek boatsmen know only full speed and stop, nothing in between and fly past at tiny distances from other boats or swimmers. Weaving their way with or without waterskiers or floating mattresses.
Only after 7 the mayhem stops and the water turns flat again.
Next morning we left early to avoid the water racing and the wind in the nose. Only near Kassiopi the NW wind finally came with all its force. So we sailed to a small bay; Kalami.
And the day after back to Gouvia Marina.