Due to their closeness to Athens and the natural beauty, the Saronic islands are very popular for summer holidays and weekend breaks. Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses have developed a lot in tourism over the last years, while Agistri is not that famous but remains a true gem to explore.
The crystal water, the relaxing atmosphere and the long history are the most distinctive characteristics of Saronic Greece, which have a different character each. Poros is great for sailing, Hydra has amazing architecture, Spetses stands out for the elegant mansions and Aegina is ideal for family vacations. The islands of the Saronic Gulf are easily accessible from Athens, which is why they get very popular in weekends and short breaks. They differ much one from the other but most of all they distinguish for their picturesque architecture, relaxing atmosphere and lovely beaches. Discover: Aegina, Agistri, Hydra, Poros and Spetses.
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A volcanic island, formed through the union of two smaller islands, Kalavria and Sphaeria. Archaeology highlights: The scant remains of the Sanctuary of Poseidon, 5 km from the town of Poros on the road to the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi. Swimmers will find charming little sandy bays along the way to Neorio, rimmed with pine trees down to the sea. Life on Poros is spent with dives in clear waters, visits in seaside resorts and night escapades in a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and lively discos.
DAY 2 POROS - HYDRA
Famous for maritime tradition, as is Spetses, favourite of celebrities. The Chora is picturesque and beautiful; with high and colourful sea captains mansions lining the waterfront while a stark grey hill rises in the background. Between the mansions are narrow streets with taverns and shops, where the foreigners gather after they reach the small port of this charming island. Hydra is also blessed by the absence of motorcars.
DAY 3 HYDRA - SPETSES
is furthest from Athens. Charming horse-drawn carriages are the form of travel in style, as cars are not allowed on the cobbled streets. Bougainvilleas overflow the white-washed garden walls that enclose the pebbled yards of the mansions. Antique cannons decoratively guard the scenic harbour, and the dozens of shops and cafes that line the shore. Sight worth seeing on Spetses is the house of Bouboulina, the Revolutionary heroine; the Mexis house, now a museum and the church of Agia Triada with its carved iconostasis. Among the most popular beaches on the island are Agii Anargyri and Agia Paraskevi.
DAY 4 SPETSES - TOLON
Was a small fishing village that has developed into a tourist resort on the strength of its sandy beach.
DAY 5 TOLON - NAFPLION
The northeast Peloponnese welcomes us at Argos, the ancient strong point, today a point of departure for Nauplia - the first capital of free Greece - with the Bourtzi, an islet topped by a miniature fort, and the Palamidi rock. Sandy beaches, and local atmosphere complete the picture of Nafplion.
DAY 6 NAFPLION - PORTO HELI
A popular tourist spot built in a natural harbour, safe from all kinds of weather. Hush vegetation and a modern town of 750 inhabitants with restaurants, bouzouki places, nearby sandy and secluded beaches - mainly open to yachtsmen - guarantee unique holiday moments.
DAY 7 PORTO HELI - MONEMVASIA
In Greek Monemvasia means one entrance. Medieval, Byzantine and Venetian town fortress grasping the high cliffs. She is joined with the Peloponnesian Coast opposite, with a thin stretch of land. Walking through town will definitely prove an experience. After crossing the bridge with the twelve arches, which joins the cliff with the land opposite, and the remains of the fortress walls you will reach the town were. .. time seems to have stopped: Mansions of strong Venetian influence, with more than 40 Byzantine Churches spread amongst them, numerous arches, and Coats of Arms. All these come into contrast with today's lively atmosphere, which awaits your visit. It is a memorable place that for Greeks is a reminder and historical symbol of pride and resistance.
DAY 8 MONEMVASIA - GEROLIMENAS
Arid, and dry complying totally with the natural characteristics of the nearby area of Mani. A small and quiet village built on the fringe of the sea, decorated by few olive trees and the remains of a Venetian Castle, the last stop of migrating quails. Walking through the wild nature and sailing along the steep and barren coastline will prove an overwhelming experience while tasting the local fresh fish is a must for all.
DAY 9 GEROLIMENAS - APONISOS
a small island close by Aegina with turquoise waters ideal for first swimming the day. Try ‘mezedes’, the greek home made appetizers at a small taverna.
DAY 10 APONISOS - MONI
is a small-uninhabited island that is partially wooded. It is a sanctuary for wild life and the sight of peacocks along the beach in the mornings is quite common.
DAY 11 MONI - AEGINA
Mythology relates that Aegina is named after the daughter of Asopos, who was abducted by Zeus. Aegina famous for its pottery is covered with pistachio trees. Pine forests surround its beautiful green villages. It is also the home to one of antiquity's most famous temples, to Aphaia with 24 standing pillars. The capital of the island, Aegina, is particularly picturesque with colourful mansions, ever-busy streets, horse driven chariots, numerous shops selling pistachios and ceramics.