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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

Bavaria Yachtbau, 2018
Bavaria 41 Cruiser
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 24/04 to 01/05
2 300 1 955
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2011
Sun Odyssey 439
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Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 24/04 to 01/05
2 250 1 710
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2018
Bavaria 41 Cruiser
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 24/04 to 01/05
1 950
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2017
Oceanis 411
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Outboard engine
Safety net
Spinnaker
From 24/04 to 01/05
2 418 2 055
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2011
Sun Odyssey 439
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
From 24/04 to 01/05
2 329 1 747
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2018
Sun Odyssey 519
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
Dinghy
Electric winches
GPS plotter
Hot water
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 24/04 to 01/05
4 410 3 771
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat