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Aitoloakarnania

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  • Day619

    Christmas day dip

    December 25, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Well we did it a quick swim but very windy so no real choice for location. You can see Santa Maura fort behind us and lefkas town and marina. Having a warming Latte now, lots of the cafes are open like normal, weird. We are off for Christmas Day lunch soon at Villa Yacht Club. We had a delicious meal made all the better by not having to prepare it or tidy up afterwards and the vocal entertainment on the bus home is a memory I will treasure for a while, my ears are still recovering.
    Boxing Day was a much quieter affair, we cycled to Nidri for a coffee and on the way back I had a swim at Karyates, John acted as lifeguard being the hero (wimp) he is. Swimming again was out of the question. Later we had roast chicken and veg, even sprouts and trimmings, pigs in blankets and, courtesy of the Christmas Day meal, some gluten free stuffing, glad we went for the bike ride earlier.
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  • Day458

    Astakos, mainland Greece

    July 17, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Hello again, we did manage to meet up with Alistair, Melissa and the girls on cup final day, (well done France) we had a great evening chatting and eating ashore in Palacios near where they are staying, they have another week of holiday to get over seeing us so should be fine by the time they get back to Guernsey. It was great to have people to chat to who knew the same people and places we did so we caught up on the local news or lack thereof.
    We are now in Astakos which is a very Greek town, there are some foreign yachts on the quay and cafes and tavernas, but none of the signs are in English, the majority of the tourists appear to be Greeks which makes it feel much more authentic and sat here having coffee after a lovely meal of Greek salad, kalamari and lamb chops I can not hear English being spoken, but there are lots of conversations.
    We spent last night at anchor in Port Leone on Kalamos, it may be called a port but is in reality only a large bay with a church and a few deserted buildings. It took me 45 mins to swim around the bay looking at the fish and avoiding all the lines that other yachts had taken ashore to stop them swinging. We had lunched on Meganissi’s east coast but as wind picked up we headed south east to Kalamas, it is a bit odd to, as we cruise along to look around and see land in all directions, there are so many islands. We think we will spend another night on the mainland in what on the charts looks like a very sheltered but secluded inlet before going across towards Ithaca
    I need to check spellings on this one so place names may be amended
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  • Day583

    Nafpaktos

    November 19, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Wow when we woke up on Saturday and looked towards Delphi on the side of Mount Parnassos there was snow. Snow this is Greece you don’t picture snow when you think of Greece well we didn’t but apparently there are 27km of ski slopes on Mount Parnassos! We left Itea after a coffee and headed south but only about 5Nm to an almost landlocked bay with only a hotel that was closed. But as it was still p***ing down we weren’t going anywhere in the dinghy anyway so didn’t matter at all. We did contemplate a walk ashore but the pack of dogs we saw persuaded us this was a naff idea!
    Next day we headed to Nisos Trizonia, somewhere Ken from Almerimar had mentioned, still on Northern shore of Corinthian Gulf. It was still raining and cold though not quite as bad which made appreciating the island harder but we did decide that in the sunshine it would have been interesting to walk around and the tiny harbour, along from the marina, would have been a lovely place to drink a coffee ☕️ and watch the world go by. The ‘marina’ was fairly big but had had its fair share of abandoned boats some were still in the water rather than on it, others had sunk and were being removed. As seems to be the norm we were one of only 2 inhabited yachts and only stayed the 1 night.
    We are now in Nafpaktos which we wouldn’t have been able to come to in season as it’s a bit small. It’s an old medieval harbour the entrance is 35m wide, we are largest boat by about 8m. We did walk up to the castle, but we forgot today was Monday when all tourist sites tend to be closed, so have to walk up again tomorrow.
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  • Day584

    Nafpaktos Castle

    November 20, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    We walked back up to the Castle as it was Tuesday so the sign said it would be open and fortunately it was, lots of the exterior walls were still standing but there wasn’t a lot of info about the Castle except that it was primarily Venetian but built on top of and incorporating older features. Photos look OK.
    When we wandered back to the boat it was bobbing around so we decided to head to the Patras Marina. If only we had known then what we know now we would have stayed where we were. But anyway, off we went passing under Rio–Antirrio Bridge, officially the Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge, is one of the world's longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges and longest of the fully suspended type. It crosses the Gulf of Corinth near Patras, linking the town of Rio on the Peloponnese peninsula to Antirrio on mainland Greece by road with a toll if you drive across but free to pass under as long as you ask permission!
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  • Day589

    Messolonghi

    November 25, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    The trip from Patras to Messolonghi went well, the sun was shining and sea calm. Messolonghi marina and town quay are at the end of a 4km canal sort of thing, in a lagoon,see photo from Pilotbook. It is very sheltered as you would expect and all the land around is low lying, they produce salt around here. On the sides of the canal up to the lagoon are houses on stilts, it all felt very Asain, although some of the houses are very flash. We tried to go into the marina as I was looking forward to having power but no, apparently they have no license at the moment. Here is the story as we got it from a Brit who has been based here for a few years now.
    The marina was jointly owned a Greek and a Dutch man, they had previously had another business that had done well but they had a disagreement, it’s rumoured the Greek man was pocketing cash and the Dutchman took over the Marina. However the Greek man then started making waves and getting the authorities involved about standards and services which has resulted in the Marina loosing its license to operate. This was last year some time and since then the sole owner has been jumping through Greek bureaucratic hoops and is nearly there, he now just needs to submit a plan for the next three years development (new requirement). When we arrived and tried to come into marina port police followed the boat in their vehicle to make sure we didn’t go in. They also checked the paperwork at the Town quay where we moored for a few days before anchoring off when the wind direction changed.
    We have met the Marina long stay residents, they are great and it is a real shame about the license as location is good facilities showers loos laundry cafe all good, other things are not allowed like cranes etc until license sorted.
    The town itself is modern as it’s a university town so lots of young people which is unusual as on the islands they have all moved to the mainland for jobs. The cafes are also modern and used. But one thing we have noticed especially since the tourists are gone is that although there are no smoking signs at cafes and restaurants the ban is not enforced. When we asked about this we were told ‘yes it is the law but we would have no customers’!
    We have done our shopping both for food and the boat completed laundry and used showers (there is a little green frog in the shower area) so are ready to move on. Wind should ease tonight so hopefully tomorrow we will head back out to the Ionian Islands, this time Cephalonia and the port of Sami, but we will wait and see, if it is still very rough we will just come back to Messolonghi.
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  • Day26

    Corfu to Athens, via Corinth Canal

    June 12, 2016 in Greece ⋅

    Well, the vacation within a vacation has come to an end... Crack of dawn start this morning to catch the ferry from Corfu back to Igoumenitsa. Today is a long travel day, as we essentially cross the entire country of Greece with a stop along the way at the man-made Corinth Canal.

    We expect to arrive at the Athens campsite about 7pm... Greek-ish time. Then it's our last dinner with those that are only doing the first half of the trip, as The Big Chill (my trip name) is basically made up of two other trips (The Southern Trail is the first half that wraps up tomorrow and the second half is The Northern Trek that goes on to Amsterdam/London). Ten people drop off and we gain ten more; two guys are leaving, but we're only gaining one, so I'm going to officially get my own tent!

    The morning drive was slow going, since the roads were narrow, winding and filled with switchbacks... Fun in a car, but not so much on a coach!

    The stop at the Corinth Canal was interesting to see, but the half an hour so was sufficient. Apparently constriction started around 200 BC, but it wasn't actually completed until the 19th century. Also, is not actually very functional because it's not wide enough for larger ships and doesn't save a huge amount of distance. While we were there, we did get to see someone bungee jump from the bridge we were standing on - not my cup of tea, but each unto their own.

    We rolled into the campsite relatively on time, but dinner was a bit delayed and we weren't eating until 9:30. The next day was our full day in Athens, so it was pretty much bedtime after dinner.
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  • Day6

    Zurück aufs Festland

    March 23, 2018 in Greece ⋅

    Über die seit 2004 bestehende Brücke bei Patras geht es wieder aufs Festland. Wir stärken uns in einer Konditorei mit typischem griechischem Gebäck. Die Fahrt führt uns entlang der Küste. Trotz des wechselhaften Wetters ist der Blick wunderbar. Bei Delphi esse ich erstmals griechischen Fisch.

  • Day9

    Nafpaktos

    November 30, 2016 in Greece ⋅

    Winter has set in. We see snow on Mt Parnassos, and it's negative 2 deg. C just a few miles away inland. We are hugging the shore, where it stays much warmer. The bridge to the Peloponnese is nearby, and we'll visit the bridge's museum tomorrow. The first person to cross it was the Olympic torch runner before the 2004 Athens games. Should be fun.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Nomós Aitolías kai Akarnanías, Nomos Aitolias kai Akarnanias, Aitoloakarnania, Αιτωλοακαρνανία, Etolia

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