Skala 

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Astipalea is the most western island of Dodecanese archipelago, about 30 km far from the other islands, a sort of "eastern" gate to this popular area of Greece.

Butterfly-shaped, the island appears like a union between two different parts through a very narrow isthmus, rich of deep bays: the result are two deep gulfs, on both the north and south coast, called St. Andrew and Maltesana.

Astipalea is a mountain island - even though the maximum height reaches little more than 500 metres - and its coats are very jagged and rich of gulfs, coves and bays, although not all offer a good shelter from winds. It's not a mass tourism destination, which has preserved its original beauty.

Like many other Greek islands, Astipalea was in turn under Venetian, Byzantine, Ottoman and Italian domination. The evidence of this long history can be found in the Venetian fortress of Chora and in the harbour itself.

Skala is located on the southern coast of the island and, like all the anchorages and ports of the area, it offers a good shelter from winds and gusts, thanks to a long modern breakwater.

Entering the bay could be difficult only in case of south-eastern winds, when Maltesana Bay seems to be safer.

Once entered, you can moor both at the internal quay of the breakwater, where the available places are bout ten, and in the northern edge of the bay itself, where there are just few places and the bottom is made up of mud and seaweeds.

On the breakwater, you can find water and electric charging columns. Fuel must be required to Coast Guard and it will be provived through a tanker.

If you don't find any place in Skala, an alternative is represented by Livadia Bay, a little north of Skala, a very good shelter from northern and western winds. Here, the bottom is made up of sand and seeweeds and depth varies from 5 to 10 metres.

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