The best and easiest day- or few days trip around Athens is to visit the islands of the Saronic Gulf, i.e. Aegina, Hydra, Spetses, Poros, and Agistri! They are too close to Athens to miss and the ferry schedules are really dense (many ferries per day), facilitating your transfer to these beautiful islands!
What to do in a daytrip?
You can choose between Hydra, Poros, Spetses, and Aegina, to enjoy a full day in islands. Strolling or cycling around, the sun and the sea breeze, swimming, tasting delicious foods are only some of the things that one can do in the islands of the Saronic… Or you may try the following ideas:
Poros: Visit the narrow strip of sea that separates the island of Poros from the Peloponesse. There you will find one of the most beautiful lemon-tree forests in Greece and you will enjoy a magnificent view
Spetses: Bike in between blossomed bougainvillea, eating fish in a nice tavern by the sea and having your dessert at Dapia!
Aegina: Visit the temple of the ancient goddess Athina, stroll around the beautiful alleys of the old city and enjoy coffee and lunch near the port!
Hydra: The noblest island in the Saronic Gulf is ideal for hanging out. You will start your walk from the port, continue to the large clock and the Marine Museum. Stroll around the picturesque alleys and squares. You can have a delicious lunch at the port and enjoy the sunset in Hydronetta!
Ferry schedules for Saronic islands
So, in order to seize the day, you should start your excursion early in the morning. Starting from Piraeus port you will be at your island destination within a couple of hours. There you can try different thing and of course enjoy the island breeze.
Ferry schedules from Piraeus to Aegina and Agistri in 2018
The ferry timetables for the line between Piraeus and Aegina have been announced by all companies up to May 2018. June schedules have only benn announced by ANES Ferries, wheresas we are expecting the rest of the companies to announce them on the following days.
From March till May there are more than 10 itineraries per day either by high-speed ferries or by conventional ones. The ferries depart in almost constant intervals from 07:00 am to 18:00 pm.
It is important to mention that some of the ferries that reach Aegina, continue their trip to Agistri. As a general rule, this small beautiful island is connected to Piraeus with ~5 ferries per day.
Ferry schedules from Piraeus to Hydra, Poros, Spetses for 2018
Poros, Hydra, and Spetses are on the same ferry route. During spring 2018 there are three to five ferries per day that serve this route, either high-speed dolphing or high-speed catamarans, which unfortunately do not transfer cars. The typical duration of the trip is around 1 hour for Poros, between one and two hours for Hydra and two to three hours for Spetses.
The first ferry departs from Piraeus at 08:00 am and the last at 18:00 pm
To sum up, if you are visiting Athens and want to go on one or few days trip in an island, Poros, Hydra, Spetses and Aegina are really ideal! Search in Ferryhopper and get your tickets (Hellenic Seaways provides also e-tickets!!) to the islands!