Thermal Delights.

Another short 20nm hop and we were in Loutra, a very cute little town on the West coast. Kithnos is Greek for Thermal Island and we were intrigued to see the hot thermal hot springs on this island.

King Otto, Greece’s first King, built an institute there to make use of the thermal hot springs. Its pretty run down so we satisfied ourselves with the rock pool at the far end of the beach, which the hot springs run into.

The town is very small, nothing much there except for a group of restaurants that line the water. The wall is really small so our plan to leave early and get there early worked a treat. And it was 6 euro for the night including water and electricity – bargain.

Next day we left for Ormos Kolona (Sand Bar Bay) – a place I’d visited last year – but this year it was buzzing with boats and people swimming and sunning themselves off the sandbar that separates two bays and provides a stunning backdrop, with yachts in both bays. We spent a couple of days there, with two lines ashore waiting out another (short) meltemi. The water was exquisite and the view from the restaurant looking down the sandbar superb. I was nice to chill out for a few days.

With the Meltemi over, it was time to head south to Sefinos and then to Paros.

We got to Sefinos early, but not early another to get a spot on the very small wall. So we decided to anchor off the beach, which turned out to be a good option as it was a very nice sandy beach. As you sail into Livadhi, Serifos’ main town, you are struck by the beauty of the Chora, with its gleaming white houses, on the hill behind it. The walk up there is a must do at sunset, all the way to the blue and white church on the very top of the 585m hill. The habour views are once again spectacular.

Sefinos was where we said goodbye to Karin who was off back to Uraguay. The number of women on board had dwindled down to 2!

Next stop was Paros to pick up Dale and Karen, where the boy/girl ratio would tip a bit more in my favour.

For photos of Kithnos see

For photos of Serifos see