Athens & The Peloponnese

Charter Yachts In The Mediterranean – Greece – Athens and The Peloponnese Gulf

On the south eastern side of the Peloponnese, this route combines beautiful islands and the magnificent eastern coast of the Peloponnese including the islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses. Along this route you will explore many cosmopolitan towns, ancient temples, small peaceful fishing villages and unspoiled anchorages. This route is also highly recommended for easy bareboat sailing or for shorter periods of charter. In the Saronic Gulf the yachtsman will come upon the greatest concentration of yachts in Greece. Most of these are based at the marinas along the Attic coast from where a considerable number of charter companies operate. Many charter yachts follow the Saronic trail to nearby harbours and anchorages, so if you wish to avoid the crowds in the summer stay away from the charter yacht milk run and head for the eastern coast of the Peloponnese where there are still unspoiled harbours and anchorages.

Starting Points Athens

Alimos marina (Kalamaki) close to Pireaeus and Lavrion port. There is always something new to discover in this popular destination for Athenians. It is considered to be a calm sailing area ideal for beginners, and newcomers – with many close historical locations – and has the advantages of many other destinations all combined into one.

Wind and Sailing Conditions Easy to Navigate

The Saronic, Argolic and Eastern coast of the Peloponnesian Gulf is a very well protected cruising area with mild winds, averaging Force 3-4, usually from the North to North-East, ideal for relaxed sailing. In the Argolic Gulf, the wind is mostly in the summer, from the South-East, blowing Force 3-5. During spring and autumn the winds are normally weaker and blow from the South over the whole area. The Saronic area is divided into the coast around Athens and East Poros and Hydra were winds blow NE. The ‘Meltemi’ begins around mid July and builds up to full strength in August and early September, dying down towards the end of September. During that time it can be forced up to 5-6 (35 to 40 knots). In Argolikos Kolpos and Hydra the wind can also be SE. The ‘Meltemi’ is strong during lunch time and dies down at night. ‘The wind that comes down from the mountains of the Peloponnese, or ‘Katabatic’ winds, can reach up to 30-35 knots but only last a few hours.

History of Athens Peloponnese

There are three significant historical centres in this area. Mycenae at the head of the Argolic Gulf was the center of the Mycenaean period, which succeeded the Minoans and provided the material for Homer’s epics. Athens was of course the centre of Classical Greece, although it is all too easy to attribute too much to this ancient city and forget the contributions to art, oratory, science and commerce from other city – states all over Greece. Lastly, the fleets of Hydra and Spetses were of key importance in determining the outcome of the War of Independence and both Nafplion and Aegina were at different times the capitals of the newly liberated Greece.

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