Saronic Islands


The Saronic Islands are close to Athens. They are most popular with Greek tourists and for this very reason. They are easy and quick to reach. There are very few foreign tourists on the islands so there is a good chance you will the only non Greek in a particular place. If that’s a good or a bad thing one needs to decide for himself.

The Saronic Islands consist of Aegina, Angistri and Poros; often included are also Spetses, Hydra and Dokos. The islands are easy to reach from the mainland (Piraeus). There is plenty of accommodation available it gets busy during the weekends though.

Aegina is the biggest island within the group. It has plenty of water and is therefore rather green. Among Athenians the island is often referred to as Pistachio Island. The majority of people coming here is day trippers from Athens. The island is quite pretty but I’d recommend coming here during the week. The capital is well known among Athenians for its fine restaurants. Worth seeing are Aphaia Temple and the ruins at Paleochora.

The island of Poros is of volcanic origin. It is only about 500 meters off the mainland. It has beautiful beaches and extensive forests. One of the things to do is a visit to the ancient temple of Poseidon. The quickest way to get there from Athens is the “Flying Dolphin”; a fast boat from Piraeus. It takes about 1 hour.

Spetses is most famous for the pinewood on the island. Especially in the hot summer months the shade in dense forests is a welcome relief. The villages on the island are rather charming. It is hard to believe that one is only about one hour away from the hectic life in Athens. Spetses feels like proper country side which technically it of course is.

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