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Day 1: Athens - Poros

7 day route to the Saronic Islands

After renting a vessel and safely accommodating on board, spend some time talking to the manager of the charter company. Before sailing from Athens, you’ll have enough time to see the city and enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants.

Athens

Athens is consistently ranked as one of the top must-see cities of the world. Capital of Greece, birthplace of democracy, open-air museum, cradle of ancient culture – the city has no shortage of titles and admiring epithets. Thousands of years of history have made their mark on the architectural look of the city, making it a place of truly unique beauty.

While all of Athens’ districts are inviting, visitors head straight for the Acropolis to see with their own eyes the Parthenon, the Erechtheion with its famous Caryatid sculptures, the temple of Athena Nike, and the Theater of Dionysus. An exhaustive exposition is offered by the city’s many museums: the National Archeological, the Byzantine, the Theatrical, the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora, the Cycladic Art, and others. The second-most popular tourist draw is the colourful district of Plaka. Its ancient buildings have been transformed into souvenir stalls, cafes, bars and restaurants. Getting lost in the maze of Plaka’s streets is easy to do, so it’s best to regain your bearings by looking at the Wind Tower, and to stop by the ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Gate.

Arriving in Athens, yachtsmen can’t help but visit Piraeus – the third-largest city in Greece and the country’s biggest port. Although the locals don’t consider themselves Athenians, Piraeus is actually part of the capital, since it’s impossible to precisely delineate the boundary separating the two cities. Here, the bustle of harbour life blends seamlessly with official museums, archaeological landmarks, and even international film festivals.

Poros

The little Island of Poros lies in the shadow of ultra-popular Athens and the neighbouring Peloponnese. Yet, in a certain way, this plays to its advantage – you’ll surely find other tourists here, but certainly fewer than in Greece’s other resort towns.

According to written sources, Poros was considered the island of Poseidon, God of the Sea. There was once a temple to him here – the ruins of which remain today. The temple used to house numerous statues, including one of Poseidon himself. Unfortunately, over the years they’ve all been plundered; only a fragmented base of the Sovereign of the Seas statue remains. It can be found in the local archaeological museum. A visit to this museum is worth your time as many of its artifacts date back to the Mycenaean and Roman eras.

Poros’ natural surroundings are also worthy of admiration. It boasts a lemon forest, sandy beaches lined by tall pines, turquoise water, and a genuinely idyllic atmosphere. Incidentally, one of the island’s coves has a Russian name – it was once home to Count Orlov’s naval squadron.

Recommended boats for this region

Beneteau, 2009
Oceanis 37
Booked 3 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
GPS plotter
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
From 11/04 to 18/04
880 792
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2016
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Booked 3 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 11/04 to 18/04
2 600 2 470
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2010
Bavaria 43 Cruiser
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 11/04 to 18/04
1 400 950
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2005
Sun Odyssey 45
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Hot water
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Self-tacking jib
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 11/04 to 18/04
1 500 1 275
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2020
Lagoon 42
Booked 3 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Roller furling genoa
Self-tacking jib
Solar panels
From 11/04 to 18/04
3 500 3 150
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2015
Oceanis 48
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 11/04 to 18/04
1 935 1 451
for 1 week, bareboat