Kalamos

Town

3.8








Kalamos is a remote and beautiful island with Port Kalamos being the isle╠вcувs primary settlement. In the tiny village a harbor of Episkopi, located on the north side, is home to a ruined monastery. The walk from the harbor up to the monastery offers picturesque views over the water towards mainland Greece. Also on the Kalamos╠вcув north end, there are several protected anchorages with deep-water coves. Dolphins love this area, so be sure to look for them playfully swimming about! The coves are overhung with rocks and cliffs eroded into majestic and fantastical shapes and surrounded by thick pine forests providing welcome shade from the sun. there is good shelter from the northwest, but winds can gust off the mountain.




"Kálamos (Greek: Κάλαμος, known in antiquity as Καρνος – Karnos), is a mountainous island and a former community in the Ionian Islands, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Lefkada, of which it is a municipal unit. It lies east of Lefkada, near the Greek mainland. It has an wintering population of around 500 people, which is swelled substantially in the summer by tourists. The name Kalamos means reed in Greek and the presence of this plant along its coastline in the past may have given its name. Another version is that the island had several beaches with good sand (Kali Ammos in Greek) hence the name given. Its population was 496 at the 2011 census. The land area is 24.964 km2 (9.639 sq mi), and its highest point is 754 m (2,474 ft) above sea level.

The main settlement on the island is the port town of Kálamos (pop. 454) on the east coast of the island. A regular ferry service connects the island to Mytikas on the mainland. Episkopi (pop. 42) is the only other inhabited village on the island along with Kastro. The village of Kefali, also known by its Venetian name Porto Leone, was abandoned following the 1953 Ionian earthquake. The main church is still in use and still houses the sacred image of the virgin Mary that is also considered a miracle worker. The church and the image celebrate twice a year (one on 30 June and the other on 15 August). A religious celebration on that day is preceded and followed by traditional celebrations with folk music. People from the island and all the surrounding area come to attend.

In the early 1990s, the water system was rebuilt and now every household has running water. As well, in recent years, all the footpaths that were once dirt have been upgraded to stone or pavement. Kalamos, once a remote island without electricity or a proper water system, now has all the conveniences of the mainland. The nearest lyceum (middle school) and gymnasium (secondary school) are in Aetolia-Acarnania where all of the students from the latter categories attend. There is a public kindergarten, elementary and primary school in the main village of Kalamos where all of the children permanently resident on the island attend.

The island is easily reached from the mainland by a regular ferry service from the nearby port of Mytikas in Aetoloakarnania, year round.

The island is geographically situated in the core of the inner Ionian marine protected area, the largest marine protected area in Greece." Wikipedia









Please help us stay ad free, leave a review and upload a photo.




Latest Reviews

Gerolimnionas Cove
5.0

We didn't actually stop but we did go into the little harbour and it was magical. The deserted old village was haunting and the well looked after chapel in all the wrecks made it even more special. Next time we are back we will definitely drop anchor for the night and explore this stunning little place 👍

Kalamos
5.0

a pretty harbour run by George in a beautiful setting. Not many mooring spaces and boats rafter three abreast at the inner pier end. Pleasent welcome at George's restaurant (also offers showers). Further up the village has a small supermarket.

Add your review
0.0

Help us keep sailsecrets ad free by giving back into the community, simply share your own experience with other sailors.



 





Forecast


link Open Windy




Nearby facilities

Explore using map view
Neilson Active Holidays
1 . Neilson Active Holidays
2.5

Neilson provide bareboat yachts, flotilla sailing, sailing courses, skippered flotilla or even stay and sail holidays in the north and south Ionian.

Odyssesus Sailing Holidays
2 . Odyssesus Sailing Holidays
2.5

Odysseus Sailing Holidays with over 36 years experience in the Ionian, and a fleet of superbly equipped and maintained yachts from 30 to 52 foot out of Palairos, Lefkas and Corfu, is the best choic...

Nisos Yacht Charter
3 . Nisos Yacht Charter
1.3

Nisos Yacht Charter Ltd is a British family owned operation offering premium sailing holidays & the highest level of service on a modern fleet of yachts from Jeanneau, Bavaria and Legend from 32ft ...

Sailing Cruises
4 . Sailing Cruises
2.5

Sailing holidays with skipper. The sailing holiday is more fun and relaxing if you rely on the experience of a skipper who makes available to his guests his technical and personal knowledge to ensu...

Vliho Yacht Club
5 . Vliho Yacht Club
2.5

Ruairi & Vicky Bradley are the founders of Vliho Yacht Club. They are both water sports instructors and have sailed and travelled extensively on their own boat. For 4 years they developed and manag...

Skorpios Charter Ltd
6 . Skorpios Charter Ltd
3.7

The German-Greek family business has been based on Lefkada (also known as Lefkas) since 1986, and has an excellent reputation in the sailing community.Herbert Lerchl, the director and driving force...

Sail Ionian
7 . Sail Ionian
2.5

Sail Ionian is a small, friendly, family owned yacht charter company based on the island of Lefkas in Greece, ideally located for sailing holidays exploring the Southern and Northern Ionian.

Usail
8 . Usail
2.5

A luxurious sailing cruise means many things to many people but we feel a Usail cruise displays the true meaning of style. Enjoy the luxury of a 55' superyacht, the comfort of four air-conditioned ...

Ionian Yachting
9 . Ionian Yachting
2.5

The Ionian Charter Team, is very proud for the rising amount of returning customers. We are always endeavour to supply you with the best Owned Yachts in Athens - Lavrion - Lefkas - Corfu - Kos - Rh...

Waypoint Sails (Lefkas )
10 . Waypoint Sails (Lefkas )
2.5

WAYPOINT was established on October 1998 by people who have a love for the sea and a passion for sailing. The driving force behind the company is Niko Sarailides, a sailor involved in the sailing i...

more
Explore using map
 

Find more nearby charter companies





Nearby Marinas, Harbours and Anchorages

Explore using map view
Kalamos Harbour
1 . Kalamos Harbour
2.5

A long and sturdy breakwater provides good shelter inside the harbour for the ferry, local and visiting boats.

Provation Cove
2 . Provation Cove
2.5

This cove on Kalamos overlooks the tiny islet at the top of Kastos. The cove is home to many local boats and has a small breakwater to the western side.

Kastos Northern Cove
3 . Kastos Northern Cove
2.5

The eastern coast of Kastos offers many small coves, this north most cove may offer a good anchorage in suitable conditions.

Episkopi Harbour
4 . Episkopi Harbour
2.5

The sturdy outer breakwater provides good shelter for the small harbour. The inside of the outer wall may provide shoreside mooring and access to the local shops and taverna's.

Kastron Cove
5 . Kastron Cove
2.5

Two small jetties lead to buildings hidden by the trees. The blue watered cove may offer some anchorage in the right conditions.

Gerolimnionas Cove
6 . Gerolimnionas Cove
3.8

The east facing cove on the southern end of Kalamos island around the abandoned Kefali village may provide some good anchorage in suitable conditions.

Mangelaria Cove
7 . Mangelaria Cove
2.5

A small beachy cove north of Kastos Harbour overlooks the tiny Mangelaria islet and may provide suitable shelter for anchoring.

Mytikas Marina
8 . Mytikas Marina
2.5

A small marina just north of Kalamos island in between two large bays (Mytikas and Vourkos).

Kastos Harbour
9 . Kastos Harbour
2.5

The tiny inner harbour for local boats is further protected by two small breakwaters sheltering the cove. Shore-side mooring may be possible in the inside of the southern breakwater.

Vathy Vali Cove
10 . Vathy Vali Cove
2.5

A cove on the eastern coast of the southern tip of Kastos island may provide some shelter for visiting yachts.

Elia Cove
11 . Elia Cove
2.5

This cove on the west of Meganisi island is a popular anchorage and a short walk up to the village of Katomerion.

Limonari Cove
12 . Limonari Cove
2.5

This tiny cove is on the south of the western side of Meganisi island.

Atheni Quay
13 . Atheni Quay
2.5

Atheni bay has a long quay on the south western shore offering laid mooring and access to the single taverna.

Atherinos Cove
14 . Atherinos Cove
2.5

This popular cove and bay offer a picturesque location for anchorage with shore-lines.

Dichali Cove
15 . Dichali Cove
2.5

This cove on the southern coast of Meganisi island has a beach head and may offer shelter for anchoring.

Abelike Bay
16 . Abelike Bay
3.8

This pretty bay offers some natural shelter and a taverna on the southern head. Most yachts drop anchor and secure sterns to shore.

Ampelakia Cove
17 . Ampelakia Cove
2.5

This cove approach to Abelike Bay offers some natural shelter for visiting yachts.

Vathy Quay
18 . Vathy Quay
3.8

The village of Vathi offers some mooring for visiting yachts and easy access to local taverna's and shops.

Odyseas Marina
19 . Odyseas Marina
3.2

This marina to the west of the cove offers shoreside mooring for visiting yachts and is a short walk to the village. Odyseas Marina is the premier marina facility for yachts within the Ionian Sea i...

Kalopoulou Cove
20 . Kalopoulou Cove
2.5

This set of coves on the southern side of Meganisi island may offer some shelter for anchorage in the right conditions.

more
Explore using map
 

Find more nearby marinas and harbours






Nearby Towns

Explore using map view
Episkopi
1 . Episkopi
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

A small village on the northern coast of Kalamos island.

Mytikas
2 . Mytikas
(West Greece )
2.5

This port town in the southern Ionian overlooks the island of Kalamos.

Kastos
3 . Kastos
(Kastos Island )
2.5

Kastos island is south of Kalamos in the souther Ionian, Greece. It is a long thin mostly arid island with a single small settlement on the eastern side.

Vathi
4 . Vathi
(Meganisi Island )
4.3

Vathi is a tiny village on the north coast of the Greek island of Meganisi. Pretty chapels and friendly tavernas border the harbour, where ferries deposit daytrippers from nearby Lefkas and locals ...

Spartokhorion
5 . Spartokhorion
(Meganisi Island )
3.8

Also known as Spartochori, this pretty small town is on the northern coast of Meganisi island overlooking the pretty bay below.

Astakos
6 . Astakos
(Ionian Islands )
2.5

This town is on the northern shore of the Astakou bay

Palairos
7 . Palairos
(West Greece )
3.2

This ancient and coastal city on the north-western coast of the southern Ionian bay.

Desimi
8 . Desimi
(Lefkada Island )
2.5

Desimi is a pretty town at the head of a beautiful sandy bay surrounded on both sides by wooded hills.

Mikros Gialos
9 . Mikros Gialos
(Lefkada Island )
2.5

A small village at the base of the hills in a beautiful beachy bay on the south east of Lefkada island.

Yenion
10 . Yenion
(Lefkada Island )
2.5

Also known as Geni or Genion this village is found to the eastern shore of the inland bay south of Nidri.

Pogonia
11 . Pogonia
(West Greece )
2.5

This village is set back a short walk from the coast and is found on the northern coast of the southern Ionian bay.

Perigialion
12 . Perigialion
(Lefkada Island )
2.5

This town is north of Nidri and overlooks a tiny islet and the small island Lefkados.

Nydri
13 . Nydri
(Lefkada Island )
4.1

Nydri is a town and a community on the eastern coast of the island of Lefkada, Greece. It is part of the municipal unit Ellomenos. The community includes the small village Rachi. The Greek National...

Vlikhon
14 . Vlikhon
(Lefkada Island )
2.7

This long and thin village follows the coast of the inland bay.

Steno
15 . Steno
(Lefkada Island )
2.5

This village is south of Nydri at the neck of the channel entering the large bay.

Kallithea
16 . Kallithea
(Madhouri Island )
2.5

Kallithea merges with it's northern neighbour Nidri (or Nydri) on the island of Lefkada.

Syvota
17 . Syvota
(Lefkada Island )
3.3

Sivota is one of the most beautiful bays in Lefkada, located 32 km south of the capital town. The settlement lies around a blue crystalline cove amidst verdant hills and lush green forests overlook...

Nikiana
18 . Nikiana
(Lefkada Island )
2.5

A large village on the eastern side of Lefkada island with a nice long beach.

Episkopos
19 . Episkopos
(Lefkada Island )
2.5

A tiny village on the eastern coast of Lefkada island.

Valti
20 . Valti
(West Greece )
2.5

This tiny village overlooks Pontikos island.

more
Explore using map
 

Find more nearby towns






Was this page useful?