The wind in the Saronic Islands is a little stronger than the Ionian, making it the perfect step up for some exhilarating sailing. The historic nature of the area means there are always things to explore on shore. Our favourite spot has to be Monemvasia...where else can you swim with turtles in the crystal clear waters of the harbour by day and be wine tasting in an ancient Byzantine city by night? Take us back!
We have two brilliant pioneering sailing routes in the Saronic Islands that were new in 2015 - if you are simply looking for something new after the Ionian Islands, try our relaxed island hopping flotilla route exploring Agkistri, Aegina, Poros and Hydra Islands. If you are a keener sailor why not try our new more adventurous flotilla route and explore the historic ports of Kiparissi, Tiros, Plaka and maybe even the stunning island of Monemvasia (weather permitting!).
When we sail in this area, we always wish we had another week, as there are so many places to explore! We are often amazed to find some harbours uncrowded, even in August and the welcome in each place gives you a taste of true Greek hospitality. The local wine is delightful, the food some of the best we have tasted and the ambience is addictive.
The winds in the Saronic Islands are generally from the south east and fairly consistent. This means you can often enjoy great sailing throughout the day rather than just in the afternoons (like the Ionian Islands). The whole area offers great sailing without any significant swell, however it can be stronger than some are used to, so a previous flotilla or other sailing experience is a good idea for this area.