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Boat tour to Kalandos

If you like boating, you can join one of the many boat trips from Naxos town or from Ágia Ánna, mostly to the south coast of Naxos and to Koufonísi. We choose the boat Iason and the trip from Ágia Ánna to the bay of Rína, with four shorter stops for swimming and one longer break with barbecue in Kalandós.

Near Mikrí Vígla we pass these beautiful rocks where some shags are sitting in the sun after diving for fish.

The rounded rocks consist of granodiorite.

On a larger islet stands a small chapel.

After the cape of Alykó, where the boat anchors for some time so that the passengers can swim for a while, we pass the settlement of Agiassós. In the middle background you can see the steep mountain of Apalírou on which lie the ruins of a large Byzantine fortress, to which the bay of Agiassós served as a harbor. On the far right of the picture Mount Zas, the highest mountain of Naxos, is visible.

After Agiassós the south coast is mostly uninhabited. We pass this picturesque cliff.

The southwest end of Naxos is lonely, dry and barren. On the mountain slopes grows an open maquis of Phoenicean juniper.

near the southern tip of Naxos

We first pass the large bay of Kalandós and continue to the bay of Rína.

rocky coast near Rína

Several other yachts and cruise boats are already moored in the bay – no longer an insider tip.

our boat

At the large, sheltered bay of Kalandós with a new pier there is a two-hour break during which the crew prepares and serves food: Meat skewers, salad and tzatziki.

our boat Iason at the pier in Kalandós

The bay of Kalandós has a long, beautiful sand beach. Behind it lies a large wetland area with reeds and rushes.

In the reed (Phragmites australis) breed moorhens and reed warblers (common and great reed warbler). At this time of year, however, nothing can be seen of these species.

Despite the little rainfall in winter, the small stream that flows into the sea next to the pier has some water. We find a Balkan pond turtle.

The pond turtle is found on Naxos in several rivers that have water all year round and at some estuaries. It lives also in brackish water and can survive dry periods buried in the mud.

Blaue Schwimmkrabbe, Callinectes sapidus
In the river we also find some individuals of the Atlantic blue crab, an invasive species coming from America. This species often lives in brackish water and even in the fresh water of estuaries. With a dorsal shield of up to 20 cm width the Atlantic blue crab ist quite large, and it is also very aggressive: When we hold a twig within reach they snap at it with their pinces – accordingly, we refrain from trying to catch one.

Calomera littoralis
On the sandy beach we find many tiger beetle of the species Calomera littoralis. These restless beetles fly up before us as we walk along the beach. They have dark brown, slightly coppery elytra (hard forewings not used for flying) with characteristic white spots, the foremost of which is C-shaped. The beetles are predators feeding on small insects. The larvae live in holes they dig in the sand, waiting there for small prey.

a mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus) on the beach

At 5 pm we arrive back in Ágia Ánna tired and a bit sun-roasted, but satisfied.


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