With a force 1 NW wind the journey further north to Astros was just under engine, the 12 miles covered off in a couple of easy hours. On arrival we were happy that again our pre-selected spot was free, allowing a 'side to' berth again. Twice in a week is a real bonus as the skipper doesn't have to worry about the anchor slipping or someone pulling it out for us!
Despite again being the port part of a main town inland, Astros is larger and a popular holiday resort for Greeks in the area. It's not too commercial and the recently extended harbour is well set up. The main mooring for yachts is on the east wall 'stern to' but we had seen from photos that there was a space on the west side quay that could accomodate two cats. We had the first place and a 45 foot charter cat came in behind us with a professional skipper and American clients. We even had a power supply here which are in short supply on the other quay.
Astros Harbour from the castle, Splice is moored to port of the entrance, just left of centre shot
We plan two nights here before crossing the gulf back to anchor in a bay whilst the strong winds go past. The forecast for the southern gulf is not looking very good, wind gusts up to 40 knots so we are glad we decided to head north.
We climbed the hill to the local castle which, despite being built in the 11th century looks odd with large windows. Then you read the plaque that explains that 3 brothers in the 1930's built their homes within the structure suposedly to defend it in the Greek War of Independance at that time. On closer inspection the original slits for defensive fire still exist in some parts and the view is worth the climb.
Astros Harbour with the castle above
Today is being spent patronising the laundry, some shopping in the local stores for fruit, bread etc and catching up on the blog. It's calm today with little wind, not the story for Friday and over the weekend.....we'll be in hiding!
Main photo: Carolyn keeps lookout at the castle