The Saronic Gulf
The Saronic Gulf is very popular for summer holidays and weekend breaks. This is because there are the closest Greek islands and mainland to Athens. Aegina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses and Ermioni, while Agistri is a true gem to explore. The crystal water, the relaxing atmosphere, and the long history are the most distinctive characteristics of Saronic Gulf islands and mainland, which have a different character each. Poros has a great atmosphere, Hydra has amazing architecture, Spetses stands out for the elegant mansions and Aegina is ideal for family vacations.
Poros is a little island in the heart of the Saronic Gulf, close to Aegina and Agkistri. Thanks to its proximity to Athens -just a 1-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port- it is one of the popular Greek islands, especially for weekend getaways from the capital. Perched on the slopes a hill, overlooking the vast Aegean sea and the opposite Galatas, Poros Town is the center of the island’s activity.
On Hydra island, you won’t see any cars! Everyone uses their foot, boats or donkeys to get around the island. The cars ban, along with the elegant stone mansions of the island, create a charming atmosphere and make the island one of the most serene destinations.
The peninsula of Methana with its two steep volcanic slopes is actually a volcano that emerged from the sea! Welcome the opportunity to explore a stunning volcanic landscape with dense vegetation, coastal villages and diverse flora and fauna. The establishment of the spa complex in 1870 made it a popular spa town attracting mainly senior citizens from many European countries.
Aegina is an idyllic Greek island very close to Athens, thus a very popular destination for quick getaways. Belonging to the Saronic group of islands, Aegina has many archaeological monuments, picturesque villages, and beautiful beaches!
Thanks to its extraordinary natural setting and the mesmerizing Agistri beaches, Agistri island is a popular destination for Tourists. Moving from Skala, where one of the island’s port is also located, you’ll come across the best Agkistri beaches, Aponissos and Dragonera. Backed by lush nature, they offer the perfect ambiance for relaxing days at the beach!
This cosmopolitan hangout in the Peloponnese has it all. Beautiful beaches backed by the sun-kissed Mediterranean landscape, attractive summer villas and yacht marinas, the island of Spetses across the narrow straits, fresh fish and a lively nightlife … just a few highlights of Porto Heli, a destination for the cognoscenti.
Spetses island is one of the popular Greek islands not only for the Greeks who crave a weekend getaway but also for international travelers! Spetses has an arguably elegant atmosphere, mainly thanks to the Venetian mansions of its Town, which emit a vintage aura. Spetses Town, the picturesque capital of the island is perfect for endless strolls, while there’s luscious swimming to be had at the secluded Spetses beaches.
Ermioni is a small seaside town on the eastern coasts of Peloponnese, in the region of Argolis. Constructed on the hill slopes around a beautiful port, this town has revived over the last decades as many Athenians have holiday homes there. The traditional architecture and the natural beauty of Ermioni attract many families looking for peaceful vacations.
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