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The entrance of Ormos Lakki (Lakki bay) is only clearly visible looking NE. Once inside the bay Lakki town will be seen.
In Lakki Marina mooring lines are to be picked up at the quay (engine in neutral!), but there are no actual mooring buoys floating. The harbour master will help you and subsequently lure you in to diner at his yachtclub. Say "Yes!", because it is the best restaurant in town. The yachtclub also houses showers, laundrette and a lovely terras. The water is potable, though very brackish!
Lakki is the largest natural harbour in Greece, almost resembling a lake with its tiny opening of just 400m. The view of Lakki changed after the Italian rule in 1923 and as a result of that, new large buildings were built and wide and well paved roads were constructed. Near the waterfront there is a monument to those who perished in 1943 when a Greek ship, Queen Olga was attacked by German planes and sank in Lakki's harbour.
Lakki marina and port on Leros, looking ENE. In the distance: Piganousi island.
Limin Kalimnou, formerly called Pothia, is located in the south of Kalymnos island. From a distance Kalymnos town, the monastery on the hill and the shining cupola of the cathedral can be seen.
The town, its handsome houses, in the neo-classical style popular in the islands in the 19th c., rises above the harbour on the gentle slopes fringing the bay. North-west of the town is the former capital of the island, Khorio (17th c.), with a byzantine castle. Halfway between these towns stands the Frankish stronghold of Pera Kastro.
Sponge fishing means a yearly excursion and every spring the sponge-fishers of Kalymnos cast off for the seas off the North African coast. Their departure is a moving and important event, which is therefore accompanied by fancy religious ceremonies. After approximately five months of hard work the sponge-fishers return to the island.
Kalymnos port →
The deep (blue) inlet of Vathi ends at the charming citrus-fringed village of Rina.
Go bow-to the pier. Bottom is sand and weed with good holding.
On the shore are few provisions, water and a 'yacht club'.
Vathi has a narrow fjord-like entrance, opening up into a tiny fishing village at the head of the bay. It boasts one main street and a collection of houses scattered into the valley; an unexpected patch of lush vegetation on an otherwise very dry and arid-looking island. Vathi is the only place on the entire island that is lucky enough to have it's own spring water supply, and they use it carefully to cultivate citrus fruits, figs, grapes and anything else that can be persuaded to grow!
Vathi port on Kalymnos looking E →