Located along the beautiful Saronic Gulf, the Saronic Islands are very close to Athens.
With their clear, pristine sandy beaches and numerous uninhabited islets, the Saronic Islands exude a homely and romantic atmosphere. The Saronic Islands, sometimes referred to as the Argo-Saronic Islands, have more lush vegetation and greenery than the Cyclades and offer many excellent opportunities for swimming with higher sea temperatures.
Home to bustling cities and relaxed cultures, the Saronic Islands are full of historical beauty, both man-made and natural; here vacationers can absorb some interesting cultures and night owls can enjoy the vibrant nightlife.
Each island has its own natural beauty that reveals its historical treasures, attractive architectural structures and breathtakingly picturesque landscapes. The main inhabited islands are Salamina (Salamis), Aegina, Angistri, Methana, Poros, Hydra and Spetes.
Salamina is the largest island in the Saronic Gulf, close to Athens. The coastal community of Salamina is adorned with a unique past, beautiful beaches, ancient monuments, museums, churches, monasteries and archaeological sites. It has astonishing beaches and secluded sandy coves ideal for swimming and sunbathing. An all-time perfect destination.
Aegina is the heart of the Argo-Saronic Gulf. Favourite destinations of tourists. On Aegina Island, history is presented in archaeological museums, which are definitely worth a visit. The island's beaches are ideal for relaxing, swimming and sunbathing. Tourists will enjoy the water sports they offer such as scuba diving, snorkelling, underwater fishing or other water and beach sports. With dozens of restaurants and bars, Aegina offers numerous nightclubs on the waterfront.
Angistri, literally a Greek fishing hook, is the green gem of an island in the heart of the Saronic Gulf. Angistri is a destination that takes visitors back to simpler times. This island is a paradise for those who love hiking and cycling. Angistri is ideal for water sports such as windsurfing, water skiing, fishing, snorkelling and diving.
Methana and Poros
The volcanic island of Methana has its own distinctive feature, the panoramic view that can be achieved with a serious uphill hike. Methana Island boasts stunning neoclassical architecture, revealing views that amplify the island's role in Greek history. Poros is actually a beautiful island made up of two separate islands; Sfera and Kalavria. The island is home to many historical and contemporary attractions and beautiful beaches that are easily accessible. The island of Poros has a beauty of its own with its subtle charm. Methana and Poros offer a wide variety of dining options, with fine taverns serving traditional dishes and fish.
Hydra and Spetes
Hydra is a romantic island. It is where art, beauty and romance abound. The usual destination for lovebirds and newlyweds. Majestic residences and towers, stone fountains and gardens covered with bougainvillaea are one of the touristic places on the island where a breathtakingly beautiful serenity can be felt. Every tourist can enjoy the island's fresh fish right next to the sea. Spets indulges in the eclectic charm of the island, which has a long history of catering with a cosmopolitan edge and an appreciation of aesthetic old-world tradition. The beaches of the island are attractive, combining ocean blue and forest green. Lush vegetation, a peaceful setting and clear waters surround Spetses. Evening entertainment in most clubs and bars can easily continue until the first light of the morning.