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An interesting port, approached by a long canal, set amid shallow salt marshes on the northern shore of the Gulf of Patras. Famous in Greek history due to its heroic fight for the country's independance in the 19th century. Lord Byron, the poet, supported this struggle and is buried here. It is a thriving Greek working town with few tourists.

The town is an interesting place to visit with very welcoming locals. They have a unique national festival in April as well as the “No" Day on October 28th.

Useful feedback on what to do here in comments section at bottom of page.

Approach

Keep to the middle of the canal to avoid the shallows to the east. It is dredged to 6m if one keeps to the centre. It's important to keep between the buoys coming in from seaward.

Winds can be flukey in this port, so watch out for sudden gusts.

Facilities

Messolonghi Marina and Boatyard have been in the middle of a license dispute for over 12 months. However this appears to be almost resolved and the marina should be open once again as normal, taking summer and winter bookings from June 2018. See comment at bottom of page with letter from the marina.

Position 38°19.57' N, 21°24.93' E (canal entrance)

Clearance

The Port Police office here like all new arrivals to visit their office.

Port Police
Tel:+30 26310 22714 Fax:+30 26310 22096
Check in here and pay berthing fees.

Docking

Town Quay

It is possible to berth at the southern end of the town quay (stern-to with bow anchor) for around €10 per night. The visitors area is marked with green stripes - rafting-up is the norm here in the high season. Avoid in a west wind when it can get uncomfortable here. No facilities and no security except one water tap near the port office.

Anchoring

The anchorage in the harbour is protected in all weathers with plenty of room and good holding. It is possible to anchor free in the lagoon, keeping clear of the centre in case of commercial shipping movements.

It is not permitted to berth on the fisherman's quay.

There are four chandleries here (a good one in the marina office building).

During the summer, the loud disco music might be a disincentive to remain here for long!

Marina

Visiting yachts use the detached pontoon. Every boat has access to water, electric, hot showers (if you avoid the rush hours) and toilets ashore. The pontoons are wide and are gated, however, most of the time the gates are left open so it's only marginally more secure than the public quay.

The marina are now taking bookings for the summer and winter season. A reservation must be made if you are planning on booking long-term.

Security

Thefts have been reported from boats on the public quay and there have been thefts from boats at anchor too. Therefore appropriate security measures should be taken to ensure nothing of value is visible or unsecured on deck, and the boat is locked at all times.

Report any theft to the Hellenic Coast Guard on
Tel; +30 26310 51211 / Fax: 51121

Last updated April 2018.

Messolonghi Marina
Port of Messolonghi , 30200 Messolonghi, , Greece
Tel:+30 26310 50190 / Mob.+30 6945 33 41 71 Fax:+30 26310 24886 ,VHF Channel 69
Position 38°21’,68 N 21°25’,60 E.
The marina is situated in the lagoon south west of Messolonghi town, and is approached by a long, dredged and marked channel from the Gulf of Patras. Once inside the lagoon, keep clear of the small green buoys marking the shallows to the east, and proceed towards the marina situated on the western side of the lagoon.
A new marina with all modern facilities, WiFi, pump-out-facilities, laundry, boatyard & travel hoist, chandlery, mini-market, cafe. Friendly staff and a good live-aboard crowd. BBQ most Sundays. 15 minute walk from the city centre. Water and electric on the pontoons.
Port Authority of Mesolongi
Port Office , 302 00 Mesolongi
Tel:+30 26310 51121/ 22404

KURT COB
KURT COB says:
Aug 24, 2018 10:34 AM

very good prices at the town port( north and east side), we paid only 13 euros for two nights (10 meters boat).
if someone wants to stay there only 2-3 nights i strongly recommend the town port.. it has free water too!!

jcbureau
jcbureau says:
Apr 15, 2018 03:24 PM

Things finally seem to improving in Messolonghi. Hopefully Mr Menen will win the legal battle and keep corruption out...

Chris

Messolonghi, 04 April 2018
Dear friends and guests of Messolonghi Marina,
Another six months have passed, after our last newsletter. Finally, the inter-ministerial council KESPA took a positive decision for the overall license. Our last documents were already submitted in October 2017, but only a few weeks ago the last members were installed and the council could convene…..
Anyway, after four years, we have reached the final stage of the licensing procedure. It is now in the hands of the ministries to put the last signatures.
We expect this process to be finished within the next 5-6 weeks.
For sure the Marina will be open again for the Summer and Winter season.
Many of our guests, that had to leave the marina, are asking when they can return. Because our mooring places are still limited, we would like to make an inventory of the number of boats that want to stay again in the marina.
Therefore I kindly request, anyone who intends to return to Messolonghi (Summer and/or Winter season), to send us a short email.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience. We will keep you informed.

Best regards,
Jo Mennen
General Manager
Messolonghi Marina

Sunrise
Sunrise says:
Aug 03, 2017 07:59 AM

Just been to Messolonghi. There's also a nice restaurant in the harbour: Sunset. Same owner has also a restaurant in town: The Rooster's Egg. For eating fresh fish this is a good place. Got also a great tip: take your dingy up the river. Beautiful nature and cows that drink salt water.

waynedchill
waynedchill says:
Jul 02, 2017 02:31 PM

We have just had a great 5 day stop anchored in the Harbour. Heaps to do. Great town layout with a focus on pedstrian access. Good general shopping and
marine shops. The community run gallery/museum in the old townhall is excellent and a guided walk thru helped us consolidate our understanding of Greek independece. Several smaller museums as well. Car hire is available search 'Advance'. Local 20km trips can include the now landlocked ancient theatre and ship building sheds at Oiniades and Ancient capital of the city state at Plevron or Plevrona. Both sites excellently interpreted in Greek and English are open till 1500 except when closed on Mondays. Amazing views crom Plevron . Bird watching(its an international Ramsar site) trips by boat plane bicyle or car.Good swimming near town or out nearthe head of the lagoons. We werere adised by Ioannis and Konstantina from 'Discover Messalonghi'. Office is just off the back of the main square. You will not find nicer, more helpful young Greek people than these two and its inspiring to see their enthusiasm for whats a relatively new venture. Get off the boat in a storm proof anchorage and check out a unique and accessible part of Greece!

sjusefine
sjusefine says:
Mar 29, 2017 04:10 PM

Please find the Newsletter 01-2017 from Messolonghi Marina:

Messolonghi, 29 March 2017

Dear guests and friends of Messolonghi Marina,


With this letter, we want to give you an update on the current situation in the Marina.
As you all know, the past winter was quiet dramatically for the Marina, because we could not lift any boat on land, and even for the launching of boats we face difficulties.

After a delay of again 3-4 months, because of wrong information of a public organization, finally on Friday, 10 March, the local Port Authority (not the Port Police), who is responsible for the land and the sea area, took a positive decision for the Marina.

The bad news is, that due to the ongoing complaints of some people, now the Port Police is not only checking the lifting and launching, but also the boats that want to sail into the marina.
This means, that for the moment we cannot accept new agreements and even cannot extend agreements for boats that will sail and want to come back to the marina.

For boats that need (underwater) service, we arranged with the Port Authority from Patras, that boats from Messolonghi Marina can be lifted in their Patras facilities.
Please contact the office if you want to make use of this service.

Although we are very optimistic, we think that it will take at least until the Summer before all license procedures have finished.
We strongly believe that this year will be the start of a new era for the Marina and with this for Messolonghi.

On behalf of the staff I thank you all for your loyalty, patience and understanding.

We will keep you informed on all developments.

Best regards,

Jo Mennen
General Manager

sstapleton
sstapleton says:
Jun 22, 2016 07:25 AM

We are in the marina now, and found good rates for a one-month stay, even in the "season." Water is 50 cents per 100 liters, and electricity is 32 cents per kilowatt. The marina staff is friendly, although the marineros seem to be of varying competence, some are quite good, others not so much. There is a good chandlery in the building with the marina office, and others in town. The small grocery store in the same building is handy and reasonable, if limited in selection. The town has everything, including a large Carrefours, but the smallish restaurant/bar in the marina is quite good. We are comfortable leaving the boat here for a couple weeks, and there is service(though not cheap) directly to the Athens airport. We see boats anchored off the marina, so difficulties over that seem to have been resolved.

Wdragon
Wdragon says:
Sep 07, 2015 02:36 PM

We are considering to leave our catamaran during the winter on the dry at the Marina but heard a few negative comments? Anybody been there recently? thanks

Dico van Ooijen
Dico van Ooijen says:
Aug 17, 2015 12:02 PM

the town quay is not completely free, we payed € 7,- for a 12 meter boat to the harbour authority. It is about 1/4 of the price of the Marina.

Solcina79
Solcina79 says:
May 20, 2015 06:09 PM

It is a very friendly marina ehere live a lot of world cruissers... Good laundry where you can leave and take books, panos is the owner of the shop market in the marina... The town is very near and you can find some nautical shops. It is a beautiful place

Troldand
Troldand says:
Nov 13, 2014 04:33 PM

It is worth while mentioning that there are four candlers in Messolonghi one of them (Dimitris at Way-Point a very nice and helpful man who keeps reasonable prices)is also representing sail-maker and rigger in Lefkada. Thus Messolonghi might be a good place to obtain these services (with it's large 'free of charge' Town Quay as opposed to the expensive marina in Lefkada).

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 10, 2014 03:17 PM

Posted on behalf of Peter Ter Haar, SY Funny Girl:
We visited Messolonghi 2 weeks ago, they just raised the visitors price to 1,75 €/meter. So we had to pay for a 2 night stay 52€.
There is a chandlery now, with reasonable stock, and a grocery store where you can get basic things, fruit, vegetables, orders for bread. Also in that shop you can buy cleaning stuff for boats.
A yacht club / bar with friendly people is also active, they have a car service to the city center if you eat in their restaurant in the city.
Water and electricity with keycards.
For one night you can anchor in the bay or go to the town quay (with west winds not comfortable).
There is Port Police and even if one is in the Marina you have to go to their office 10 minutes walk. We did not go and up to now we have not been arrested.
It is possible to arrange special taxi prices to Athens, also there is a public bus service from town to Athens.
It's a 20 minute walk to the center.

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