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The Saronic Gulf islands are the closest to Athens and can be reached in an hour or less by high-speed in the case of Aegina and Agistri, and are great for day-trips and overnights even in the winter. These islands can be visited on the One-Day Saronic Cruise which boasts a 364-day-a-year schedule since even in bad weather the Saronic Gulf is sheltered from the wind. But the Saronic islands are also worth spending more time on and the island of Hydra has a jet-set reputation that rivals Mykonos. Click on these links or scroll down. You can use the top button to return. When you finish you can use this link or the link at the bottom of the page to return to Greek Island Synopsis Main Menu. If you want help with your Greek Island combination try my Create-an-Itinerary page. If you have any questions or can't decide what you want to do you can always e-mail me . If you find this page useful please share it with your friends on Facebook and Google+

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Aegina

Aegina

A nice day trip from Athens. Take the ferry rather then the high-speed so you can relax and enjoy the scenery of the short trip. Good island for bicycling and the small coastal village of Perdika has some seafood restaurants. Visit the Temple of Aphaia above Agia Marina. Surprisingly Aegina is one island which has really retained it's 'Greekness'. Maybe because it is too close to Athens to be attractive to mass tourism. It is a great place to go in the winter and the off-season. Agia Marina is a beach town with some tavernas a view of Athens and a nice hotel owned by a very friendly and hospitable young woman named Sophia. Check out the Hotel Karyatides. Aegina is a good island for people who want to see Athens but not necessarily stay in Athens because you can get to the city in an hour or less.

I used Aegina as my sample island in my lesson on How to Visit a Greek Island
See also www.athensguide.com/aegina.html for info on going to Aegina and other nearby islands on day-trips from Athens. Fantasy Travel also offers One-day Yacht and Sailboat Charters to the Saronic Gulf Islands which are like mini-cruises and include Aegina and Angistri. Don't forget about the One-Day Saronic Island Cruise which goes nearly every day of the year and visits Aegina, Poros and Hydra.

See my Aegina Guide

For hotels search Booking.com.com's Aegina Page or contact Dolphin Hellas
You can find ferry schedules and book tickets at www.ferryhopper.com

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Agistri Island

Agistri

Agistri is a small island near Aegina with beautiful sandy beaches and a devoted following. Famous for being one of the first places in Greece to experiment with naturism, (or in plain English it was one of the first islands to have a nudist beach, and in fact it still does.) Some nice tavernas and the famous Agistriclub Hotel, a favorite for people who have made a career of visiting Greece every summer, make Agistri an excellent place to stay and still be able to zip into Athens to see the Acropolis. The far side of the island is mostly agricultural and in the village of Limineria, named after its lake, the inhabitants devote themselves mostly to farming and fishing. These islands near Athens are also a good choice for the winter months when weather is unpredictable and you don't want to be too far from Athens.

See Phil La Vere's Agistri Page

For hotels search Booking.com's Agistri Page or contact Dolphin Hellas
You can find ferry schedules and book tickets at www.ferryhopper.com

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Hydra in 1968

Hydra

Former home of Leonard Cohen and jet setter haven. No beaches but who cares? Magnificent village and swimming off the rocks is good enough for recovering from the previous nights festivities. Restaurants and cafes on waterfront are for people-watching. For good inexpensive food search the back-streets or walk down the coast. No cars on the island. Lots of donkeys. Suitable for families or nightlife lovers. There are excursions to Ancient Mycenae, Epidavros and the beaches of the Peloponnesos. The town has been restored and preserved exactly as it appeared in the 1800's when its inhabitants built it during a period of prosperity gained from piracy and blockade running. The Hydriotis made a name for themselves during the war for Independence. Nice seafood restaurants in the village of Kamina. When you tire of walking there are water-taxis. My father took this photo in 1968. It has not changed a bit. Well, maybe a little but compared to the rest of Greece, not at all.
My father took the above photo in 1968. It has not changed a bit. Well, maybe a little but compared to the rest of Greece, not at all.
The One-Day Saronic Island Cruise stops here too

See my Guide to Hydra

For hotel descriptions, bookings and rates search Booking.com's Hydra page or contact Dolphin Hellas.
For Villas in Hydra see
www.greecetravel.com/villas
You can find ferry schedules and book tickets at www.ferryhopper.com

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Poros, Greece

Poros

Imagine staying on an island so close to Athens that you could wake up in the morning and in a little more than an hour, be walking around the acropolis, shopping in the flea-market or wandering around the Plaka looking for gifts or a nice place for lunch. Imagine an island that is a three minute boat ride to the Peloponnesos and places like Naphlion, Myceneae, Epidavros. Imagine an island that is less then an hour from Pireaus, where you can make ferry connections to Mykonos, Ios, Santorini, Crete, Paros, Naxos, Lesvos, Rhodes and almost every island in the Aegean sea. And if this island was blessed with beautiful forests that came right down to the beach, inexpensive accommodations, great restaurants, water sports and cafe life on par with the best Greek islands, then why would you bother staying in Athens? (Unless like me you love cities). The One-Day Saronic Island Cruise stops here too.

See my Guide to the Island of Poros

For hotel descriptions, bookings and rates search Booking.com's Poros page or contact Dolphin Hellas
I highly recommend the family owned
Saga Hotel. They have a special Easter program where you can take part in the traditional Easter ceremonies including roast lamb, dancing and drinking their home made wine. See Easter in Poros
For villas and holiday homes see Poros Villas
You can find ferry schedules and book tickets at www.ferryhopper.com

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Salamina-Salamis

Salamina

The Jewel of the Saronic. Well maybe a couple thousand years ago. It is now more of a suburb of Pireaus with ferries doing the 10 minute commute every 20 minutes or so from Perama, an industrial area that is worth a visit for people who like shipyards, factories and things like that. The island of Salamina itself makes an interesting day trip if you have many days to spare (like a year). There are restaurants and beaches on the far side and a few derelict ships and wrecks scattered around. There are also boats from the big harbor in Pireaus but something tells me that not many people will make the trip after reading this. Still, I went to check it out with George the Famous Taxi Driver and I kind of liked it. After all, if it were not for the Battle of Salamis we might all be speaking Farsi. Check out the weird organic house near Peristera. There are some nice spots as any local will tell you. The trouble is finding a local who will tell you.

For hotel descriptions, bookings and rates search Booking.com's Salamis page
You can find ferry schedules and book tickets at www.ferryhopper.com

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Spetses

Spetses

Nice beaches. Pine trees. Water-taxis and Nightlife in the old harbor plus one of the oldest wooden boat building yards in Greece. Spetses is most famous for being the setting for the John Fowles book, The Magus which is suggested reading for your visit here. You can travel all around the island by bicycle or water taxi and there are excursion boats and buses to the various beaches. High-speed service to Naphlion and points south make Spetses a doorway to the Peleponnesos.

See the Diana Farr Louis Guide to Spetses

For hotels on Spetses search Booking.com's Spetses Page or contact Dolphin Hellas
There are also houses and villas available at www.greecetravel.com/villas/spetses

You can find ferry schedules and book tickets at www.ferryhopper.com

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