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Greek Island Hopping: discover Saronic islands near Athens

Aegina ● Hydra ● Poros ● Saronic islands ● Spetses ● 23 November 2017

One of the biggest assets of Athens is that it offers its visitors the opportunity of many day trips and particular of excursions on the famous Greek islands. Saronic Islands are located in a very close distance to Athens, while between the islands the distance is also very short. Thus, you can have the ultimate experience of Island Hopping from Athens visiting more than one island. The good news is that you can find amazing ferry deals to get familiar with the Greek Island Hopping on a budget. These are the beautiful Saronic Islands, which are characterised by lovely beaches with crystal clear waters and traditional, neoclassical towns, for unforgettable day trips and excursions from Athens.


Located only 45 minutes by ferry from Athens, Aegina is an authentic place that is typically an Athens island, a part of a large city, which however can offer to its visitors everything that an island of the Aegean Sea has to offer. Beaches with white sand and crystal waters, a traditional harbour with beautiful places to walk, shop and eat seafood by the sea. The first picture of Aegina is its town, a lovely harbour with neoclassical buildings, cafés and taverns by the sea, which is the best spot to spend your evenings. However, Aegina has also significant historical and cultural monuments that will impress you.


Poros is located 1 hour from Athens, and it impresses its visitors with its town, which is built amphitheatrically on a cliff, like on a cart-postal. Colourful neoclassical buildings, verdant nature with pine trees and hospitable locals are the characteristics that make the visit to Poros a must.


Hydra is located 1,5 hour from Athens. The picturesque architecture of Hydra Chora, with the huge stone-built mansions and the elegant houses of the traditional and protected settlement, which looks like being hidden in its natural harbour, make you feel like seeing a wonderful painting. The houses are standing amphitheatrically on the cliff, and the harbour is full of lovely sailing boats, local shops, restaurants by the sea and bars with cosmopolitan character. This little oasis is ideal for having a stroll inside its paved streets, buy elegant things and souvenirs, eat seafood, drink your cocktail and generally relax.


Spetses is one of the most elegant Saronic Islands, located 2 hours away from Athens. Spetses is considered to be the counterweight to Mykonos, concerning the nightlife, the luxury shops and restaurants and the cosmopolitan character. The old port and Dapia are the perfect places to have a walk on foot or by a carriage with a horse. The scenery is lovely, the neoclassical houses are impressive, well-preserved and beautiful. In the old port, beats the heart of Spetses nightlife, and you can have fun there, in the cozy small bars until the dawn.

Where to Stay

Studio & Appartment in Poros, Greece Mania Rooms and Studios
Mania Rooms and Studios
Poros Town, 18020 Poros, Greece

Mania Rooms and Studios are located 600 meters from Kanali Beach and 450 meters from the main port of Poros island. The property offers accommodation in a traditional building with elegantly decorated, bright rooms and studios within a very short walking distance to the center of Poros town. The famous Lemon Forest of Galatas is accessible by ferries departing from Poros port. Poros island can be reached with a ferry boat from Piraeus, Athens, Hydra and Methana islands and from Galatas in Peloponnese.

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Liberty II
Liberty II
Agia Marina, 18010 Aegina, Greece

Hotel Liberty II is located in the popular sea-side resort of Aegina, Agia Marina, just 3 minutes walk from the longest beach of the island. The main port of the island and the town is at 13.2 km. Aegina island can be easily reached with a ferry boat from Piraeus (Athens), or Agistri and Methana islands.