Athens, capital of Greece, cradle of civilization, crowns a country identified with the sea and sailing for thousands of years. In this post, we propose you to discover Greece from the sea with a complete sailing itinerary in Saronic Islands for 7 days.
The Saronic Islands are situated at a close distance from Athens, the capital of Greece and its port. This group of Greek Islands consists of Angistri, Aegina, Methana, Poros, Salamina, Spetses and Hydra. They have a lot to offer to the visitors: natural beauty, clean sandy beaches and even small deserted islets to explore.
The Saronic Gulf is located in front of it bringing an unlimited range of experience at the helm. Charming bays and marinas await you in a picturesque and vivid adventure through immemorial destinations in your boat charter. Discover this paradise, sailing over the Mediterranean sea with your rented boat.
How can I get to Greece?
Most major airlines fly to Athens. Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport 27 km (17 miles) east of the city center, near the suburb of Spáta, opened in 2001 as part of the infrastructure improvements in preparation for the Olympics. It is allegedly now one of the more attractive and efficient major European airports.
When is the best time to sail in Greece?
Good navigation during the months from May to October. Due to inexperienced sailors, it’s important to consider the wind ‘meltemoi’ in the autumn, because it changes strength and direction unexpectedly.
What’s the weather and wind like?
Ideal climatic conditions for sailing during nine months, from March to November. The Saronic Islands and East Peloponnese areas are less affected by the Aegean Sea wind (near Beaufort 4).
Our Favourite Sailing Itinerary in Saronic Islands (Greece): From Athens to Perdika (7 days /131 nm)
Day 1: Departure from Athens
Built around the old Acropolis and Mount Lycabettus (299 m), it’s easy to be transported to the golden age of ancient Greece as you wander through its streets, before setting sail in your chartered boat.
Athens has a spectacular history peeking out from all over the city. Don’t miss the chance to take a walk through its history, before you start this sailing route with your rent a boat along the Greek islands.
Day 2: Athens – Aegina (18 nm)
The Temple of Aphaia, the invisible, is the monument of Aegina. The mythology says she jumped into the sea, pursued by her beauty, but was picked up by a fisherman nets.
Enjoy this mythical port in your hired boat and take in the crystal blue waters. Aegina, the Saronic island, is still Greek and not spoiled by mass tourism. It’s a real privilege!
Day 3: Aegina – Angistri – Poros (21 nm)
Angistri is the smallest of the Saronic islands. Lonely and quiet, ideal to escape from the tourists and relax in your boat.
In Poros, you will leave the boat to enjoy the shade of the blue domes. In early times, Poros consisted in fact of two islands, Sphería and Kalávria, but the last explosion of the Méthana volcano in 273 BC radically changed the morphology of the area. This island has a rich vegetation, lush pine trees vegetation, crystal clear beaches, a lively waterfront.
Day 4: Poros – Hydra (12 nm)
Greece’s beautiful Hydra is a mountainous island, where there is a cave opening onto the sea. One can dive from a height of 4.50 m by a staircase that runs along the sea. The perfect activity while you enjoy your rented boat. This island gets very popular as a summer weekend destination, The special thing about Hydra is that cars and other motor vehicles are entirely prohibited in all the island, so all transport is done on foot, by boat or riding the donkey. Moor your boat and go to enjoy this wonderful place!
Day 5: Hydra – Dokos – Spetsai (17 nm)
Dokos is practically uninhabited. You will find some Greek Orthodox monks and perennial herds of sheep. You will be attracted by Spetsai for its beaches and pine smell, while you leave your boat to explore
The most interesting sightseeing in Spetses is the Museum of Bouboulina, which is actually the home of the legendary heroine of the Greek Revolution originating from Spetses. The large town is a nice place to stroll around, especially the beach promenade.
Day 6: Spetsai – Tselevinia – Perdika (41 nm)
In Perdika and Tselevinia small halts will welcome you and your boat with its rocky beaches and crystal clear Greek waters. Enjoy traditional fish dishes in the local tavernas, or visit the modern cafes and bars. Time to relax!
Day 7: Perdika – Athens (22 nm)
The trip is finish. Returning home is hard, but always can remember your time sailing with your boat in the Greece Islands.
Where you can find ports and marinas in this Greece route?
There are hundreds of ports in the Greek Capital. You can refuel, stock up on water and any supplies you need before starting your boat or yacht holiday.
There’s a harbour and a marina in this small port town. You can access refuelling facilities, water and electricity here, where mooring options are bow-to and stern-to.
The harbour in Poros has a refuelling station, water, electricity, laundry facilities and gas bottles.
This harbour has a refuelling station, electricity and water.