The Saronic Gulf is home to a vast mix of bustling city chaos and relaxed, laid-back culture. Those who like to explore will discover a plethora of historical beauty, both man-made and natural, while the party animals will find a vibrant nightlife with a great selection of bars and clubs to choose from. The islands are extremely popular with Athenians, so do expect room prices to skyrocket in the summer, particularly at weekends.
Ferries are the best way to get around between the different islands in the Saronic group, all of which can be booked here on AFerry.co.uk! Island hopping is an activity we would highly recommend, allowing you to take in everything the Saronic islands has to offer.
Once on one of the islands, the methods of travel can vary. Cars and bikes are banned in Hydra, but this certainly adds to its charm as the main ways around the island are by donkey or by tow boat. Either way, you get a much more interesting ride around taking in all the scenery.
On the island of Spetses, buses run but private cars are banned, making public transport very expensive. However, bikes and motorcycles are available for hire.
On the other islands of Aegina, Agistri, Methana and Poros, more traditional methods of transport are available, although they can be expensive. Travelling on foot is the best way to take in the sights without spending your hard-earned holiday money.
Each island has a unique offering, so hopping between the Saronic islands is highly recommended to get the most out of your visit. Trying to sum up the Saronic islands in one paragraph is extremely difficult, as the main trait these islands share is variety. You will find different attractions from island to island, and you will also be surprised at the variety of things you can find within one island alone!
If you happen to find yourself in Aegina, then the ruins are a must see. There is an admission fee but you are able to touch (and even sit on!) the crumbling ruins. To really get the most out of it, wear your swimsuit and enjoy a dip! Fantastic views can be had across the strait, stretching all the way to Piraeus.
A good way to think of Hydra is a toned down, more sophisticated version of Mykonos. The most popular bars are gathered along the harbour; they offer a great variety of drinks and loud music for all the tastes until early in the morning.
With the Saronic islands, the choice is yours and you have the freedom to truly reconnect with the simple pleasures of being human as you walk through our race's history amongst beautiful surroundings.
Each island has a unique offering, so hopping between the Saronic islands is highly recommended