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Sailing Greece - Saronic Gulf

Updated: May 6

Embarking on a catamaran from Alimos Marina, Athens, Greece Saronic Gulf

Located within the expansive Aegean Sea, the Greek islands attract visitors with their historical significance and natural beauty. Among these islands, the Saronic Gulf is notable for its calm waters, scenic landscapes, and rich cultural heritage. Embarking on a sailing excursion in the Saronic Gulf offers opportunities for exploration, with each island boasting unique historical sites and cultural attractions waiting to be uncovered.

Acropolis Hill and the Parthenon, Athens, Greece
Change of the guards by the Greek Parliament, Athens, Greece

Begin your odyssey from Athens, the vibrant capital of Greece, where modernity meets ancient wonders. It is highly recommended to go on a land tour for a day or two, to explore the world's famous landmarks, to name a few: the Acropolis Hill and the Parthenon, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium - where the first modern Olympic games took place and viewing of the change of the guards in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Greek Parliament. The Saronic Gulf lies just a stone's throw away, promising a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.


Most charter companies around Athens are located in the Alimos/Glyfada area and in Lavrion. Should you wish to embark from a less crowded port, you can drive 2-3 hours west on the Peloponnese Peninsula to Porto Heli or Kalamata.


Aegina blue cave, Saronic Gulf, Greece

Aegina:

Aegina, the largest island in the Saronic Gulf. Renowned for its pistachio groves and neoclassical architecture, Aegina exudes a laid-back vibe that instantly puts you at ease. Drop anchor in the sheltered bay of Agia Marina and explore the island's rich cultural heritage, from the ancient temple of Aphaia to the crumbling ruins of the medieval town. Like pistachios? Don't miss getting the famously delicious pistachio butter!


Sailing a catamaran into Skala harbor, Agistri, Saronic Gulf, Greece

Agistri:

Located to the west of Aegina, Agistri is a hidden gem. Despite its relatively small size, Agistri captivates visitors with its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush green landscapes. The island is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering opportunities for hiking through pine-scented forests, cycling along scenic coastal roads, and snorkeling in secluded coves. The charming villages of the island allow visitors to immerse themselves in the island's laid-back atmosphere and sample traditional Greek cuisine at waterfront tavernas. You can either anchor on the southwest tip of the island, at a gorgeous sheltered cove, or up on the northeast tip - by Skala.


Poros, Saronic Gulf, Greece

Poros:

Poros, a verdant oasis embraced by crystal-clear waters. The charming town, with its whitewashed buildings cascading down the hillsides, invites you to wander through narrow cobblestone streets lined with bougainvillea and jasmine. Don't miss the chance to hike to the Clock Tower for panoramic views of the Gulf, or indulge in freshly caught seafood at one of the waterfront tavernas.


Hydra:

Octopuses drying in the sun, Hydra, Saronic Gulf, Greece

Hydra emerges on the horizon like a fairytale vision, its stone mansions and colorful fishing boats creating a picture-perfect backdrop. Motor vehicles are banned on this car-free island, preserving its old-world charm and tranquil atmosphere. Spend your days exploring hidden coves, swimming in secluded bays, or strolling along the waterfront promenade, where artists and musicians gather to showcase their talents. In the 1950s and 1960s Hydra captivated the soul of a community of expatriate artists such as celebrated Norwegian novelist Axel Jensen, Australian writers Charmian Clift and George Johnston, and Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.


Neptune's Daughter sculpture in Spetses, Saronic Gulf, Greece

Spetses:

Spetses awaits with its aristocratic mansions and pine-clad hillsides. The island is steeped in history, having played a pivotal role in the Greek War of Independence. Visit the House of Bouboulina, the home of the legendary heroine who led the island's resistance against the Ottoman Empire, or take a leisurely carriage ride to explore the island's scenic beauty. Anchor on the northeast tip of the island, by a town named Kouzounos. Adjacent to the anchorage you will find a beautiful sculpture garden, where you can see the famous Neptune's Daughter sculpture.


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