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Island Hopping in the Saronic islands: 5 reasons to try it

Aegina ● Agistri ● Hydra ● Poros ● Saronic islands ● Spetses ● 09 February 2018

Islands near Athens can turn your vacation into something really cool: have you ever considered how interesting will be your summer holidays if you combine your visit in the Greek capital and then have the experience of Island Hopping? Do you think that this is impossible? Well, the truth is that the Saronic islands prove you are wrong. Located in a very close distance to Athens (half an hour - 2 hours by ferry), the islands of the Saronic Gulf give you the possibility to spend urban as well as seaside vacation. And if you can't choose only one of these wonderful 5 islands, visit them all in an unforgettable island hopping near Athens. These are the 5 reasons to think about it!

The sunset in Aegina  

Aegina is the closest island to Athens (half an hour by ferry or one hour by boat). The landscape of Aegina has a unique characteristic that will charm you -together of course with the crystal clear waters, the impressive historical sites of Aphaea and Kolona as well as the traditional harbour and the local product of pistachio. It has a colour that has been painted by famous painters all over the Greece. The golden colour of the sun together with the pink colour of the sand and the rocks around the beaches create a stunning scenery, which can be admired especially during sunset. Just watch it in front of the sea and feel the relaxing aura of this island with its own special character.

The nightlife in the old harbour of Spetses

Spetses is one of the most elegant and vivid islands in Greece. In Dapia, the port of the island, there are many boutique hotels, local shops and awarded restaurants that are definitely worth a visit, walking in the narrow paved streets by the sea. But the old harbour is even more impressive. Mansions on the coastline, well preserved neoclassical buildings, traditional taverns and bars that stay open until the dawn and gather all the young people of the island. This is Spetses, the queen of the islands near Athens that is ideal to have fun and meet the cosmopolitan atmosphere.

The verdant nature of Poros

Poros is the jewel of the Saronic Gulf. It is not only its picturesque harbour that takes your breath away. It is also the lush greenery that characterises the island from the north to the south and from the west to the east. Pine trees create beaches, where nature meets the deep blue waters and sunbathing as well as swimming is an extraordinary experience.

The picturesque harbour of Hydra

Hydra has one of the most imposing harbours in Greece. Built amphitheatrically, the stone houses and mansions are standing like being in a cart postal on the coastline. It is like a painter has created the most beautiful painting you have ever seen. Taking photos and starring for hours at this stunning frame is never enough. Plus, Hydra town is full of restaurants with elegant cuisine, bars, boutiques and cafés to relax and enjoy the sea breeze on your face.

The hidden paradise of Agistri

Agistri is the hidden gem of the Saronic Gulf, a small island that was unknown until recently. Unspoiled by mass tourism, with verdant nature, untouched beaches and authentic landscape, Agistri is ideal to find the privacy you want, be in contact with the sea and get rest.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Aegina, Greece Sissy Hotel
Sissy Hotel
Marathonas, 18010 Aegina, Greece

Sissy Hotel is located in Marathonas just 3 minutes walk from the beach and 5 km from Aegina town and from the main port of the island. A supermarket and traditional restaurants can be found within 200 m. A bus stop with a good bus service to Aegina town is located right across the property.

Hotel in Spetses, Greece Stelios Rooms
7.8 10
Stelios Rooms
Agios Mamas, 18050 Spetses, Greece

Being located only 100 m from Agios Mamas beach, Stelios Rooms offer budget accommodation in Spetses town within a 5-minute walk from the main port of the island. Restaurants, cafes, bars and shops are 20 m away. Spetses can be easily reached with a ferry boat from the port of Piraeus or from Hydra, Aegina and Poros.

Studio & Appartment in Aegina, Greece Eri Studios
Eri Studios
Agia Marina, 18010 Aegina, Greece

The island of Aegina is the nearest island of Athens and the largest in the Saronic Gulf.#ERI Studios-Apartments is located in the cosmopolitan and beautiful Agia Marina of Aegina.#It has 11 luxurious, spacious, furnished and fully equipped apartments with one or two rooms for 2-6 people.#In the apartments Greek homemade rich breakfast is served at a reasonable price.#The very friendly owner Thomas Georgiades is waiting to host you on your vacation.