Easily accessible from Athens and just a short boat trip from Piraeus port you can discover the Saronic Gulf islands of Salamis, Aegina, Angistri, Poros, Idra and Spetses. These islands and waterways are ideal for a short sailing holiday offering the traveller a wealth of diverse experiences. The most well-known and popular islands of this group are Aegina, Poros, Idra and Spetses. The visitor can enjoy whitewashed houses, untouched hillsides and secluded beaches. Away from the hustle and bustle of Athens these elegant and peaceful islands for many years have been a favourite escape for Athenians and visitors alike.
The Saronic Gulf Islands offer a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets and travellers. A great range of accommodation can be found on many of the most popular islands including Salamis, Aegina, Angistri, Poros, Idra and Spetses and each offer their own atmosphere and character. Conveniently close to many of the most popular attractions, Island accommodation ranges from standard motels and basic hotels to luxury resorts and deluxe apartments. Book Saronic Gulf Islands Accommodation
There are regular ferry and hydrofoil services from Piraeus port to the Saronic Gulf islands especially during the tourist season from April to October each year. You should note that on the islands of Idra and Spetses no cars are allowed so the best way of getting around these islands is on foot or by boat. As for the other islands you can use the local buses or taxis to discover the little villages or numerous beaches. If you’re pressed for time, there are also day cruises to Aegina, Poros and Hydra from Athens which includes lunch on board and stops at all 3 islands. Getting around the Saronic Islands
The Saronic Gulf Islands is a group of islands in Greece home to a variety of popular attractions, located on the various islands. Aegina is a paradise for nature lovers with many forests, traditional mountain villages and beautiful beaches. Poros is known for its untouched hillsides, crystal clear waters and idyllic beaches. Idra's natural ascending harbour and ragged landscape has inspired artists since the early 1800s. Spetses is also famous for its place in the 1821 Greek Revolution and the island offers the visitor tranquillity combined with a lively cosmopolitan life.
According to Greek myth, the island of Aegina takes its name from a nymph who was the daughter of the river god Asopos, whom Zeus fell in love with and took with him to the island. There are less than 1,000 inhabitants on the island of Agkistri. Spetses is best known for its contribution to the War of Independence which saw the revolution flag raised on the island on April 3rd 1821. Hydra is considered one of Greece’s most romantic destinations and is built in the shape of an amphitheatre overlooking the Argosaronic gulf.