Athens & Saronic sailing holidays
Updated: Sep 18, 2020
The Saronic gulf is due to its proximity to Athens the focal point of yacht charters in Greece. Aside from the location, also the prolific ancient history attracts both tourists and sailors to these waters and shores.
Nearly all charter yachts are based at the marinas along the Attic peninsula (Attica) from where the majority of the yacht charter companies operate.
As a result of this concentration, many yachts follow identical itineraries in the Saronic/Argolic and converse at predictable times in Aegina, Poros, Hydra… To avoid these crowds, skip these for later and sail on (in front of the fleets) towards the east coast of the Peloponnese.
The western coast of the Saronic is mainly mountainous with a ridge running parallel to the shore (600 – 900 m). Higher up the land remains barren, but below densely wooded areas can be found.
The normal summer winds depend heavily on where you are. During the summer the meltemi is the normal wind in this area. Along the mainland coast from the Corinth Canal to Cape Sounion as well as the area between Methana and the mainland (Attica) it will blow Force 4 – 6 at max., from NNE – NE. Near the mountainous west coast the wind will have a more northern component. The winds are less strong near the Methana peninsula and Poros, whereas near Cape Sounion they might be stronger. Importantly, the meltemi blows with less regularity and less force than in the Cycladic islands.
The Attica coast is mostly mountainous barren terrain, which holds 66% of the industrial activities of Greece especially around the island of Salamis and the harbour area of Piraeus.