Argo-Saronic Gulf Islands’ and Athens’ hidden Gems
Attica, Faliro, Athens Riviera, Photo: GNTO Y.Skoulas
Athens – A trip back through 6,000 years of history
Inhabited since the Neolithic age, Athens is considered Europe’s historical capital. The city reached the zenith of its long and fascinating history in the 5th century B.C. when its values and civilization acquired a universal significance and glory.
Today, Athens offers visitors a unique experience – a trip back through 6,000 years of history.
Athens, Acropolis Photo: GNTO/Y. Skoulas
In Athens, summer does not come to an end in August; it remains exciting and full of surprises in September as well. Sun-drenched beaches with crystal waters and a superb nightlife make Athens Riviera an incredible setting much similar to a typical cosmopolitan Greek island.
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Saronic Gulf Islands
The Peloponnese’s east shoreline and the islands dotting the Argolic & Saronic Gulf waters are popular tourist destinations in close proximity to Athens. Methana, Salamina, Aegina, Agistri, Poros, Hydra, and Spetses can offer their visitors memorable experiences that include views of beautiful land & seascapes, impressive archaeological sites, museums, stately homes, picturesque villages and wonderful beaches.
Aegina Island is a popular tourist destination and the ideal weekend getaway – only 16.5 nautical miles away from Piraeus Harbour. It’s a great choice for family holidays, as the island’s mostly sandy beaches are washed by calm waters.
Aegina Photo: GNTO/M. Chatzi
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Spetses - The Island of the aromas
Set sail for Spetses Island and visit a place with a long and glorious maritime history. By the harbour you will see carriages waiting in line. Take a romantic trip around the island in horse-drawn carriages and admire the grand mansions adorning the narrow cobbled streets of the island. You can visit Spetses during September, when ‘Armata’ a truly impressive re-enactment of a naval battle takes place ever since 1931.
Spetses, Photo: Municipality of Spetses
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Your next sailing destination is Hydra, the celebrities’ favorite spot and one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. This island has been selected by famous artists, writers and jet-setters, such as Leonard Cohen, Henry Miller and the Greek famous painter N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika. Apart from attracting sailing lovers, Hydra is also an interesting place from an architectural point of view as numerous luxury residences have been built there by Italian craftsmen.
Argosaronic Gulf, Hydra Photo: GNTO/Y. Porfiropoulos
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Your next destination is Poros Island. In antiquity Poros consisted in fact of two islands, Sphería and Kalávria, but the last explosion of the Méthana volcano in 273 BC radically changed the morphology of the area. Lush pine trees vegetation, crystal clear beaches, a lively waterfront adorned with shops, cosy cafes and restaurants as well as a wide selection of entertainment venues are the ingredients of this quiet, yet cosmopolitan, destination that attracts visitors from all age groups.
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