Saronic gulf islands & East Peloponnese
7 Days Itinerary
1st Day: Athens – Poros
2nd Day: Poros – Spetses
3rd Day: Spetse- Nafplion
4th Day: Nafplion- P.Heli
5th Day: P.Heli- Hydra
6th Day: Hydra- Epidavros
7th Day: Epidavros- Aegina
8th Day: Aegina- Athens
Saronic Gulf and Peloponese
A beautiful green island, laying at the southwest the Saronic Gulf and opposite to Argolida in Peloponnese. It offers the unique combination of pine tree forests and small bays of blue- green waters. The sandy beaches, the picturesque capital and the lounge nightlife make it a popular summer destination. In the center of the city you can find the Town Hall, the archaeological museum and a public library. Visit also the Archaeological and its Folklore Museums, the Temple of Poseidon, the historic Clock tower, where you can relax and enjoy a panoramic view of the whole town. The capital (it has been declared protected settlement) with grand traditional mansions and picturesque cobbled streets, as well as a wide selection of entertainment venues such as cozy cafés, restaurants, bars are the ingredients that attracts visitors for its nightlife.
With significant maritime and cultural tradition the island of Spetses is cosmopolitan and offers high standards. It is famous for its significant contribution to the 1821 War of Independence. It was here that the revolution flag was raised on 3rd April 1821. Canons on the waterfront which in 1821 acted as a bulwark against invaders and the Dapia square which overlooks the port will attract your attention. The small pine forests covering the largest part of the island, the endless number of clean beaches with peaceful waters, the scenic churches , the narrow streets, the restored mansions especially around the Dapia square and the area of the Old Port are characteristics of the island. It is worth to visit the mansions of Hatzigianni Meksi, Bouboulina, Sotiri Anargirou, the Town Hall, the square of Poseidon, the Anargirios - Koralenios School, the church of Panagia Armata, the cave of Bekiri. Besides the museum of Spetses there is Bouboulina museum. An unusual aspect of Spetses is the absence of private automobiles in the town limits. Cars are infrequent on the island. Most of the inhabitants prefer to get around on bicycles and horse-drawn carriages, which lend a special charm to the place. Highlights are the impressive Armata Festival, Races Spetsathlon, Regatta Classic Yacht Racing.
Nafplion which built, according to legend by the son of Poseidon has never stopped to contribute to history: Myceneans, Romas, Byzantines, Venetians, Turks have all left their landmark. 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. Nafplion is now the capital of the regional unit of Argolis. A great number of sites such as Palamidi Castle with an austere mediaeval character, Akronafplia Castle which built in the 2nd century BC on the forefront of Palamidi, the castle of Bourtzi which built on the islet of the harbor, the Old town where the neoclassical well preserved mansions with the Bougainvillea trees adorning their yards and Venetian balconies meet Turkish fountains are some of the highlights of the town. The beautiful old city with the narrows streets and alleyways has many traditional taverns serving delicious Greek food, lively bars, clubs and cafés, a lovely seafront promenade but the best is perhaps just to watch the sun go down behind the mountains, coloring the bay red, or relax in the central square enjoying food, wine or coffee.
Porto Heli is a popular holiday destination in the municipality of Ermionida in the southeastern part of Argolis. This cosmopolitan summer resort is well known for the attractive luxury villas, the magnificent beaches with golden sand or amazing pebbles such as Hinitsa, Ververonta, Agios Emilianos beach offering the opportunity to go water skiing, slalom, parasailing, wind surfing, sailing, jet skiing and scuba diving. The surrounding area is of great natural beauty and has many calm beaches. Traditional taverns, seafood restaurants by the sea, many coffee shops along the water are the highlights of Porto Heli. Lively nightlife by the numerous bars with music for all tastes and the charming bistros along the beach offer entertainment until the morning hours.
Hydra is one of the most romantic islands in Greece with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. It is an island of unique beauty due to its architecture, with its small alleys and its beautiful stone mansions with their yards and small gardens, most of which belonged to heroes of the Greek revolution and its 360 churches. Above all the banning of cars and the use of around 500 donkeys as means of public transportation explain the reason why Hydra preserved its distinctive atmosphere. As you walk along the waterfront, the heart of the town, you encounter monuments, churches, canons, museums, old mansions, statues of famous heroes, the old gunpowder store, shops and cafes, while picturesque winding streets lead you to neighborhoods located at the upper part of the town, as well as to the old neighborhood of Kiafas. It offers quiet life during the day and exciting nightlife starting from the restaurants, to bars and trendy discos either with Greek or foreign music. The Monastery of Profitis Ilias at an altitude of 500 meters has an excellent view, Kamini the little fishing village, Episkopi Hydra's pine forest, popular Molos for swimming, Bisti, Ag. Nikolaos and Limioniza for swimming, Dokos an islet (1 hour's caique trip) made of a kind of marble where Jacques Cousteau discovered a 3,000 years old ship wreck) are some highlights of the island.
Epidaurus is one of the most popular archaeological sites in Greece which is located on the north eastern side of Peloponnese, in the region of Argolis. Epidaurus is mostly famous for its Ancient Theatre. The theatre is considered to be the most beautiful in the world for its perfect visual proportions and spectacular acoustic response of its space. It is the best preserved monument of the Sanctuary of Asklepios whose healing centre was located few steps away. Famous for its symmetry and the incredible acoustics, this classical theatre has a capacity of 14,000 spectators. Every summer cultural events and performances of ancient Greek drama take place in the theatre. The village is surrounded by orange and olive groves. It is also gifted with a unique natural beauty and for this reason it is worth visiting the surrounding villages. A quiet little spot where you can drink a coffee or eat at a nice tavern on the waterfront, or enjoy the sun and a bath on one the beautiful beaches.
The island of Aegina is one of the most popular tourist destinations as it is the closest island to Athens. A place with rich history, Aegina island was a great naval power in the ancient times and a capital of Greece for a short time in 1828. Beautiful villages with distinctive traditional character like Aghia Marina, Perdika, and Souvala, idyllic beaches, pine forests on the slopes, vineyards, pistachio trees! The most important sights of the island are the famous ancient Temple of Athena Aphaia, temple dedicated to the goddess Aphaia and the monastery of Saint Nektarios (one of the most widely known Greek Orthodox monasteries). The capital of the island, Aegina, is particularly picturesque with colorful mansions, elegant Neoclassical buildings, ever busy streets, horse driven chariots, numerous shops selling pistachios and ceramics, bars, restaurants offering ouzo, octopus and ... fun.