Beautiful islands close to Athens

Aegina, Agistri, Poros, Spetses, Hydra, are the closest islands to Athens.

Do you want to go on a super fast trip for a two-day holiday? There’s one place that offers easy access with no planning whatsoever. The islands that are close to Athens are ideal for traveling by boat because they have daily and frequent itineraries, and in just 1 hour you can switch from stress mode to tranquility zone. Boat trips to the Saronic Gulf are easily organized with tickets from Let’s Ferry.

Aegina, Agistri, Poros, Spetses, Hydra, are the closest islands to Athens. They are vibrant and lively all year round and they offer holiday options for every budget. Book your ticket Friday morning and a few hours after you leave work, you can find yourself in Perdika or Dapia. Whatever your destination, see the information you need for each island before you travel.

Aegina
The island, which can be seen from most areas of southern Athens, is busy all year round as it is a very popular destination.

How to get to Aegina
The trip to Aegina by conventional boat takes 70 minutes, while the flying dolphin gets you there in 40 minutes. The port is located in the city of Aegina and if you do not have a car, you can go around by taxi, bus or carriage.

What to see in Aegina
The Monastery of Agios Nektarios, where the tomb and the relics of the Saint Nektarios are located. It is one of the largest monasteries in the Balkans.

The Monastery of Agios Nektarios in Aegina
- Writer Nikos Kazantzakis's house is very close to the port.
- The Temple of Aphaia is located near Agia Marina.

The temple of Aphaia
- The island of Moni has a wonderful beach and hospitable inhabitants who just happen to be… deer. A boat from the port will take you there.
- The best beaches in Aegina are ​​Agia Marina, Sarpa, Marathonas and Klima.

What to eat in Aegina
The famous Aegina pistachio stars in many sweet and savory dishes.

Agistri
An idyllic, exotic island where you can ride around comfortably by bike. It is perfect, with sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

How to get to Agistri
Agistri has two ports, Skala and Mylos. The trip to Agistri lasts 55 minutes by fast ferry while the conventional boat takes 1 hour and 35 minutes.

The small island Aponisos in Agistri
What to see in Agistri

- The Cultural Center in Megalochori hosts ancient findings.
- The pine forest is ideal for walking and swimming in hidden coves.
- The lake that joins the sea in the area of ​​Lekani.
- Dragonera, Skala, Mareza, Halikiada and Skliri are the most famous beaches of the island.

Don’t miss in Agistri
Aponisos, the private island connected to Agistri by bridge. Swim in its crisp waters that feel like a natural pool.

Poros
An island created by a volcanic eruption, today Poros is one of the most densely populated ones in Greece.

How to get to Poros
The trip to Poros by fast ferry lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes while the conventional boat will take you there in 2 hours and 35 minutes.

The clock in Poros island
What to see in Poros
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The Clock, the classic meeting point of the island.
- The Lemon Forest of Galata, that you can reach by boat.
- The Archaeological Museum of Poros, with statues and ancient artefacts found in the area.
- The Russian Naval Station leading to a secluded beach.
- The Monastery of Zoodochou Pigi that is connected to an organized beach.
- The Sanctuary of Poseidon at the highest point of the island.
- For fantastic diving sessions, you will go to Mikro and Megalo Neorio, Perlia and Askeli.

Sandy beach in Poros
Where to go in Poros

To the Port of Love, the most romantic cove in the Saronic Gulf.

Spetses
The most cosmopolitan island in the Saronic Gulf has impressive captain's houses, refined restaurants and the best hiking trails.

How to get to Spetses
The journey to Spetses by fast ferry takes 3 hours and 20 minutes.

The island of Spetses
What to see in Spetses

- The Bouboulina Museum, where you will learn about the life of the heroine of the Greek Revolution.
- The «peranzada» (strolling path) in Dapia.
- The lighthouse in the old port, which is one of the oldest in Greece.

Museum in Spetses
- The Museum of Spetses at the Hatzigianni Mexi Mansion.
- The Cave of Bekiris with the wonderful stalagmites.
- The Anargyreio and Korgialenio School, in front of Ligoneri beach.
- For diving you will go to Agios Mammas, Agios Nikolaos, Kounoupitsa, Zogeria, Vrellos and Xylokeriza.

Don’t miss in Spetses
The Armata, which is the representation of the naval battle of Spetses. It lasts two days and it is held here every September.

Hydra
Leave your car at home as they are not allowed in Hydra and walk around the most romantic island near Athens.

How to get to Hydra
The trip to Hydra by fast ferry takes 2 hours.

Statue in Hydra island
What to see in Hydra

- The Ecclesiastical and Byzantine Museum, located at the port.
- The bastions in the port, with the cannons standing left and right.
- The Historical Museum of Hydra, with important archives about the history of the island.
- The bronze statue of hero Andreas Miaoulis.
- The stone arches in Kiafa.
- The Historical House of Lazaros Koundouriotis which is part of the National Historical Museum.
- For swimming you will go to Spilia, Avlaki, Hydronetta, Bisti, Vlychos, Klimaki, Nisiza and Plakes.

The island of Hydra
Don’t miss in Hydra

Book a tour of Hydra by boat, to the sounds of jazz music. The tour starts late in the afternoon so you can have plenty of time to enjoy the sunset!

Do not waste time and choose one of the islands near Athens for a short vacation. Just grab a few things and book your ferry tickets to the islands of the Saronic Gulf with Let’s Ferry.

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