Kalekoy

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Kalekoy
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he new harbour at Kaleköy
Small boat moorings on the south breakwater

Kaleköy is a small village on the north coast of the Turkish island of Gökçeada, 17 miles NNW of the entrance to the Dardanelles. An attractive village much frequented in the summer by Turkish tourists from the mainland, until 2008 Kaleköy only offered a tiny fishing harbour which was much too shallow and restricted for most yachts. In that year, however, a huge new harbour development was completed, with the intention of inviting tenders to operate a marina here. In the meantime, the harbour has filled up with local boats on laid moorings and alongside its quays, but there is usually still space for a visiting yacht to squeeze in. Kaleköy now offers a much more inviting option for a visit to Gökçeada by yacht than the old ferry harbour of Kuzu Limani three miles south, which remains rather remote and has few facilities.

Charts

BA
1086 Srimonikos kólpos to Edremit Körfezi
Imray-Tetra
G2 Aegean Sea (North)
NIMA
54360 Thessaloniki to Canakkale Bogazi Dardanelles
54369 Approaches to Canakkale Bogazi
Turkey
2134 Anafartalar Koyu - Tavşan Island
Greek
32 Thrakiko Sea
322 Limnos & Ay. Efstratios

Weather

See Aegean Sea.

Passages

Kaleköy is a convenient staging post on passage between the Dardanelles or the Turkish coast and the islands of Samothrace and Thasos or the coast of northern Greece.

Islands

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

Most yachts are likely to approach Kaleköy from south. From this direction, a yacht will pass the ferry harbour of Kuzu Limani on the NE corner of the island and round a couple of small headlands before a ruined Ottoman castle appears on a high bluff on the eastern side of the bay of Kaleköy. The harbour, constructed in the bay immediately to the west of the bluff, consists of a long, curved northern breakwater extending across the bay and a shorter southern one extending out from the beach. On closer approach, the northern breakwater will open up and the two white light structures on the end of the breakwaters will be visible. In the approach from north and west, the long breakwater and the village behind and a large resort hotel at the E side of the bay will be visible from some distance off. The harbour is entered from WSW, being careful to stay about 10-15 metres off the end of the northern breakwater to avoid a sand bar that has built up some 50 metres S of the entrance (see photo). Depths in the entrance are 5.0 – 5.5 metres. At night, a white light flashing 4 seconds marks the end of the high bluff at the eastern end of the bay and the breakwaters show flashing port and starboard lights.

Entrance

There are no customs in Gökçeada. The nearest port of entry/exit is Çanakkale.

Berthing

Yachts moor alongside the north breakwater wherever there is space
Note the sandbar 50 metres S of the entrance

Behind the high breakwater the harbour offers excellent shelter in winds from any direction. Since its completion, however, it has rapidly filled with small fishing boats and local leisure craft. The eastern quay immediately in front of the village and the southern breakwater are both filled with small craft moorings and the only place a yacht is likely to find a space is alongside the long northern breakwater, which is quayed for its entire length. Depths here are 3.0 – 3.5 metres. Go alongside wherever you can; it may be necessary to berth alongside a fishing boat if the harbour is very full. The quay is in good condition and well supplied with mooring rings and bollards. There are a few water and electricity points but they are widely spaced. Public toilets at the root of the breakwater.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None

Anchorages

The nearest alternative anchorage on Gökçeada is the harbour of Kuzu Limani three miles south. In an emergency, Kaleköy harbour itself is large enough to anchor off in the middle in 3.5 – 4.5 metres. The bottom is sand and reasonable holding.

Amenities

Facilities
Water Outlets on the quay, but very widely spaced
Electricity Outlets on the quay, but very widely spaced, you may need to get the electricity switched on
Toilets N/A (Not Available).
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage Bins on the quays
Supplies
Fuel No fuel. Nearest fuel is a garage in Gökçeada town, four kilometers away
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Services
Repairs N/A
Internet Wi-Fi at Kale Motel on the waterfront and Yakamoz Pansyon (the one with the terrace) on the hill overlooking the harbour (15 minutes walk).
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Car rental in Gökçeada town

Provisioning

Small kiosk only in the harbour. More provisions in Gökçeada town, four kilometers away.

Eating out

Numerous cafes and restaurants around the harbour.

Transportation

Transportation (local and/or international)

  • Regular buses to Gökçeada town (around 15 minutes past the hour)
  • Nearby airstrip with flights via Canakkale to Istanbul

Tourism

The village itself is in a very picturesque setting, nestling between two high bluffs and surrounded by mountainous crags. Its waterfront is lined with cafes and restaurants, some of them in old stone houses built by the former Greek population of the island. A rather forlorn-looking but pretty white Greek Orthodox church stands in the middle of the waterfront, a sad memorial to the former thriving Greek population of the island. The views from the Yakamoz Pansyon terrace above the harbour and the ruined castle (a tricky clamber still higher) are superb.

Kaleköy has a beautiful setting
Waterfront with Yakamoz Pansyon top left
Restored stone house, Kaleköy
Small swordfish boats operate out of Kaleköy
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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 Turkey.


Comments

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  • It took us a considerable amount of detective work and an intrepid visit in rising winds to discover that Kaleköy harbour was open for business. The beauty of the World Cruising Wiki is that now no-one else has to do it!--Athene of Lymington 12:58, 21 June 2011 (BST)


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