Just half an hour away from central Athens, the Athenian Riviera offers crystal clear waters and relaxed sailing. Daily scheduled cruises throughout the summer!
Setting off by boat into the Aegean, one of the most popular departure points is Attica. It has many fully equipped marinas offering a high level of service, such as Zea and Flisvos, which can accommodate the most luxurious cruisers, as well as Alimos, which is the home port for most of the charter companies. On the east coast, at Lavrio, the Olympic Marine has extensive facilities for sailing. Given the number of yacht charterers, you can take your pick from a huge variety of sailboats, with crew or bareboat of any size. Most of the firms also arrange their clients’ transfers from the airport and offer them a full package of sea experiences/itineraries.
Our day and multi day sailing trips from Athens are perfect for visitors only visiting Greece for a short stay. Our Athens day trips explore the coast of Southern Athens full of lovely beaches that Athenians are proud of but many visitors never know even exist. Experience Athens like a local and get away from the summer heat aboard our boats, an amazing and unique experience of Athens awaits!
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Piraeus is a port city in the region of Attica, Greece, situated within the Athens urban area, 12 kilometers southwest from its city center. Piraeus lies along the east coast of the Saronic Gulf, and it is one of the most interesting destinations for yachtsmen in Attica sailing region, because it is a large city bustling with activity. Acting as home to the country’s biggest harbour and bearing all the characteristics of a huge marine and commercial-industrial centre, yachtsmen feel like at home when they are cruising in this region. Piraeus, the largest port in Greece and one of the largest ports in the Mediterranean, plays a crucial role in the development of international trade as well as the local and national economy.With a history dating from 1924 when major civil works started taking place, Piraeus Port today has a range of activities concerning the Commercial and Central Ports, ship services and real estate development. Piraeus Port connects continental Greece with the islands, is an international cruise center and a commercial hub for the Mediterranean, providing services to ships of any type and size.
The Alimos Marina – Άλιμος in the affluent Athens’ suburb of Kalamaki – Καλαμάκι is the starting point for most Athens yacht charters in the Saronic Gulf, Argolic Gulf and the Cyclades. The majority of the reputable yacht charter companies have their main base at or near this marina.
A southern suburb of Athens, and the largest of suburbs in the Athens Metropolitan area, Glyfada is a popular spot for outings. In the Glyfada area, it is not at all uncommon to hear English being spoken all around town. That’s because for some reason, the area became the preferred spot for a significant number of Greek-Americans who visit Greece in the summertime. In fact, at some point over the years, I felt that Glyfada was simply not Greek enough for me! In any case, it does host a fine selection of restaurants including specialty Greek, Mexican, and German food. A seaside neighborhood, Glyfada is followed by the Voula and Vouliagmeni areas, where you’ll find some good beaches in close proximity to the center of Athens. In the summertime, these beaches are filled to the brim with people, though if you prefer more privacy, you can opt for Limni Vouliagmenis or more secluded rocky, but still accessible areas.
Lavreotiki is surrounded by beautiful beaches and picturesque bays that give you the feeling that you are on an island next to Athens, it is a way out for many on the hot summer days.
We tell you about several beaches, discover the rest yourself !!!with its significant and turbulent thousand year old history stands arrogantly over southern Attica attracting all Kinds of visitors from Greece and the rest of world a like. They come to admire the landscape the civilisation and to enjoy the warm hospitality of its inhabitants.Upon arrival at Lavrion the visitor can encounter the many superb archeological sites which aborn the land and its very existence. Lavrio, on the coast 60km southeast of Athens. It is, unfortunately, not an exciting place to spend the night. The long beach north of the ferry port is a bit of a windsurfing scene, but that same wind is somewhat wearing if you’re not on the water. It has a grand industrial past – from silver mining in antiquity to massive late-19th-century steam-powered mining works – but there’s not much happening overall. Don’t forget to visit the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion which is one of the most important temples in Greece. Across from Lavrion is the former prison island of Makronissos.
Lagonissi is a seaside residential area in the southern part of Kalyvia Thorikou in East Attica. It is situated close to the shore and on a peninsula by the Saronic Gulf. Lagonisi is located approximately 30 km southeast of Athens and 35 km northwest of Cape Sounio.
The Saronic Gulf area is of the most historical in Greece and offers to the visitor a variety from unspoiled sandy beaches with pine trees, or isolated rocky beaches. The Peloponnese’s east shoreline and the islands dotting the Argolic & Saronic Gulf waters are popular tourist destinations in close proximity to Athens. Methana, Salamina, Aegina, Agistri, Poros, Hydra, and Spetses can offer their visitors memorable experiences that include views of beautiful land & seascapes, impressive archaeological sites, museums, stately homes, picturesque villages and wonderful beaches.
Aegina Island is a popular tourist destination and the ideal weekend getaway – only 16.5 nautical miles away from Piraeus Harbour, if you travel from Athens. According to the myth, the island was named after the nymph (a lesser female deity) Aegina, daughter of the river god Asopos, with whom Zeus fell in love and lived his romance with her here. It’s a great choice for family holidays, as the island’s mostly sandy beaches are washed by calm waters. Aegina town, the capital of the island, stands out for its well-preserved buildings. On the outskirts you can find charming little villages with distinctive traditional character, such as Kypseli, Agii and Vagia as well as organized tourist resorts like Agia Marina, Perdika, and Souvala. Aègina is also surrounded by many smaller islands (Moni, Metopi, Diaportia, Lagouses, Kyra, Dorousa, Spalathonisi, Anonyma) that can be reached by boat from the port of Aegina.
The site of Paleohóra represents Aegina during Byzantine times. This site is known as the “Island Mystras” because it once had 565 churches, 28 out of which (with exceptional wall paintings) have withstood the ravages of time, just like the ruins of a medieval castle and two incredible monasteries.
According to the myth, the name Salamina (Salamis) was given to the island by Kychreas in honour of his mother Salamis, one of the five daughters of the river god Asopos.
If you want to swim, visit the southern side of the island, where the beaches are cleaner. The most popular beaches are Selínia, Kanákia, Faneroméni, Saterlí and Kakí Vígla.
Ancient port: The ancient port is located in the area of Ambelákia and dates back to the 4th century BC. The port contributed significantly to the economic development of the ancient city of Salamis. The famous naval battle of Salamis also took place here. Ambelakia is the oldest village on the island, 4 km south of Salamina, and it certainly worths a visiting!
Only 19 nautical miles away from Piraeus, Agkistri is an easily accessible Argosaronic Gulf paradise. Azure waters, pine trees and lush vegetation (where many bird species find refuge) are the main characteristics of this tiny, yet charming, island of less than 1,000 inhabitants! There are three large settlements on the island: Megalohóri (or Mýlos), Skála and Limenária. Apart from the little church of Ayioi Theódoroi, other sights on the island include Metopis and an 1812 windmill at Megalochóri.
The first beach that the tourist approaches is usually the sandy sparkling beach at Skála. Although it is a harbour, the water is crystal clear. One can find many sun beds, umbrellas, cafeterias and restaurants. A lot of people also swim at the beaches that are between Skala and Megalohori
From Skala visitors can walk to the nearby beaches of Skliri and Chalikiáda. Skliri is a small beach, about 5’-10’ walk from Skala. To approach Chalikiada the visitor has to walk 10 more minutes following a path in the freshness of pine trees. At the end, one has to climb down the hill. The white-pebbled beach is a bit isolated and it is popular with nudists.
On the other side of the island, about 10’ by bus away from Skala, there is the beach of Dragonéra. It is a really nice bay, covered with pine trees. There is also a canteen on the beach. On the ground leading from the main road to the beach, take notice of stones on which there are written messages for world peace, love etc.
Spetses, an island boasting a long naval tradition, 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. The island has managed to retain its individual traditional character thanks to its well-preserved grand captain mansions, still bearing eloquent witness to the island’s glorious past. The picturesque old harbour and Dápia, a tourist and commercial centre where the heart of the island’s entertainment beats, are the trademarks of the town of Spetses.
Take a romantic trip around the island in horse-drawn carriages and admire the grand mansions adorning the narrow cobbled streets of the island. You can visit Spetses during September, when “Armata”, a truly impressive re-enactment of a naval battle takes place ever since 1931. If you are a sports lover, you definitely don’t want to miss the unique athletic events organised every year in April “Spetsathlon” and October “Spetses Mini Marathon”, where thousands of participants take place. Spetsathlon, the biggest triathlon in Greece, receives athletes from every corner of Greece and the world who enjoy the Swimming, Biking and Running races. On the other hand, Spetses Mini Marathon gathers athletes and visitors that enjoy running and swimming races for the young at heart!
Your next sailing destination is Hydra, the celebrities’ favourite spot. This island has been selected by famous artists, writers and jet-setters, such as Leonard Cohen, Henry Miller and the Greek famous painter N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, who either lived here or visited often. This, too, is an island where cars are banned.
Apart from attracting sailing lovers, Hydra is also an interesting place from an architectural point of view as numerous luxury residences have been built there by Italian craftsmen.
Visit the houses of the locals who fought during the 1821 Greek War of Independence – turned into museums, to get a picture of everyday life during that period. If you’re interested in religious monuments, pick any of the approx. 300 churches and 6 monasteries scattered on the island.
Explore the island’s beaches:
Your next destination is Poros Island. As you enter the harbour, you’ll get a fine view of the town, built up the hillsides. The Archaeological Museum’s exhibits date back to the Mycenaean Period (1600 – 1100 BC) up to and including the Roman times. Among the displayed items you will see finds from ancient shipwrecks retrieved from the Gulf area. Take a trip to the ruins of the Temple of Poseidon on the north part of Poros.
Four kilometres east of Poros town, you will see the island’s most impressive religious edifice: Zoodochos Pigi (Our Lady, Fountain of Life) Monastery, built in the 18th c. It has high thick walls all around without openings and there are thirty remaining cells within. Visit the Library where there is a rare collection of service books and patriarchal codices dated several centuries ago.
There is a small ferry boat that will take you to Galatas village, on the opposite shore of the Peloponnese, where you can take a stroll in the local and fragrant Lemon tree forest. This location will offer you a wonderful view of the island. Take a small trip from Poros to nearby islets: Bourtzi, originally a Byzantine fortress, later a Venetian and, after that, an Ottoman stronghold protecting the harbour of Nafplio; Modi, where you’ll see an ancient shipwreck dating to the Mycenaean Period; and Daskaleio with the picturesque Panagia country chapel.
Poros is also famous for its beautiful beaches, stretching uninterrupted along the island’s coastline. Swim in the crystal clear waters of the long and sandy beach of Askéli; the hotels and bars situated here make it an interesting tourism resort with buzzing nightlife. Meyálo Neório is a sandy beach where the pine trees sweep right down to the water’s edge. Bask in the turquoise blue waters of the “Love Bay”, a beach surrounded by verdant pine trees that literally dip their needles into the sea. Enjoy a unique natural shade!
The peninsula of Méthana with its two steep volcanic slopes is actually a volcano that emerged from the sea! Welcome the opportunity to explore a stunning volcanic landscape with dense vegetation, coastal villages and diverse flora and fauna. The establishment of the spa complex in 1870 made it a popular spa town attracting mainly senior citizens from many European countries.
Follow a fascinating route to the fishing village of Agios Geórgios and on to the Baths of Pausanias, one of the peninsula’s hot springs, or follow the footsteps of the ancient historian Pausanias to the ancient city of Méthana. In the village of Paleókastro stand the remains of the classical walls and gates of an acropolis, the rest of which fell into the sea due to a volcanic eruption.
The peninsula boasts approximately 32 volcanoes. Climbing to the largest crater is a truly challenging experience. Start from Kaméni Hóra and follow the path on a 25-minute climb to the lip of the volcano. Step on now solid red lava flows and take in views of a different world of savage black, red and green crags and sharp abysses… Last but not least, soak up the atmosphere along the island’s volcanic beaches (Nissaki Ayion Anaryiron, Limniónas and Vathý
The prefecture of Evia (which also includes the island of Skiros), is next to the prefecture of Viotia on the east and on the south touches the Aegean Sea, on the north and northwest to the Pagasitiko and Maliako Gulf, while on the west and southwest with the north and south Evian Gulf. Evia, the second largest island of Greece and the third in the eastern Mediterranean, is located close to the Prefecture of Attica. However, it has a somewhat mainland character, since two bridges – the modern, suspended one and the older, sliding one – link it to mainland Greece, called “Sterea Ellada”.
The prefecture of Evia (which also includes the island of Skiros), is next to the prefecture of Viotia on the east and on the south touches the Aegean Sea, on the north and northwest to the Pagasitiko and Maliako Gulf, while on the west and southwest with the north and south Evian Gulf. The prefecture of Evia (which also includes the island of Skiros), is next to the prefecture of Viotia on the east and on the south touches the Aegean Sea, on the north and northwest to the Pagasitiko and Maliako Gulf, while on the west and southwest with the north and south Evian Gulf.
Evia has wonderful beaches, a pleasant climate, renowned monuments, many thermal sources and tasty food and is, therefore, a popular and nearby destination for the inhabitants of Athens.
Chalkida is particularly famous for the tidal phenomenon that takes place in Evripos, i.e. the swift change of water direction every six hours, created by the Moon’s pull. During each change of direction the water stops moving for about eight minutes. An ideal place to watch this unique phenomenon is the sliding Negroponte Bridge. Another favourite meeting point for the locals is the waterfront; a charming pedestrian street lined with elegant cafes and restaurants buzzing with life day and night!
Beaches: sun-bathing fans can bask in the superb beaches of Aghios Minas, Asteria, Rodies and Liani Ammos. On Alikes beach, the ultimate hotspot for young people, there is a variety of bustling bars where you can sip colourful cocktails and dance till you drop (!) – that is apart from enjoying the sea and sun of course!
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