After 2 very pleasant nights tied up in the Kalamata Marina, small, friendly and well-run, surrounded by several lively French boats...we decided to return to 'our' protected anchorage here at Petalidhion to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
Just a very laid-back small town, not at all touristy, only 8 n.miles across from Kalamata in the north west part of the Gulf of Messiniakos.
Actually, we are experiencing up to force 6 north westerlies, but we are completely secure anchored in 3.8 metres of sand.
There were three boats here last night, but now all alone today, so if necessary we will send out more chain, ....plenty of swinging space.
Down around the 2 capes, Ak Tainaron and Ak Maléas, it is blowing this afternoon up to force 8...best to be patient and wait until things calm down a bit! Not the place to be in those conditions....
Kalamata is a big city, famous for the production of fat black olives...delicious!
Unfortunately, rather scruffy looking, as many Greek towns, especially as there are lots of abandonded buildings, destroyed during the huge 1968 earthquake...never to be rebuilt.
However we did not remain long enough to discover the charm of the city.
Although, we did do a lot of walking, up and down to the main centre, through the huge shady park, with it's old railway station and many restored locomotives & carriages ...great place for the kids to play!