Holiday Sailing Area: The Argo Saronic and East Peloponnese coastline

The Saronic Islands or Argo-Saronic Islands is an archipelago in Greece, named after the Saronic Gulf in which they are located, just off the Greek mainland. The main inhabited islands of this group are Salamis, Aegina, Agistri, and Poros. The islands of Hydra and Dokos, which lie off the northeast tip of the Peloponnese (technically between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf), are sometimes included as part of the Saronic Islands.

The East Peloponnese coastline is best combined with a sailing cruise in the Argo-Saronic Gulf. The land regions are called Argolis and Arcadia and the places worth a visit include Nafplion, Epidavros, Methana, Ermioni, and Leonidio.

MAP & INTRO

The Argo Saronic islands and the East Coast of the Peloponnese are very popular Greek islands for summer sailing holidays and weekend breaks. This is because they are the closest Greek islands from Athens. Aegina, Poros, Hydra, and Spetses have developed a lot in tourism over the last years. Agistri is not that famous and remains a true gem to explore. The crystal water, the relaxing atmosphere, and the long history are the most distinctive characteristics of  Saronic Greece, which have a different character each. On the east coast of the Peloponnese Navplion is the capital of the regional unit Argolis and has developed in a cosmopolitan center for the whole region. Other interesting places on the East coast of the Peloponnese are Porto Heli, Leonidio, Ermioni and Epidavros.

THE BEST WAY TO SAVOR THE ARGO-SARONIC GULF

The Argo-Saronic Gulf and the East Peloponnese offers diversity and history in a small package suitable for a one or two week yacht holiday starting from Athens or Lavrion. This area will be a mix between crystal clean bays, history and

A yacht holiday provides access that can not be achieved in any other way — your floating hotel suite allows you to travel effortlessly and provides access to the finest islands, villages, beaches, and experiences.

WHEN TO VISIT THE ARGO-SARONIC GULF

The islands are at their best in late spring (starting end of April, mid-May) when the landscape is still green, although the sea has not yet fully warmed up for swimming, and when the tourist crowds have yet to arrive. The Argo-Saronic, however, is an all year round destination. During the so-called Meltemi season, when the Cyclades islands are too windy to visit by yacht, the Argo-Saronic is the perfect destination when sailing from Athens or Lavrion.

 

DESTINATIONS IN THE CYCLADES

When sailing the Argo-Saronic Gulf and Peloponnese from Athens you have three choices to start from; Athens Alimos/Kalamaki Marina, Ayios Kosmas Marina or Lavrion (Port Marina and Olympic Marina). The biggest selection of quality yachts can be found in Athens Kalamaki – Athens Alimos Marina. Lavrion Port Marina or Olympic Marina are situated further south on Attica.

 

Greek Island yacht holidays provide the best access to the islands of the Argo-Saronics.

You’ll be surprised at how reasonable your private floating hotel suite (yacht with captain and cook/host) is.

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SAIL AND STAY

Some of our clients like to extend their Yacht Holiday by staying a few days before or after their cruise in Athens or on one of the islands.

A few days in Athens can be a great holiday starter, and if your group is flying in from different or distant countries this allows you time to catch up and recover from jet lag before your cruise. If you’re interested in history and art you may enjoy a visit to the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens and the National Archeological Museum that between them house most of the islands best historic art.

We are happy to recommend great places to stay, dine, explore and shop and can book your hotels and arrange airport and port transfers for you.

If you plan to spend some days on one of the islands, here is a brief overview of tourist numbers you can expect to encounter.

TOURISM IN THE ARGO SARONICOS AND EAST PELOPONNESE

Aegina, Agistri, Spetses, Hydra, Poros, Salamina and the peninsula of Methana form the island complex of the Argosaronic Gulf in southern Greece. Sprinkled over the Argosaronic Gulf and steeped in ancient mythology, these islands are small havens in close proximity to Athens. Daily ferry connection from the port of Piraeus makes them a lovely, easily accessible all-year-round destination for the Athenians and tourist visiting Athens for a long weekend. Visitors here will enjoy natural beauty, historical treasures, unique architecture, and glamorous, yet romantic atmosphere.

The three main islands are dominated by tourism season:

  • Hydra– is built in the shape of an amphitheater on a slope and is one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Traditional stone mansions, narrow cobblestoned streets, secluded squares and above all no cars.  All means of transport is organized by donkeys and handcars. Hydra preserved its distinctive atmosphere through the passage of time.
  • Aegina – The island of Aegina is one of the most popular tourist destinations as it is the closest island to Athens (only 16.5 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus).
  • Poros – Lush pine trees vegetation, crystal clear beaches, a lively waterfront adorned with shops and cozy cafes and restaurants make it a perfect place for a short holiday.

 

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02-09/07/2016

Dear Captain Peter, Andriana, and beautiful Malena…from the very first moment stepped on Malena you have treated us very lovely and since then the time has flown, and here we are on our last night on board. We would like to thank you for all the good memories and your hospitality. Peter, you are a great Captain with a big sense of humor, you were always been available for us and you did your best, to make all have an unforgettable time. With your guideless, we ‘ve seen beautiful places, dined at wonderful tavernas, swimming in amazing waters. It was an unforgettable week for us and we would definitely come back to explore new places and to live a new adventure with you if possible. From now on you have a family in Istanbul and we know that we have a friend in Greece! Thank you again for the unforgettable journey!

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  • A fantastic week sailing! | Erik
    We are a family of 8 and wanted to sail for a week on the Greek islands. As we are not advanced sailors, we chose to hire a skipper. We had the luck to get Walter as a skipper in the Piraeus Marina, where we started for our week in the Saronic Sea. Arriving on Saturday, we started our sail ...
  • Sailing the Argo-Saronicos in July 2017 | Melissa
    My two daughters and I sailed with Walter and Aleka in the Argo-Saronic in July and couldn’t possibly have had a better experience. From the planning stages, it was a pleasure. He was helpful finding a sailboat that fit our needs and budget. We were very inexperienced in sailing, so his input led to the right boat and the right ...
  • Thanks to Ocean Nomads! Highly recommended!
    I had one week on board of “Argo”. Yacht is good, clean, and it is very easy to sail. Walter is an owner, and he assist with all issues. Great man and experienced skipper. Highly recommended! Stas Blokhin