What to see in Saronic Gulf Islands

Saronic Gulf Islands Attractions

For Greeks and international tourists, the Saronic Gulf Islands are popular getaways from Athens. Each one has its own flavour.

Aegina is the closest to Athens. Given its proximity to the capital, it's become a holidaymaker's suburb of the city. Graced with lovely beaches, the busy, cosmopolitan island also has a rich and fascinating history. Visitors enjoy attractions such as the Temple of Aphaia and the monastery at Agios Nektarios.

Hydra is considered the most beautiful of the Saronic Islands, with its quaint, picturesque main port accenting its gorgeous shores. Its booming tourist industry has not diminished its charm and character.

Poros is known for its wooded, mountainous scenery and jolly nightlife. Apart from the exciting nighttime revelry in the waterfront area, its attractions include Bourtzi Castle, an Archaeological Museum, and the Sanctuary of Poseidon. Poros also has some great beaches.

Somewhat less crowded than islands like Aegina, Spetses is extremely popular with luxury travellers. It also has wonderful hiking and swimming locations. The endearingly picturesque port of Dapia has an old-fashioned charm.

Agistri is also very lovely and has a relaxed atmosphere. Its nightlife is nothing special within the Saronic Islands, but it's a wonderful destination for families.


Aegina is the closest Saronic Gulf Island to Athens. As such, it's almost one of the city's suburbs, offering cosmopolitan shops, restaurants and accommodation.

Formed largely from an extinct…

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Considered the most beautiful island in the Saronic Gulf, Hydra has a number of pretty towns with not a high-rise building or noisy car in sight thanks to zealous development restrictions. The island…

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The ancient name of Poros was Pogon and it is actually an island-pair inclusive of Sphairia, the southern, volcanic island where the modern city is located, and Kalaureia, the larger, northern island.…

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Spetses is a popular weekend destination in the Saronic Gulf, with towns full of white-washed mansions and fragrant pine forests. Catering more for wealthy travellers than package tourists, the island's…

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