Saronic 14 Day Itinerary
Day 1 - Alimos Marina (Athens)
Athens is a fantastic stepping stone to the Saronic Islands, though we wish that could be said of Alimos Marina. Government owned, Alimos does suffer from under investment in the number of berths and quality of the facilities so we do recommend getting out of there as soon as you can.
Day 2 - Angistri Island
Translated in English, Angistri means 'fishing hook', which goes some way to explaining the history of this small island and it's primary harbour on the northern coast. Angistri is the perfect place for beginning or ending a sailing holiday to the Sronic Islands. It's small, idyllic, and just a short hop to Athens.
Day 3 - Epidavros (Mainland)
In its day Epidavros, on the Peloponnese mainland, was famed and revered as far away as Rome as a place of miraculous healing. Visitors came great distances to this sanctuary of Asclepius (god of medicine) to seek a cure for their ailments. Today visitors are more likely to flock to the site for its amazingly wellpreserved theatre, which remains a venue during the Hellenic Festival for Classical Greek theatre. Not surprisingly, Epidavros is a protected World Heritage site.
Day 4 - Poros Town (Poros Island)
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 pastelhued houses stack up the hillside to a clock tower and make a vibrant first impression. Lush pine trees vegetation, crystal clear beaches, a lively waterfront adorned with shops, cosy cafes and restaurants.
Day 5 - Ermioni (Mainland)
Ermioni in Greece 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 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 make a decision based on the direction of the wind.
Day 6 - Spetses (Spetses Island)
Spetses is a small island, only 12km from one end to another. The island offers green landscapes with pine-tree forests, hilly mountains and nice beaches. The capital town is Spetses, same name with the island, the same as in most of Greece.
Spetses town is characterised by whitewashed & blue-roofed houses and romantic alleys.
Day 7 - Vivari (Mainland)
Vivari is a small fishing village and was the location of one of the first commercial fish farms. A new one has replaced it but thankfully it is now out of site of the village. As you would expect you'll find a wide choice of tavernas serving some fantastic fish dishes. The bay is well sheltered from the prevailing winds and you'll also find a nice beach a short walk down the coastline.
Day 8 - Nafplion (Mainland)
Nafplion is one of the of the most beautiful towns in the Peloponeese and is rumoured to be the most romatic city in Greece. It was the first capital of the newly born Greek state between 1823 and 1834. Frankish, Venetian and Turkish conquerors all left their mark on the town and have strongly influenced its culture, architecture and tradtions. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues are just some of the things you should see when visiting this beautiful town.
Day 9 - Paralio Astros (Mainland)
Paralio Astros is a beach resort for the village of Astros. Given its location it's a relatively untouched area and is popular with Greeks. There are two beaches one of which is sandier than the other. The village has a charming shopping street where you'll disover that shops are open in the mornings and evenings as siestas are popular here! You'll find authentic Greek food and an ancient castle to explore, if you're feeling energetic.
Day 10 - Plaka (Mainland)
Plaka is a small village just south of the river 'Rema Dafnon'. There is a small quay which will provide mooring for around ten yachts. There is a small selections of tavernas near the waterfront. Alternatively the small town of Leonidhion is a six minute journey by taxi where you'll find a range of shops and restaurants to wonder around.
Day 11 - Hydra (Hydra Island)
Hydra is truly the gem of the Saronic Gulf and stands alone among Greek islands as the one free of wheeled vehicles. No cars. No scooters. Just tiny marble-cobbled lanes, donkeys, rocks and sea. Artists (Brice Marden, Nikos Chatzikyriakos-Ghikas, Panayiotis Tetsis), musicians (Leonard Cohen), actors and celebrities (Melina Mercouri, Sophia Loren) and sailors (you) have all been drawn to Hydra over the years.
Day 12 - Poros (Poros Island)
You will already know what Poros town is like after spending a night there. However there are some beautiful bays to the west of the town which provide some fantastic bays for a relaxing night at anchor.
Day 13 - 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, easygoing character of a typical Greek island but with the added bonus of more than its fair share of prestigious ancient sites. Aegina treats include the special, and delicious Aegina pistachio nut, the splendid 5th-century Temple of Aphaia and the magical Byzantine ruins called Paleohora.
Day 14 - Alimos Marina (Athens)
The ancient city of Athens offers some of the worlds most amazing historical sites which should be on every vistor's 'to-do list'. We'd recommend catching the tram, which runs past the entrance of the marina, into the city centre to explore places like the Parthenon.