Astepalea (or however you spell it )
South Pacific Familyadventure 2008
Sun 23 Jul 2023 16:51
As far as we can see the Meltemi seems to blow most arond the Dodecanese islands with less winds around the Cyclades further west and also along the Turkish coastline further east . If this is coincidental or a general pattern we donot know.
As far as we understand the Meltemi has also been stronger in this area than usual.
Nevertheless we got a window and headed southwest for Astepalea (50Nm) which lies alone out in the Aegean off the beaten track.
Making landfall at sunset and well aware of another enforced Meltemi coming (galewinds up to 40kts) we dropped anchor in the very well protected bay of Agrilidi.
This is a completely secluded bay with only goats walking around and we were in company of two other boats.
Bottom is mainly sand and with loads of chain out we got a good holding and spent 2 days here swimming waiting out the galewinds to settle.
With crystal clear water it was easy to freedive the anchor and see the Rocna well dug into the sand.
When the Meltemi needed to take a breath we headed further west along the southcoast of Astepalea (where there are many safe and beautiful anchorages) and moored alongside at the dock in Maltezana. With no electricity or water it was still aluxury to stay moored alongside (for free) for the first time since Ponza in Italy.
Maltezana (historically a bay for Malteser pirates) is very attractive with a beach,genuine tavernas,and minimarket as well as bakery. Tourists coming here are Greek and Astepalea is still far from being struck by masstourism (to far away and off the beaten track).
The dock is used by the local fishingfleet and during daytime with strong Meltemi they are all there servicing their fishinggear,speaking ,waiting out better weather.With the taverna close by in the shadow the atmosphere here is lovely.