Saronic islands itinerary

Saronic islands itinerary

Charter area: Greece
/ Saronic Islands
Route total days: 8
Start: Athens
End: Athens
Total distance: NM 18

Athens - Aegina

Day 1 / Distance 18 NM / 2H : 0min

Where to start when describing the capital city of Greece and all it has to offer? This bustling city has so much to see and do that each neighborhood has its own unique attractions and character. Explore the cafes in Exarchia, the vibrant nightlife in Gazi and the coolest shopping in Koukaki. Often referred to as the birthplace of democracy, science and philosophy—of western civilization in general—Athens is a history lover’s dream, it’s recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. But it also has lots of markets and squares such as Monastiraki Square, where you will find a great shopping street to enjoy local products, arts and crafts.

Athens international airport is a half-an-hour to 45 minutes drive from the city centre. We always recommend spending a day or two exploring Athens before boarding the yacht.

For embarkation, arrive at one of the marinas in the city of Athens (where your charter yacht is based) and meet your crew. Tour the yacht, unpack and settle in while you set sail south to the island of Aegina in time for an evening meal.

Aegina, the largest of this smaller pocket of islands, is formed at the top of a sunken mountain. This is a beautiful island with a landscape made up of big pine trees and calm sandy beaches that host many archaeological monuments and some traditional villages. We recommend choosing the peddle beach of Klima, which is located on the south side of the island, for a dip or the sheltered Agia (Santa) Marina bay. The small fishing village of Perdika is situated on the southern edge of the island and is one of the most picturesque spots. Being so reliant on the surround sea, many of the restaurants serve the freshest of fish. The most famous site in Aegina includes the ancient Temple of Athena. It is truly worth a visit.

Aegina - Poros

Day 2 / Distance 15 NM / 1H : 27min

Poros is made up of two smaller islands connected by a bridge. Sferia, the smaller of the two islands, is a rocky island and Kalavria is made up of beautiful green hills and coastline. Poros is distinguished by its idyllic beaches and its dense piney vegetation. Water sports, sailing, canoeing, fishing, diving and water skiing are the main activities that visitors and locals can enjoy, while in its pine-covered mountains there are old paths perfect for hiking and cycling.

The town of Poros, filled with neoclassical architecture, is dramatically built on the slope of a hill in the style of an amphitheater. A visit to the Archaeological Museum and the island’s trademark ‘clock-tower’ are highly recommended. Poros is not lacking history and located in Palatia, in the dip between the hills of Vigla and Profitis Ilia, is the Temple of Poseidon. These ruins have been dated to around 520 B.C.  It was one of three large sanctuaries dedicated to the God of Sea, Poseidon in the Saronic area and forms a triangle with the Temple of Aphaia on the island of Aegina and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio.

Poros - Spetses

Day 3 / Distance 28 NM / 3H : 0min

Cosmopolitan Spetses lies at the southeast point of the Argosaronic Gulf. Named after the Venetians “isola di spezzie”, aka the “island of scents” Spetses will engage all of your senses. The town of Spetses is the only town on the island, but there are numerous smaller villages to explore. What makes Spetses such a tranquil place is the lack of cars in the town. Instead of cars, you will see horse drawn carriages, bicycles, mopeds and motorcycles as well as people enjoying going around on foot.
This small island is proud of its large involvement in the Greek Revolution of 1821 and there are multiple attractions to learn all about it. Visit The House of Bouboulina that is shaped like a Π - a detail which at that time indicated the importance of the owner. Additionally, visit the House of Hatzigiannis Mexis, a museum showcasing relics from the War of Independence such as letters. A great way to transport yourself back in time.

Spetses - Porto Heli

Day 4 / Distance 4 NM / 0H : 30min

Porto Heli is found in one of the most picturesque regions of the eastern Peloponnesus. Porto Heli is a small seaside town with a large port. Explore the town by walking around the marina and down the streets; visit the shops and taste local dishes in the restaurants. Enjoy the local water sports, diving or hiking; but also take pleasure in relaxing in one of the luxury resorts.
The surrounding area is of great natural beauty. There are a couple of organized beaches in Porto Heli, but the majority are small secluded coves with a relaxing atmosphere. See what the island has to offer by exploring it on foot. Many old footpaths cross the region and lead to tiny chapels, small settlements, secluded beaches and hilltops with amazing views.

Porto Heli - Hydra

Day 5 / Distance 19 NM / 2H : 10min

Possibly one of the most romantic destinations in Greece, Hydra flaunts traditional stone mansions, narrow cobblestoned streets and secluded squares. Hydra has been attracting the artistic, the rich and the fashionable for decades! The banning of cars and use of around 500 donkeys means Hydra has preserved its personality and traditions.
The lack of cars makes Hydra a popular hiking destination. Old footpaths cross the island, leading to old monasteries, secluded beaches, and hilltops with stunning views of the Saronic Sea. An activity that has developed gradually on Hydra in recent years is diving. The sea bottom around Hydra has many interesting reefs and underwater caves, ideal for scuba divers.

Hydra - Epidavros

Day 6 / Distance 34 NM / 3H : 45min

Epidavros is another important destination for any Greek history lover. The main attraction is found on the West of the Peninsula- the Ancient Theatre. This renowned monument is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list as part of the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the god of medicine for the ancient Greeks.  Built in the 4th century BC, it was dedicated to Dionysus, but for centuries remained buried under six metres of earth. In 1971, archaeologists began their digs. Today, with its impressive stone seats, it plays host to outstanding concerts in the Summer months.

Not only does Epidavros offer amazing historical sights, but it also boasts beautiful seaside destinations with great beaches shaded by pine trees.
Why not snorkel or dive in the ‘sunken city’ area considered to be the local Atlantis. The view of the Methana volcano is impressive, but nothing compares to the fine underwater views of the ancient city that got submerged after the volcanic explosion, very close to today’s shoreline. You’ll get a clear view of Mycenaean graves, amphorae and walls, even with the naked eye. In some parts, you can see the remains of the ancient pier. Make sure you wear water shoes or flippers, as there are sea urchins on the seabed. It’s a fantastic experience!

Epidavros - Agistri

Day 7 / Distance 11 NM / 1H : 20min

Explore Agistri, one of the most unspoiled Greek Islands. Home to pine woods, lush vegetation, sandy beaches, clear waters, traditional colours and great night life, Agistri has something for everyone, despite its small size. The island is made up of four communities: Megalochori, Skala, Limenari and Metochi and each is worth a visit. When deciding what to do in Agistri, always remember that this Island is small. Therefore, you can easily walk around the entire island on foot.
In Agistri, you don’t have to go far to find a nice beach to relax and swim. For an exotic experience, head to Aponisis, the remotest beach in Agistri, which boasts beautiful clear waters. There’s a fee to enjoy this beach as it’s part of a private island, but it’s worth it! To see some of the culture of the Island’s 1000 inhabitants, don’t miss the whitewashed Agioi Anargiroi Church in Skala, with its sky-blue dome. For a look into the oldest and most picturesque side of the island, take a stroll around the hilltop Metochi Village, which is home to the island’s most important church, the Church of Zoodochos Pigi.

Agistri - Athens

Day 8 / Distance 21 NM / 2H : 25min

Enjoy a final breakfast on board before setting sail back to Athens for disembarkation.

Map Athens to Athens