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Two Week Saronics Flotilla
Two Week Saronics Flotilla OverviewOur Saronic flotilla starts and finishes in Astrous, a small, stunning fishing village with excellent tavernas and friendly locals. The wind in the Saronic Islands is a little stronger than the Ionian, making it the perfect step up for some exhilarating sailing.
The historic nature of the area means there are always things to explore on shore. Our favourite spot has to be Monemvasia...where else can you swim with turtles in the crystal clear waters of the harbour by day and be wine tasting in an ancient Byzantine city by night? Take us back!
The first few days of the flotilla will be spent sailing south along the Eastern coast of the Peloponnese visiting some of the most beautiful ports the coastline has to offer including Tiros, Plaka and Kyparissi. The flotilla may aim to visit the stunning port of Monemvasia (weather permitting!). Dhokos Island is a popular spot where we often host flotilla beach parties in the large sheltered bay with spectacular sunsets.
When we sail in this area, we always wish we had another week, as there are so many places to explore! We are often amazed to find some harbours uncrowded, even in August. There is seldom a rush to get in and the welcome in each place gives you a taste of true Greek hospitality.
The taverna atmosphere remains familiar with the addition of a few new dishes. The local wine is delightful and the ambience is addictive. Dining out is more than a meal - it is a cultural experience that will envelop you.
The winds in the Saronic Islands are generally from the south east. It offers great sailing without any significant swell, however it can be stronger than some are used to, so a previous flotilla or other sailing experience is a good idea before tackling this cruise. Having said that, the area is idyllic.
Typical Itinerary & Highlights
Days 1 - 2, Join the flotilla in Astrous
Our more adventurous Saronic flotilla starts and finishes in Astrous, a small, stunning fishing village with excellent tavernas and friendly locals.
After you arrive the lead crew will give you a short boat briefing before the main skippers briefing the following morning!
Days 2 - 8, Exploring the eastern coast of the Peloponnese
The first few days of the flotilla will be spent sailing south along the eastern coast of the Peloponnese visiting some of the most picturesque ports the coastline has to offer including Astros, Tiros, Plaka and Kyparissi. The flotilla may aim to visit the stunning port of Monemvasia (weather permitting!).
Plaka is a beautiful small harbour in the Argolic Gulf. It is a very peaceful spot, with a long pebble beach and a harbour with crystal clear waters. It is a stop hard not to love.
Tiros is a beautiful fishing village with a bustling promenade and market stalls. It is a completely loveable place with excellent shelter and friendly locals! Plaka is another small harbour in the Argolic Gulf that offers a peaceful spot with a pebble beach and crystal clear waters.
If the weather is good the flotilla may try to have a couple of longer days to head down to Monemvasia before heading over to the islands.
Days 9 - 12, The Saronic Islands
The second week will be spent heading up to explore the islands of Spetses, Hydra and the surrounding coast.
Hydra is a beautifully picturesque harbour that has changed very little since the mid 19th century. There was no motorised transport on the island until very recently, instead there are mostly donkeys! It has a number of boutique shops and beautiful mansion houses, which subsequently attract throngs of tourists and celebrities. Gone are the days when we could get a full flotilla into the harbour for the night, but it's a great spot for lunch if you get there early enough!
Dhokos Island is another popular spot where we often host flotilla beach parties in the large sheltered bay with spectacular sunsets.
Days 13 - 15, Returning to Astrous
The last few days will be spent meandering along the eastern coastline of the Argolic Gulf visiting stunning ports such as Koiladhia. An overnight stop at anchor in Vivari is also not to be missed before returning to Astrous for a final meal with your fellow flotilla sailors.