Recommended Sailing Route in the Saronic Islands:

The Saronic Islands

The pleasant weather, breathtaking landscapes, beautiful bays, charming villages, and easy accessibility – all these make an excellent case for embarking on a tranquil week-long yacht vacation in the Saronic Gulf in Greece.

Sailing in the bay is conducted along a captivating route, navigating between the islands of Aegina, Moni, Agistri, Methana, Poros, Hydra, Dokos, Spetses, and incorporating points in the eastern Peloponnese such as Epidavros, Porto Cheli, and Ermione. Moreover, it is also possible to reach Nafplio within a week-long sailing adventure. The distances between the islands are short, making it easy to plan sailing routes that connect them. Sailing in the Saronic Gulf is suitable for both experienced skippers and beginners alike, whether it’s a family vacation with kids or a trip with friends and companions – any format that works for you.

Weather and Wind Conditions

The relatively enclosed structure of the gulf creates particularly comfortable sailing conditions.

The winds around the Seronian Islands are generally excellent for sailing throughout the summer.

The recommended season for a sailing vacation is from April to November. During the summer months, the temperature ranges from 20°C at night to 35°C during the day. In the transitional seasons (April-May, October-November), temperatures range from 12°C at night to 25°C during the day. July and August see temperatures climbing above 30°C and up, but fear not, if you’re on a yacht, that won’t stop you! You can jump into the water anytime to cool off (just remember to use sunscreen).

The main marinas where most of the charter companies operate are Marina Alimos and Marina Zea. These two large private marinas offer all the necessary services.

From the moment you set sail from the marina, you’ll begin to embrace the tranquility and serenity, effortlessly syncing with the perfect rhythm of your getaway.

Recommended Sailing Route

Day 1: Athens - Aegina

Departure from Athens to Aegina Island, just an hour’s sail from Athens.

Aegina is known as the “Pistachio Island” due to the abundant pistachio trees that grow there (have you ever seen what a pistachio tree looks like, and the pistachio nuts hanging from it?). It’s the main produce of the island. You can buy these delicious pistachios from one of the numerous stalls scattered around the island. We highly recommend anchoring at the charming village of Perdika, a small and popular harbor with waterfront taverns and cozy cafes. Perdika is a beautiful and quaint fishing village, situated amidst a traditional landscape, just 9 kilometers south of the town of Aegina. Perched atop a hill, it offers a fantastic view of the shimmering blue sea and the picturesque small island of Moni. Moni Island is located just across from Perdika, approximately 3 nautical miles away, covered in lush vegetation.

It’s highly recommended to sail for about half an hour to Moni Island (Nisos Moni), also known as the “Bird Island,” where you can find a stunning beach and snorkeling opportunities, a nature reserve, and a charming café that’s open during the summer.

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Aegina
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Aegina

Day 2: Aegina - Dokos

Sailing to the Island of Dokos – An uninhabited island with a stunning and sheltered bay, serving as an excellent refuge from the wind and a magical overnight anchorage. On your way to Dokos Bay, make a stop for a delightful lunch at Athanasiou Bay.

In the evening hours, you can enjoy a bonfire on the beach.

Day 3: Dokos - Hydra

Embark early to one of the gems of the Saronic Gulf, none other than Hydra Island, which is worth waking up early. This picturesque island has been a source of inspiration for many artists, including Leonard Cohen and Sophia Loren. Cars are entirely absent from the island, and its harbor serves as the heart of the town. From there, you can explore the island by car, bike, or even on a donkey. If the entrance to Hydra’s harbor is crowded or presents challenges, alternatively, you can anchor at Ermioni Harbor and take a water taxi to Hydra.

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Hydra

Day 4: Hydra - Poros

Sailing from Hydra to the picturesque island of Poros, you’ll encounter a charming town looking over the entire mountain. The town is densely packed with numerous steps and adorned with white walls covered in lush vegetation and vines. Along the waterfront, you’ll find an array of restaurants and shops. As you ascend the hill, you’ll discover more exclusive dining spots overlooking the sea. Adjacent to the town lies the stunning Russian Bay, a perfect spot to anchor and take a refreshing swim.

Day 5: Poros - Epidavros

From Poros to Epidavros. Epidavros is a typical Greek town with charming taverns and a small bakery, where you’ll be delighted to visit in the morning for fresh bread and pastries. Exploring the ancient sites of Epidavros is highly recommended; it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 6: Epidavros - Agistri

On the way back to Athens, take a final lunch break at the beautiful Aponissos Bay on the island of Agistri. This quaint island is connected to the mainland by a bridge, and we suggest stopping at a taverna for a meal of fresh seafood and a glass of ouzo while gazing out at the stunning bay. This quaint island is connected to the mainland by a bridge, and we suggest stopping at a taverna for a meal of fresh seafood and a glass of ouzo while gazing out at the stunning bay.

Agistri

Day 7: Agistri - Athens

When sailing back to Athens, it’s highly recommended to visit the breathtaking Acropolis and its adjacent museum—an impressive archaeological site. From there, you can continue to explore the city center and the charming Plaka district.

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