Ayia Eufimia

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Ayia Eufimia
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Ayia Eufimia harbour from SE
Chart of Ayia Eufimía
Yachts moored in Ayia Eufimia
The quay is high at Ayia Eufimia

Ayia Efimía (Αγία Ευφημεία) or Ayia Eufimia (saint well spoken of) lies on the E coast of the island of Kefalonia, 10 miles S of the harbour of Fiskardo. Considerable investment has been made in refurbishing the quay here, including installing water and electricity points all the way along, and the harbour is staffed to receive visiting yachts, of which there are considerable numbers during the season, and take their lines ashore. The harbour is sometimes crowded with flotilla boats, but even when full it is also a well protected cove in which to anchor off in the harbour. Shelter here is good in most conditions, although the prevailing NW wind tends to gust down into the harbour. Strong easterly winds send in an uncomfortable swell, which could become dangerous in gale force winds. Ashore there is an excellent bakery, several provisions stores, and restaurants. Ayia Eufimia is a good alternative to Argostoli as a base from which to tour the island.


203 Nisos Zakinthos to Nisos Paxoi
1557 Argostoli Port
G12 Nísos Levkas to Nísos Zákinthos
54280 Corfu Channel to Nisis Proti
2 Ionio Pelagos
30 Kefalonia, Ithaki


See Ionian Sea Weather.

Also see Ionian Sea Currents & Tides.




Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


There are no dangers in the approach. The harbour lies at the NW corner of a large bay, Sami Bay, partially protected from E by a long breakwater extending S from the shore. It is identifiable from distance by the wind turbines on the high hills behind the port. Contact the harbor master on channel 74 prior to entry.


Ayia Eufimia is not a port of entry. The nearest ports of entry on the island are Argostoli and Sami.


To maximise capacity friendly harbour staff direct visiting yachts where to berth and take their lines. In you chose not to follow directions you may find your boat being nudged into position by their rib! Yachts anchor moor on the quay at the N side of the harbour, where there is space for some 30-40 yachts in depths of 3.0 – 4.0 metres at the quay. Anchoring depths are around 6.0 – 7.0 metres. It is wise to lay out plenty of chain here and ensure your anchor is well dug in, as the holding in sand - with a few rocks and weed patches- is uncertain in places and the winds tend to blow on the beam. Note also that the quay is very high here and although there are mooring rings in the wall many yachts will also need to take lines to the yellow-painted bollards on the quay. Expect your springs, if rigged, to be moved around as more yachts are coming in. Expect to pay around €20 for a 13m boat using quayside electricity. In any case before you attempt to moor contact the harbor staff at channel 74.

You can also anchor off (see below).

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



Anchor towards the S of the bay; the harbour master will direct you to a spot if asked. Drop the anchor in 4.0 - 5.0 metres. The holding is not good everywhere, so make sure that your anchor is well dug in before you leave your boat. It is best to check by snorkeling. Once the anchor holds, the place is very secure, although there is a nasty swell in strong E or SE winds.

I have been here with very strong squalls without any problems (--Istioploos 07:32, 19 April 2008 (MDT)).


Water Water on the quay
Electricity Electricity on the quay
Toilets N/A (Not Available).}
Showers N/A
Laundry Easywash selfservice laundry on W side by the sea front. 5 Euro / load.
Garbage Bins where the quay meets the breakwater
Fuel Fuel can be delivered by road tanker
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers On Eastern side of the bay, near the corner
Repairs N/A
Internet From several tavernas and cafes.
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Car and scooter rental outlets in the town


Several small supermarkets in the town.

Eating out

  • Numerous tavernas and cafes along the waterfont
  • To Perasma was the most popular on our visit and excellent value --Athene of Lymington 18:00, 30 May 2013 (BST)


  • Local buses to Sami and Argostoli


Cave of Melissan
The Drogarati Cave
Assos in settled weather
Mosaic of Roman villa, Ayia Eufimia

Ayia Eufimia is not as attractive a harbour as Fiskardo, having been severely damaged in the 1953 earthquake, but attracts a modest level of tourism to its shingle beach and numerous waterfront tavernas. There are also traces of Roman and even earlier settlement around the village, including a partly excavated Roman villa. The harbour is also a good place to moor for a visit to the Cave of Melissani, an underground lake fed by a subterranean stream which flows all the way across the island from Argostoli. The cave is eight kms S of Ayia Eufimia along the road to Sami. It is best to visit around midday, when the sun streams down through the roof and turns the water below the colour of turquoise. Boatmen row visitors around the cave. A further five kms inland from Sami is the Drogarati Cave, a huge grotto with plentiful stalactites, so large that it is even used as an occasional concert venue. Finally, the harbour is, with transport, within easy reach of Assos some 15 kms to the NW – that is assuming you are not confident enough to take your yacht there.


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


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



See Ionian Sea.


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  • We were on the quay here in an E going SE force 5/6 and experienced a very uncomfortable swell. Several yachts dragged. The harbour would probably be wholly untenable in much more E wind than this. It pays to berth at the E end of the quay with anything E in the forecast in order to get a partial lee from the breakwater. --Athene of Lymington 17:10, 28 May 2013 (BST)
  • On leaving we provided breakfast entertainment curtesy of a snagged anchor. What exactly it was snagged on was impossible to determine with depths in the harbour being considerable and beyond my swimming abilities to dive down. After much manouvering under power we finally managed to break free. There is a dive shop in town which would probably be able to assist should you become well and truly stuck. --Fair Game
  • The harbormaster was helpful in mooring, the prices - reasonable, the To Perasma tavern (recommended above) provided excellent value, overall, a very enjoyable stay. We did manage to snag someone's chain while leaving due to a strong side wind, but other than that - we enjoyed it a lot. [[User:dimrub|
  • The port is used as a turnaround on Saturday by a charter company so if here Friday evening you might be asked to move from your place or not allowed to berth. Excellent harbormaster helped us to moor again after our anchor was dragged in the night by another boat. To Perasma is the best tavern out of the three we tried - avoid Sousouro, it’s cheap but mediocre food.

Harbormaster George was very helpful. He arranged for laundry service which was one of the least expensive in the Aegean/Ionian we experienced. Fuel delivery was good. Rental cars everywhee...just call the number on the car door. Good holding for us both at anchor in 6m and at the quay with 60m of chain.

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