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If you are interested in visiting several islands near Athens, then book your sailing boat and get ready to explore the Saronic Gulf! The Saronic Gulf is great for sailing and ideal for beginner sailors as it is almost fully protected from strong winds. It consists of some small but very beautiful islands with amazing beaches and sceneries!
If you are not a sailing person, you can always make your own island-hopping program by ferry.
Are you ready? Here we go:
# Aegina island
Aegina is the closest island to Athens and a very popular destination for charterers. The island has two very safe and organized ports; one in Aegina town and another in Perdika. You can anchor and enjoy your day exploring the picturesque old town of Aegina, the majestic Temple of Aphaia and the lovely beaches of Perdika. Aegina is famous for its locally produced pistachio, so don’t forget to try some as well as to bring some back home!
Check here the best tavernas and restaurants of the island.
# Agistri island
Often described as “the best-kept secret of the Saronic”, Agistri will captivate you with its emerald crystal waters and lush vegetation. The island is tiny so the only port that can accommodate large sailing boats is Milos. The best sights of Agistri are its stunning beaches, situated amid amazing landscapes. Don’t miss a visit in particular to Dragonera, Aponissos, and Chalikiada beach!
# Poros island
Poros is a quaint, colorful island with great views and it has a very organized and comfortable marina to accommodate you. When in Poros, don’t miss to visit the archaeological museum, which hosts exhibits from several historical periods, the ruins of the Russian Naval Base and the Bourtzi Castle, an islet very close to Poros.
This is our eat & drink selection for Poros
# Hydra island
Hydra is one of the most cosmopolitan and traditional destinations -it is even car-free! Hydra is ideal for relaxing walks around the cobbled streets and historic buildings. Don’t miss climbing on the hill from where you can enjoy the spectacular view of the sunset or visit its 300 churches in case you are interested in religious architecture.
Check here our selection of the finest restaurants on the island.
# Spetses island
Spetses has significant historical importance due to its definitive role during the Greek War for Independence. Spetses has a vivid nightlife so if you long for moments of fun, this island will not disappoint you! If you want to learn more about Greece and its recent history, visit the Bouboulina Museum which is dedicated to Laskarina Bouboulina, a major heroine of the Greek War for Independence. Also, if you have enough time at your disposal, then visit Palaia Epidavros from where you can easily reach the famous ancient theater of Epidaurus.
Check here the best restaurants and tavernas on the island.