Island hopping in the Saronic Gulf

 
 

When: May 2nd, 2017
Where: Saronic Islands: Hydra, Poros & Agenia
Instagram: #haningreece2017 

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!

 
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1. HYDRA

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.

 
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I wanted to explore that cave so badly! If you look closely, you can see stairs where people can walk down to swim.

I wanted to explore that cave so badly! If you look closely, you can see stairs where people can walk down to swim.

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We found the cutest kittens sunbathing everywhere in Hydra.  

We found the cutest kittens sunbathing everywhere in Hydra.

 

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Jon made a friend.

Jon made a friend.

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The cutest gelateria I’ve ever seen!

The cutest gelateria I’ve ever seen!

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It's all fun and games until a donkey farts right next to you

It's all fun and games until a donkey farts right next to you

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The port is lined with the cutest cafes and shops.

The port is lined with the cutest cafes and shops.

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We grabbed espressos and hung out under the prettiest lemon trees.

We grabbed espressos and hung out under the prettiest lemon trees.

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2. POROS

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.

 
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I fell in love with this rainbow row of buildings.

I fell in love with this rainbow row of buildings.

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People carve their names into the cacti that line the stairs up to the clocktower.

People carve their names into the cacti that line the stairs up to the clocktower.

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Best smile in the world!

Best smile in the world!

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3. AEGINA

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.

 
View of the ancient temple of Apollo from our ship just before docking.

View of the ancient temple of Apollo from our ship just before docking.

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Marine Layer pins

Marine Layer pins

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Little chapels on a hill 

Little chapels on a hill 

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The monastery of Saint Nektarios

The monastery of Saint Nektarios

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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

Trip highlights 

  • 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.

Leave any comments/questions below!! Mykonos is up soon – stay tuned!