Set an olive’s throw away from Athens, the Saronic islands rise out of brilliant blue waters to provide perfect sailing conditions. Sandy beaches, family run restaurants and the generous hospitality of the Greeks. Visit the island of Paros where the seafront spills with the traditional bars and tavernas. Then head south to explore the famous islands of Hydra and Spetses, as well as discovering the untouched town of Leonidhion, all with great sailing in-between.
This route starts and ends in Athens (Piraeus) which is located near the Athens airport, approximately 30 minutes.
During the height of summer you can expect temperatures reaching the early 30's whereas heading out early in May or October you'll find a still warm 24 degrees.
With check in being at 5:00pm, we advise arriving an hour prior to make sure the check in process is seamless and everything is in proper order. Here you will meet your skipper where you will be able to make a formal introduction and finalize the route that you have created.
Explore the charming picturesque villages and the bustling streets while stopping at local family run restaurants to fill your appetite with the fresh catch of day. Look out at rolling hills and the bevy of beautiful beaches where you will enjoy a refreshing swim. Immerse your taste buds with grilled octopus, fine wines and cheeses at one of the many local tavernas on the waterfront.
In the morning you will set on a 2 hour sail towards Hydra. A true gem of the Saronic route, Hydra is the definition of tranquility and relaxation. No cars. No scooters. Just tiny cobbled lanes and donkeys. Absolute bliss. Hydra sits below a steep mountain slope in a sheltered bay offering breathtaking views. Local tavernas fill the streets while the atmosphere is calm and friendly; you will fall in the love with this idyllic village. We recommend enjoying a traditional Greek meal for dinner paired with a glass or two of local wine.
The island of Spetses is approximately a two-hour sail from the charming village of Hydra. Hire a scooter upon arrival to explore the entire island in two hours. While touring around the island you can stop and take a refreshing swim at one of the many pebble beaches and visit ancient ruins. For dinner we recommend eating at ‘The Old Olive Oil Press’ and trying the red fin tuna steak.
This small town is situated between two deep bays with spectacular views of the inlets and the island of Hydra. Ermioni is a working town rather than relying on tourism to boost its economy, this makes it interesting and unlike most other Greek destinations. You will be able to explore the windy cobblestone streets. Take a stroll through the pine trees along the shores where the temptation of taking a refreshing swim will become overpowering; choose the bay that you desire and take a quick dip while catching some rays. Enjoy dinner on your yacht or at a local taverna in town.
Sail into the main port of Aegina where the popular marina is buzzing with yachts, you will immediately feel transpired to join in the hustle and bustle of this welcoming island. Once onshore you will be greeted with the smells of the local artisans cooking up their recipes that have been passed down through generations. With Aegina providing copious amounts of rich history, pristine sandy beaches, delightful food and drinks makes it an island not to be missed.
Wake up with the morning breeze and the smell a Mediterranean breakfast onboard your yacht before setting sail through the majestic islands. Stop for lunch and a quick swim in a secluded bay before making your way back to the base marina.