Being very close to Athens, the “Saronic & Argolic gulf & Peloponnese East coast” area is among the most popular sailing destinations in Greece. The so-called “Argo-Saronic” sailing area is located South of Athens offering a variety of landscapes such as mountainous terrains, barren gulfs and densely wooden areas. It includes picturesque and/ or touristy islands with unspoilt anchorages, extraordinary beaches, fishing villages and distinguishable night life. In fact, this destination covers an extended geographical area from the Saronic gulf to the Eastern coast of Peloponnese and from the Argolic gulf to the Southern cape of Peloponnese.
The “Saronic & Argolic gulf & Peloponnese East coast” is within two or three hours sailing from Alimos marina in Athens, giving the advantage to visit as many places/ ports as you wish to. Last but not least, there are some other little ports affiliated with this destination such as Monemvasia fortress and Kithira island. Both located a bit further South, they are clearly set off the beaten track. If you have enough time, it is worth sailing to Monemvasia and Kithira island exploring their untouched beauty.
The “Argo-Saronic” sailing area is considered the best destination for those who wish to sail in a very well protected area with calm waters and mild winds. Although the normal wind may depend on your exact position, the average wind force in the summer is 3 to 4, North to North-East and the sea is usually pretty flat. On the contrary, the winds are usually weaker blowing from South during spring and autumn.
Due to the “friendly” weather conditions, Saronic & Argolic & Peloponnese routes are advisable for both inexperienced sailors and parties looking for easy-family sailing. In a few words, only a little to some sailing experience is required.
Needless to say that numerous places of interest such as old churches, great ancient monuments, archaeological museums and the like can be sighted around the area of the Saronic & Argolic gulf & Peloponnese East coast.
Alimos (Kalamaki) marina and Lavrion port in Athens are the recommended bases for your sailing adventure around such area. Athens is connected with direct charter and normal daily flights from many capitals around the world. Alimos Marina is at 50 minutes drive from the Athens international airport (El. Venizelos) and Lavrion port can be accessed within 15-20 minutes by taxi or coach bus.
See some links for the area of the “Saronic & Argolic gulf & Peloponnese East coast”:
See some of the islands/ approaches included in this area:
Anavyssos, Vouliagmeni & Sounion area, Salamina, Aghistri, Aegina, Cythera, Elafonissos, Monemvasia, Gerakas, Kyparissi, Leonidio, Tyros, Astros, Nafplion & Surroundings, Tolo Area, Porto Heli, Spetses, Ermioni, Dhokos, Hydra, Poros, Methana Peninsula, Palea & Nea Epidavros & Korfos Approaches.