We arrived first time in Sarande to avoid the Greek "extra tax after 3 months" for a long weekend - it was a pleasure and dealing with the "main man" Agim , who met us at the dock
, was a pleasure. The 4 night stop at the dock
with free electricity and water
was a total cost of 80 eu (for my 11 meter catamaran) inclusive of port and "customs/immigration" costs.
Being from South Africa
, we had no Visa's and there was no problem.
We resolved to return with my sister who is from Zimbabwe - we are currently in Albania and have had no visa problems.
Leaving Sarande early AM , we arrived in Palermo , a "discontinued" submarine base and tied up at the dock - an old crumbling concrete affair with local fisherman seeming to be its only inhabitants. About 3 hours later, we had a military man speaking excellent english
request us to move - we were allowed to stay only "a few hours" and must move on. I negotiated time to visit the old fort and take a coffee at the restaurant close by and he agreed immediately - but stressed we must move. I tried to anchor
off behind the fish
farm , but it was not suitable , so decided to try the southern part of the bay where it appeared to be good.
This was a real find ! The sandy bottom had good holding in 3.5 m water
opposite the restaurant - it was a perfect alternative - we went ashore for a coffee - and ended up buying
2kg fresh fish
from the restaurant - we went out in the dinghy
to the little fishfarm and chose our own - does not get fresher or tastier than that !
If any other cruisers find it impossible to tie off at the dock - this is a close-by alternative.
The next day we arrived in Orikum Marina - pleasant and clean.
Luigi , the owner was easy to deal with and we were greeted and shown an excellent spot with mooring
lines (I dont like dropping anchors in Marinas
BUT - I am now expected to pay more port fees
- another 30 EU ?
According to Luigi , Sarande is nothing to do with this place and I must pay again - even tho we are not even in the port , but south , far away from them ??? Has anybody else had this problem ?
We will be bussing to the capitol tomorrow - so will be able to update again after that.
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