The Saonic Islands
Beginning just outside Athens, the Saronic Islands are mostly appreciated for their relaxing sailing conditions. Unlike the Cyclades, the area is sheltered from the prevailing wind and waves, which makes sailing between the islands a rather relaxing experience. Despite the crowd in summer, the area has proven to be providing the perfect balance sailing holiday-makers are seeking, combining remote coves and cultural sightseeing surrounded by breathtaking landscape.
Highlights of the Saronic Islands
Hydra, Poros, Aegina, Methana, Epidavros, Spetses, Leonidio, Monemvassia
In the summer months when the land gets heated up, a sea breeze will blow throughout the afternoons, giving the sailors an exciting but rather smooth lift to the next island! These wind patterns, locally known as Bouka Doura, blow from a south-southeasterly direction between 12 and 16 knots and usually dies when the sun sets.
The distances between the islands are short (2-4 hours of sailing per day) allowing more flexibility in dividing the distances and enjoying longer swim stops in wild anchorages.