Despite being the main ferry port and principal harbour for the island the town still manages to retain a laid back feel. Until 1965 it was a minor harbour, servicing the old town of Palia. However, an earthquake made the old town uninhabitable and most of the population moved down the hill to Patitiri.
The bay is an excellent natural harbour and in the town where some bars which can go on late into the evening. Make the time for a good wander around, as it is a gorgeous village.
Moor: anchor and tie back where there is space on the N quay or the outside of the NE hydrofoil quay. It does get busy here and there is usually some swell from the ferries so ensure your anchor is secure and keep as far off the quay as you can. Well worth walking up to the Chora, it is very pretty with stunning views.
Ashore: There is a dive centre here. Plenty of tavernas and cafes ashore, as well as provisions, bakery etc.
- there are regular buses to the old hilltop village of Palia where there is a more traditional lifestyle;
- visit the relatively newly built but amazing town museum which will transport you back to the tough times that the island has experienced in the past and is an unmissable experience;
- the cliffs lit up at night;
- a great golden sandy beach which is perfect for swimming in the shallow clear water.