Greece is a year round destination for sailing and autumn is perhaps the best time to take advantage of its beauty, especially in the Saronic Gulf, with its calm waters and mild weather conditions. Sheltered by Attica’s mainland, the region is a superb yachting destination, boasting a scattering of picturesque islands as well as coastal attractions.
|The Saronic Islands Of Greece|
Why not use our sea map in order to take advantage of the best that the Saronic has to offer, with Athens as your starting point:
HYDRASet your compass straight for Hydra, a jewel in the sparkling Saronic. As you approach this quintessential little Greek island, just one hour away from Athens, you will fall in love with its terracotta-tiled mansions and dwellings which spread amphitheatrically from the harbour and upwards. The picturesque cobbled streets and deep blue waters surrounding this cosmopolitan, car-free haven drew celebrities such as Leonard Cohen, Melina Mercouri and Sophia Loren. On arriving in its scenic port, you will understand why. Quite simply, don’t miss Hydra!
SPETSESA cosmopolitan island of stately mansions and pine-clad beaches, yachts can drop anchor in the natural harbour and old port of Baltiza. The island’s traditional boatyards are located at this picture-postcard spot. Don’t miss the Bouboulina's Museum to learn about the female naval commander!
EPIDAVROSEasily reached, this historic city sits on the southern Peloponnese coast and is an attractive place to visit because of its UNESCO amphitheatre, where you can literally ‘hear a pin drop’ due to its pristine acoustics. Moor at Palaia Epidavros and enjoy the serenity of the surrounding mountains and the lush greenery. Don’t miss the healing sanctuary of Asclepius!
AEGINAVisible from Athens, this once volcanic island lies just 12 nautical miles away. The town has retained its old world charm with quaint narrow alleyways and its lively harbour. South of the island, the old quays of its ancient commercial harbour are still visible under water. Don’t miss a visit to the archaic Temple of Aphaia, with its superb views of the Saronic Gulf.
To the west of Aegina, this fishing village has a small, deep harbour, making it a perfect mooring spot. A popular spa town due to its hot springs, the landscape is forged from several volcanic eruptions, making it a fascinating destination. Don’t miss a visit to the ruins of an ancient acropolis in Paleokastro village.
AGISTRIOnly 19 nautical miles away from Athens, moor your yacht in azure waters and enjoy the pine-tree bays of this tiny island. A refuge for various species of birds, it is a small paradise in the Saronic Gulf, with a population of less than 1,000 inhabitants. Visit its serene beaches and superb diving spots. Don’t miss the 1812 windmill at Megalochori.
With an amphitheatre town built on two hills, Poros is a splendid island which was actually two until a volcanic eruption changed its morphology. Crystalline beaches and lush vegetation compete with the picturesque buildings offering a wonderful haven that also has a lot of archaeological interest. Don’t miss the Lemon Forest with more than 30,000 lemon and orange trees!
There is no better way to explore the astonishing Saronic Golf islands in Greece than on a private yacht charter. Royalty Yachts offer a great selection of private luxury yachts for charter as Greece is such a popular destination. Options include motor yachts, catamarans and sailing yachts that will surpass all your expectations.
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