Saronic Islands | 12-day itinerary

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DAY 1 | Agkistri

Agistri Greece belongs to the Saronic group of islands, along with Poros, Aegina, Spetses, and Hydra. Its relatively close distance to these islands makes it a perfect base for island hopping between the Saronic islands.

Thanks to its extraordinary natural setting and the mesmerizing Agistri beaches, Agistri island is a popular destination for Athenians. You can find Agistri hotels to restaurants, taverns, and organized beaches. Moving from Skala, where one of the island’s port is also located, you’ll come across the best Agistri beaches, Aponissos and Dragonera. Backed by lush nature, they offer the perfect ambiance for relaxing days at the beach!The small island of Agistri is known for its crystal beaches, the small villages, and green nature.

DAY 2 | Epidaurus

Palaia Epidavros, a small settlement of 1900 inhabitants, is located on the peninsula of the Peloponnese, right between the Argolic and the Saronic Gulf, at only 30 NM from the Alimos marina in Athens. Epidaurus was mainly a religious center characterized by the worship of Asklepios, the God of healing and son of Apollo.

As it was also the most important Peloponnesian port of Peloponnese Gulf, and a good part of the population devoted themselves to sailing apart from farming. However, they also have many increasing duties related to the function and maintenance, as well as promotion of the sanctuaries of Asklepios and Apollo Maleatas. Nowadays, the ruins of all these places are still available for visiting. we also have to mention the ancient theatre, situated on the small valley where the temple of Asklepios lays.

DAY 3 | Poros

Poros is a little island in the heart of the Saronic Gulf, close to Aegina and Agistri. Thanks to its proximity to Athens -just 1- hour ferry ride from Piraeus port- it is a popular destination, especially for weekend getaways from the capital.

Perched on the slopes a hill, overlooking the vast Aegean sea and the opposite Galatas, Poros Town is the center of the island’s activity. What’s more, in the picturesque Poros Town, you’ll find a great selection of Poros hotels, shops, cafes, restaurants, and taverns!

DAY 4 | Ermioni

Lovely and sunny, 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 decades as many Athenians have holiday homes there. The traditional architecture and the natural beauty of Ermioni attracts many families looking for peaceful vacations.

The port promenade is a relaxing place to stroll around and enjoy a meal during your sailing holidays.

This small seaside town is a nice family destination. Its location serves as a good base for sightseeing excursions in the region as many beautiful places and sights are found in short sail.

DAY 5 | Spetse

In antiquity the island was named “Pityonissos” and “Pityousa” from the ancient reek word “Pitys”, meaning pine tree. The name “Spetses” came from the Venetians who used to call it “Isola di Spezie” meaning the island of aromas (spices).

Spetses is both cursed and blessed by its assets; being too pretty and too accessible have made it too popular. Cruel winds rarely buffet it, yet every midday in summer a delicious breeze springs up to cool it. Although it has to import water, bougainvillea, hibiscus, plumbago, jasmine and trumpet vines thrive in the mild climate, spangling white walls with pink, mauve, red, baby blue and orange petals. Handsome mansions dominate the seafront between the Old Harbor and ∏-shaped Dapia, where sea taxis and kaikis huddle under cannons left from the War of Independence. The island is ideal for total relaxation at the beach or in the countryside. Swimming in the wonderfully secluded beaches of Spetses is a delight.

DAY 6 | Porto Heli

Located on the eastern side of Peloponnese, Porto Heli is a small seaside town with large port. This port is a frequent mooring place for fishing boats and yachts in summer, giving to Porto Heli in Greece a cosmopolitan atmosphere. There are a couple of organized beaches in Porto Heli, but the majority are small secluded coves with relaxing atmosphere.

Porto Heli is built around a picturesque natural harbor in the prefecture of Argolida, Peloponnese. This harbor is very safe and usually has enough space for your charter yacht to moor.

DAY 7 | Nafplio

Nafplion is among the most beautiful towns in mainland Greece. Only 2 hours drive from Athens, Nafplion town has an intense Medieval atmosphere.

A walk around the narrow-paved streets of the Old Town is like a trip to the past. On top of a hill above Nafplion, there is the strong fortress of Palamidi with amazing view to the sea. At the entrance of the port, there is a small islet with a fortress that used to protect the town from naval attacks. Nafplion is a popular sailing destination all year round.

DAY 8 | Monemvasia

The Castle Town of Monemvasia is among the most impressive places in Greece. Located on the south eastern side of Peloponnese, Monemvasia was entirely carved on the back side of a sea rock in the Medieval times. This huge sea rock is not visible from the mainland, so that the locals could avoid enemy attacks.

The only way to reach Monemvasia was by boat, while later a paved pathway was constructed to connect the castle entrance to the mainland. This is how the name came out, meaning single passage. A new town has been constructed in the mainland, just opposite the rock. A walk around the Castle Town is a travel to the past, while the sea view from the castle top is breathtaking.

DAY 9 | Elafonissos

The tiny island of Elafonissos is located on the southern side of Peloponnese, just below the peninsula of Laconia. Mostly famous for its exotic waters, Elafonissos is the Caribbean of Greece. Simos, Sarakiniko and Panagia are the most beautiful beaches, with golden sand and pure water. It is the perfect place to sail and stay on anchor to these stunning blue waters and spend the day. . The most popular beach is Simos, which distinguishes for its crystal water and the exotic surrounding. However, the entire island is surrounded by fantastic places with exotic waters to swim.

DAY 10 | Kythira

Kythira is a beautiful island located on the southern side of Peloponnese. Although Kythira island belongs to the Ionian islands complex, it lies far from the rest of its Ionian neighbors, so it is rather a secluded island.

The island’s architecture is strongly influenced by the Venetians, who had ruled the island during the Medieval age. On a hill above Chora, there’s a Medieval Castle, a vestige of the Venetian era, which boasts an incredible view of the Aegean Sea. It is the best spot for sunset gazing!

The most touristy places in Kythira are Kapsali, Agia Pelagia, Avlemonas, and Diakofti, while a drive around the island will get you to wonderful Kythira beaches, picturesque monasteries, and even ghost (!) villages, like the abandoned town of Paleochora.

Kythira will exalt your spirit!

DAY 11| Hydra

The island took the name “Hydra” due to the abundant freshwater springs in ancient times when the island was actually called “Hydrea” deriving from the ancient Greek word for “water”.

Hydra, one of the most cosmopolitan Greek islands, is in the heart of the Argo Saronic Gulf. One of the main reasons why Hydra is a popular destination is its proximity to Athens, as a ferry from Athens to Hydra, will get you to the beautiful island in just 2 hours. It’s the perfect option for a quick getaway!

In Hydra island, you won’t see any cars! Everyone uses their foot, boats or donkeys to get around the island. The cars ban, along with the elegant stone mansions of the island, create a charming atmosphere and make the island one of the most serene destinations near Athens.

DAY 12 | Aegina

Aegina is an idyllic island very close to Athens, thus a very popular destination for quick getaways. Belonging to the Saronic group of islands, Aegina Greece has many archaeological monuments, picturesque villages, and beautiful beaches!

Aegina is also an island with glorious historical past, as it used to be one of the most important islands of ancient Greece, so it’s not a surprise that sightseeing is one of the best things to do in Aegina! The most impressive archaeological site of the island is the Ancient Temple of Athena Aphaia, dating back to the 6th century BC.

The center of the island is Aegina Town, the picturesque capital of Aegina. Boasting elegant Neoclassical buildings, narrow alleys and a bustling seafront promenade, Aegina Town is perfect for summer strolls!