Port Gaios

Gaios 490 82, Paxos, Greece.

GPS: 39°12’05.5″N 20°11’11.4″E / 39.201540, 20.186498

Порт Гайос – главный порт острова Паксоса. Он расположен в узком проливе между островом Паксос и маленьким островком Святого Николая. Укрытие для яхт в гавани превосходно в большинстве случаев, хотя сильные юго-восточные ветра делают южную часть этой яхтенной стоянки очень некомфортной. Несмотря на популярность этого места, как правило удается найти место для швартовки яхты на почти километровой набережной. Обратите внимание, что что часть набережнйо закрыта с 10:00 до 17:00 для швартовки частных и арендованных яхт. В это время сюда подходят экскурсионные суда.

Port Gaios is the main harbour of the island of Paxos in the Ionian Sea of Greece. It lies just over half way down the NE coast of the island and consists of a long and remarkable natural inlet, protected by the island of St Nicholas immediately E of the harbour and with the addition of artificial breakwaters at its N and S ends. The town’s picturesque setting and unique geography have made it deservedly popular and during the season it is crammed full of day trippers from Corfu and the mainland and busy with yachtsmen of all nationalities, especially Italians. In spite of its bustle and sometimes frenetic atmosphere, it is usually possible to find a mooring space somewhere along its 1,000 metres and more of quays or anchored stern-to St Nicholas island itself. Note that two sections of the town quays are off limits to yachts between the hours of 1000 and 1700 in order to accommodate the tripper boats. Shelter in the harbour is excellent in most conditions, although strong SE winds make the S part of the harbour very uncomfortable.

This harbour can be approached either from the north or the south end. Each has its own hazards. The northern entrance is used by ferries and tripper boats and it is impossible to see round the blind bend where the channel turns south past the main part of the town. The southern entrance is shallow with many rocks and little room to manoeuvre, therefore it is advisable to anchor and go in with the dinghy if you prefer not to dock.

Docking here is controlled by the Corfu Port Authority. A representative will come by your boat to collect overnight fees. See comments below for latest fees reported.

Berthing

Town Quays
The town quays in Port Gaios extend for over 1,000 metres, starting on the starboard side of the N entrance just past the ferry quay (the newest section) and running along the same side of the channel all the way to the breakwaters of the S entrance. Apart from the last 150 metres between the ATE Bank building and the S entrance (which has depths of 1.5 metres or less), and a section of the W quay opposite the steps leading up St Nicholas island in the narrowest part of the channel (which is usually full of small fishing boats anyway), there are least depths of 2.5 – 3.0 metres at all the quays. The exception is the S quay in the main harbour, which has depths of just over 2.0 metres.

North Quay 39°12.13′N, 20°11.21′E
Yachts on the N quay
The newest section of the harbour, this runs for 100 metres from the ferry berth in the N channel as far as the small boat moorings that then continue round the dogleg. This quay can accommodate around 20-25 yachts anchor moored stern or bows-to in depths of 2.5 metres at the quay. Depths in the channel, where yachts drop anchor, are nearer 6.0 – 8.0 metres. The holding here is good in mud and weed.

West Quay 39°12.04′N, 20°11.1′E
Yachts on the W quay
This section begins around the dogleg some 100 metres after the narrowest part of the channel, where there are only small fishing boats on laid moorings. Note that the first 50 metres (section X) is reserved from 1000 to 1700 for use by tripper boats. The second 50 metres (just N of the water taxis) can be used at any time. Some 8-10 yachts can anchor moor here in depths of 2.5 – 3.0 metres. Holding is good in mud, although it is wise not to lay out too much chain (25 metres is ample) otherwise tripper boats (and, after 1700, other yachts) using section X can lay over you. If you are unfortunate enough to be late leaving (after 1000), you may wind up having to wait until 1700 to leave if a tripper boat has laid over you.

South Quay (main harbour) 39°11.81′N, 20°11.19′E
Yacht on the S quay (main harbour)
This section begins just past the town square and the water taxis and extends for the remainder of the waterfront as far as the S entrance. The last 150 metres, as mentioned above, is shallow and occupied by small fishing boats on laid moorings. Note again that the first 60 metres or so (section Y) is reserved for tripper boats from 1000 to 1700.

Quay 39°11.9′N, 20°11.16′E
The next section of 60 metres can be used at any time. Some 12-14 boats can anchor moor here in depths of 2.0 metres. Again, it is wise not to lay out any more chain than necessary (20-25 metres) as tripper boats can lay over yachts berthed towards the N end. Holding is variable. Again, if you are unfortunate enough to be late leaving (after 1000), you may wind up having to wait until 1700 to leave if a tripper boat has laid over you.

Anchorages

Yachts anchored in the N channel
The best anchorage is on the S side of the N channel, opposite the N quay – but being careful to avoid interfering with the anchors of yachts on the N quay (see D). Drop in 6.0 – 8.0 metres and take a line back to St Nicholas island. Alternatively, free anchor on either side of the breakwater joining St Nicholas and Panayia islands at the N entrance, depending on wind conditions (see E). Depths are 5.0 – 8.0 metres and the holding is good in sand and mud. Finally, a good anchorage in the prevailing NW winds is on the SE side of St Nicholas island, just N of the S entrance to the harbour (see F). Depths here are 6.0 – 10 metres. Good holding in sand and weed but there are several boulders and if you find yourself swinging a bit short you may well be wrapped around one.

Tourism

The main town of Gaios and the smaller villages of Lakka and Longos are very pretty, with Venetian-style architecture painted in delicate pastel colours. There is a small museum in Gaios which shelters some local artifacts (although it seems to rarely open). The island of St Nicholas that encloses the inlet of Gaios can also be visited with a permit from the town hall. It has the remains of a Venetian castle and a church on its summit as well as being a superb picnic site. Outside the town, the island’s main attraction is the numerous walks through its shady pine and olive groves. The Windmill of Paxos Island is also worth a visit. On the W side of Paxos there are several caves which can be visited in settled weather. Boat trips run throughout the day, which are probably a safer bet than taking your own boat. Finally, there are several small but charming shingle beaches off the road heading N from Port Gaios towards Longos which can be visited on foot or with a bicycle.
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Coordinates

39°12'05.5"N
20°11'11.4"E

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Gaios, Greece

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