The third instalment of all things Greek…..

We have settled in nicely in our berth on the quay at Vonitsa.  A lot of the spaces are filled up by people who keep their boats here permanently when they are absent, or are trying to sell them,  or live aboard here.  That means there are less and less spaces for cruising yacht people like us, who just want to stay for a few days.  We managed to find a space at the very end of the quay.  It’s nice and quiet, and there’s free water.

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Vonitsa Castle towering over the town and harbour

We are behind with the boat jobs – the carpet has not been removed or scrubbed.  The decks have not been painted.  One of the shower pumps was not working, so Tim has spent several hours fixing it, which involved the removal of a door, the floor and several metres of pipe.  He’s also not been well, and has spend the rest of the day just resting.

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Tim and the dreaded dinghy

Vonitsa town is what I describe as typically Greek.  You wouldn’t want to come on holiday here, there’s no flash hotels or villas with pools.  There’s no tourism at all, no boat trips, no shops selling postcards or souvenirs, no full English breakfast served. In July and August it fills up a bit, with local people returning to visit relatives here, or to get to the coast and escape the heat inland.

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Taverna on the beach, yachts moored on the quay in the distance

It’s rather a scruffy place, and if it was the first place in Greece you ever visit, you probably wouldn’t like it.  It’s nothing like Santorini, or Mykonos! But it has a charm of its own, and you can buy almost anything you need here.  There’s some reasonable supermarkets, banks, butchers, bakeries, and numerous cafes and tavernas, with those infamous uncomfortable chairs  along the waterfront.

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Little fishing boats at Vonitsa

There’s a huge castle built up high, overlooking the town and the waterfront.  There’s also a tiny island at the eastern end of the seafront, where a tiny Greek church nestled in the pine trees.  The island has been joined to the mainland with an attractive footbridge.

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Google Earth view of Vonitsa, showing castle on left, and island with footbridge

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View from footbridge to the island, with little church

I took all of these photos when we were anchored in the bay near the little church, a couple of days ago.

My big fat Greek adventure, part 1

My big fat Greek sailing adventure : part 2

12 thoughts on “The third instalment of all things Greek…..

  1. Good morning !!!

    The presence of water is predominant; besides, the prevailing theory about the etymology of the name of the town is that it hails from the Slavic word “voda” which means water (a place that has a lot of water).

    This wetland is the largest in Greece and one of the most significant wetlands in the Mediterranean as it is a sanctuary for rare species of birds: the glossy ibis, the martin, the bittern, the wild swan and the egret all come here to “fish; the most impressive visitor is the Dalmatian pelican with the characteristic bright red expandable sac under its beak.

    The biodiversity of the fish fauna of the Ambracian is also high; sardine, guilted and white sea bream and prawn are only some of the species found in its waters.

    PS. I send you a post as i had promised you!!

    Kisses!!!!

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  2. Kalimera! Thank you so much for this interesting information. The lagoon areas are really interesting and I am always looking for birds. There is a big turtle who comes into the harbour. This morning I saw two tortoises in the grounds of the castle.

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  3. Lovely photo series and the closing picture of the stone walkway and water left – is inviting.
    the chairs do look uncomfy – ugh – but I like how they look sitting in the sand and I would want to dine there –

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