Take advantage of boat tour to three Greek islands in the Saronic Gulf of the deep blue Aegean Sea in one day, leaving you with a myriad of unforgettable memories.
Hydrea (Greek for water) owes its name to the natural springs on the island, now dried up. This small island, the shape of an amphitheater, has 300 churches and 6 monasteries huddled away in its narrow cobblestone streets and alleys. In these picturesque little streets, the only transport is the island’s 500 donkeys.
The waterfront is the heart of the town, brimming with cafés, restaurants, bars, and shops. The natural harbors make Hydra a yachting paradise.
The island was made famous by the 1957 movie “Boy on a Dolphin,” starring Sophia Loren.
Tiny, hilly, and mountainous Poros consists of two islands, Kalavria (meaning gentle breeze), in the north, and Spheria, the volcanic section, in the south. A bridge connects Kalavra and Spheria across a narrow strait.
The nerve center is the waterfront, which is packed with cafés, restaurants, bars, and shops. Follow one of the narrow winding streets from the harbor and you will reach the historic clock tower with panoramic views of the island and surrounding sea.
In ancient times Kalavria was home to an asylum dedicated to the god Poseidon. The ruins of the Temple of Poseidon (520 BC) can be seen on a hilltop close to town.
Poros was the site of the first naval base of modern Greece in 1827.
Triangle-shape Aegina is the largest of the three islands. Two-thirds of the island is taken up by an extinct volcano. The name of the island is derived from Aegina, mother of hero Aeacus, who was born on the island and became king. In ancient times Aegina was a great rival to Athens the greatest sea power of the era.
On the north and west sides of the island, fertile plains are ideal for growing grain, cotton, vines, almonds, figs, and olive, but by far the most famous crop is the pistachio nut, often called Aegean nut.
Near the village of Pachia Rachi are the 13th century Byzantine church built on the ruins of the ancient Temple of Hellanios and the Temple of Aphaea dedicated to its namesake, a goddess associated with Athina.
Aegina is popular for its many beautiful beaches and lively atmosphere.