Saronic or Argo-Saronic Islands are located very close to the Greek coast and are very popular destination for holidays and cruises. The islands are very beautiful and characterize greenery more lush than Cyclades, crystal clear water and a relaxing atmosphere. On the Saronic Islands, nature is very well preserved, the beaches are beautiful, and although it has abandoned islands, they are very glamorous, at the same time mystical and romantic.
The best places to cruise are certainly the islands of Hydra, Spetses, Poros and Aegina. And everyone can easily come from Athens. Fantastic climate, nature and sea are the best combination for an unforgettable cruise.
The Saronic Islands are like some jewels that adorn the coast of Athens, and in recent years they have become very popular among tourists. In addition to natural beauty, the Saronic Islands, like the rest of Greece, have a rich history that can be seen at every corner. Aegina has many historical sites such as temples and archaeological museums. In peaceful island fishing villages there are many opportunities for doing water sports, but also for enjoying in privacy. Salamis is often regarded as the most beautiful Saronic Island and is located near Athens. Here you can see the ancient port and the old monasteries and the church. On the south side of the island there are some of the most beautiful Greek beaches. Although the island of Hydra may be immediately associated with a mythical beast with nine heads, this is one of the most romantic Greek islands and a paradise for cruising. This is a unique island, made in the shape of an amphitheater, where cars are forbidden. The streets are narrow and lively, and the island continues to feel the spirit of past times. On the island there are 300 churches, 6 monasteries and a lot of monuments, museums, old villas. Poros is a quiet but cosmopolitan city, with beautiful vegetation and beautiful beaches, while Spetses is best known for its maritime history and tradition.
Hydra is a unique island with 300 churches and a phenomenal architecture that is considered one of the best on all Greek islands. It belongs to the group of Saronic Islands and is a great destination for holidays.
For Spestes it is often said that it reminds more after the Azure Coast than on a classic Greek island. This island is cultivated by the specific charm of the 19th century and is a small Greek paradise.
Poros is a 1 hour boat ride from Athens and is a great place for a cruise tour. The most famous landmark on Poros is the watch that was built on the highest hill in 1927.
There are ancient sites to see, pretty beaches to relax at, historic sights to snap shots of and local specialties to try. Visit the ancient Temple of Aphaia Athena which predates the Acropolis Parthenon in Athens, and the marvellous uninhabited little isle called Moni. Of course don't forget to try the Aeginas's pistachios as they are considered the best in the world.
Porto Heli is a small seaside town with large port, which is a frequent mooring place for yachts during the summer, giving a cosmopolitan atmosphere to the area.
Naflio is one of Greece’s prettiest and most romantic towns. It occupies a knockout location, on a small port beneath the towering Palamidi fortress, and is graced with attractive narrow streets, elegant Venetian houses, neoclassical mansions and interesting museums.
The yacht charter season in Greece starts April and ends in October.
The high season runs from the last week of July till the first half of August where the temperature is around 25°C.
The winds are not that strong in the Saronic Gulf compared to the Aegean Sea.
The warmest months are July and August, with average temperatures of 25°C/77°F and day temperatures often well in excess of 30°C/90°F
It is always a smart idea to avoid peak seasons, both in terms of charter cost but also to avoid crowed beaches, marinas and restaurants. The following graphs depict the demand* for yacht holiday in respect with average precipitation and average temperature.
To avoid peak seasons while still having comfort weather conditions, start your trip in June or the second half of August until first half of September.
You can fly to Athens and depart from one of the Athens marinas. Travelers usually spend a couple of dayes to visit the city and then start their trip.
Greece is an EU country, and hence EU citizens require no visa to enter the country, while non EU citizens have to check before travel.
The official currency is Euro.