Athens to Spetses - 7 Day Sailing Itinerary
Day 1 - Ayia Marina (Aegina Island)
Located on the northeast coast of the Island of Aegina, Agia is a great place to stop on your first night if you can get out of Alimos Marina early. It’s a favourite summer destination for Greeks and tourists alike, with big sandy beaches and shallow waters good for families. Why not take this opportunity to visit the temple of Aphaia. Formerly known as the temple of Jupiter Panhellenius, this iconic Greek landmark stands on a 160m peak on the eastern side of the island approximately 13km by road from the Marina.
Day 2 - Hydra Town (Hydra)
Hydra is truly the gem of the Saronic Gulf and stands alone among Greek islands as the one free of motorised vehicles. No cars. No scooters. Just tiny marble-cobbled lanes, donkeys, rocks and sea. Following the filming of the 1950’s film ‘Boy on a Dolphin’ with Sofia Loren, the islands population of artists exploded, and Hydra became as famous as St. Tropez or Portofino. In addition to the island’s exquisitely preserved stone architecture, criss-crossing rural paths and clear, deep waters, you can find a good cappuccino along the harbour which is great for people-watching.
Day 3 - Spetses Town (Spetses)
Spetses is a small island, only around 7km from one end to another. The Island offers green landscapes with pine tree forests, hilly mountains and nice beaches. The capital town of the same name is characterized by its terracotta roofed houses and rich history. We recommend a visit to the Monastery of Agios (Saint) Nikolaos, the patron saint of sailors, just outside Spetses town. Its open to visitors although long trousers/ skirts and covered shoulders is a requirement.
Day 4 - Ermioni, Mainland
Ermioni is a small seaside town on the eastern coasts of Peloponnese, in the region of Argolis. Constructed on the hill slopes around a beautiful port, this town has been revived over the last few decades as many Athenians have holiday homes there. Mooring is available both to the North and South of the headland so it’s best to make a decision based on the direction of the wind.
Day 5 - Poros Town (Poros)
Poros is separated from the mountainous Peloponnese by a narrow sea channel, and its protected setting makes the main settlement of Poros Town seem like a cheery lakeside resort. Its pastel-hued houses stack up the hillside to a clock tower and make a vibrant first impression. The island is characterised by lush pine trees, vegetation, crystal clear bays and a lively waterfront adorned with shops, cosy cafes and restaurants.
Day 6 - Perdika (Aegina Island)
Just 13 miles from Athens, in the middle of the Saronic Gulf, lies the island of Aegina. Beyond its bustling port, Aegina has the seductive, easy going character of a typical Greek island but with the added bonus of more than its fair share of prestigious ancient sites. Aegina’s treats include a special, and delicious, pistachio nut, the splendid 5th-century Temple of Aphaia and the magical Byzantine ruins called Paleohora.
Day 7 - Alimos Marina (Athens)
The ancient city of Athens offers some of the worlds most amazing historical sites which should be on every visitors 'to-do lists'. We'd recommend catching the tram, which runs past the entrance of the marina, into the city centre to explore places like the Parthenon.