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Preveza Yacht Charter Guide - Ionian sea
Beautiful, traditional buildings adorn the port and the historical center while the pedestrian walkways and cobblestone streets lined with popular taverns and cafès remind us of the islands. The city’s rich intellectual and artistic activities include frequent conferences, exhibitions and festivals.
Preveza is built on the location of ancient Vereniki which was founded by Pyrrhus, the king of Epirus,in 290 B.C. to honor his mother-in-law, Vereniki. The city was established towards the late 11th century, after Nikopolis was deserted. Many conquerors passed through the city until it was finally incorporated with Greece in 1912. Its port offers connections to the islands of the Ionian sea.
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In Preveza you can find two bases:
1) Dimarchou Ioanni Moustaki 15, Preveza 481 00
2) Marina Preveza, Preveza 481 00
08:30 - 20:00
Place of embarkation
How to get at base
General Infrastructure of the base
In the marina you can find a supermarket. Your provisions can be also organized by the FYLY team (upon request). Your order will be on
board upon your arrival.
Supermarket opening hours:
There is one in the marina, but also another bigger supermarket very close to the marina.
Monday - Saturday: 09:00 am – 21:00 pm both supermarkets
Sunday: 09:00 am - 15:00 pm (the one in the marina)
Parking area Car parking for the guests can be arranged under the instructions of the marina management. You may park your cars only at the designated parking areas. Parking of cars on the quayside is not allowed. The marina is not responsible for the loss or theft of items from the vehicles.
We accept Visa. MasterCard, certified bank check.
Transfer can be arranged upon request
Via the phone line of the Athens Marine Meteorological Centre of the Hellenic National Meteorological Service, one can obtain a forecast directly from the forecaster on duty for the sea area that one is interested in, on a 24-hour basis, by dialing 210 9699171. General weather forecasts are obtained from a pre-recorded message of the National Telecommunications Organisation of Greece (OTE), by dialing 14944.
Regular Weather and Sea Bulletins for Shipping issued by the Hellenic National Meteorological Service are broadcast by the 1st Programme of the Hellenic Radio (ERA 1) in Greek, as are special forecasts and warnings, whenever issued. The frequencies and times of broadcast are mentioned below:
HELLENIC RADIO (NATIONAL NETWORK) (ERA 1)/DAILY/(AM) 7.29 KHz, (FM) 105.8 KHz, (FM) 91.6 KHz/06:05
Weather forecasts are also broadcasted by other state, private and municipal radio stations all over the country, on the FM band, after news bulletins.
The Hellenic National Meteorological Service forecasts are announced on TV by professional Hellenic National Meteorological Service meteorologists, as well as by TV presenters. Greek public and private channels broadcast the weather forecast for the coming day at the end of the news bulletin. In addition, some channels broadcast a special forecast for the entire week.
d. VHF/OLYMPIA RADIO
VHF channel 16 broadcasts Gale Warnings as well as regular forecasts, upon vessel request.
OLYMPIA RADIO broadcasts pre-recorded Weather and Sea bulletins in Greek and English according to the following table:
* Corfu (Kerkira) Ch 02
* Cephalonia Ch 27
* Petalidhi (Kalamata) Ch 83
* Kithera Ch 85
* Perama (Pireaus) Ch 86
* Saronic Ch 25
* Salamis Ch 23
* Siros Ch 04
* Parnis (Khalki) Ch 25
* Pilio (Volos) Ch 60
* Sfendarni (Thessaloniki) Ch 23
* Thasos Ch 85
* Limnos Ch 82
* Lesvos Ch 01
* Khios Ch 85
* Rodhos (Rhodes) Ch 63
* Knossos (Kriti - Crete) Ch 83
* Sitia (Kriti - Crete) Ch 85
According to Greek law, two members of the crew must be experienced. The skipper must hold a valid sailing license the co-skipper can submit an official declaration that they have the knowledge to navigate a sailing yacht.
Local - navigation taxes
Medical Help: +30 26820 22871
. There are numerous bars and cafes along Preveza town quay, and a large variety of restaurants in the streets immediately back from the town quay
- Ambrosias, near the top of the alley leading E from the church clock tower, is the best value fish taverna in town and is hugely popular with the locals
- O Kaixis (The Mermaid) is excellent value and the owner Tassos is very helpful to yotties. It is up a small alley leading W from the waterfront past the Mythos Taverna. Preveza Yacht Services is right opposite
- There is a superb patisserie Nousias on the road to the W of the car park next to Preveza town marina. They have the most amazing selection of sweet confections as well as excellent ice cream
- Almost next to Nousias is a cafe/bar Aroma, which is currently the hot favourite with the locals and does a terrific chicken club sandwich
- WAOA, located in an alley leading west from the pedestrian street that parallels the waterfront south of the clock tower, has an excellent selection of prepared Greek dishes that you will be invited to choose from the open kitchen. Great food, people (Yanni) and value
- Obelix gyros bar, at the waterfront end of the alley leading E from the church clock tower, does excellent gyros and chicken wraps (only Euros 2.00 in September 2012)
- On the Aktion side, Panos Taverna, 300 metres south of the entrance to Cleopatra Marina, is excellent and popular with yottie
- 1 Urania Hotel, 33, Irinis Av., ☏ +30 26820 27123, +30 26820 89570, +30 26820 89580. 1-star hotel built in 1988 and renovated in 2004
- 2 Preveza City Hotel, 61, Irinis Av, ☏ +30 2682 089500.
- 3 Avra Hotel, Eleftheriou Venizelou 19, ☏ +30 26820 21230.
- 4 Minos Hotel, 11, "21 October" Str, ☏ +30 26820 28424, +30 26820 23399, fax: +30 26820 89347. 2-star hotel
- 5 Kalamitsi Camping, ☏ +30 26820 22368, +30 26820 22192, fax: +30 26820 28660. Operating period: 15Apr - 30Sep
- 6 Dioni Hotel, Papageorgiou Th. Square & I. Kalou Street, ☏ +30 26820 27381. 2-star hotel
- 7 Margarona Royal Hotel, 4, Zalogou st. Ag. Paraskevi, ☏ +30 26820 24360.
- Meganisis (Spartohori)
- Kalamos (Porto Leoni)
- Cephalonia (Argostoli)
- Cephalonia Fiscardo
- Lefkas (Sivota)
ITHAKI The beautiful, mythical country of Odysseus. Stop for a swim and a tasty meal at the local tavern at southernmost tip of Andri. Keep sailing northwest until you reach the majestic bay of Molos, where Vathi, lthaki's main harbour is located. Kioni and Frikes are worth a visit too, as well as Stavros from where Odysseus is said to have sailed for Troy.
Places to moor
• Frikes – A small harbour which some caution must be taken when entering especially the rocks which are above and below around the islets under Ag. Nikolaos. If there is a strong wind anchorage is not recommended.
• Kioni – An attractive bay with whitewashed houses. There are no dangers in entering the bay. There are no water or fuel facilities but you can find provisions as well as taverns.
• Porto Vathi – The main port of Ithaca. Even though most of the buildings are recent (due to the earthquake in 1953) the harbour offers a pleasant atmosphere. Fuel and water are available as well as provisioning. The harbour itself is fairly protected and if there are strong gusts they usually die down by the evening.
• Pera Pigadhi - There is a small quay on the islet if there is no room then anchor off just south of the islet. This bay can get a bit rough mid afternoon. The waters here are extremely clear so do miss out on a swim.
• Ag Andreou – Is located South of Ithaca. It is deserted here, which makes it an ideal spot for a barbecue.
• Port Polis – This large bay is located NW of Ithaca. You have the choice of anchoring at the small mole or you can anchor off the beach. When they are southerly winds we do not recommend it.
ZAKINTHOS – Taverns along the water front echo madoline serenades as strolling musicians and waiters alike break into song along the our of midnight when summer days call and stars gleam romantically overhead.
• Ag. Nikolaos - The bay is located on the northern tip of Zakinthos. It does get pretty busy due to the caiques, which run hourly to the Caves.
If there is a swell in the area of the caves and do not want to miss seeing (well worth seeing) moor in Ag. Nikolaos and take one of the caiques.
• Port Zakinthos - A large busy harbor but does offer a good spot to leave the yacht and fill up on supplies. Fuel and water are available at the quay, and all provisioning can be found. Explore the islands natural beauties.
• Porto Roma – Located on the SE tip of the island and offers good shelter from N-NW winds. Take a stroll on the beach with its beautiful wind sand before eating at one of the small taverns.
• Langana – A large bay, there is a small mole located but due to local fishing boats you probably will not find to tie. Drop anchor in the bay away from the disco.
CEPHALONIA – The largest island in the Ionian is Cephalonia. It is a rugged and mountainous island. In ancient time it was part of the kingdom of Odysseus and evidence at archaeological sites mentioned by Homer have been found. The ruins of most interest are those at Krani
Places to moor
• Argostoli – Until 1953 Argostoli was very much like Fiscardo, due to the earthquake the town was rebuilt. Some remains show what the capital was like. You can get water and fuel on the quay, provisions are in abundance. You can tie on the quay but might opt for the cove on the east side near the entrance but this is recommended only in calm weather.
• Lixouri – Across the gulf from Argostoli is Lixouri. The prevailing NW winds can make anchoring uncomfortable. Fuel and water can be obtained.
• Fiscardo The northeast village of the island and the only one that survived during the 1953 earthquakes. Fiskardo is considered as one of the most traditional villages in Europe due to its architecture and all the traditions that it carries. Cosmopolitan surroundings, luxurious shops, beautiful bars and food for all tastes and ages are what Fiskardo has to offer its visitors. The beachside restaurants, taverns and bars, which you will find situated side by side, are decorated with beautifully glowing lit candies which give you the colour of festivity at its best. Walk along the beautiful pathways of the village and witness the Ionian beauty at its best. Take a swim in the ever-enchanting beaches of Emblisi, Foki and Andrea limani. Join the hustle and bustle of Fiscardo, a picturesque bay where you can find the best food in the famous "Captain's Bar" that serves the best food in the area.
• Poros – A small harbor with winds from the north. Fuel and water can be obtained. If you are the adventurous type a walk to gorge is quite a spectacular site.
LEFKAS The precipitous cliff of Lefkada (The White Cape) juts dramatically into the sea, pointing towards distant Cephalonia. On the site of the lighthouse once stood a temple to Apollo. At which the notorious Lefkadian Leap - 236 feet straight down to the tumultuous sea below - proved the innocence of the survivor, or the guilt of less sturdy divers, The Leap also attracted its fair share of disconsolate lovers, The great lesbian poetess Sappho supposedly flung herself into the sea here in despair for her love for Pheion. The practical Romans perfected the leap by using wings to break the fall.
The capital reflects the island's history, of Venetian influence in its dignified churches and houses. The 13th century fortress of Santa Maura tops sandy beaches where windmills and trees seem to rise straight from the open sea.
Places to moor
• Lefkas Town - The harbor offers good shelter as well as facilities. Care must be taken when entering and leaving the harbor not to cut across the corner of the canal east of the town when arriving or leaving from South. The depths are only ½ a meter.
• Nidri – It can get a bit crowed as it is a yacht charter center where several flotillas start from. It is a quaint town, which offers good shelter. You can provision your yacht with fuel, water, food and any repairs. There are several taverns to choose from.
• Tranquil Bay – This bay is located opposite of Nidri town, the bay provides good shelter and an impressive beauty with its olive and cypress trees surrounding the bay. It offers tranquility as name states.
• Ormos Vlikho – There is a small quay and the bay itself offers good shelter. The prevailing winds here are northerly . Some provisions are available in town and there are several taverns.
LEFKAS (SIVOTA)-The enclosed bay with olives around the steep slopes is a picturesque place, though several new clusters of self-catering apartments threaten the character of the bay. The local community is largely engaged in accommodating the large numbers of yachts visiting the bay-on, which the taverns largely depend for their income. Yanni who runs one of the taverns here is helpful and Stavro’s tavern can also be recommended. Sivota is sometimes used to winter flotilla boats, which clutter up the whole bay.
PARGA – Is located on the coast and is very impressive the way the town is constructed on steep slopes. The water is of a turquoise blue color. The village and the bay are very welcoming. During the Venetian occupation they considered Parga the “eyes and ears of Corfu”. Take a walk to the castle, which the infamous Ali Pasha once tried to capture.
Places to moor
• Parga main harbor – The small harbor of Ormos Valtouis where most of the yachts tend to tie. Care must be taken if you tie on the mole to leave a distance of 1-2 meters, as there are underwater rocks. Water can sometime be attained. For provisioning go into Parga town.
• Ormos Ayiou Ioannou – Approximately three miles from Parga is the bay of Agiou Ioannou which provides good shelter from NW winds. You should anchor in the NW corner of the bay.
• PAXOS God made Paxi in a man’s measure -you can easily sail around the island's perimeter, as it is only 10 kilometres long and four kilometres wide. Silver-green olive groves reach down to the foot of the cliffs on the southwestern coast and sandy beaches surround the capital. Antipaxi is an easy sail, and the beaches at Voutourni or Vrikei invite you to swim. A number of small islands are located near Gaios the capital, with fortresses (Agios Nikolaos), monasteries and Phantasmagoria Sea caves (Grotto of Ipapantis).
• Gaios -There is a large quay which stretches from one side of the town to the other. The port can be fairly noisy if you are tied close to the cafes. It offers good shelter and a picturesque port. There is water available at the quay and fuel is available. Most provisioning can be found in town.
• Lakka - Anchor in the bay where on convenient. It offers good shelter from the wind and a nice place for a swim. There is a small quay but it is used for the day-tripper boats. You can get water at the quay sometimes. Provisioning is available as well as several taverns and bars.
• Longos – This small harbor is located on the E coast of Paxos. You must moor in the bay as the quay is reserved for the local boats. You can find several taverns and bars ashore.
• Mongonisi – This bay offers the best shelter in Paxos. There is a small quat to moor onto. The bottom offers good holding. There are several taverns and bars.
CORFU – A lush green island with an incredible history and all of this history can be seen in the architecture of the island. In 1200 BC Corfu is surmised in Homer’s Skheria and was the home of the Phaeacians. They were the ones that ferried Odysseus home to Ithaca. In 229 BC Corfu was colonized by Rome, 722 AD the Byzantine Empire, then the Venetian colonized Corfu, then in 1797 the French take over and then in 1814 the British. In 1864 Corfu ceded to Greece.
Places to moor
• Kassiopi – Good shelter if you find a spot behind the mole. The harbor can be very uncomfortable and dangerous when there are NW winds. Care must be taken as close to the quay from the mole around the bay has depths of less than one meter. Fuel, water and provisioning can be obtained.
• Paliokastritsa - The approach is difficult both day and night. When entering the harbor you must stay close to the head of the mole to avoid the rocks near entrance. The harbor provides good shelter especially to N winds. South winds cause a swell. Fuel, water and provisioning can be found in the town.
• Benitses - A nice bay for a swim but is exposed to the weather. It is located 5 miles South of Corfu town. You must anchor in the bay as the harbor is allocated for the fishing and day cruiser boats.
• Petriti – Located 7 miles SE of Benitses is the small fishing bay of Petriti. There is a mole with depth ranging from 1,5 – 2,5 meters. The bottom is uneven so take care. There a some good taverns to eat but fuel & water are not available and limited provisioning. The area provides good shelter from NW winds. This is a nice place for a swim.
PREVEZA – This is a fairly commercial port, but the archeological site of Nikopolis which is located 3 miles north are well worth the visit. Nikopolis was built by Octavian to commemorate the battle he won over Marc Anthony and Cleopatra in the battle of Actium. You may tie on the W quay. There is water, fuel available on the quay. There is also good shopping for provisioning. There are also several taverns and cafes located on the waterfront.
KALAMOS – A beautiful town with silver green pines running down to the sea. An untouched area of the Ionian the small village with its old windmills makes for a serene setting. The villagers are mainly fishermen.
Places to moor
• Porto Kalamo – There is a small quay but check the depth as in some areas it is insufficient. The harbor offers good shelter except from SE winds. There is no fuel or water available but provisioning can be purchased from the mini market.
• Port Leone – Is located to the south of the island. This is a well-sheltered anchor except to the East. You will need to drop a 10-20 meter anchor as the waters a fairly deep.
You will see a few houses, which have been abandoned since the 1953 earthquake.
• Episkopi – On north side of Kalamos there is a small harbor, which is very attractive for a swim. Note that only a few yachts can anchor, as there is not enough room to maneuver. There is a small mole but the depths range from 1,5 to 2 meters so care must be taken.
MEGANISI-This Rorschach blob of an island lies immediately E of Levkas. The strait between Meganisi and Levkas, Stenon Meganisiou, is one of the loveliest channels in the Ionian with the high precipitous slopes of Levkas on one side and the lower more gentle slopes of Meganisi fringed by a beach on the other. Winds in the channel are fickle and often you will have wind from a southerly direction at the S end and a northerly wind at the N end. The N side of Meganisi is much indented with several natural harbours and numerous enclosed bays. Most of the bays are ringed by olive and cypress with clear blue water – a combination that makes them popular with yachts though there is always somewhere in high season and a little more solitude outside of July and August. On the SW coast of Meganisi, on the “tail” of the island, are a number of caves. The most famous of these, are a number of caves. The most famous of these, is quite large and rumoured by the locals to be the hiding place of a Greek submarine during the second World War. Further south of this cave are a number of small but deep caves, which lead 60 to 70 feet in. There is some good fishing to be had around this part of the island.
SIVOTA & MOURTOS- Just S of Ormos Platarias lie the Sivota islands with the village of Mourtos on the mainland nearby. Mourtos village is a pleasant place in a wooded setting with friendly locals. A monstrous concrete hotel that has not only cluttered the bay with moorings for its boats and dinghies, but also disturbs this once tranquil spot with loud music far into the night now overlooks Sand-Bar Bay. Although called the Sivota Islands these are not though to be the ancient Sybota Islands off which the Corinthians and Corcyraeans fought their battle in 433 BC. The ancient Sybota Islands are probably the low hills in the creek immediately N of Igoumenitsa.
Places to moor
• Anchor in the bay of Mourtos in settled weather or go bows –to the pier. It is possible for shallow-draught boats to go bows-to the quay in places though care is needed, as the bottom is uneven. The space behind the short mole is usually occupied by fishing boats. Shelter here is not the best with the prevailing NW wind, which blows straight in. With moderate winds it is just tenable, but with a strong blow from the NW it is untenable.
• Monastery Bay-The cove NW of Mourtos quay. Anchor and take a line to the shore or the jetty. Shelter here is better than it looks.
• Sand Bar Bay-At the S end of the channel there is a cove sheltered by Nisis Mavros Notos. Much of the cove is taken up with moorings for the sailing dinghies from the hotel on the slopes above, but there is usually room for several yachts to find somewhere to anchor. Anchor in 2-3 metres on sand. Good shelter.
PLATARIAS-A small ferry port at the head of Ormos Platarias. Although the ferries running to Kavos on Corfu use the harbour, there is room for yachts as well. Once into the bay the houses of the village and the harbour are easily identified. Go stern-to or bows-to in the inner basin where are mostly 2-meter depths. Good shelter from the prevailing wind. Water on the quay. Most provisions can be found and there are several taverns.