We thought we’d booked a place in this notoriously busy harbour, but the local official (=officious) thought otherwise & chased us away. After a few hours at anchor we persuaded him to let us in, a mixed blessing in a very crowded and smelly place. However it was intriguing to see this city of the Knights of St John before they were defeated by Suleyman the Magnificent and had to start again in Malta – especially as we had already seen what they accomplished there earlier this year. The restored “street of the knights” was a highlight but as you can see from the photo on the left, modern life has made a big impact on the place and the present tourist invaders may be the most damaging of the lot!
However, parts of the old town were amazing, even if it is surrounded by cars, scooters and cruise ships.
After eating out maybe 100 times in Greece we had our first experience of being ripped-off by a greedy taverna. He thought he could get away with charging us €25 for house wine when the going rate is more like €5. We almost got into a real fight after his threat of calling the police backfired (I would have been more than happy to see them!).