05 September 2020 | Tyros
We visited Tyros last season and the small harbour was attractive if quite busy, including a flotilla group on one evening. This year it was different, ourselves and a couple of other boats on the first evening.
The clinching factor for the re-visit was that we had enjoyed a great pizza here in a taverna on the shore... good pizza is scarce in Greece!. When we entered the port it was quiet, only two visiting yachts and the space by the entrance, the only one where a side-too berth is allowed, was vacant. Admirals instructions were of the order of 'grab it' so the Captain did with the only downside being the large black fenders at water level left from its prior role as a ferry dock. Having carefully arranged our fenders to avoid these blackening our hull, we were comfortable though the side winds experienced last time we were moored stern-to did not really materialise.
Tyros has a long stony beach along the large bay and it starts opposite our mooring, giving us a 100m swim to the beach through beautiful clear water. We could easily see the bottom in 10 m - unusual in a harbour. We relaxed and swam until 'pizza time' came round and we wandered off to look for the taverna. A ten minute walk along the front and we were settled at a table on the same veranda as last time with friendly efficient staff (wearing appropriate masks etc) and our pizzas arrived. They were as good as we remembered but we had forgotten how large they were. Even after our best efforts we had virtually a whole pizza left but 'doggy boxes/bags are normal here and the next few days coffee snacks/lunches came home with us. A pleasant evening.
The next day two British flagged yachts, Moineau (Sparrow) and Genevieve joined us. We had met Genevieve back in Nidri and seen Moineau at anchor in Kilada so we invited them both on board for drinks that evening which passed a pleasant couple of hours and was followed by a nice firey chilli Carolyn had produced.
We still have not been able to resolve the watermaker problem so topping off the tanks from the quay before leaving was useful.
An incident we forgot to mention in the last blog occurred back in Kilada on the hard. Chris had just finished servicing the first of our lifejackets, a painfull job that involves very careful, tedious repacking of all the folds and bits and re-zipping. He'd done it once and was annoyed to find he'd missed an item so had to open it again and redo the task. He'd just completed the second repack, including a new 'PLB' (= personal locator beacon - it alarms if you fall in!) when suddenly loud alarms started sounding in the cabin. Not having heard this sound before we both jumped and the Admiral shouted "Quick, you've set off the PLB inside that lifejacket" The Captain ripped open the lifejacket just as the noise stopped and we found that was not the problem. In fact all three of our phones had set off alarms with the arrival of a message from the Greek government about new Covid Virus regulations in another part of Greece. Someone thought it was amusing that the lifejacket needed repacking for the third time!!
Main Photo: Tyros from the harbour