Vonitsa was founded by the Byzantines but was ruled by the Venetians between 1684 and 1797. It was they who built the castle. The town subsequently became a part of Greece after the war of Independence in 1832.
The dominant feature is the castle built on a hill overlooking the town. It is as overgrown and abandoned as at Parga and the visit was worth it for the exercise and not a lot else!
The town itself is quite small but popular with the locals, especially on the weekends! There is a small harbour which has aquired a collection of live-aboards trapped by the Coronavirus and now staying put as it is free to moor! The Town Quay is extensive and is probably a magnet for charter boats visiting for a night for the numerous water front restaurants and tavernas.
The reason for our visit was the castle and then to wait out some thunderstorms which were forecast. The castle was hardly worth the visit and the bad weather never materialised! But we did a fair bit of walking including a 4 km stroll along the coast to a small island which was home to the tiny Church of Agios Nektarios.
We had thought to explore further into the gulf but have decided to reduce that to a visit to Preveza with the intention of visiting Nicopolis, the ancient Roman city built after the Battle of Actium (31BC) when Octavian beat Anthony and Cleopatra. From Preveza we’ll head down to Lefkas.
The bad news for us is that charterers are arriving. One of our ex neighbours from Gouvia found himself a nice big bay on Ithaca to anchor in, only for a Charter catamaran with 10 people on it to anchor within 30 metres of him! Even here one charter boat turned up on Saturday and promptly laid his anchor directly across another boat’s chain on the Town Quay …. it wasn’t as if there was a problem with space!!!!