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Location

This mainland harbour, just north of the island of Lefkas, guards the inland waters of the Gulf of Amvrakia.

(Photo from http://www.ionionmarine.com/)

Be careful to pick up the outer channel markers leading into Preveza. They are a fair distance offshore and can be difficult to see, especially with the heat haze off the land. More conspicuous is the airport tower with a large white ball on top just south of the entrance to Preveza.

The channel is marked with port and starboard channel markers, varying in quality. There are mud banks either side.

Beware of the current which will often be running through the buoyed channel (up to 3 knots!) and with a NW wind, this can create an unpleasant chop.

The car ferries very rarely run now across the channel, having been replaced by a tunnel.

Whilst it is rather a slog up the buoyed channel to get into Preveza, it is a useful stopover prior to or after transiting the Lefkas canal and has a lively café scene, particularly at night.

With three boatyards, this is a popular place for winter storage.

Position Position 38°57.39'N, 20°45.40'E (marina)

Clearance

For full details on clearing into our out of Greece see Greek Formalities.

The offices of the Port Police, Customs and Immigration are rather spread out, but the tourist office on the quay can provide a very useful map.

The entrance to the Port Police is behind the building they are located in - not easy to find (see yellow arrow on map)!

There no longer appears to be problems with the availability of DEKPA forms here.

Last updated April 2017.

Docking

Shelter in the harbour itself is good and Preveza can be a useful port of refuge should the weather turn bad. In strong SE winds there can be a surge here.

Town Quay

Mooring is free stern-to on the west town quay (yellow line on map) and the more northerly section in front of the cafés does have water & electricity columns. It can however get very noisy in the evenings on this part of the quay, so if wanting a quieter night choose a spot in the southern half or head to the marina. It can be uncomfortable here in easterlies or southerlies.

Marinas

Further to the north lies the town basin and Preveza Marina, with fixed concrete pontoons for yachts in addition to the usual long wall (green area on map). The marina has undergone an extensive renovation in recent times, and works are ongoing to improve facilities. Yachts tend to moor alongside. Shelter is good and the town centre is a 10 minute walk away. A lot of yachts prepare their boats here prior to hauling out at one of the boatyards on the other side of the bay.

The new Cleopatra marina is sited on the Aktion peninsula opposite Preveza. It's a more peaceful alternative to Preveza but for some might be a little isolated. Call ahead for a berth and advice (as it can be difficult manoeuvring here with the currents) on VHF Ch.67. There can be a surge in this marina with strong westerlies.

Anchoring

There is a well protected anchorage to the north of the harbour with good holding. It is open to the south east, but the prevailing wind here is from the NW.

The town is typically Greek and rather smart after receiving EU funding. It has many cafes, restaurants and shops.

Our thanks to Peter Ter Haar for the useful map.

Last updated June 2016.

Cleopatra Marina
Aktion, 30002, Vonitsa , P.O.Box 25, 48100 Preveza , Greece
Tel:+30 26820 23015 /013 Fax:+30 26820 21414 ,VHF Channel 67
38°57’,06 N 20°45’,55 E.
100 berths and visitors berths. Maximum length 30m. Laid moorings and marina staff to assist. All facilities, fuel, laundrette, showers, gas, chandlery, WiFi, ATM, mini-market, small cafe, accommodation, 24hr security.
Boatyard with 50 ton travel lift, 300 ton haulout facility and mast crane as well as full range of repair facilities, and a very large shore storage area. Owners are permitted to live aboard and work on their own boats on the hard.
Beware of the strong, confused currents at the entrance and by the fuel berth. Note, this marina/yard is rather isolated. There is a minibus/water taxi to Preveza every morning. Airport just 2km away.
Preveza Marina S.A
Tel:+30 2682 0230 95 ,VHF Channel Not in use
Opening hours: 0800-1500
Reservations accepted. Good water and electricity (16 amp 230 V) on all pontoons. Pontoons 4 & 5 now have lazy lines. Helpful marineros who speak English and can advise on repairs. Toilet and shower facilities under construction 2016. Large tarmac parking area, useful for folding sails etc. Ten minute walk into town.

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