First time stern to beach anchoring!
Superb shingle beach mainly sheltered by ancient olive trees. Crystal clear waters and uncrowded when we were there.
But we did have a challenge to go for first …. anchoring stern-to beach! We never did this before. So first we had to decide how we were going to handle this! Who was going in the water to attach the line to the trees? Would you go swimming or go with the dinghy to the shore? And once the line was attached to the trees what was next? Well, this is how we did it! Robbert would do the lines which meant I had to do the steering of the boat, brrrrrrrr …….. First Robbert told me how to handle the boat as there was another boat next to us. And I had no intention to hit that beautiful monohull. So I wanted to be sure that I could handle this! Then we first dropped the anchor just somewhere. The boat was moving backward. When coming closer to the shore Robbert jumped in with 1 line and attached it to a tree which he had chosen before he went into the water. In the meantime, I was keeping the boat in place. Sweating all over but I managed! Robbert came back on board as soon as possible and then attached the next line to a tree. So the back lines were attached and the anchor in place. Now we could finalize the back lines and here we are! We did it! Good teamwork!
Foki is 1.5km from Fiskardo village, accessible by foot. The name comes from the frequent appearance of the monk seal (Fokia in Greek) Monachus Monachus. The beach is not organized and is ideal for those who love shade, tranquillity and pebbly beaches. This deep cove with a view across to Ithaca is surrounded by a thick forest of cypresses and olive trees, reaching down to the sea with emerald crystal waters. The beach has no facilities, but there is a nice taverna nearby. To the right, there is a path that leads to flat rocks, the best place for swimming and sunbathing.
Another interesting point is the large cave at the end of the bay which is over 100 meters deep. Top-quality stucco was mined there until the 1950s and loaded onto ships for export on the jetty beside the cave. You can swim, walk or go by dinghy to the cave. We went with the dinghy first and when you go inside you end up at a tiny pebbled ‘beach’. The cave is very dark. There no way you can attach the dinghy anywhere. You can pull it onto the pebbles which we did not do! We also walked to the cave but it’s a bit hilly and slippery here and there. We went into the cave but it’s pitch dark and we did not bring a torch.
This awesome short aerial film by www.freelance-holidays.co.uk shows the town of Fiskardo and Foki Beach.
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