It’s a short sailing from Athens (Piraeus) to the Argosaronic Gulf in southern Greece with Aegina just 16.5 nautical miles away. Spetses, Hydra, Epidavros and Poros also await, sprinkled around the Methana peninsula. Each island is very different so join the Athenians who love to explore their natural beauty and their rather glamorous, romantic atmosphere.
Suggested places to visit in Argosaronic Islands
Athens is the historical capital of Europe. Soak up the city simply by walking in the 3km pedestrian zone which includes all of the major archaeological sites around the Acropolis. Climb the sacred rock of the Acropolis to savour the view and consider the extraordinary wonders of where you are standing before sailing off into the sunset.
Aegina, the closest island to Piraeus, takes its name from a nymph, daughter of the river god Asopos. Zeus fell in love with her and took her to this island which is brimming with natural beauty. Why not visit the Aphea Temple which, along with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, forms the ‘holy triangle’ of antiquity.
Drop anchor in sporty Spetses which hosts the biggest triathlon in Greece as well as the annual Spetsathlon and Spetses Mini Marathon, where thousands of participants take part. For a more relaxed view, hire a horse-drawn carriage from the harbour for a romantic trip to admire grand mansions adorning the narrow cobbled streets before settling down for dinner.
Seafaring prowess brought great wealth to Hydra in the 18th and 19th centuries and the town is built in the shape of an amphitheatre with traditional stone mansions and lovely homes centred round the harbour. All new construction work is banned and there are no cars on the roads, just donkeys for transport, so jump ashore and step back in time.
Lush vegetation, crystal clear waters, fine beaches, a lively waterfront with cafes and restaurants all make Poros an alluring island. The picturesque capital is a protected settlement so enjoy this quiet yet cosmopolitan destination. Sail into Love's Bay, a romantic cove, and just the place to swim and dry off under the fragrant pine trees.
Epidavros is a fishing village surrounded by hills filled with the scent of orange blossom. Here, Athenians seek refuge from the heat of the city and enjoy the beaches while water enthusiasts congregate for sailing, paragliding and snorkelling. Dive in to take a glimpse of another world – the remains of the sunken city of Epidavros. How cool is that?