The anchorages on Skhinousa:
For small boats, the port at Mersini on the island of Schinoussa is hailed as one of the safest and best protected in the Aegean Sea. Mersini is Schinoussa’s main port, so landing here certainly has its advantages in terms of refreshing your stocks and some basic home comforts.
It is on the small side, so numbers are limited and manoeuvring or simply finding a spot can get difficult in the fuller summer months. Although slightly exposed to occasional southerly gusts, swell is minimal even during Meltemi winds and little is felt even as the ferry passes through.
Anchoring nearer to the beach is often best due to the daily ferry using the quay itself. You can get good holding close to the beach in 3-5m. In autumn, wind can quickly change direction so bringing a second anchor and shoreline is advised.
There are no electricity ports anywhere. It is possible to buy water from a local service for around 5 euros by calling the phone number on the terminal. The charge for using the port is usually around 10 euros.
On your approach into the cove at Mersini be sure to capture some snaps of the small chapel on the western side.
History of Mersini
Step into pirate legend with a visit to cave Maniatis, not far from the port at Mersini.
Legend has it a medieval pirate tried to steal from the Panagia Akathi church but was confused by a ghostly vision. He believed the icon of the Virgin Mary was watching him and subsequently fell to his death in the caves beneath.
Things to Do
Mersini village holds a small festival in early December every year in honour of the protector of sailors, Agios Nikolaos (St Nicholas).
Chora, the largest settlement and main village of Schinoussa is less than a mile away, a nice walk and ample opportunity to stretch those legs. After all, you’ll probably be using them a lot!