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Greece, The Saronic Islands
Sitting just off the Greek mainland, this archipelago is a popular holiday and sailing destination – and this is no wonder when you begin to uncover the beauty and character that awaits. Each island is home to its own unique charm and a yachting holiday spent hopping between the islands gives way to adventure, luxury and relaxation in this stunning part of the world.
Starting and finishing in Athens, this exemplar itinerary displays just how much of the Saronic can be explored within 7 days.
DAY 1 / 2: Athens – Aegina
In close proximity to Athens, Aegina is a popular destination with a rich history and a wealth of places to visit. The Ancient Temple of Athena Aphaia is a popular site for culture-seekers, whilst the small shoreline fishing village of Perdika is undoubtedly picturesque and ideal for anyone hoping for a fresh Greek seafood dinner.
DAY 2 / 3: Aegina – Poros Town (Poros Island)
Leaving Aegina behind and heading to the South West of the Saronic Gulf, Poros Island awaits with its lush greenery and bustling port. The pier displays shops, restaurants and bars aplenty as well as a local theatre. Love Bay is a popular area of the island; a quaint cove surrounded by Poros’ characteristic pines under which you can swim.
DAY 3 / 4: Poros – Hydra Town
Hydra offers a chance to step back in time; a town free from wheeled vehicles, the enchanting cobbled streets are characterised by charming donkeys that are assigned the majority of hauling. Small coves can be discovered around Hydra with crystal clear peaceful waters whilst the port oozes glamour in the high season.
DAY 4 / 5: Hydra – Spetses Island
Known for bringing the senses alive, the tiny port of Dapia is home to whitewashed houses, cafes and stylish boutiques. The island’s abundant history can be explored through numerous sites such as the Cathedral of Ayios Nikolaos before hitting the lively piazza for an evening’s entertainment.
DAY 5 / 6: Spetses – Moni Nisida
Stunning nature can be uncovered upon a visit to the unspoilt Moni, which reminds uninhabited for much of the year. The island is a nature reserve making ‘Paradise Beach’, on the Northern side of the island, the perfect location for a peaceful swim and a little downtime towards the end of an action-packed yachting adventure.
Day 6 / 7: Moni – Agistri
In close proximity to Athens, Agistri is the perfect final stop to round off your trip, exploring rich greenery and sparkling waters. Metohi is a beautifully authentic village worth a visit to enjoy a final taste of Greek cuisine.
Day 7: Agistri – Athens
Heading back to Athens hopefully in good time to enjoy a final spot of sunshine. A wonderfully iconic city and the perfect place to finish an unforgettable trip.