With so many Greek islands to choose from, arranging a sailing itinerary here can be more difficult than you think. Among the best options, the chance to sail around the wonderful Saronic Gulf stands out as being especially tempting, though.
The typical starting point for a sailing trip of this type is Athens, as the Greek capital is only a short sail away from the first stops in this region.
Perhaps the most obvious place to sail to from Athens is Methana, which is located on a dramatic peninsula filled with volcanoes. The mountainous backdrop and the deep blue waters make this a stunning setting for the first few days of your sailing adventure. As with most of this part of the world, Methana is also filled with lots of history and archaeological wonders. If you are interested in finding traces of ancient civilisations then this is a perfect place to get started.
Another short day’s worth of sailing will lead you to the popular Saronic island of Hydra. This laidback sailing destination gets packed at the weekend, as people soak up the atmosphere and marvel at the lack of any traffic. Taking a donkey trip around this car-free island and looking at the old architecture makes for a unique and highly memorable experience. Hydra is widely regarded as one of the best sailing destinations in all of Greece and is definitely somewhere to consider if you are planning a bareboat charter in this part of the world.
If you venture deeper into the Saronic Gulf then you are likely to end up reaching the delightful island of Poros, which is actually made up of 2 separate islands connected by a bridge. You could even choose to start your trip from here, by making the short ferry trip from Athens to Poros. The rich vegetation and the varied architecture combine to make this a fascinating spot to explore. This is a place where history and myths collide, with the likes of the Sanctuary of Poseidon waiting for you to discover it.
No matter how you choose to explore the Saronic Gulf on a boat, you will discover a world of excitement and some great memories to take home with you.