The south coast has 2 large inlets which offers many stops, one of which is Kalamata. We made 3 stops in our route. The first was in the west inlet, a village called Koroni. We had plans to explore the village in the evening but a wind and swell kicked up so we did not feel comfortable leaving the boat as the sea floor was not optimal for anchoring. We spent a rollie night and were anxious to pull up anchor the next morning and move on.
In the eastern inlet we enjoyed a very small place (2 restaurants, a bar and one or two small hotels) called Porto Kayio. There is one gravel/sand road for the village which is between the establishments and the sea.
We so enjoyed the simplicity. During dinner we met four Greeks on holiday from Athens. They too were interested in the World Cup. That evening it was Brazil playing Costa Rica. As Roland’s daughter lives in Brazil we of course were cheering for them but the rest of the restaurant was cheering for Costa Rica.
The final leg of the south coast took us to a island, Nisos Elafonisos which sits 12 nm from cape Maleas (Greece’s Cape Horn). The bay is known for the beautiful sandy beaches and the translucent water in a deserted area. As Roland had forgotten to bring in his fishing line before we started the anchoring procedure, he got the line wrapped around the propeller shaft. He was very happy about the translucent waters and felt that it was the clearest water he had ever been in.
As I mentioned, it was in a deserted area so imagine our surprise at around midnight when we heard LOUD cheers, like a sports stadium. Greece was playing in the World Cup that evening and when they scored a goal in the last minute of the game to tie the score we heard the cheers from a nearby village that we could not see. Roland was online checking the score and knew immediately what we were hearing.
The next day we rounded Cape Maleas under motor and flat seas, much to my relief. It was easy to see that it can get nasty on that Cape.