The Saronic Gulf, that captivating gulf of Attica, containing islands of a variety of size, is a priceless gem.Athenians are fortunate to be able to reach these islands in a short time and get far from the hustle and bustle of the ciy.The nearest of them is historic Salamis which is also the most densely populated.
It has some beautiful beaches along its south coast ,the ruins of an acropolis, and the Phaneromeni monastery which has notable frescos.
But above anything else it is known for the famous naval battle that was fought in its straits in 480 B.C. between the Persian and Athenian fleets.
Aegina (Egina), famous for its pottery, is covered with pistachio trees. Its beautiful green villages are surrounded by pine forests.
Eleven kilometers east of the harbor and the capital of Aegina, is the temple of Afaia , an ancient goddess and protectress of the island, perced on top of a hill.
At a distance of 3 naytical miles west of Aegina is the lush and verdrant island of Angistri with its crystal-clear water and picturesque settlements.It has daily connections with Piraeus and Aegina. The word Poros means passage in Greek. And it is also a fitting name for this island .
Poros lies a bit further out. Its immaculate beaches slide out of the pine forest. The picturesque Zoodohou Pigis monastery is worth a visit.
Hydra (Idra) is next in line. The island is famous for its maritime tradition, as is Spetses. The Hora is picturesque and beautiful, with high and colourful sea captains mansions lining the waterfront while a stark gray hill rises in the background.
Between the mansions are narrow streets with tavernas and shops, where the foreigners gather after they reach the small port of this charming island.