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Saronic Islands & Argolic Gulf



Feel inspired by some of our favourite Itineraries. You can also explore some of the Cyclades islands from the Athens base as well as the Saronics if you have a 2 week charter or have chartered one of the larger yachts.

About the Saronic Gulf & Islands

The Saronic Gulf is a special sailing area with its close proximity to Athens, located between the Greek regions of Attica and the Peloponnese. You don’t have to venture far to find beautiful islands with charming coastal villages and ports that make up a most wonderful yachting ground. The eastern side of the Peloponnese is home to the major islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses. An array of beautiful villages, harbours and bays can also be found on the Peloponnese mainland. If you have chartered a larger yacht or charter for two weeks you can also visit the closer lying Cyclades islands as well.


The cosmopolitan island of Spetses, welcomes you with beautifully clear waters and secluded beaches. The restricted use of cars on the island means you can explore Spetses on foot or horse-drawn carriage. Discover the town of Dapia, with stylish boutiques, art shops and buzzy little cafes. In the evening you can enjoy gourmet dining, and a sophisticated and vibrant cafe bar scene.


In the heart of the Saronics, you will find Hydra Island. The main town sits on the picturesque waterfront and has a beautifully serene atmosphere. Fall in love with the magical town of Hydra as you wander through narrow alleys on cobblestoned streets, to discover exquisite stone mansions, traditional churches, boutique stores and adorable little transport donkeys.


The unique little island of Aegina is a short sail from Athens and has so much to offer. Visit magnificent monuments that take you on a journey through ancient Greek history, moor in the bright sunny harbour of beautiful green-blue water and enjoy a coffee at one of the beachfront cafes. Try some of Aegina’s famous pistachios and enjoy delicious local seafood at one of the many authentic restaurants


The island of Poros is a beautiful little island and a jewel in the heart of the Saronic Gulf. A stone’s throw from Athens, Poros has a charming simplicity and tranquil ambiance. Take a walk through the winding streets of the main town. Find whitewashed houses wrapped in colourful bougainvillea, quaint tavernas, cafe bars, and the main clock tower that can be seen from anywhere in Poros. Explore the history of the Temple of Poseidon surrounded by lush green pine tree forests.


Peloponnese is a large peninsula with astounding natural beauty and ancient historical significance. The region hosts the most important Greek archaeological sites, including the magnificient Ancient Theatre of Epidhavros. On the east coast you will find the charming little port of Ermioni, surrounded by lush greenery and many sandy beaches with crystal water and fantastic bays for swimming spots. Moor in historic ports, relax in the peaceful atmosphere and enjoy some of the finest cuisine in the Mediterranean.

   Local Airports: Athens

     Transfer Time: 30 minutes

    Bases: Alimos & Lavrion

   Flight Time from London: 3 ¾ hours

What is it like to sail in the Saronics?

The Saronic Gulf as well as the Argolic Gulf and eastern coast of the Peloponnese is a very well protected cruising area with generally light and consistent winds making it ideal for fun and relaxing sailing. During the summer months between June and September some of the area is affected by the meltemi wind but in spring and autumn the winds are normally weaker over the whole area. In the evenings if there are some isolated katabatic winds off the high mountains of the Peloponnese these only last for a few hours before dying down. If you have chartered a larger yacht or take a two week charter you can also visit some of the closer lying Cyclades islands as well.

The weather in the Saronic islands

The Saronic sailing area of Greece is blessed with a truly lovely climate. During the summer months the weather is consistently warm both day and night. Fantastic summer sailing holiday weather can be enjoyed from May until October when you can expect long, sunny days with very little chance of rain. Seasonal winds keep air fresh and are perfect for sailing. During April, October and November whilst milder it’s usually pleasant and often lovely and warm, with plenty of sunshine and more likelihood of some rain.

A typical day

After a relaxing breakfast onboard or ashore spend the morning meandering around the emerald waters to a secluded bay for a lunch time stop. Go for a swim, paddle board or snorkel or relax in the sun with a good book . Typically wind builds by early afternoon and drops again at sunset so you can have a great sail to your evening destination with calm evenings and peaceful waters. Spend a relaxing night, by a pretty quayside or small port or enjoy the chic cafe bars and fabulous restaurants in one of the cosmopolitan towns.

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