Perfectly situated within a short sail from Athens, in the sheltered Argosaronic Gulf, lie scattered some little gems, ideal for short trip explorations while island hopping between Attica Region and the NE coasts of Peloponnese. With starting point Kalamaki Marina/ Alimos Marina, give in to Greek island hopping a wind’s blow away from Athens. The Saronic islands, are family friendly yet cosmopolitan destinations, where one can feel the essence of nobility of a past era in the air or experience the ambience of a traditional fishing village. Small ports and bays dotted with vessels of all kinds, await you to enjoy short sailing escapes in comfort.
Greek Island Hopping - Saronic Islands
Located at approximately 22 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus, the smallest island of the Saronic Islands cluster is a call to charm. Coasts embraced by lush greenery, gently kissed by deep blue waters, this tiny island of 11,7 square km and only 1.142 inhabitants, is inviting for endless hours of basking in pristine beaches accessible only by boat, scuba diving on the west coast to discover ancient relics from the prehistoric era, hiking among dense pine tree forests and get away of it all.
Located 35,5 nautical miles from Piraeus port and separated by a narrow passage of water from the Peloponnesian town of Galatas, Poros is a verdant volcanic island comprised of two smaller islets. The two islets, Kalavria and Sfera are connected by a slender isthmus cut by a canal for small boats and rejoined by a bridge. Approaching with your chartered yacht or sailing boat, witness the scenic town amphitheatrically descending to the turquoise waters of the Argosaronic Sea, reflecting its unique charm. Sailing from Poros to Hydra island, you will meet Tselevinia islets, featuring an old castle and a remote beach of unique beauty.
Remember Sophia Loren gathering sponges on a Greek island? It was “Boy on a dolphin” movie in Hydra Island. So picturesque, noble and cosmopolitan, this island has served not only a cinematic backdrop for many movies, but also has inspired great painters such as Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall. Imagine, steep and rocky scenery against a noble setting with bright-coloured renovated mansions, a rich historic and cultural past reflected in every corner, amazing pebbly beaches and magical sea bottom. Hydra hosts two annual regattas that mark the beginning and end of the racing season, in March and October.
A popular sailing itinerary, wonderfully scenic and mind travelling. Maintaining its traditional colour with blue domed churches, tiny houses, cobblestone alleys and walls covered with bougainvilleas, Aegina is calling for great walks in relaxed ambience and unforgettable dining experiences with the freshest fish. Do not miss the chance to sail to the nearby Moni islet, a verdant green getaway exactly opposite from Perdika village.
Although the westernmost among the Saronic islands, Spetses is the most cosmopolitan one, well worth the sail. Drop anchor in the Old Harbour and let the essence of a past era dominate your perception of time, among the old Captains' mansions. Cobblestone paths, verdant scenery with deep-shaded pinewoods, beaches with crystal clear waters, mansions of unique architecture, the carriages and the absence of cars, create an ambience of old times.