Nisos Kalamos Travel Guide

  • Tilevoides Island complex
    Tilevoides Island complex
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  • Birds eye view on Porto Leone
    Birds eye view on Porto Leone
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  • Aghios Donatos
    Aghios Donatos
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Nisos Kalamos Things to Do

  • Too large for the quay !

    The water is very shallow along the small quay and only small yachts like ours, with a draught less than 1 meter can moor. Larger yachts, like the one shown on this series of photos have to remain in the middle of the bay. It stayed anchored only in the afternoon: their passengers obviously needed a restaurant in the evening and none was available...

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  • Olive press in Porto Leone

    A little further in the basement, left to the small boat, there was a heavily rusted press. As it was close to the oil mill, it must have been used to press out of the crushed olives any oil that would have been left by the mill. However, the device to put together the crushed olives and collect the oil was missing.

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  • Olive mill in Porto Leone

    The basement of one of the houses was not closed and we could have a look at an olive mill with three millstones that was still ready to work. There was also a modern amphora to collect the oil (first photo).It was not only ready to work but could actually work and the millstones could roll (photo 2). There was also a small boat (left) waiting to...

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  • The main street of Porto Leone

    The “main street” of Porto Leone is coated with concrete. Most houses are in good condition and securely locked. They have not been abandoned in a hurry and I can guess that their owners, though leaving on the other side of the earth, plan to come back some time. Though, we have never seen any local wandering in the village.

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  • Early morning in Porto Leone

    Early morning, just after sunrise, there is no wind and the surface of the water is perfectly still. Sailboats need wind. Wind will not blow before the end of the morning, so there is no hurry to wake up and most of the crew will not get up soon.

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  • Sunset in Porto Leone

    Alone at last at sunset! Luckily, each time we visited, no other boat remained to spend the night. This allowed us to have ouzo together on the quay and to light a camp fire. The campfire was not to cook our dinner: we had not fished anything edible and dinner was a freshly made Greek salad together with a bottle of retsina wine. That was a great...

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  • Over Porto Leone

    The first photo shows that besides Porto Leone/Kefali, there was another part of the village on the heights. Obviously, it had been abandoned longer ago that then the sea side part.On the second photo, we were surprised to find a small flock of a dozen sheeps roaming on their own. There must be somewhere water freely available for them.The third...

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  • Birds eye view on Porto Leone

    Climbing by a steep path allows to get a birds eye view on the village. On one of our visits, we decided to hike to Kalamos village, only 5 km as the crow flies. There is an excellent pass that follows the shore, sometimes at sea level and sometimes a little higher above and the walking distance was not much more than 6 or 7 km. On arrival at...

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  • Almost a paradise !

    The village has been completely abandoned by its inhabitants after the 1954 earthquake destroyed most of it. Most of the inhabitants have left for Australia. It seems that the situation has not changed since our visits in the 80s and that it is still uninhabited. However, I have read that a taverna has been opened in 2004 but the information is not...

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  • Porto Leone

    Porto Leone, on the southeast coast of the island, is a unique place where I have been several times. It is the best shelter on the island but a small one. Amazingly, it is better known under its Venetian name, Porto Leone, than under its Greek name, Kefali.

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  • Episkopi

    Sailing along the Northeast coast of Kalamos, on our way to Meganisi, I spotted this large ruined building near the scattered houses of the small village of Episkopi. I found later that it was the ruins of Castle Monastery with only the outer walls still standing. These walls bear the remnant of arches (not seen, on the inner side). I have read...

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  • Aghios Donatos

    The little beach of Aghios Konstantinos is really secluded. In the middle of the beach, almost at water level stands a small church dedicated to Aghios Donatos, a saint encountered mainly in the Ionian Islands. The church is built in stone with a ceramic tile roof and stands alone among the pine trees.The first photo shows the church from a short...

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Nisos Kalamos Restaurants

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    by JLBG Written Aug 30, 2008

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    Last time we visited Porto Leone, it was still completly uninhabited. However, I have read that a small restaurant had now opened in one of the houses. This is very recent as it should have opened in summer 2007 but I have not checked if this is true and hence have no idea about the quality and the price of the meals.

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