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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.

Sunset in Aegina

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 & Appartment in Agistri, Greece Hotel Milos
Hotel Milos
Megalochori, 18010 Agistri, Greece

Hotel Milos is located in Megalochori, just a 2-minute walk from the port. The beach is a 5-minute walk from the property. Skala village and port are 1.7 km away.

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.

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.