This natural bay is the only safe place (all weather protection) on Albanian South Coast. It is about 25 nm north of Sarandë.
The place has a strong history and is still used as a military base.
There is a high concrete pier just behind the small island/fort. It is used by local fishing boats but you can usually use it as well. Berthing is free of charge, but there is no facilities (no shower, shore power, etc). Freshwater can be brought by truck from Himarae and there is a small taverna on the main road.
Approaches: Palermos Lighthouse (see picture on the right) sits on the south cap, so leave it on Starboard when entering. Head for the north end of the small island and you will discover the pier. Waters are reported clear & deep in the Bay.
Attention: The south part of the bay has a lot of fish cultures. The northest corner is still an activ military base and is out of bound. Don't attempt to moor/anchor their! Entry is guarded!
At night, the Bay is theatre of very strong local wind, falling from the mountains. They can reach up to 30 knts. Mooring is best done before sunset.
More info & chart: http://www.goodanchorage.com/anchorage/porto-palermo
- Jun. 1, 2015
Warning of pirate agent
Porto Palermos is a state owned and a free port. Beware of pirate agent acting illegally their.