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Sailing in the Argolic Gulf

Sailing in the Argolic Gulf west of Poros

The Argolic Gulf lies due west of Poros and is up in the Peloponnese mainland. The area includes major historic sites such as Mycenae & Tiryns, world heritage sites, the island & town of Hydra (Ídhra) and city of Nafplion.

The Argolic gulf is particularly full of places of interest and beauty; here are some ideas and locations to consider while you are planning your itinerary.

Please note that waypoints are provided for identification purposes only and represent good ‘stand-off’ locations. However, they are not intended to be used for navigation.

Hydra

Hydra is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. There are massive stone merchants’ houses nestling in a rocky landscape.

The harbor is very small and space is at a premium and so it is always important to get into the harbor early. There are countless restaurants and bars and the whole effect is enhanced by the absence of motorized transport.

Ermioni

It is really worthwhile finding the time to visit this beautiful village sat on a pine-clad peninsula. Choose the north or south quay according to the wind direction and enjoy magnificent sunsets from the many fine tavernas.

An impressive farmers’ market is held every Thursday morning where you can buy fresh local produce.

Port Heli

While there are several beautiful anchorages in the approach to the main bay, Porto Heli itself is busy and crowded and is best kept as a safe anchorage in bad weather. It is also a good spot for provisioning from one of the many large stores.

Spetses

Spetsai is a beautiful historical island that should be visited so as to not miss its magnificent houses, traditional boatyards and the house of the Greek heroine of the War of Independence, Bouboulina.

While it may not be easy to find a place in the old harbor, there are several delightful bays to choose from depending upon the prevailing wind direction and strength. Transport around the island by water taxi is available.

Koiladhia

While Koiladhia is not a beautiful village, the bay affords totally safe anchoring. Eating out is a must for the fish lover as Koiladhia is a working fishing port.

On the eastern side of the bay, opposite the village, you can visit the Francithi cave which has been the source of numerous prehistoric remains including the skeleton of a stone-age inhabitant, believed to be the oldest human remains found in Greece.

Vivari

This stunning landlocked inlet has the remains of a small Venetian fort on its Northern entrance.

You can moor at the head of the inlet and there are excellent tavernas on the shore. It’s also possible to take a taxi into Nafplion a few miles to the north.

Nafplion

This city is not to be missed and worth staying for a day. The picturesque old town is a mixture of Venetian, Turkish and neo-classical buildings and a stroll through the narrow streets and open squares overhung with bougainvillea, clematis and jasmine is a delightful experience.

The harbor is more commercial than many you may visit, but the town, Palamidi and general ambiance of the place more than makes up for it!

Astros

Astros harbor gives good shelter in the summer and is clean enough to swim in. A short walk above the town you can visit a ruined Venetian castle. There are numerous tavernas and bars and restaurants around the sandy bay and a few kilometers of beach.

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