SAILING IN ARGO-SARONIC GULF

In close proximity to Athens lie the beautiful islands of the Argo-Saronic Gulf (Aegina, Agistri, Poros, Hydra and Spetses) and the peninsula of Methana. Those destinations are a little hidden gem that is not very well-known to international visitors, although they are some of the most beautiful and historically rich places in Greece.

They feature beautiful sandy and pebble beaches that are often surrounded by fragrant pine forests. Being rather small in size, the islands do not have a lot of car traffic; on Hydra and Spetses, cars are prohibited entirely and many horse carriage or donkeys can be found on the streets instead. The islands in the Argo-Saronic Gulf are situated close to the Peloponnesian Coast and places such as Nafplio, Porto Cheli, and Epidavros can easily be reached and included in a trip. 

Sailing conditions are ideal and safe even for first time charterers, because the cruising area is very well protected and predominately sheltered from the strong Meltemi wind that affects most of the other island groups in Greece. Winds are very mild, usually blowing from the north to northeast with an average force of 3-4 BFT. The sheltered location and its close proximity to Athens makes it a brilliant sailing destination all year round.

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POPULAR SAILING DESTINATIONS

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Spetses is one of the most picturesque islands in the Saronic Gulf and one of the most aristocratic resorts in Greece. Its town sprawls along the north east cost of the island and features beautiful Venetian buildings and aristocratic mansions. Cars are prohibited and people get around using motorbikes, bicycles and traditional horse carriages. 

The coastline in speckled with small beaches that are lined with pine trees that often reach right up to the water. 

SPETSES

Hydra is one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Its city is built in the shape of an amphitheater on a slope overlooking the Argosaronic gulf. Traditional stone mansions, narrow cobble-stoned streets, secluded squares, numerous little churches and 6 monasteries create a romantic mosaic.

Hydra is a yachting paradise, and every summer sensational yachts decorate its harbor. 

HYDRA

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Poros was once two islands, Kalavria and Sferia. Today, both islands are connected by a slender isthmus and a road bridge. Poros town is located on the small volcanic island of Sferia. It features pretty white houses with terracotta-tiled roofs, picturesque cobbled streets, and a lively waterfront adorned with shops, cosy cafes & restaurants. Beautiful beaches and bays with crystal clear waters can be found on Kalavaria, which is a large well-forested island with a lush pine tree vegetation.

POROS

Aegina island is one of the most popular tourist destinations as it is the closest island to Athens. Its city features impressive neoclassical mansions that were build in the beginning of the 19th century, when Aegina town was the temporary capital of the newly found Greek state. Even though the island is quite small, it boasts a great number of sights and natural beauties, such as the famous Aphea Temple. 

Nafplio is a considered to be one of the most romantic and aristocratic towns of modern Greece. It lies on the northern shores of the Argolic Gulf and was the capital of Greece between 1823 and 1834. The city is famous for its Venetian fortress Palamadi and the little fortified islet Bourtzi. Venetian or neoclassical buildings mesmerize visitors with their unique architectural beauty. 

Ancient Epidavros is a beautiful ancient city right by the Saronic Gulf. It's harbor is very idyllic with a lush green forest climbing down from the mountain up to the water. Located just 30 minutes drive away from the port, is the ancient's world most famous Epidavros theater. Being acclaimed for its excellent acoustic it has served as a stage for legends such as Maria Callas. Nowadays, the theater is still regularly used for drama performances. 

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The Argo-Saronic Gulf is one of the most popular sailing destinations in Greece. Its' proximity to Athens make it easily accessible from Marina Alimos, which is Athens' biggest yacht charter base.

There are numerous beautiful destinations in the Saronic Gulf, the Argolic Gulf and the mainland in Peloponnese that can be easily combined during a one-week charter. Distances between those destinations are rather short and relatively stable wind conditions of 3-4 BFT make sailing time on sea usually less than 4-5h. 

Popular sailing routes might include the following stops: Aegina, Agistri, Poros, Galatas, Epidavros, Hydra, Spetses, Ermioni, Porto Cheli, Nafplio, and Monemvasia (Monemvasia lies quite south and is usually reachable during a two-week trip).

Be aware that the ports of the islands are quite small, especially in Hydra. Therefore, we advise you to make mooring arrangements in advance. 

Spetses is one of the most picturesque islands in the Saronic Gulf and one of the most aristocratic resorts in Greece. Its town sprawls along the north east cost of the island and features beautiful Venetian buildings and aristocratic mansions. Cars are prohibited and people get around using motorbikes, bicycles and traditional horse carriages. 

The coastline in speckled with small beaches that are lined with pine trees that often reach right up to the water. 

Aegina island is one of the most popular tourist destination as it is the closest island to Athens. Its city features impressive neoclassical mansions that were build in the beginning of the 19th century, when Aegina town was the temporary capital of the newly found Greek state. Even though the island is quite small, it boasts a great number of sights and natural beauties, such as the famous Aphea Temple. 

Hydra is one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Its city is built in the shape of an amphitheater on a slope overlooking the Argosaronic gulf. Traditional stone mansions, narrow cobble-stoned streets, secluded squares, numerous little churches and 6 monasteries create a romantic mosaic. Hydra is a yachting paradise, and every summer sensational yachts decorate its harbor. 

Nafplio is a considered to be one of the most romantic and aristocratic towns of modern Greece. It lies on the northern shores of the Argolic Gulf and was the capital of Greece between 1823 and 1834. The city is famous for its Venetian fortress Palamadi and the little fortified islet Bourtzi. Venetian or neoclassical buildings mesmerize visitors with their unique architectural beauty. 

Poros was once two islands, Kalavria and Sferia. Today, both islands are connected by a slender isthmus and a road bridge. Poros town is located on the small volcanic island of Sferia. It features pretty white houses with terracotta-tiled roof, picturesque cobbled streets, and a lively waterfront adorned with shops, cosy cafes & restaurants. Beautiful beaches and bays with crystal clear waters can be found on Kalavaria, which is a large well-forested island with a lush pine tree vegetation.

Ancient Epidavros is a beautiful ancient city right by the Saronic Gulf. It's harbor is very idyllic with a lush green forest climbing down from the mountain up to the water. Located just 30 minutes drive away from the port (you might hire a taxi), is the ancient's world most famous Epidavros theater. Being acclaimed for its excellent acoustic it has served as a stage for legends such as Maria Callas and many others. Nowadays, the theater is still regularly used for drama performances.