Situated just off the mainland and Peloponnese peninsula in the Aegean Saronic Gulf, the Saronic Islands sit. Due to it’s proximity to the historical capital city of Athens, the Saronics is renowned as the prime yacht charter area in Greece. The Saronics boasts seven main islands that offer the perfect combination for yachting and sailing: Salamis, Aegina, Poros, Agistri, Spetses, Hydra and Dokos. These islands and many more provide a range of diverse islands, characteristic harbours, gentle winds, archaeological ruins and unique quayside bars and tavernas, which makes the Saronics the perfect location for your yacht charter.
If you are looking for a cocktail of relaxation, entertainment, and culture all in one, the Saronic Islands will not disappoint. The main islands in the Saronic Islands all have a similar thing in common… They all posses beautiful bays, beaches and awe-inspiring history. The largest island in the Saronics is located closely to the historical capital city of Athens, where the Ambelakia port dates back to the 4th century B.C, which attracts thousands of tourists each year. Or why not visit the Aegean, where the well preserved Temple of Aphaia built in 500 B.C, sits. The ancient history of the Saronic Islands, makes it a desirable location for all kinds of visitors, as it possess something for everyone.
The weather in Greece is just one of the many advantages of renting a yacht there. Weather conditions from May to October is for most part hot and dry with temperatures hitting mid 30 degrees in July and August, and even in the early and late season, you’ll experience temperatures between 22 – 25 degrees. Wind speeds in the Saronics are also another reason why yacht chartering on the island is ideal. During the summer months, the winds blow from the North East and the change direction when further South and blow South East, up the Argolic Gulf towards Nafplio. Close to land the wind are manageable with light winds (force 3) and further out into sea, the winds are a bit fresher (force 5).
Most yacht charters are based at the marinas along the Attic coast. Mainland harbours surrounding the Saronic Islands include: Piraeus, Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Epidavros, Ermioni, Vathy and Port Heli. There is a whole host of traditional villages along the Peloponnese Peninsula like the former capital Nafplio or other quaint villages such as: Tolon, Planka, Monemvasia and Astros. Here you will be greeted the vast array of shops, cafes, bars and tourist attractions, you will never be short of things to do or places to see.
However, if you’re stuck on choosing from the vast places to visit in the Saronic Islands, why not start your trip in Aegina, an island that boasts a thriving sailing community in cafes and bars around the main marina. The town of Aegina is jam-packed with attractive side streets, hidden gems, beautiful views and the Temple of Aphaia, offering you everything you could possibly dream of during your excursion. Or if you fancy something similar, why not take a trip to Poros? Boasting fantastic views and complete with historical points of interest such as the Archaeological Museum, the ruins of the Russian Naval Base, and the exclusive Bourtzi Castle located on a small island on the western Coast of Poros, and only accessible by boat, why not utilise that and see a hidden treasure that not everyone will get to see in their life. But, if you are after something different, take a trip to Spetses, a lively island with prominent history. It is also a location where yachts congregate on the marina, to enjoy the thriving nightlife this place has to offer. While you are at it, why not visit the Bouboulina Museum to get your dose of history and culture. The Saronic Islands have so much to offer you and your guests, so you can make the most of your luxury yacht charter.