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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

Dufour Yachts, 2020
Dufour 430 GL
Booked 3 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Grill
Hot water
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Self-tacking jib
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
Teak
From 10/10 to 17/10
2 800 2 100
for 1 week, bareboat
, 2018
Sun Odyssey 440
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Hot water
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 10/10 to 17/10
3 300 2 310
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2005
Bavaria 38
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Teak
From 10/10 to 17/10
1 375 1 100
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2017
Oceanis 41.1
Booked 8 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
GPS plotter in cockpit
Internet connection
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 10/10 to 17/10
2 200 1 540
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2015
Lagoon 450 Flybridge
Booked 12 times recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Electric winches
Fans in cabins
Internet connection
Inverter
Microwave
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
Swimming ladder
TV
From 10/10 to 17/10
5 100 3 060
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2020
Sun Odyssey 490
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
Teak
From 10/10 to 17/10
4 000 3 200
for 1 week, bareboat