The Saronic Gulf or Gulf of Aegina in Greece forms part of the Aegean Sea. It defines the eastern side of the isthmus of Corinth and it is the eastern terminus of the Corinth Canal, which cuts across the isthmus. The gulf includes the islands of Aegina, Salamis and Poros along with smaller islands of Patroklou and Vleves. The port of Piraeus, lies on the northeastern edge of the gulf.
Beaches line much of the gulf coast from Poros to Epidaurus, Galataki to Kineta, from Megara to Eleusis and from Piraeus down to Anavyssos. Athens urban area surrounds the northern and the eastern coasts of this gulf. Bays in the gulf include Phaleron Bay, Elefsina Bay to the north and Kechries Bay in the northwest.
Most charter yachts are based at the marinas along the Attic coast where the majority of the yacht charter companies operate. As a result of this concentration, many yachts follow the same trail and flock together at Aegina, Poros, Hydra and so forth.
The Saronic Gulf islands are the closest to Athens and can be reached in an hour or less by highspeed to Aegina and Agistri. As Saronic Gulf is sheltered from wind, even in bad weather, these islands can be visited by the One-Day Saronic Cruise which boasts 364 days per year.
But the Saronic islands are also worth spending more time on and the island of Hydra which has a jet set reputation that rivals Mykonos. Sailing and Scuba diving on board a motor yacht or power boat is also popular in Saronic Gulf.
Whether you want to escape with a bareboat boat to an isolated island or to an island full of life and entertainment or even to explore the remains of some of Europe oldest civilizations, Saronic Gulf provide you all. The best thing is that it is the lure of sand, sea and year round of sunshine weather, which is the biggest attraction.
The western coast of the Saronic is mainly mountainous with a ridge running parallel to the shore and rising near the Methana peninsula. Higher up the land remains barren, but below densely wooded areas can be found.
There are many historical places that you can visit such as, Paleochora which is hilltop village that was founded sometime in the 9th century when coastal residents moved inland to avoid pirate raids and Kolona which is the sole standing column of the ancient temple of Apollo and is a city state that was a major rival of Athens until the 5th century.