Poros Harbour, Kefalonia

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Poros Harbour
38°08.929'N, 020°46.797'E Chart icon.png
lat=38.14881 | lon=20.77995 | zoom=16 | y
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oros entrance from the NW
Yachts on Poros quay
Stout bollards and mooring rings in Poros

The town of Poros and its large purpose-built harbour are situated towards the SE end of the island of Kefalonia in Greece, some 10 miles SE of Sami and 15 miles due E of Argostoli (though more like 25 from the latter by sea). The harbour is mainly a ferry and commercial port, but there is space for yachts at the SW side of the harbour, where around 15-20 yachts can moor using their anchors in depths varying from 2.5 to 4.0 metres. Shelter in the harbour is moderate to good, depending on wind conditions, but the prevailing NW winds do send in an uncomfortable, reflected swell if they are of any strength. Nevertheless, Poros make a useful port of call to break the long sail from Ayia Eufimia or Sami to or from the Gulf of Argostoli.

Charts

BA
203 Nisos Zakinthos to Nisos Paxoi
Imray-Tetra
G12 Nísos Levkas to Nísos Zákinthos
NIMA
54280 Corfu Channel to Nisis Proti
Greek
2 Ionio Pelagos
30 Kefalonia, Ithaki

Weather

Passages

Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.

Navigation

There are no hazards in the approach to Poros, as long as the harbour is entered close to the tip of the E breakwater (which has a red port marker on it). There are shallows extending around 100 metres off the W shore (conveniently, there is a very conspicuous rock marking them). Once past the E breakwater, a course should be shaped to pass 15-20 metres off the inside of the shorter W breakwater to stay in the deepest water. The SE side of the harbour shoals to 2.0 metres or less towards the entrance of the tiny inner fishing boat harbour.

Entrance

Argostoli or Sami are the nearest ports of entry. See relevant port page for details.

Berthing

Ports

Yacht Quay

The yacht quay extends along the SE side of the harbour and is marked with yellow paint along its edge. As mentioned above, approach should be made close to the W breakwater that protects the quay from N to avoid the shallower water to the SE. Around 15 – 20 yachts can anchor moor at the quay here in depths ranging from 4.0 metres at the N end to 2.25 metres at the S end. The holding is good in soft mud once the anchor is well dug in, but it can require two or three attempts to make sure it is holding. Shelter on the quay is only moderate from the prevailing NW winds and can become uncomfortable (though rarely untenable) with reflected swell if they are of any strength. See Interactive map of berthing options for further details.

Breakwater

It is possible with care to lie alongside (or, at busy periods, anchor moor to) the outer half of the breakwater. The inner half has rock ballasting along it and, if you anchor moor here, you will need to take lines ashore in your dinghy). The quay is very high here and there are only a few mooring staples and cleats along the sides and top. The best position is alongside the steps, where it is easier to get on and off your yacht.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

None.

Anchorages

None.

Amenities

Facilities
Water Two points, both towards the N end of the quay
Electricity N/A (Not Available)
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage Bins behind the quay
Supplies
Fuel Fuel can be delivered by road tanker from the nearest garage
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Services
Repairs N/A
Internet From a couple of the tavernas near the yacht quay
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals N/A

Provisioning

A couple of small supermarkets in the town.

Eating out

  • Several tavernas and cafes above the waterfront
  • Remetzo Café, built among the large rocks at the NW end of the harbour, is a fun place for a drink or quick snack. --Athene of Lymington

Transportation

Tourism

There is very little to do in Poros except walk across the hill to the town itself 500 metres to the NW. Although it’s disputable whether the town is worth the effort expended.

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. Personal experiences?

  • A good stop-off to shorten the trip to or from Argostoli, but not really a destination in its own right. --Athene of Lymington 16:47, 1 June 2013 (BST)

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