Saronic Islands Luxury Yachting Guide

In the heart of the bewitching Saronic Gulf lie the jagged silhouettes and colourful tints of the flourishing Saronic Islands. These gentle, forested islands are a world away from the barren beauty of their Aegean partners, offering sophisticated style and ultimate seclusion in equal measure.

Not as busy as the larger island groups, the Saronics are home to small, friendly harbours and absorbing local charm.

As the Saronic Gulf is a sheltered sea, it is blessed with mild weather conditions, making it simply idyllic for sailing. The seven unique paradises of Spetses, Salamina, Poros, Hydra, Angistri, and Aegina boast a multitude of hypnotizing colours down their immaculate coastlines, turning from emerald and turquoise to deep indigo blue.

The Saronic Islands are the closest to Athens and make an excellent alternative to docking at the chaotic Piraeus. Laden with stunning beaches, charming villages, historic marvels, and enthralling activities, the Saronic Islands make for a quieter and more scenic docking point.

These islands promote a liberating cruising experience like no other, and can be visited either as a day trip from the mainland, on an island-hopping adventure or used as a superb anchorage point. Nearest to the mainland is Aegina, while Hydra, Spetstes and Poros are scattered along the coast of the Peloponese.

An indisputable highlight of this island chain, Hydra has earned a fashionable reputation as the Mykonos of the Saronics. Home to a spectacularly picturesque port, sailing into the crescent-shaped harbour of Hydra is a true joy. Lined with energetic shops, galleries, restaurants and bars, the gorgeous expanse is framed by the intriguing main town, all traditional architecture and stony streets.

Aegina hosts some sublime beaches, panoramic views and delightfully quaint villages. The village of Mesagros is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon, browsing the fascinating workshops of local artists where gorgeous ceramics and pottery can be bought directly from the designers.

Spetses is the furthest island from Athens and boats an enticing blend of fantastic beaches and beautiful pine woods. Crowned with elegant mansions and golden sands, the island’s Agia Marina is an excellent option for those seeking the thrill of water sports. Head inland for a day of hiking amongst the islands’ endless pistachio orchards, olive groves or heavenly wooded valleys.

Saronic Islands

Saronic Islands

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