14 April 2019

The 5 most beautiful places to visit while cruising the Saronic Gulf from Athens

After a beautiful winter and to regain the joys of sailing, we went to Athens with our partner Dream Yacht Charter, one of the best sailboat and catamarans charter company in the area, for a trip to discover the Saronic Golf and of its famous islands.

The Saronic Golf has the particularity of being well protected from the Meltem (unlike the Cyclades located a few miles to the east) and its climate is generally pleasant from the beginning of April until the end of October. It is easily accessible by direct flight Geneva-Athens (2h30) and allows you to rent very good sailboats or catamarans and make short sailings between the islands (2 hours) which have all the typical charm of Greece.

Video: top 5 Saronic Golf from Athens

Location de voilier et catamaran à Poros

From the Marina Alimos of Athens, head south on the island of Aegina, holiday resort of wealthy Athenians. The main port can be quite crowded the summer of the coup privilege the charm of Perdika to spend the night. From there, a taxi will take you to see the main tourist attraction of the island, the temple of Aphaïa, majestic and perfectly preserved from which the view is impregnable on all the surrounding islands. You can also get there on foot (45min) from the anchorage of Agia marina. On the way back, stop at Aegina to stroll through its pretty streets full of shops, taste the many variations of the pistachio, pride of the island and admire the sunset while enjoying a grilled fish accompanied by delicious local white wine.

The next day, we advise you to go directly to Hydra located 25MN further south. You will avoid the usual charters that stop on Poros and you can, if you are lucky, find a place in the tiny port of the island. If this is not the case opt for Mandraki anchorage less than a mile to the east, from where you can reach Hydra on foot along a beautiful walk to the sea (30min). Go shopping in the pretty shops of Hydra or simply sit on one of the harbor's pretty terraces to admire the donkeys passing by (the island's only means of transport) and watch for the arrival of local fishermen.

Finally head west to discover Spetses, a beautiful wild island without a car. You can rent a quad or a scooter to go around and enjoy its beautiful beaches and views without forgetting to sneak into the cave Bekiri located on the west coast of the island.

But it is time to go back to Athens without forgetting to make a stop in the peaceful natural basin of Poros where you can anchor easily to go on a walk on the island. Go up to the clock of the village from which the view is impregnable on the surroundings. Take a seat in a taxi boat to enjoy a Greek coffee in the pretty village of Galatas right in front and enjoy a moussaka Spiliada, small family restaurant that will make you taste the Mastika, delicious brandy liquor, elaborated on the island of Chios.

La moussaka plat typique grecque location voilier et catamaran

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