LatitudeLat 36° 36' 54'' N
LongitudeLong 24° 56' 58'' E
Telephone+30 22860 41530
Minimum Draught4 m
Maximum Draught5 m
Sea Bottomssand and rocks
ShelterNorth, West, South
Near AnchoragesThe bay of the harbour
BansPlease do not obstruct the inner part of breakwaters final section (ferry terminal)
Dangersrock at 5 metres east of the dock
Weather Forecast Service
Further ServicesFuel stations on the dock seem not to work (summer 2015)
Policandro is a "pearl" in the archipelago of Cyclades. Little far from Ios and Sikinos, the inlet has been recently discovered by mass tourism but it still preserves its natural beauty and calmness.
Small, bare and mountainous, Policandro offers a wonderful landscape, beautiful beaches and tasty traditional dishes: an ideal place where to relax and enjoy very pleasant walks.
The county seat of the island is Chora, a traditional village with white irregular picturesque cots, sometimes even crooked, decorated with bougainvillea and hibiscus trees, which seem to be stuck one on each other. Narrow and curvy lanes trace some paths inside the village and around the fortress; every corner hides a surprise, something evocative, always surrounded by breath-taking sights on the sea.
Just outside Chora, whithin walking distance, there is the church of Panaghia Paliokastro. Here, the visitor can enjoy some breath-taking sights. Under the church but reachable only from the sea, and, unfortunately, closed to the public, there is the golder cave, rich of stalactites and ancient rock inscriptions. Red Beard is said to have hidden his treasure here.... but it hasn't ever found and we suggest to not try to look for it!
The only harhour of Policandro island is located in Karavostasis, about 4 km sout-east of Chora. The harbour, Chora and the only populated area of the island (Pano Meria) are linked by a single road. Karavostasis is a small fishing village; at the same time, since it is the arrival point of tourist ferries and the departure one of the boats which take tourists to the most beautiful beaches of the island, it offers lots of services: hotels, coffee bars, shops. The dock is the starting point to Chora. A beautiful sandy beach is near the village.
The marina is easy to find and well-sheltered, except for strong eastern winds. The terminal part of breakwaters is reserved for ferries, while boats can use the dock in front of the village and the small quay south of breakwaters. The dock can host up to 10 boats. In case of strong southern winds, we recommend the quay, where the draught reaches 4 metres.
The sea bottom is sandy and rocky, with a not excellent grip.
50 metres east of the quay a rock is signaled but many other don't figure on maps, so be careful when you enter the bay.
The marina is provided with water and electric charging columns, even if latest news report that they don't work.