Amfilochia

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Amfilochia
38°52.100'N, 021°09.800'E Chart icon.png
lat=38.86833 | lon=21.16333 | zoom=16 | y
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The pontoons from S, looking towards the wavebreak pontoon

The harbour of Amfilochia is situated at the SE corner of the Ambrakikos Gulf, around 20 miles inland from the port of Preveza on the Ionian coast of Greece. Primarily a commercial and fishing boat harbour, the port serves a mainly agricultural community in the surrounding area and has few facilities for visiting yachts. A yacht arriving here has the choice of a series of three rather rickety pontoons or a short length of quay immediately N of the tiny fishing boat harbour. Shelter here is not good in the prevailing NW winds, which find their way up the three mile long inlet and cause an uncomfortable chop. Amfilochia should therefore only be visited in settled weather.

Charts

British Admiralty
203 Zakinthos to Paxoi
Imray-Tetra
G11 – North Ionian Islands
NOAA
54283 Amvrakikos Kolpos
Greek
21 Ionio Sea - Northern Part Othonoi I. to Zakynthos I.
2131 Amvrakikos Gulf

Weather

See Ambrakikos Gulf. Note that the prevailing NW winds tend to blow into the inlet from N. During the night, a S or SE land breeze is generally experienced.

Passages

Communication

Add here VHF channel for coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

There are no dangers in the approach. A large fuel depot just outside the W entrance to the inlet is conspicuous on the approach. However, at the head of the inlet there is a shoal patch with under 4.0 metres over it around 100 metres E of the commercial quay and a similar distance N of the town. It is unlikely, though, that a yacht will proceed this far.

Berthing

Small craft on the pontoons
Moored alongside on the quay

There are really just two options in Amfilochia. Around 400 metres N of the commercial quay on the W side of the inlet a wavebreak pontoon has been installed, behind which is a series of three pontoons. The pontoons are rather flimsy and are currently shunned (unusually) even by most local boats in view of the poor shelter in the prevailing wind. While there are a few laid moorings, these have been installed by local boat owners rather than via any systematic effort and their quality is therefore suspect.

A better and more secure option is to lie alongside the 100 metre length of quay immediately S of the pontoons, which is well supplied with bollards and also has several electricity and water stanchions (although only the electricity was working in May 2013).

In both positions shelter is not wonderful in the prevailing winds and berthing should be avoided with any fresh to strong NW or N winds (or even E as there is a fetch of a mile across the inlet).

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

There are several coves along the coast NW of Amfilochia, between the headlands of Ak Dhervisi and Ak Ayios Yeoryios, where a yacht can find shelter from the prevailing NW winds if well tucked into the shore. However, these should be avoided if there is anything E in the wind. See Ambrakikos Gulf page for further details.


Amenities

Facilities
Water Water points on the quay and pontoons (but not operational in May 2013)
Electricity Electricity points on both the quay and pontoons
Toilets N/A (Not Available).
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage Bins on the shore near the pontoons
Supplies
Fuel No fuel berth (garages near the town)
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Services
Repairs N/A
Internet N/A
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals N/A

Provisioning

Supermarket and several provisions shops in the town.

Eating out

Cafes and a few tavernas along the waterfront.

Transportation

  • Local buses to Preveza and Patras
  • Long distance buses to Athens

Tourism

Amfilochia is not an especially attractive town, consisting mainly of reinforced concrete apartments and shops lining the S end of the inlet. However, the downland-like hills behind the town look inviting for keen walkers and would offer great views over the Gulf.

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links

References & Publications

See Ionian Sea.

Comments

We welcome users' contributions to the Wiki. Please click on Comments to view other users' comments, add your own personal experiences or recommend any changes to this page following your visit.

  • Not a very endearing place to visit and likely to be very uncomfortable with any strong winds. We got out late morning just before the sea breeze kicked in and were glad we did. -- --Athene of Lymington 13:01, 10 May 2013 (BST)

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