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.
POPULAR SAILING DESTINATIONS
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.