Sailing in the Saronic Gulf north of Poros
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The Saronic Gulf lies to the north of Poros and includes some beautiful harbors and the world-famous theatre above Paleo Epidavros, a world heritage site.
The Saronic Gulf extends in the west from the famous Corinth canal, a sheer-sided channel carved through the rock of the isthmus that links the Peloponnese to the rest of the Greek mainland, to the western Aegean and Cyclades islands lying to the east.
Ports & places of interest
The Saronic Gulf is full of places of interest and beauty; here we provide you with some ideas and locations to consider for 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.
This port is famous for its sulphur baths, important in bygone days.
A pleasant, sleepy town where time has slowed down, there is now a new ferry quay and it is possible to moor on the south side. There is also a small marina and several tavernas and bars, but take care with the depth in the marina!
A quiet scene in Vathi’s pretty harbor.
A charming small fishing harbor, Vathi should be reached early to be sure of a place. There are excellent fish tavernas and a visit to the extinct volcano caldera above the hamlet of Kratiras is worthwhile, but not in sandals!
The harbor at Paleo Epidavros has many good tavernas and bars with places to swim. This makes it a particularly pleasant destination.
However, the most important aspect of Epidavros, besides the nearby Asklepios Sanctuary, is the world famous theatre of Epidavros, an absolute wonder and world heritage site which should not be missed.
A small intimate harbor with superb views. A good taverna and bars to reward an evening’s exploring.
Korfos is a semi-landlocked bay and a useful anchorage before or after transiting the Corinth canal. It can provide good shelter in the event of other nearby harbors being full. There are some tavernas and provisions are available.
A typical fruit caique in Aegina selling fruit directly from the boat.
Aegina is a bustling little port surrounded by numerous small shops tucked away in narrow back streets with colorful tavernas and cafes along its waterfront. Traditional caiques with fruit and vegetables tie up along the quayside and sell their wares directly from the boat.
Perdika on the south-west tip of Aegina is a charming fishing village with excellent seafront tavernas and bars. The sunset from here is not to be missed!
Angistri is a little-visited island west of Aegina. Limin Angistri on the north east offers reasonable shelter. The island is densely wooded and has attractive bays on the west coast sheltered by Dhonousa islet.