Greece, Saronic Sea
Go on a sailing trip in the calm and safe waters of the Saronic Gulf. Explore islands like Aegina, Poros, Hydra, and Methana, each with its own charm. Discover ancient ruins, lively harbors, and hidden coves. The Saronic Gulf is known for being quiet and safe, even in windy seasons. Enjoy a relaxing and secure sailing experience while exploring the culture and beauty of the area.
Start your trip in Athens, a lively city where ancient history mixes with modern life, creating a dynamic cultural setting for your sailing journey.
The total length of the route is about 140 nautical miles.
In Greece, many marinas are mostly free or really cheap but don't expect a lot of services. You might need to dock your boat on your own, but if there are other crews around, they're usually willing to lend a hand. Another option is to dock at restaurants where it's a good idea to book a spot ahead of time, and the staff will help you with docking.
The sailing time is approximate and calculated based on an average sailing speed of 6 knots. The actual time will depend on the choice of the marina, weather conditions, yacht specifications, and crew skills.
Alimos Marina - Aegina
Day 1, Saturday: Yacht check-in day. Start your adventure from Alimos Marina, the main place for renting bareboat charter yachts in Athens. Sail to Aegina, an island with a lot of history and charm. Enjoy fresh seafood at seaside tavernas. On the way, think about stopping for a swim at Moni Island, famous for its beautiful beaches and diverse wildlife. On Aegina, rent bicycles and take a scenic ride along the coastline.
Recommended docking spots in Aegina:
Perdika Marina
20 nm, 4 h
Aegina - Poros
Day 2, Sunday: Sail towards Poros, where the scenery becomes a visual treat with green landscapes along your route. Anchor at the Bourtzi Islet, situated between Poros and the Peloponnese, and enjoy the clear waters. The Poros Channel provides peaceful views, and Poros Port greets you with its lovely waterfront. Explore Poros Town and check out the historic Clock Tower.
Recommended docking spots in Poros:
Moor at Poros Harbour
15 nm, 3 h
Russian Bay anchorage
Poros - Hydra
Day 3, Monday: Sail to Hydra, going through the narrow passage between Poros and the mainland. Enjoy the pretty Hydra coastline with its stone houses. Take a swim break at Mandraki Bay's clear waters. Explore Hydra Town and walk the beautiful trail around the island for amazing views and photos.
15 nm, 3 h
Recommended docking spots in Hydra:
Hydra Port
Mandraki Bay
Hydra - Methana
Day 4, Tuesday: Start a journey to Methana, famous for its volcanic activity. As you sail, discover hidden coves and small islets along the coastline. Anchor close to the volcanic craters for a swim in the healing hot springs, surrounded by the natural beauty of Methana. Explore the hot springs and take a hike to the craters.
Recommended docking spots in Methana:
Methana Port
25 nm, 4-5 h
Vathi marina
Methana - Korfos Marina
Day 5, Wednesday: As you get close to Korfos Marina, you'll see panoramic views of the Peloponnesian coastline. Find the quiet beauty of nearby coves for a peaceful swim. Have dinner at a seaside restaurant that provides mooring options for visiting yachts.
Recommended docking spots in Korfos:
Papa George restaurant piers
20 nm, 4 h
Korfos Marina - Aegina
Day 6, Thursday: Heading back to Aegina, sail through the welcoming waters of the Saronic Gulf. On your way, check out Agistri Island with its lovely beaches like Aponisos. Drop anchor, take a swim, and enjoy the natural beauty before continuing your journey to Aegina.
Recommended docking spots in Aegina:
Aegina Marina moor at Restaurant Nauticos
25 nm, 4-5 h
Aegina - Alimos Marina
Day 7, Friday: Finish your sailing adventure with a return to Alimos Marina. Explore Athens' vibrant nightlife, and celebrate your Saronic Gulf sailing experience.
Remember that for docking at restaurant docks or private bays, it is necessary to coordinate the conditions with the respective owners or managers in advance. Make sure to contact them in a timely manner to arrange docking and dinner reservations. In the case of marinas, check for availability and coordinate the details beforehand.
20 nm, 4 h
Considering that Greece has more than two thousand islands, the choice of yacht routes is enormous. Where will you go next time?

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