These islands are the closest to Athens, lying between Attica and Argolis.
Each one has a specific character, either for the landscape,
the history or the architecture.
It is an itinerary for the whole family favorable for every guest.
The Saronic Gulf allows most of the time a peaceful sailing,
as the climatic conditions there are mild.
Embarkation is in Alimos, a.k.a Kalamaki,
a marina offering great facilities and nearby the center of Athens.

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Aegina

The  island is mostly frequented by Athenians due to its proximity from Athens.
You will love to walk and admire the neoclassical architecture of the old houses.
Three ports are open to charterers:
The port of Aegina, the main port, where you can enjoy fish and seafood at the Agora taverna in the alleyways behind the fish market.

In the small fishing port in Perdika, in the Southwest, you can find some beautiful protected bays, which allow the anchorage. Opposite of Perdika, the small island of Moni offers a special charm, with its creek and thick vegetation, populated by Kri Kri (wild goats), deers and peacocks. Avoid staying overnight, except in case of total calmness.
The small port (dock) of Agia Marina in the East, below the temple of Aphaia; Be careful with the anchorage, in case of swell, it can be a little uncomfortable.
The island itself, planted with pines and pistachio trees, is of major archeological interest, with its temple of Apollo and the sanctuary of Aphaia, which formed a sacred triangle with the temple of Poseidon at Sounio and the Parthenon.

 

Aigine

angistri

 

In the South East, the island of Angistri, entirely covered with pine forests, will please the lovers of nature and tranquility. It has a port in the North. In the West there are bays of anchorage, and in the South-West, a creek quite deep but protected by the island of Dorousa.

Between Angistri and the island of Aegina, the small deserted island of Metopi is a refuge for thousands of seagulls.

Avoid being attracted by their singing / shouting because funds around Metopi are shallow and can be hazardous.

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Epidaurus

On the East coast of the Peloponnese, opposite of Aegina and of the peninsula of Methana, you can find Epidaurus. We recommend a stop at Ancien Epidaurus (Palaia Epidavros).
A peninsula separates two very pleasant bays. The North Bay is occupied by a port where you can stay at the dock, and a small town. Visit the small theater, more modest than the great archaeological site, but quite interesting.
In the large bay in the South of the peninsula, you can stay anchored and admire the ruins of a harbor, engulfed by the explosion of the Methana volcano. In this bay, do not miss the excellent restaurant Mouria, on the seafront.
Of course, if you have enough time, an excursion is necessary to the magnificent site of the theater of Epidaurus, where every summer (July – August) take place spectacles of the Antiquity, in the amphitheater that is more than 2000 years old.

Ancient Greek theater

Hydra

It is a very dry, rocky island of austere and proud beauty. Its rocky coast, inhospitable to the boats was an asset for the island and served in its defense.
The arrival in the bay of Hydra is worth a look.
The harbor, the hills and the beautiful dwellings of the former ship-owners built in tiers form a colored amphitheater, where you can move only by foot or on the back of a donkey. Any motorized vehicle is formally proscribed in this labyrinth of narrow alleys and stairs.
The main port is very small and to dock, you have to get there very early or dock in second or third series. Otherwise, you will have to go to Mandraki, to the east of the port, where you can anchor.
Bypassing the island by the Southwest, you can anchor in the bay of Molos (and take an excursion to the village of Episkopi). There is also the possibility of making a stopover at Dokos, an uninhabited island.
Hydra like Spetses, was strongly engaged in the war of independence against the Turks, and the inhabitants are proud of their history and their identity.
Hydra is today a cosmopolitan island, with interesting museums, art exhibitions and artists’ appointments. For the record, late Leonard Cohen bought a house in Hydra and spent many summers there.

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Poros

The island is divided by an isthmus into two unequal parts, Spheria and Kalavria, and separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow channel. The bay of Poros between the Argolis and the island itself is large and very well protected.
The very close presence of the land often gives the impression of sailing on land. Henry Miller in his memories of Poros wrote: “if there is a dream which I like above all, is the one to navigate on earth.”
The port is very large and offers plenty of space, and the vast bay many anchor points.
On Spheria, spreads the city of Poros, with the composite charm harmoniously combining neoclassical houses and Cycladic architecture. The Clock Tower, a magnificent monument dating from 1927 is a landmark in the city.
Kalavria, much larger, is surrounded by greenery, pine forests, olive groves and extensive lemon plantations with amazing perfumes. You can also find there the beautiful sandy beaches of Mikro Neorio and Megalo Neorio.

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Spetses

Upon arrival at Spetses, one can moor at the marina Baltiza of the old port, or at Dapia, where the places are however restricted.
Called in antiquity “Pityoussa”, meaning “planted with pines”, Spetses still justifies its old name since the greater part of the island is covered with pines of Aleppo. It is a very green and very flowery island.
The city imposes itself by the elegance of its architecture, its aristocratic side, the picturesque charm of its streets cluttered with bougainvillea, jasmines, hibiscus.
Walk through the Dapia (the quays), the old port, the squares and the courtyards paved with pebble mosaics. Enjoy the pleasure of a horse-drawn carriage ride. These “carriages” act as a taxi and circulate throughout the day. Indeed, cars are banned in the city.
Spetses offers very elegant restaurants and clubs, and the nightlife is lively.
A great female figure of Independence: Bouboulina reigns over the island.
She was the first female admiral in history, to devote all her fortune in arming ships to fight the Turkish occupation.
Every year, takes place in Spetses the regatta of classic yachts (traditional wooden boats, schooners, etc …) at the end of June / beginning of July.
The most beautiful beaches are in the West: Agia Paraskevi, Agioi Anargiroi, Ligoneri and Zogeria.

Sail yacht in Spetses

Methana

Originaly created from a volcano, the Methana Peninsula is worth visiting if you are looking for a peaceful corner. Very mountainous and green you can moor either on the West side on the main port at the dock in front of the hotel Saronis or on the East side in the small bay of Vathi.
The city of Methana has this feeling of being frozen in time as the rythm there is very peaceful and quiet.
A few minutes walk from the dock you can enjoy a bath in the therapeutical hot springs.
An experience not to be missed!

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Ermione

Located in the South of the Argolis Region, Ermioni is a small quiet fishing village.
You can moor either on the West side at the dock or anchor in the small creek just in front of the harbor, both are good shelter from the North – North West winds.
It is not such a touristic village but you will find nevertheless authentic tavernas and coffeeshops by the seaside where you can relax and feel the simple and authentic charms of Greek hospitality.

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Suggested itineraries in the Saronic Gulf

One week in the Saronic

One week in the Saronic
Departure from Alimos

Aegina, Hydra, Spetses, Poros, Perdika or Moni (Aegina) and back to Alimos’s marina

One week in the Argosaronic Gulf

One week in the Saronic
Departure from Alimos

Aggistri, Epidaurus, Poros, Ermione, Hydra, Aegina and back to Alimos’s marina

Two weeks in the Argosaronic Gulf

Two weeks in the Argosaronic Gulf
Departure from Alimos

Aegina, Hydra, Monemvasia, Kyparissi, Leonidio, Astros, Nauplie, Drepano, Spetses, Poros and back to Alimos’s marina

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