Cosmopolitan area – Saronic Gulf
KALAMAKI (Marina) – AEGINA (stop for a swim before the harbor in Tourlos islet) – POROS (stop for a swim before the harbor in Russian Dockyard) – SPETSES (stop for a swim before the old harbor in Dhokos or Aghios Emilianos) – HYDRA (stop for a swim either in Dhokos island, or in St Nikolaos Beach which is south-west of Hydra) – AEGINA (Harbor) or AGISTRI (Megalochori harbor and you can go before for a swim in Aponisos or Dragonera beach) – KALAMAKI (Marina, Friday till 17:00 and overnight)
Quiet and relaxing vacation – Saronic Gulf
KALAMAKI (Marina) – AEGINA (Perdika, stop for a swim before the harbor in Tourlos islet) – POROS (stop for a swim before the harbor in Russian Dockyard) – ERMIONI (Harbor, stop for a swim in Sipia islet or Gali islet) – METHANA (Vathi small harbor) – PALAIA EPIDAVROS (stop for a swim near the harbor) – AGISTRI (Megalochori harbor and you can go before for a swim in Aponisos or Dragonera beach) – KALAMAKI (Marina, Friday till 17:00 and overnight).
Cosmopolitan area – Cyclades area/Saronic Gulf
KALAMAKI (Marina) – CAPE SOUNION (for a swim or overnight off shore) - KEA (Vurkari) – SYROS (Ermoupoli or Foinikas) – SERIFOS (Livadi port where you can have a swim) - HYDRA (Harbor) or POROS (Harbor, for a swim the next day in the Russian Dockyard) - KALAMAKI (Marina, Friday till 17:00 and overnight).
Quiet and relaxing vacation – Cyclades area/Saronic Gulf
KALAMAKI (Marina) – CAPE SOUNION (for a swim or overnight off shore) – KEA (Korissia, stop before for a swim in Pisses beach) – KYTHNOS (Merichas harbor, stop before for a swim in Kolona beach) – POROS (Harbor, for a swim the next day in the Russian Dockyard) – METHANA (Vathi) or AGISTRI (Megalochori harbor and you can go before for a swim in Aponisos or Dragonera beach) - KALAMAKI (Marina, Friday till 17:00 and overnight).
Cosmopolitan area – Cyclades area
KALAMAKI (Marina) - CAPE SOUNION (for a swim or overnight off shore) - KEA (Vourkari) - SYROS (Ermoupoli or Foinikas) - PAROS (Paroikia port) – NAXOS (Harbor, stop for a swim before in Agios Prokopios beach) - IOS (Port, go for a swim in Koumbara beach) - FOLEGANDROS (Karavostasi harbor, go for a swim before in Katergo islet with beautiful waters) – MILOS (Port Adamantas, if you go from the south of Milos go for a swim in Kleftiko or Firiplaka beach which has hot springs) - SIFNOS (Vathi or Kamares) - SERIFOS (Livadi) - KYTHNOS (Merichas harbor, stop before for a swim in Kolona beach) - KALAMAKI (Marina, Friday till 17:00 and overnight).
Non cosmopolitan, ideal for quiet and relaxing vacation –Saronic and Argolic Gulf
KALAMAKI (Marina) - POROS (Harbor, for a swim the next day in the Russian Dockyard) - SPETSES (Old harbor, stop for a swim before the old harbor in Dhokos or Aghios Emilianos) – KIPARISSI (Harbor)- MONEMVASIA (Marina, stop for a swim before in Fokianos bay in which you can also overnight off shore since it has a sandy bottom and the anchor holds strong) - GERAKAS (Harbor)- LEONIDIO (Plaka Leonidiou Port) – SAMPATIKI (Port, a small picturesque port for a swim or overnight and many tavernas) - NAFPLIO (Port) – DHOKOS (Small island, here you can stay only off shore since there is no port or harbor) - HYDRA (Harbor, small harbor and very difficult to find a mooring place) – PALAIA EPIDAVROS (stop for a swim near the harbor) - AEGINA (Port or Perdika) - KALAMAKI (Marina, Friday till 17:00 and overnight).
- In Summer time there are a lot of yachts chartering in this area, so in order to moor inside the marinas or harbors you need to start very early in the morning every day (especially in Hydra island which is a small picturesque harbor and many yachts want to moor there). Also be careful of the Meltelmi wind which is very strong especially in July-August and the wind may pass the 7-8 BF. Last but not least, between the islands the wind bursts can be of great intensity.
- The Spetses old harbor is a small one so in case you don`t find a mooring place there, you can go to the new harbor but keep in mind that there is a swell created by the ferries.
- In Agistri/Megalochori when you moor at the outside of the harbor you must drop the anchor in many meters because normally after 15:00 till the sunset there is a breeze.
- In Kea, Vurkari harbor in the left side there are rocks and you need to be careful. For a larger harbor and more safety you can go to Korissia harbor).
- In Kythnos, after Kolona beach and entering in Merichas port be careful because there is a small islet.
- In Syros, the Ermoupoli is a commercial, picturesque harbor and Foinikas is the tourist harbor.
- In Serifos, in Livadi port be careful of the wind bursts.
- Kiparissi harbor is a small one but very picturesque.
- Gerakas small harbor is a natural fjord of great beauty. Mind the shallow waters and you can moor at the middle of the fjord which has a natural pier.
- In Leonidion, if you have southeast wind you should be careful of the swell.
- In Milos island, you should go along the shore of the islands since it has many beautiful beaches.
AGISTRI: Agistri is a tiny island of the Saronic Gulf, located only short ferry ride from Athens. Due to its close distance to the capital of Greece, Agistri island is a popular weekend destination in summer. The tiny villages of Agistri Greece and the crystal beaches attract many tourists looking for relaxing holidays. Skala is the most popular resort on the island with a sandy organized beach and many tourist facilities.
CAPE SOUNION: Cape Sounion is a promontory located 69 kilometers (43 mi) south-southeast of Athens, at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula in Greece.
Cape Sounion is noted as the site of ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. The remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English Romantic poet Lord Byron (1788–1823).
The site is a popular day-excursion for tourists from Athens, with the sunset over the Aegean Sea, as viewed from the ruins, a sought-after spectacle.
DHOKOS: Dokos is a small Greek island of the Argo-Saronic Gulf, adjacent to Hydra, and separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strait called on some maps "the Hydra Gulf." It is part of the municipality of Ýdra (Hydra) in Islands regional unit and reported a population of 18 persons at the 2011 census. The island is populated only by some Orthodox monks and perennial sheep herders. The island is rocky reaching a height of 308 meters.
AEGINA: Aegina is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece in the Saronic Gulf, 27 km (17 mi) from Athens. Tradition derives the name from Aegina the mother of the hero Aeacus, who was born on the island and became its king. During ancient times Aegina was a rival of Athens, the great sea power of the era.
FOLEGANDROS: Folegandros is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea which, together with Sikinos, Ios, Anafi and Santorini, forms the southern part of the Cyclades. Its surface area is about 32 square kilometres (12 sq mi) and it has 765 inhabitants. It has three small villages, Chora, Karavostasis, and Ano Meria, which are connected by a paved road. Folegandros is part of the Thira regional unit.
GERAKAS: At a distance of a mere 30 minutes from Monemvasia, the small harbor of Geraka holds a closely kept secret of astonishing natural beauty. The one and only fjord of Greece is located here at the southernmost point of Europe.
Born of a sea lagoon, this remarkable beauty spot is a haven for many a rare species of bird and indigenous flora. A treasure trove for bird watchers worldwide. The scenery is made whole with the typical stone homesteads that embellish the sea front; here you can enjoy the catch of the day at one of the few taverns owned by local fishermen.
HYDRA: Hydra is one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea between the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf. It is separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strip of water. In ancient times, the island was known as Hydrea (Υδρέα, derived from the Greek word for "water"), a reference to the springs on the island.
There is one main town, known simply as "Hydra port" (1,900 in 2011). It consists of a crescent-shaped harbor, around which is centered a strand of restaurants, shops, markets, and galleries that cater to tourists and locals (Hydriots). Steep stone streets lead up and outward from the harbor area. Most of the local residences, as well as the hostelries on the island, are located on these streets. Other small villages or hamlets on the island include Mandraki, Kamini, Vlychos, Palamidas, Episkopi, and Molos.
IOS: Ios is a Greek island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. Ios is a hilly island with cliffs down to the sea on most sides, situated halfway between Naxos and Santorini. It is about 18 kilometres (11 miles) long and 10 kilometres (6 miles) wide, with an area of about 109 square kilometres (42 sq mi). Population was 2,024 in 2011 (down from 3,500 in the 19th century). Ios is part of the Thira regional unit. Ios was the setting for the movie Ginger and Cinnamon (Dillo con parole mie). Also, scenes from the film Big Blue (Le Grand Bleu) were shot in Manganari.
KEA: Kea also known as Gia or Tzia, Zea, and, in antiquity, Keos, is a Greek island in the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea. Kea is part of the Kea-Kythnos regional unit.
KIPARISSI: Kiparissi is a quiet overnight stop if you want to get away from the crowds. It looks like an old pirate town, with crystal clear waters and a stunning beach. In very calm conditions it is possible to free swing in the bay. It is also possible to moor side-to or stern-to on the north quay, which is no longer used by the hydrofoil. It also has a taverna just up the hill that does very good food and has a shower as well. It also benefits from having a beautiful swimming area nearby - it is about a half hour walk to the village from here. Alternatively it is possible to moor stern or bows to on chapel cove, which has good protection from southerlies.
KYTHNOS: Kythnos is a Greek island and municipality in the Western Cyclades between Kea and Serifos. It is 56 nautical miles (104 km) from the harbor of Piraeus. It has more than 70 beaches, many of which are still inaccessible by road. Of particular note is the crescent-shaped isthmus of fine sand at Kolona.
LEONIDIO: Leonidio is a town and a former municipality in Arcadia, Peloponnese, Greece. It is considered a traditional settlement. Plaka is the picturesque port of Leonidio, situated 4 km from the town. It functions mainly with the help of tourism, but a small fishing fleet is also to be found; a well-regarded beach lies 4 km across the shore. The port takes in a number of taverns and bars immediately adjacent to the sea, while every August, it also hosts the "Tsakonian Eggplant Festival", attracting well-known chefs from across Europe and achieving ever-growing popularity.
METHANA: Methana is a town and a former municipality on the Peloponnese peninsula, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Troizinia-Methana, of which it is a municipal unit. Methana is situated on a volcanic (the Methana Volcano) peninsula, attached to the Peloponnese. Administratively, it belongs to the Attica region. The town is located north of the road connecting to the rest of the Peloponnese and Galatas.
MILOS: Milos is a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea, just north of the Sea of Crete. Milos is the south westernmost island in the Cyclades group. The island is famous for the statue of Aphrodite (the "Venus de Milo", now in the Louvre), and also for statues of the Greek god Asclepius (now in the British Museum), the Poseidon and an archaic Apollo in Athens. Milos is a popular tourist destination during the summer. The Municipality of Milos also includes the uninhabited offshore islands of Antimilos and Akradies.
MONEMVASIA: Monemvasia is a town and a municipality in Laconia, Greece. The town is located on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese. The island is linked to the mainland by a short causeway 200m in length. Its area consists mostly of a large plateau some 100 metres above sea level, up to 300 m wide and 1 km long, the site of a powerful medieval fortress. The town walls and any Byzantine churches remain from the medieval period. The seat of the municipality is the town Molaoi. The town's name derives from two Greek words, mone and emvasia, meaning "single entrance". Its Italian form, Malvasia, gave its name to Malmsey wine. Monemvasia's nickname is the Gibraltar of the East or The Rock.
NAFPLIO: Nafplio is a seaport town in the Peloponnese in Greece that has expanded up the hillsides near the north end of the Argolic Gulf. The town was an important seaport held under a succession of royal houses in the Middle Ages as part of the lordship of Argos and Nauplia, held initially by the de la Rochefollowing the Fourth Crusade before coming under the Republic of Venice and, lastly, the Ottoman Empire. The town was the capital of the First Hellenic Republic and of the Kingdom of Greece, from the start of the Greek Revolution in 1821 until 1834. Nafplio is now the capital of the regional unit of Argolis.
NAXOS: Naxos is a Greek island, the largest of the Cyclades island group in the Aegean. It was the center of archaic Cycladic culture. The island is famous as a source of emery, a rock rich in corundum, which until modern time was one of the best abrasives available. The largest town and capital of the island is Chora or Naxos City, with 6,533 inhabitants. is a popular tourist destination, with several ruins. It has a number of beaches, such as those at Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios, Alikos, Kastraki, Mikri Vigla, Plaka, and Agios Georgios, most of them near Chora. As other Cycladic islands, Naxos is considered a windy place perfect for windsurfing, as well as kitesurfing. There are seven sports clubs in the island that offer both of these sports and other water activities.
PALAIAEPIDAVROS: Palaia Epidavros is a Greek small town in Peloponnese, in Argolis prefecture. Today also called Archaia Epidaurus. It is built in the same place where it was located the ancient city Epidaurus, in a small peninsula between two bays, on coast of Saronic gulf. Palaia Epidaurus was the seat of former Epidaurus municipality and now is the seat of Municipal unit of new Epidaurus municipality. Near Epidaurus is located the little theatre of ancient Epidaurus (not confused with Great Theatre of Epidaurus). The most important is the musical program that called Musical July. Palea Epidaurus is coastal town, so there are beaches near the settlement. The most famous is the beach Kalamaki. Other beaches are Polemarcha beach and Gialasi beach.
POROS: Poros is a small Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf, about 31 nautical miles south from Piraeus and separated from the Peloponnese by a 200 m wide sea channel, with the town of Galatas on the mainland across the strait. The ancient name of Poros was Pogon. Like other ports in the Saronic, it is a popular weekend destination for Athenian travellers. Poros consists of two islands: Sphairia, the southern part, which is of volcanic origin, where today's city is located, and Kalaureia (meaning 'gentle breeze'), the northern and largest part. A bridge connects the two islands over a narrow strait. Poros is an island with rich vegetation. Much of the northern and far eastern/western sides of the island are bushy, whereas large areas of old pine forest are found in the south and center of the island. It has a good road network and adequate tourist infrastructure, which makes it a popular resort for short holidays.
SAMPATIKI: Sampatiki in Peloponnese (region) is located in Greece - about 71 mi (or 114 km) South-West of Athens, the country's capital town.
SERIFOS: Serifos is a Greek island municipality in the Aegean Sea, located in the western Cyclades, south of Kythnos and northwest of Sifnos. In Greek mythology, Serifos is where Danaë and her infant son Perseus washed ashore after her father Acrisius, in response to an oracle that his own grandson would kill him, set them adrift at sea in a wooden chest. When Perseus returned to Serifos with the head of the Gorgon Medusa, he turned Polydektes, the king of Serifos, and his retainers into stone as punishment for the king's attempt to marry his mother by force. In antiquity the island was proverbial for the alleged muteness of its frogs. During the Roman imperial period, Serifos was a place of exile. After 1204 it became a minor dependency of the Venetian dukes of the Archipelago. In the late 19th century Serifos experienced a modest economic boom from exploitation of the island's extensive iron ore deposits. The mines closed in the 1960s, and Serifos now depends on tourism and small-scale agriculture.
SPETSES: Spetses is an affluent island and a municipality in the Islands regional unit, Attica, Greece. It is sometimes included as one of the Saronic Islands. In ancient times, it was known as Pityoussa, and later as Petses. The island is now an independent municipality, with no internal boundaries within the municipality. The town of Spetses is the only large settlement on the island. Also part of the Municipality of Spetses are the islands of Spetsopoula, Falkonera, and Velopoula (all uninhabited).
An unusual aspect of Spetses is the absence of private automobiles in the town limits. The most common modes of transport are walking, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles. Only taxis and delivery vehicles are allowed in the downtown area.
SYROS: Syros is a Greek island in the Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea. It is located 78 nautical miles south-east of Athens.
The largest towns are Ermoupoli, Ano Syros, and Vari. Ermoupoli is the capital of the island and of the Cyclades. It has always been a significant port town, and during the 19th century it was even more significant than Piraeus.