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One week itinerary in Saronic


A round trip cruising in Saronic is an easy going itinerary suitable for “kids on board” but also for all kind of sailors seeking relaxing vacations combined with “things to see” and enjoy the very particular landscape of the area which is formed by the green pines and blue waters.


Starting from Athens , Alimos marina, on Sunday, a first destination could be Palea Epidaurus heading     W-NW in a 36 miles distance. You can drop an anchor at the Kira island on your way to Palea Epidaurus to swim and lunch. It is worthwhile to spend Monday morning  visiting the ancient theater, the temple of Asclepius and the museum.  In the afternoon you can stay on anchor in the beach of Psifta at Kaloni bay and then berth to Vathi for the night. Vathi is hidden in the rocks of Methana Volcano mountain offering a variety of local family taverns. There is also a path to the old volcano for sailors wishing to enjoy a walk in the country.

Next stop on Tuesday could be Agistri island for a swim on anchor and then to Poros. The place will surprise you with the beautiful and spacious port, taverns, bars and “things to do” like scuba diving, touring around visiting the Poseidon temple, the local Monastery and the picturesque pine forest of the island. Bike or bicycle rental available, water or fuel supplies, laundry and maintenance services as well.


On Wednesday you can sail to Hydra, a cosmopolitan island, called Mykonos of the Saronic! Cars are not allowed on the island, which has preserved the traditional profile of the port.


Returning to Athens, you can drop an anchor to Moni island on Thursday, which is a natural park with   dears, a local bread of wild goats and picklocks. There is a beach bar serving snacks. Your kids will love it as the birds are used to the people and very friendly. It is not allowed to spend the night in the island so you berth for the night in Perdika fishing port or in Aigina main port.


Sailing from Aigina on Friday, you can drop an anchor to swim and then back to the Alimos marina.

Prevailing winds during summer blow from North, North East with force 2-4. Rarely during August and when Meltemi picks in Aegean Sea you may face winds up to force 5 in Saronic but entering  Argolic will die soon.

 

Two weeks itinerary Saronic – Argolic


For sailors wishing to explore all aspects of this area, a two weeks cruising should be planned.


Starting from Athens, Epidaurus is a first place to visit, mainly for the archeological monuments which are very interested.

Then heading to Poros you can stay on anchor in Agistri (Dorousa bay at the SW of the island) and Moni to visit the natural park. Beach taverns available at both places.
Perdika at the SW of Aegina is a nice port to berth for a night.


Leaving Poros, Hydra is the next port to visit. The port is small and crowded, so it is suggested to enter early, before noon if possible.

Dokos island is nearby and you can spend an evening on anchor.

Ermioni is next place to berth, a small fishing port but with remarkable local taverns and also a restaurant offering Mediterranean dishes.

Leaving this area you can visit Spetses to enjoy its cosmopolitan breeze. It is worthwhile to walk around the main port of Spetses to admire the traditional buildings of the village. Nice bays to anchor available at the SW of the island.


Porto Cheli , on the main land opposite to Spetses is a nice place for provisions , well protected by the surrounded coasts.

Leaving Spetses area, Nafplion is the next pace to sail. Nafplion was the first capital of Greece, with nice old buildings, castles to visit and many restaurants, bars etc.

A round trip in the area could be Athens, Epidaurus, Poros, Hydra, Porto Cheli, Nafplion, Spetses, Ermioni, Poros, Perdika and back to Athens.

 

 


Cyclades


Cyclades is a complex of islands in the middle of Aegean Sea western to the main continent land of Greece. It may be the most famous sailing area in the country, with well known islands like Mykonos, Santorin, Paros, Syros, Ios etc. The prevailing wind is the infamous meltemi, blowing from the North – North East usually over force 6 and up to 8. The wind starts blowing in July and reaches at full force in August. Experience and bigger yachts are needed to sail the area during this period, better to sail during May –June or September if relaxing sailing vacations is what you need. Distances are longer thus you have to narrow your itinerary, selecting carefully your route is order to visit the islands of higher interest. Mykonos area, a popular destination, can be proved difficult to reach as it is located at an area that the meltemi blows at full force. In this case, it is suggested to have an alternative itinerary in case you meet strong winds during your sailing week.


One week itinerary in Cyclades


Starting from Athens, a first long sailing leg is required in order to reach the area. First island to visit is Kea at around 45 miles (Korissia main port at the NW of the island). Although some times is better to go to Kythnos (52 miles) as from cape Sounion is difficult to sail NE to Korissia port due to the strong winds and high waves. On your way to your first destination, you can have a break to swim and lunch on anchor at Sounion cape, just under Poseidon’s temple.

Next island to visit is Syros. There are nice protected beaches at the western coast, but Ermoupoli at the East is a very interested to berth place with a big and safe port, building of a particular style, Catholic and Greek orthodox temples to see, local food to try and much more. It is worthwhile to spend a day on the island to visit Ano Syros on the mountain, a Middle Age village with an old Catholic Monastery.

Leaving Syros, Mykonos looks the next “not to lose” destination! It is worthwhile to stop in Delos on your way to Mykonos to visit the archeological place. If the wind is too strong, then better to forget Mykonos and start returning to Athens.

Leaving Mykonos you cannot avoid a long leg to Kythnos or Serifos. Serifos is a windy place so better to avoid it if the weather forecast looks like not supporting this option.

If time left, then you can enter Saronic on the way back to Athens. Serifos – Poros or Kythnos - Poros could be an option. Poros will look like a relaxing and hospitable place after your cruise in Cyclades!

Keep in mind that crossing Sounion cape to Kea or Kythnos, the sailing conditions will change dramatically as you leave Saronic and enter an open sea. If your crew feels uncomfortable to the way to Kythnos then better to enjoy the sandy beaches of Mericha golf, (Kanala beach is top option!) and then return to Saronic visiting Hydra, Poros, etc rather to ruin your sailing vacations. This will be proved a wisdom choice as later on will be too late to make such a decision!

Resuming, we could say that the possible itineraries with variations could be the following:

1.    Athens – Kea - Syros – Mykonos – Kythnos – Athens.
2.    Athens –Kythnos (Loutra port ) – Syros – Kythnos (Merichas port)  – Poros – Athens
3.    Athens – Kythnos – Hydra – Poros - Aegina -Athens


Ionian

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A very popular area, suitable for daily sailing, with short distances and many ports, bays and beaches to visit.
Corfu, Paxoi, Lefkas, Ithaca, Kefallonia are the main Islands in the area.
The weather conditions are very friendly as the local North – North West 2-4 blows from noon to the evening with an East wind 1-2 during the morning.







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