Best for: An all-round Greek experience, balanced wind conditions, families, groups, couples , empty bays (for 2 week holidays) Look out for: Hot spots of crowding (for one week holidays), Athens marina is dilapidated (so good to leave quickly)
The most balanced of any sailing ground in Greece, the Saronics offer a fantastic mix of diverse islands, character harbours, archaeological treasures, gentle winds, short-hop sailing and quayside bars and tavernas. Perhaps counterintuitively, those on a two week charter (or those wanting to sail longer legs away from Athens) will discover the quietest sailing ground in Greece.
Saronic Islands at a Glance
Lovely character harbours, quayside tavernas, lively bars, as well as quiet bays, beaches and anchorages
The most balanced sailing area in Greece with enough wind to get you sailing but not enough to get you into trouble
Athens is a rewarding starting point, with easy access to the islands and numerous historical sites to start your holiday
Saronic Islands Sailing Itineries
By strict definition, the Saronic Islands include just four islands: Salamis, Aegina, Poros and Angistri. However, we include the islands of Hydra, Dokos and Spetses in the mix - collectively the 'Argosaronic Islands'. Whatever you do though, don’t forget the lovely mainland harbours as well, including Epidavros, Ermioni, Vathi and a host of lovely villages stretching down the long Peloponnese peninsula from Nafplion to the incredible town of Monemvasia.
This two week Saronic itinerary stretches through the Saronics and into the Argolic Gulf as far as Nafplion, the former capital.
Not as Busy as You Think
Many start with a false impression that due to the close proximity to Athens that this area will be ‘packed to the gunwales’. Fortunately, as there is just the one main marina in Athens serving both the large Saronic and Cyclades Islands, the reality is much better.
Sure, it gets as busy as other destinations in peak season, but it may surprise you to know that for a two week sailing holiday, this is arguably the 'least busy' destination in the Mediterranean.
The further you sail from Athens the quieter it gets. As most people only do a one-week holiday, beyond this radius is appreciably quieter and more serene.
The weather in Greece from May to October is for the most part hot and dry. Early and late season, so May and October, you'll experience temperatures between 22-25 degress, while during the peak months of July and August, the thermometer hits the mid-30s. Don't forget your sunscreen and sunblock!
The winds in the Saronics are generally excellent for sailing throughout the summer. Winds blow from the north east, but then change direction when further south, and blow south east up the Argolic Gulf toward Nafplion. Close in to land the winds stay very manageable, Force 3 (light winds), while you can go further out to find winds in the Force 5 (fresh winds) region.
How to get there
Athens is the only airport to serve the Saronic Islands. You are able to fly to Athens from Edinburgh, London Stansted, London Luton, London Gatwick and London Heathrow.
There are flights from Manchetser, but only on Fridays and Sundays.
From the airport, Alimos Marina is just 40 minutes transfer. The marina is in the south of Athens city itself, and on the public transport system so you are able to take the tram into the centre of the city or one of the nearby suburbs such as Glyfada.