By strict definition, the Saronic Islands include just four islands: Salamis, Aegina, Poros and Angistri. However, for the purpose of our sailing holidays, we include the islands of Hydra, Dokos and Spetses in the mix – collectively the ‘Argosaronic Islands’. Whatever you do though, don’t forget the lovely mainland harbours as well, including Epidavros, Ermioni, Vathi and a host of lovely villages stretching down the long Peloponnese peninsula ‘finger’ from Nafplion, the former capital. There’s a lot of places to take in, we know, but it illustrates the sheer number of lovely villages, islands and towns to visit.
Many start with a false impression that due to the close proximity to Athens that this area will be ‘packed to the gunwales’. Fortunately, as there is just the one main marina in Athens serving both the large Saronic and Cyclades Islands, the reality is much better. Sure, it gets as busy as other destinations in peak season, but it may surprise you to know that for a two week sailing holiday, this is arguably the ‘least busy’ destination in the Mediterranean.
The further you sail from Athens the quieter it gets. As most people only do a one-week holiday, beyond this radius is appreciably quieter and more serene.