Ammoudia

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Ammoudia
39°14.400'N, 020°28.660'E Chart icon.png
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Acheron entrance in force 5

Ammoudia is a less well visited bay, perhaps due to its sleepy nature. It lies on the Ionian coast of Greece, five miles SE of Parga, at the mouth of the Acheron river. The river is navigable by small to medium sized yachts up to the town, where it is also possible for a yacht of shallow to moderate draft to moor. Space is tight in the river, and a yacht of much over 12 metres would find turning round quite a challenge, especially with any wind. The beaches are clean, and shade is to be found in the wooded areas immediately behind them, while the southern reaches of the river are usually full of campers and caravanners.

The River Acheron forms the largest part of the attraction of this little town. Its waters are crisp and cool - very cool, in fact - and great to swim in. The wildlife upstream makes it worth taking a tender up against the current; alternatively, take an easy kayaking trip with the local company there. Motor boats along the quayside also do river trips, but these are short since the river is blocked to larger vessels by fallen trees.

Charts

BA
206 Corfu: Channels
Imray-Tetra
G11 Nísos Kérkira to Nísos Levkas
NIMA
54280 Corfu Channel to Nisis Proti
Greek
10 Kerkyra

Weather

In summer the weather conditions are typical for the northern Ionian. The early morning is usually calm. At about 11:00 the first light wind starts to blow from the NW into the bay, increasing as the afternoon passes and then dying away again in the evening.

Passages

List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Islands

Communication

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

Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

No real difficulties with entering the bay, although the white horses caused by wind against current in anything over NW force 4 are somewhat disconcerting (the mouth of the Acheron river experiences a fair swell, combined with a downstream current of about 1.5 knots). This combination makes for some unpredictable handling, so a little speed is advised to enter safely. There are shallows immediately to the south as you enter. There are no real navigation lights, however the breakwater is well lit all the way up to the town. A night entry/exit is not advised.

Berthing

Ports

Yachts berthed alongside in Acheron river
The waterfront in Ammoudia: boat trips and ferries here'
Click for larger view

The Acheron River is navigable by yachts of moderate draft, and moorings alongside the town can be found. Alternatively raft up against one of the more permanent vessels.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

For protection from the prevailing winds and waves, anchor at a depth suitable for your craft as far north in the bay as possible. The usual summer weather will bring a near calm in the bay at night. Holding is good in sand.


Amenities

Facilities
Water N/A (Not Available)
Electricity N/A
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage Bins along the beach front
Supplies
Fuel N/A
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Services
Repairs N/A
Internet t internet cafes in the town
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Europcar and Budget Rentacar in the town

Provisioning

Provisions shops in the town.

Eating out

The usual tavernas and restaurants, cares and bakeries.

Transportation

  • Buses to Igoumenitsa, Preveza and Athens
  • Ferries to Parga

Tourism

For a trip up the Acheron river, find the local kayak trip organisers. With transport, it is possible to visit the nearby Necromanteion of Ephyra, believed in ancient times to be the gateway to the underworld.

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

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  • A nice quiet anchorage, with an interesting opportunity to take your yacht into a river. The cold river water brings welcome relief in the hot summer months, and will act to cool your yacht down too. BenPikeUK

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