Port Atheni

Meganisi 310 83, Greece.

GPS: 38°39’41.6″N 20°47’54.9″E / 38.661561, 20.798579

Port Atheni is a small harbour on the island of Meganisi and is located in the bay with the same name used mainly for fishing boats. Several hiking tracks lead over the hills and down through the olive-tree plantations to the isolated bays on the other part of the island. The most popular of them is Ambelakia, which attracts yacht owners from all across the world. If you choose Atheni as your holiday destination, expect one of a kind caves and fascinating landscapes to enchant and dazzle you. One of them is Papanikolis, a gorgeous cave sculpted by the force of nature, on the south-western part of the island, 30 metres deep, with a sandy beach inside it.

The inlet of Port Atheni lies on the NE coast of the island of Meganisi, which is separated from the much larger island of Lefkas to the W by a mile-wide channel . The most southerly of a series of three inlets (the other two being Kapali and Abelike) along this coast, Port Atheni has a small harbour at its S end with a quay accommodating 10-12 yachts on anchor moor. Visiting yachts can also berth on a taverna pontoon or in one of several anchorages on the N and S sides of the inlet. Shelter here is excellent in all but strong NE winds, which send in a nasty swell. Toilets, showers and wifi are available from the café or taverna in the inlet.

An approach from Vathi should be made to seaward of the two small islets between it and Ormos Abelike, which have rocky shoals inshore of them. There are no dangers in the approach from S. Once inside the inlet, it divides into a S and N branch; the harbour is in the S branch, and between the two branches there is a dangerous reef extending 200 metres off the headland that divides them.

There are several berthing options in Port Atheni, depending on the size and draft of your yacht and the wind conditions:
Yacht Quay (The yacht quay is situated at the S end of the inlet, between two short jetties, and can accommodate around 10-12 yachts on anchor moor). Nagias Taverna Pontoon (oon
The Nagias Taverna lies on the S side of the inlet, around 100 metres N of the quay. It has a rather rickety pontoon which can squeeze in 10 – 12 yachts in depths of barely 1.5 metres (and only 1.0 metre along the recessed, N part).


It is possible to free anchor in the harbour at the S end of the inlet, clear of the anchors of boats moored on the quay. Depths here are substantial and you will be dropping anchor in 10-12 metres. Holding is good in mud and weed (once through the weed). Alternatively, there are several other possibilities:
North Cove 38°40.160’N, 020°47.528’E and South Coves 38°39.758’N, 020°48.509’E.

Places to Visit
The inlet is in an attractive setting and there are good walks around the S and N sides. A steep uphill climb from the S end of the harbour brings one in 15 minutes or so to the attractive village of Katomeri at the highest point of the island, which is quiet and unspoilt, since few tourists take the trouble to visit.

Порт Атени (Porto Atheni} – наиболее крупный порт северо-восточного побережья острова Меганиси находится в конце глубокой бухты протянувшейся с северо-восток на юго-запад вглубь острова.
Яхтенный причал находится в южном углу бухты и может вместить около 10-12 яхт. Швартовка яхт кормой и носом к пирсу на собственном якоре. Обратите внимание, что центральная секция предназначена в основном для паромов и там нет швартовых колец. Глубины вдоль причалов от 2,5 м на северном конце до 2,25 м на южном конце. Якорь хорошо держит в иле и водорослях, но состояние швартовных колец оставляет желать лучшего и их следует тщательно проверять, особенно если прогнозируются сильные ветра. Укрытие на набережной хорошее практически при всех ветрах, хотя при сильных северо-восточных возможна неприятная зыбь. Туалеты и душевые кабины (евро 2,50) в кафе. Метрах в ста севернее пирса находится довольно ветхий понтон таверны Nagios, на котором может встать 10-12 яхт. Глубины у понтона около 1,5 метров, поэтому лучше подходить к нему носом.

Электричества ни на пирсе, ни на понтоне нет, воду на яхту можно получить из ближайшей таверны, используя длинный шланг.

Обратите внимание, что при движении по бухте в сторону порта примерно в середине бухты от небольшого мыса на северо-восток проходит опасный риф.

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