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Saronic Gulf

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The Saronic Gulf islands are among the Athenians favorite resorts as they are located close to the capital.

Each one of the five islands has its own character and color. The varied landscape and ancient archeological sites are a magnet for both Greeks and visitors from abroad.

The Saronic islands of Aegina, Poros, Angistri, Hydra, Dokos, Spetses and the Peloponnesian coast offer smooth sailing sheltered from strong winds. Here, the Meltemi (winds from the North, usually strong especially in July and August) does not blow as regularly as it does in the Cyclades or the Dodecanese, if it does blow from North to North East, its strength is usually about force 4-5, it is normally less around the Methana peninsula and Poros.

If the Meltemi does not blow, the wind is generally from the South, force 2-3. In the Hydra Gulf and Argolic Gulf, the wind is mostly from the South East, blowing force 3-5 dying down at night.

According to legend, Aegina was named after the daughter of Asopos. She was kidnapped by Zeus who brought her to the then, uninhabited island. There, they bore a son named Aiakos, who later became king of the island. The archeological record shows the island to have been inhabited since the Neolithic period and is thought to be the birthplace of the poet, Aristophanis. The works of Pausanios state that the temples of Aphrodite, Apollo, Artemis, Dionisos and Asklipios were located near the harbor. A pillar has been recovered from the temple of Apollo (Doric period - 6th century B.C.). It can be seen on the small picturesque hill named Kolonas. The most important archeological site is located on the east of the island near Agia Marina where the temple of Aphaia is to be found. Aphaia is an ancient goddess and protector of the island.
Poros is a volcanic island which was created from the joining of Kalavria and Sveria. It is located very close to Argolida in the Peloponnese, separated only by a very narrow channel. The ancient ruins of the Temple of Poseidon are to found 5 km from the main town, on the road to the monastery of Zoodochos Pighis. The temple was built in the 6th century B.C. According to legend, this is where Dimosthenis drank the "konio" poison and died. The town of Poros is built in keeping with Greek island tradition with blue and white colors. On the road to Neorio there are numerous small inlets with sandy beaches and pine trees which almost reach the sea. Approaching the island from the sea provides an unforgettable view. On the other side of the town, small boats take visitors to Argolida, where there is a large lemon orchard.
Spetses is located at the entrance of the Argolikos bay. The island has been inhabited since 2,000 B.C. and ancient ruins have been found at Agia Marina along with clay utensils and idols. In ancient times the island was called "Pytiousa" since it was covered with pine trees. Today, the island is famous its unique architecture, picturesque mansions and varied landscape. Also of note is the landscape with a beautiful combination of pine trees, rocks, sand and sea. Motor vehicles are not allowed on the island and the most popular means of transport are by horse and cart or bicycle. The most famous sites are the mansion of Bouboulina, the heroine of the 1821 revolution along with the mansion of Mexis which has now been turned into a museum. Also of note is the church of Agia Marina. Among the beaches on the island, the most well known are Agii Anargyri and Agia Paraskevi.

Sailing routes

  • Nea Peramos -Salamina Port - Aegina (main port)

  • Poros - Hydra
  • Hydra - Porto Heli
  • Nafplio (Nafplion) - Leonidion
  • Leonidion - Monemvasia
  • Monemvasia - Kyparissi
  • Kyparissi - Spetses
  • Spetses - Hermioni
  • Hermioni - Aegina (Perdika)
  • Perdika - Cape Sounion (Sounio)
  • Cape Sounion (Sounio) - Nea Peramos