Saronic & Argolic Gulf-Greece
Saronic & Argolic Gulf are just gorgeous, and are located just off the east coast off Peloponnese. The beautiful island of Spetses is the stunning entrance to the gulf and happily, this area is a mind blowingly magical mix of both pristine islands and gulf, with the Saronic Islands and Saronic Gulf as the result. Surrounded by Arcadia and Argolis, the main islands are Bourtzi, Plateia and Psili.
If you’re fortunate enough to be on a yacht, here’s a great opportunity to explore the local waters, islands and indulge in great fresh Greek seafood. Locals and fellow travellers alike delight in the glittering seas and robust native flora and fauna. With ample area for scuba-diving, deep sea diving, water sports and more, the gulf is ultimately your playground.
Saronic & Argolic Gulf Things To Do: ✓ Scuba Dive: get a group of friends together and engage with the world beneath the surface.
Porto Cheli based in an Argolic Gulf bay is the sinfully sweet summer town of Ermionida in southeastern Argolis of Greece, Peloponnese. Neighbouring Kranidi and Nafplio are closeby by boat, and Spetses is just a mere 6 kilometers south of Porto Cheli (which is also known as Porto Heli), where you can also find Halieis, an inspiring ancient city site.
Moons ago, King Constantine the second of Greece once lived here with his wife, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. Today, it’s known as a resort town, featuring yacht marinas, bubbling excitement in its nightlife and delightful markets and boutique shopping. A must see site is the area of Ermioni and in 5th century BC, the colour of royal purple was born here! A sea snail called the murex was responsible for deriving the now famous royal colour, and its influence still resonates today with the common catchphrase ‘to the purple born’.
Spetses was known as Pityoussa and Petses in history, and in modern times is a wealthy and healthy successful settlement island. With only one primary inhabitant location based in the town of Spetses, and a relatively low population count, this 27 kilometer squared municipality is both unusual and predictable, in a unique engaging way. The town prescribes no private cars in its limits and so strolling, cycling and even horse-drawn carriages are all permitted. This type of inner town dynamic creates a lovely atmosphere for all travellers. Don’t worry, you’ll still have access to taxis, ferries and hydrofoils too. The beaches are beautiful and naturally, predominately enclosed. Explore the closest beach to the town center, Agios Mamas and Kaíki. You can enjoy a wonderful array of watersports and private dining with bespoke offerings and of course, fresh local produce. Spetses Things To Do: ✓ Cycle: stay fit on land by cycling through the lush local trails.
Hydra caters to both Hydriots (the locals) and international tourists with all types of flavours, interests and requirements. The main town, which is known as Hydra Port, has a small population of less than 4,000 inhabitants. As one of the Saronic Islands in Greece, it’s only separated by the Peloponnese with just a slight water strip, and its sweet small island hamlets and villages include Episkopi, Palamidas and Molos.
There’s lots to do here in Hydra, from hiking to historic house viewings, beach picnics to scuba diving and pamper sessions. For epic self-care sessions featuring high-end natural beauty goodies and top-notch one on one services, this setting is a great backdrop to a new you. Day trips present as a great chance to explore the best of Hydra all-in-one, from mansion viewing to island hopping and some shopping with street scooters.
Admired for its remarkable acoustics, the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus is just a brief drive from Porto Heli. It’s a highly significant and archaeologically significant site in Greece, safely tucked away in a forest for safeguarding. Reportedly erected by Polykleitos the Younger in 4th century BC, its original 34 theater rows were eventually further extended in the mid 2nd century to accommodate more people, with another 21 rows added later.
It seats a whopping 14, 000 theater-goers, and its strategic build and structure ensures that the natural surrounds provide a rich, fragrant atmosphere, all on the soils of Argolida. Charming, mystifying and a taste of the old, you’ll be glad to know that even today you can experience a performance at Epidaurus.
The now famous Athens-Epidaurus Festival was launched in 1954, and commenced as plays host, annually. From dramas to comedies to contemporary pieces, a wide-range of works continue to be showcased here!