Athens to Nafplion -14 Day Sailing Itinerary
Day 1 - Alimos Marina (Athens)
Athens is a fantastic stepping stone to the Saronic Islands, though we wish the same could be said of Alimos Marina. Government owned, Alimos suffers from under investment in the number of berths and quality of the facilities so we recommend getting out of there as soon as you can.
Day 2 - Ayia Marina (Aegina)
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 3 - 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 cafés and restaurants.
Day 4 - 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 island's 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 5 - Kyparissi (Peloponnese)
Nestled in a wide bay on the south-eastern coast of the Peloponnese peninsula Kyparissi may at first feel like you’ve sailed off the edge of the map. It’s the kind of place that when you find it you want to keep it a secret for fear of ruining your newfound peace and tranquillity. It’s been featured in the book ‘the most beautiful villages of Greece’ and was an ancient sanctuary of Asclepius the God of medicine. This is where it really starts paying off putting in that extra sailing time as you get away from the places easily reached from Athens within a week.
Day 6 - Plaka (Peloponnese)
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 selection of tavernas near the waterfront. Alternatively, the small town of Leonidio is a six minute journey by taxi where you'll find a range of shops and restaurants to wander around.
Day 7 - Paralio Astros (Peloponnese)
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 discover that shops are open only 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.
Days 8 and 9 - Nafplion (Peloponnese)
Nafplion is one of the of the most beautiful towns in the Peloponnese 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 traditions. Ancient walls, medieval castles, monuments and statues are just some of the things you should see when visiting this beautiful town.
Day 10 - Vivari (Peloponnese)
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 sight 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 along the coastline.
Day 11 - Spetses Town (Spetses)
Spetses is a small island, only around 7km from one end to the other. The island offers green landscapes with pine tree forests, hilly mountains and nice beaches. The capital town of the same name is characterised 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. It's open to visitors although long trousers/ skirts and covered shoulders is a requirement.
Day 12 - Poros Town (Poros)
We liked Poros town so much that we decided to make another stop on the way back to Athens. Why not take this opportunity to explore more of the island’s tranquil forests and monastery? If, however, you just can’t get enough of the Peloponnese Peninsula then the rustic town of Galatas is just across the water and well worth a visit.
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, 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 14 - Alimos Marina (Athens)
The ancient city of Athens offers some of the world's most amazing historical sites which should be on every visitor's 'to-do list'. We recommend catching the tram, which runs past the entrance of the marina, into the city centre to explore places like the Parthenon.