1 week holiday
Saronic and Argolic Gulfs sailing area
The Saronic gulf and the Argolic gulf include the islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses and many beautiful places in between on the mainland of Greece including Korfos, Palaia Epidavros, Vathi in Methana, Ermioni and Porto Heli.
The Saronic and Argolic gulfs are partially sheltered by the mainland from the strong Meltemi winds which can blow non-stop for days around the Cyclades during the Summer months.
Aegina | Aegina town
The town and harbour of Aegina have abundant, excellent waterfront tavernas, ouzeries and coffee shops. The backstreets are full of small shops selling souvenirs, handi-crafts and provisions. Aegina boasts many attractions. The temple and museum of Aphrodite are to be found on the beach of Ak Kolona, right in the centre of Aegina town. The Temple of Aphaia is situated close to the centre of the island. It dates back to 5BC and has been compared to the Parthenon for its state of preservation. Also worth a visit are the monastery and magnificent church of Saint Nektarios.
Perdika is a small fishing village on the South West coast of Aegina island. The bay is very attractive and there are wonderful seafood tavernas on the waterfront. If we arrive here early, we will be sure of a mooring place on the small jetty and can take time off to walk around the village and the adjacent headland.
Aegina – Anchorages on the South
In settled weather we can anchor in the bays of Ormos Klima and Ormos Mourioti, go for a swim and enjoy a relaxing lunch or a dinner on board under the stars.
The small island of Moni lies a short distance from the port of Perdika and is only occupied by a few goats, deer and friendly peacocks. This is a peaceful haven for a swim and lunch or for overnight in settled weather.
The island of Angistri lies 2 miles South West of Aegina. The small port retains a simplicity and charm of its own but is best known for the clear, turquoise waters in the anchorages of Limenaria and Dhoroussa on the South West of the island.
The port of Epidaurus, with its tree-lined waterfront and its assortment of tavernas and cafes, is pleasant in its own way. But the real reason to come here is to view the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, which is the best preserved of all Greek amphitheatres. This 14,000 seat open-air theatre is still host to some of the best classic theatrical and musical performances every Summer. There is also a lesser-known, small amphitheatre just around the headland from the port where we can anchor for the night in calm weather and listen to the music being played there.
Vathi is on the West coast of the Methana peninsula and is one of our favourite ‘close to home’ places. This small fishing harbour has an assortment of friendly, family-run tavernas. We have enjoyed time in the cooler months walking up to the volcano through fields of beautiful, fragrant spring flowers. A hydropathic institute at Methana makes use of the warm and healing sulphurous water that still surfaces in the area. Walk along the beach, via the castellated ruin and up into the village of Megalohori to enjoy breathtaking views of sunset over the Peleponnese mountains.
Poros lies close to the Peloponnese, separated from the mainland by a narrow and shallow channel. The island is extensively wooded with pine trees. The real gem of Poros is the town itself, nestled into the rocky slopes, and the approach by sea from the North has to be one of the most spectacular in Greece. Take some time to wander around the narrow passages and up the town steps and enjoy the many tavernas on the hillside and along the seafront. You could explore the ruins of the Ancient Temple of Poseidon or cross over to the mainland and swim in the waterfalls at Devils Bridge.
Anchorages around Poros
In the ‘lagoon’ of Poros there are many places to anchor for a lunch break, a swim or an overnight stop. The most renowned, but the busiest, is Russian bay. But we have our favourite overnight spot, Bette’s Bay, where we dive for oysters and wake up to the sound of goats. This bay is sheltered, peaceful and secluded.
Hydra is the island of the ancient Greek poets and where shipping tycoons built their grandiose houses. In the 60’s Hydra became fashionable with artists, the rich and famous. Today Hydra still has an air of wealth. There are no wheeled vehicles allowed and the only form of transport is by donkey. Mooring in the crowded harbour can be challenging and it is not unusual for yachts to be moored three deep. Crossed anchors are the norm here and can provide great entertainment. Take a swim in the crystal waters off the rocks and enjoy a meal in the backstreet tavernas.
Anchorages around Hydra
The bay of Mandraki lies about 1/2 kilometer East from Hydra harbour. Although not a particularly attractive bay, it is a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of Hydra. There is one taverna ashore and the water taxis run regularly from here into Hydra harbour. On the South west coast of the island there are three attractive bays where we can anchor that are ideal for a lunch stop and a swim.
Dhokos lies 5 miles to the West of Hydra harbour. Apart from the goats, this deserted and barren island has little to offer. But don’t let this put you off. It has a large, attractive bay on the North side which is a popular spot for yachts to anchor safely for lunch and swimming or an overnight stay. This place can be very peaceful but we’ve also enjoyed some fun evenings here with neighbouring yachts. Swim ashore and visit the goats.
On the North side of this pine-covered peninsula is the small, pleasant port of Ermioni with a number of good tavernas and shops. The South side is more peaceful. You can sit in one of the coffee shops or walk around the wooded headland and enjoy a swim from the shore.
Spetses is the first island on the approach to the Argolic gulf. The town itself is normally very busy but has a very warm and welcoming feeling. It has some beautiful architecture and is a wonderful place to wander around. There are no moorings for visiting yachts in Spetses old harbour but there is normally plenty of space to anchor-off and go ashore by dinghy for a pleasant walk into the town through the stone paved streets. Spestes also has many beautiful anchorages around the North, South and West coast for a lunch stop or to spend a night at anchor.
Anchorages around Spetses
Zogeria is the large tree-lined bay on the North West of Spetses. Its clear, turquoise waters make it very popular and sometimes a little crowded but well worth a stop for a swim or an overnight stay. Along the West coast are the smaller, attractive bays of Paraskevi and Anargyroi. Each of them have a taverna on the sandy beaches but nevertheless are peaceful for an overnight stop at anchor in calm weather. On the South of the island opposite the privately owned island of Spetsaipoula lies the bay of Petros, another good spot for a swim in clear waters.