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Poros - The Popular Destination

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Poros is a popular destination, with plenty of mooring spaces (can be crowded in August) that is a "must stop" if you are sailing in the area. It is considered one of the favorite destinations of many sailors from all over the world who choose to spend the winter season on their boat.


Inside the island of Poros the weather is usually mild. Special care should be taken in the rare occasions it blows from the West.


When crossing the channel of Poros stay close to the island and keep a good distance from the mainland, as in many areas there are shallows.

Make sure to give priority the the ferries entering and exiting the channel, even when under sail. Within the confined area of the channel it is much easier for you to maneuver than them.

When mooring in the north-west part of the port use as much anchor chain as you can; the wakes of the passing ferries can give you a nasty surprise.

When mooring on the south-east dock, be aware that at the far end of the dock (near the fishing boats), many berths are private. Ask before (or after) you moor if you don't want to create trouble (or be overcharged). On the public mooring places Mr. Panayiotis is very meticulous in collecting the municipal tax (at 2007 the cost was aprox. 9 euros for the first day and 4 euros for the rest).

If you don't feel like mooring (which can be rather noisy during the summer months), Russian bay is a great place to anchor. The area consists of two small bays with a small island in front, on top of which there is a chapel. The ruins of the building you will see on the largest of the two bays used to be the headquarters of a Russian naval base (hence the name of the bay).

By Northerly winds, the best place to anchor is Vidi. The bottom is mud and it provides an excellent hold. The place is very quite and you will spend a very peaceful night. Don't mind the boats of the local ski school that operates near this bay; close to sunset they disappear.

If you are in the mood for socializing, Askeli is one of the most popular beaches. Drop your anchor in from of the beach and swim to one for the beach bars...

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Most of the restaurants of the island provide excellent food in reasonable prices with rare exceptions. In general the rule to follow is: Avoid places with a lot of tourists and favor the ones with Greeks. They live there, they know!

One of the locals' favorite restaurants is Karavolos. The owner is a sailor and crew of the boat that usually wins the Poros local competition.

At the south-east end of the dock you will find Vikos Marine. They are friendly, professional and with fair pricing. If you are in trouble near Poros contact them on VHF channel 11.

Water is supplied at a reasonable price by the municipal employee Mr. Panayiotis (the one who collected your mooring fees). If you need Diesel look for Aris.

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