I am not an expert but spent the last two summers in Italy. I think that most European boats are sail drives. Correct me if I am wrong but a saildrive does not have propwalk. I always went in bow first. I cut off the top rail of my bow pulpit and put a platform on the lower rail. It is sometimes hard to get on and off but I use the anchor as a step.
while there are a lot of saildrives, its not a huge percentage, many or most are still shaft. and saildrives do have lots of prop walk.
While bow in is easier. It really is a huge pain to gain access, often the dock
is low and the bow towers over it and getting on and off it. Very few European boats do it, some Scandinavians boats have very good custom setups on the bow, but for most sugar scoops , stern in is the only way really,
As to prop protection , with harbour walls etc yes , you have to be careful , most now though are floating or fixed marinas
docks, so there is no issue with rudder
Socially I like to talk to people. I do agree that in the past in places like some Greek island ports
, the public tended to stare up your "jacksey", but often or not now marinas
are more common and its less likely to happen.
I do think to many boaters try to do all the things simultaneously, throw stern lines, catch lasy lines etc. I reverse in , when I can I let the boat lie along side another, then at my leisure I rig the stern lines, I can keep the boat in position with the engine
Then I grap my lazy line feeder, I never have anyoine handling the lazy line as I reverse in , too easy to get it in the prop., as I said I tie on the stern lines , Then I let out slack on the stern lines and let the boat move out a bit, this eases lifting up the mooring
line. I tie that off ( or the crew does) and then a reverse in stretching the mooring
line and reset teh stern lines appropriately. IN deep water
marinas, like Gocek, its the only way as you can never tighten up the bow lines by hand
I then always disinfect my hands ( even with gloves), its not called the slime line for nothing.
A trick , If you are staying for a few days and maybe going in and out in the boat for a swim, etc, loop the lasy line along the guard rails and let the sun bleach it out. Much nicer then.