Agios Efstratios 815 00, Greece
GPS: 39°32’23.2″N 24°59’12.3″E / 39.539763, 24.986741
Агиос Эфстратиос находится в центре Эгейского моря чуть южнее острова Лимнос. Назван остров в честь святого Евстратия, который жил на острове в IX веке, скрываясь от преследования византийского императора Льва Армянина.
Остров скалистый, сложен из вулканических пород, поэтому растительность здесь небогатая. Местные жители в основном занимаются рыболовством, туризм почти не развит.
There is only one port, the harbor of Ayios Efstratios. It provides fairly good shelter from the meltemi but it is open to SW. Go stern-to the usually crowded by fishing boats quay, avoiding the SW corner where the ferry from Limnos docks. The bottom is sandy with scattered rocks and affords good holding, if you hit the sandy patch. Fortunately the water here is very clear. A large rectangular basin was built to the west and adjacent to the fishing harbour to serve ferries. Yachts can moor alongside its western mole or go stern to this mole. There are water and electricity stands on the mole, free as of May 2017. The western (and north) moles are fitted with ship sized rectangular fenders so if moored alongside it is advisable to fender accordingly to avoid damage from the fixed mole fenders. There is a port police office few steps to the east of the fishing harbour.
The fishing boats can be rather malodorous and may be keeping their VHF’s at high volume. Otherwise this can be a pleasant anchorage.
The island has been inhabited since the Mycenaean times and on the island’s north coast are still the ruins of the original Mycenaean settlement. The recent history of the island is rather infamous. Starting in 1936 the fascist dictatorship of Metaxas used the island as a place of exile for the undesirable communists, a practice that was resumed by the junta of 1967. The most famous of these deportees was the celebrated composer Mikis Theodorakis. In 1968, an earthquake devastated the houses of the little port village. Fishing and low-level tourism are the main occupations of today’s inhabitants.
Places to Visit
Other than walks there is not much that a tourist can do here. Enjoy the clear sea.