Island hopping in the Saronic Gulf
When: May 2nd, 2017
Where: Saronic Islands: Hydra, Poros & Agenia
While in Athens, we took a day excursion to visit 3 Saronic Islands. The Saronic Gulf has 7 islands and is a part of the Aegean Sea (which is a part of the Mediterranean Sea). This was one of the highlights of our entire trip and we definitely recommend it if you visit Athens. Here’s the link to the package we bought via Get Your Guide. If you haven't already, definitely check out the previous post - 48 hours in Athens!
The first island we visited was Hydra, which is known for it’s lack of cars. People get around by foot or donkey/horses only. It was my favorite of the 3 islands because of all the quintessential Greek architecture and decor. The port is lined with lovely restaurants, bars and shops that make it feel so welcoming. I almost died and went to heaven when I found the biggest bougainvillea tree.
Next, we visited the island of Poros, which has the most GORGEOUS bay I’ve ever seen. It’s legit something out of a James Bond movie. Here, they have a famous clock tower that has an insanely beautiful view of the island. We also got delicious $1 scoop gelato at this adorable spot right in front of the dock.
Aegina is the largest of the 7 saronic islands, has the most inhabitants, and is known for it’s pistachios! Because of it’s size, there were 2 additional tours offered once the ship had docked. We took the “panoramic nature bus tour" which drove us around the island giving us the opportunity to see beautiful views and to visit some of the most famous landmarks. Once the tour was over, we were welcomed into a restaurant/market nearby with free Greek snacks like calamari.
EXTRA NOTES ABOUT THE CRUISE
- Booking the trip through Get Your Guide was really simple. They even arranged transportation to and from our hotel.
- The cruise ship was surprisingly nice. There was plenty of space and the couches were so comfortable we actually fell asleep in-between islands. Seating was available outside on the deck and inside where we grabbed extra food/drinks.
- We didn’t upgrade to VIP, but that was an option at extra cost. Once the live music started, it did get a bit rowdy in the main cabin, so I could see the appeal.
- Lunch was included and was good, but nothing to call home about
- We learned very quickly that stray cats are a thing in Greece and they’re all super cute.
- I instantly fell in love with all the bougainvillea flowers on all 3 islands!
- Getting lost in Hydra’s maze of beautiful side streets.
- The interior of the monastery of Saint Nektarios (not photographed) was beautiful.
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