Saronic Islands Yacht Charter Guide
A heavenly archipelago steeped in history and unparalleled beauty
Scattered like jewels along the glittering Saronic Gulf, the Saronic Islands lay just off mainland Greece. Saturated in natural beauty, pristine sandy beaches and an abundance of deserted islets, the Saronic Islands exude a glamorous, yet romantic ambiance. The Saronic Islands are an idyllic charter destination and can be explored within a week long stay.
Sometimes referred to as the Argo-Saronic Islands, the Saronic Islands, boast more lush vegetation and greenery than the Cyclades Islands and with warmer sea temperatures, offer many excellent opportunities for swimming. Home to a plethora of bustling cities and laid-back cultures the Saronic Islands are brimmed with historical beauty, both man-made and natural, where vacationers can absorb some intriguing cultures and the night owls can enjoy a vibrant nightlife.
Each island is a unique haven for luxury yacht charter and offers historical treasures, alluring architecture and stunning scenic views. The main inhabited islands are Salamina (Salamis), Aegina, Angistri, Methana, Poros, Hydra and Spetes.
Located to the northernmost tip, within close proximity of Athens is Salamina. Often deemed to be the jewel of the Saronic, Salamina is rich in art history and exhibitions, in addition to boasting beautiful churches and monasteries. For serene sun bathing and swimming within temperate waters, venture to the southern side of the island where Selinia, Kanakia and Faneromeni are amongst some of the most popular beaches.
One of most visited islands in Greece, Aegina offers many historical attractions such as well-preserved temples and archaeological museums. From coastal fishing villages with breathtaking views of the sea to an array of water sports opportunities such as wind surfing, diving and snorkelling, Aegina is a great location to wind down and relax of take to some adrenaline fuelled activity. With dozens of restaurants and bars, Aegina offers abundant nightspots on shore.
A land devoted to farming and fishing, Angistri is brimmed with pine trees, lush vegetation and azure waters, this Saronic paradise offers a multitude of activities such as cycling, forest walks and horse riding. With an array of elegant bars and restaurants, Angistri offers a thriving nightlife which can be enjoyed into the early hours.
Methana and Poros
The volcanic island of Methana boasts stunning landscape views of coastal villages and a diverse flora and fauna. Poros is an undoubted highlight and is built in the shape of an amphitheatre over two volcanic hills. Famed for its stretches of beaches along the spectacular coastline, Poros offers excellent opportunities for exploring an array of surrounding islets from your superyacht.
Hydra and Spetes
Dubbed as the ‘St Tropez of Greece’, Hydra is one of the most romantic islands in this archipelago. With quaint cobbled streets, secluded squares and traditional stone mansions, Hydra has a seductive appeal. This yachting paradise is popular with many sailing and motor yachts every summer with the pretty waterfront villages boasting many shops and cafés for those looking to lap up the high life. Spetses is steeped in ancient history and naval tradition offering a relaxing and serene ambiance with many sights to see. Pine scented and home to many beautiful beaches, Spetses has an alluring sense of escape.
If you are interested in cruising in any of these destinations, be sure to get in touch with your preferred charter broker after taking a look at all of the luxury yachts available for rent in Greece.
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