When sailing around Greece, you’ll find secluded coves, chic bars and restaurants, and all the tzatziki you could possibly imagine. I sailed the Saronic Islands with The Yacht Week Greece and fell in love.
With so many islands to explore, sailing is the best way to make the most of your trip. Here are my tips for sailing the Saronic Islands in Greece!
Day 1: Alimos
Alimos Marina is the largest of the marinas in Greece. Located about 9 miles southwest of downtown Athens, this is where you are most likely to board any sailing boat or yacht that you are going to take around the islands of Greece!
Day 2: Erimioni
Erimioni is a small own of Peloponnese. Its tourism has seen a boom in recent years due to many summer houses being built in the area.
If you feel like a little R&R, take a walk around the cobblestone alleys and the whitewashed homes. You’ll also find plenty of traditional coffeehouses (kafeneia) and little taverns to enjoy a glass of wine.
Day 3: Spetses
Spetses is known for its old harbor and Dapia, a commercial center where all the entertainment happens. Here you can take a romantic horse-drawn carriage around the island or visit some of the historical naval spots like the House of Bouboulina or the House of Hatzigiannis Mexis.
If you’re looking for a little more adventure, rent an ATV and see the island on wheels.
Day 4: Porto Heli
Out of all the destinations, Porto Heli is known as one the most famous and most luxurious. We’re talking luxury brands alongside white sand beaches and world class food.
It’s very similar to the Amalfi Coast without the flocks of tourists. If you’re looking to see some of the hottest beach parties in Greece, look no further.
Nikki Beach in Porto Heli is world famous for its beach party scene. In fact “Niki” in Greece means “victory.” The resorts have infinity pools and DJs that play music that will draw you in.
Day 5: Natural Bay on Dokos
Dokos is one of the most isolated islands in the Saronic Gulf. In fact, the island has a population of about only 50 people.
The best way to see the island is to hop on a bicycle and explore. After you’ve worked up an appetite, stop the Old Olive Press Taverna for local produce and drinks.
Day 6: Hydra
Hydra is one of the more the laid-back Greek islands. The island is only 50 kilometers square and you won’t find any cars or motor vehicles.
In fact, the only way to get around is by donkeys and water taxis.
Spend your day soaking in the architecture and colorful bougainvillea that line the alleyways. The port itself has crystal clear water and many of the nearby beaches are often undisturbed.
Day 7: Athens
Did you know that Athens is the historical capital of Europe? In fact, it dates back to the 5th century BC.
Because it’s long history, there are so many incredible archeological sites to visit. Some of the most famous include Acropolis, a site you’ve most likely seen in all of your history books, and the Parthenon.
I always recommend checking to see if there is a free walking tour of any new city you visit, and Athens has a great one. The tour I took lasted over 3 hours and took us to all of the archeological sites in Athens.
You can also walk the Athens Flea market for cheap souvenir shopping and some fresh fruit to snack on. There are little fruit stands all over selling inexpensive cherries, nectarines and pretty much everything you could imagine!
There is so much delicious and authentic Greek food to try in the city so be sure to ask some locals for their recommendations. And don’t leave without trying Greek yogurt with spoon sweets!
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With over 6,000 different islands, sailing is the best way to see and experience the most of Greece in the shortest amount of time!
by Kiersten Rich