Distances from Olympic Marina - Lavrion:
Aigina – Agistri: 18 Nautical miles – 35 minutes
Poros: 25 Nautical miles - 45 minutes
Ydra: 30 Nautical miles – 50 minutes
Spetses: 46 Nautical miles – 70 minutes Saronic Gulf
Mykonos:is the most cosmopolitan Greek island. The capital town (Hóra) of the island is one of the best examples of Cycladic architecture and a spellbinding attraction for visitors. Stroll around its narrow marble streets and admire whitewashed houses with colourful doors and window frames, bougainvillea trees in purple bloom and hidden churches, along with high fashion shops. One of the most scenic corners of the island is Alefkántra or “Little Venice”, an 18th century district, dominated by grand captains’ mansions with colourful balconies and stylish windows. With balconies perched over the sea, pictures of the famous Italian city spring to mind. Relax at a waterfront café and admire the view of the quaint windmills standing imposingly on the hillside above, set against a luminous blue backdrop.
Rent one of our boats and you may enjoy the most famous beaches of the island for a memorable swim, lunch and fun! You can also arrange a private cruise to the unique Delos and Rheniaislands which are only 15 minutes away!!
Delos:is the unique Sacred Island of the Ancient Greek which is a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s an ark of history, floating lazily on the waters of the Aegean Sea, just a few miles away from cosmopolitan Mykonos and about 20 minutes with one of our hired boats. Delos, according to mythology, was revealed among the waves of the Aegean to Leto, who was being chased by the jealous Hero; it was the refuge where she gave birth to Apollo and Artemis. On Delos are found the admirably well-preserved ruins of one of the largest, most significant, and best- organized ancient Greek settlements, which you will have the chance to visit.
Rhenia:Enjoy swimming away from the crowded beaches of Mykonos. Set cruising for the unspoiled and uninhabited island of Rhenia. We will anchor in a secluded bay in Rhenia to enjoy a long day on a fine, sandy beach all by yourselves.
Paros:is the absolute place to “fall in love” with. Naoussa, the most picturesque bay of the island where the ruins of a Venetian fortress stand at the entrance and colourful cafes and restaurants await for you, hidden is a must spot and is a good starting point to rent a boat in order to explore Paros’ many beautiful beaches, which can satisfy all tastes. Some are hidden, tiny little bays, others are a natural phenomenon enclosed by unique rocks ("Kolimbithres"), while many of them are sandy, long and wide. The typical countryside with its gentle, terraced hills and magnificent rock formations, endless vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees is overwhelming. In Paros one can find, exceptional hotels and top class guesthouses. Rent one of our fabulous boats and let us reveal you unique and private beaches in near islands such as Despotiko and Antiparos for swimming and snorkeling or you may enjoy a private cruise to Sikinos, Folegandros, Ios, Koufonisia or elsewehere...
Antiparos:is the little sister of Paros, situated right next to it and has its arms wide open to welcome those that long for tranquility and unspoiled beauty. You can rent one of our boats from Paros and reach the island within a few minutes or hire one of our boats straight from the port of Antiparos. The island of Antiparos offers golden beaches, crystal clear waters and landscapes full of cedar trees. The breathtaking cave of Antiparos is the most interesting natural sightseeing of the whole island of Antiparos. With one of our chartered speedboats you can explore unique and private beaches in near islands such as Despotiko and Paros for swimming and snorkeling or you may enjoy a private cruise to Sikinos, Folegandros, Ios, Koufonisia or elsewehere...
Sifnos:is the choice for travelers that really know what they want. The island offers a wide selection of beaches for all tastes, a quiet but playful nightlife and probably the best gastronomic experience in the Aegean sea. The historic settlement of Kástro (meaning “castle”), inhabited since ancient times, the white washed house of Hora and the traditional settlement of Artemonas can take your heart forever. Also, Sifnos is chosen by many visitors as a base to explore the other island of the Aegean. Hire one of our boats and set for the dream holiday of your life. Rent one of our boats and explore the unique beautiful beaches or you can set a private cruise to Paros, Milos, Sikinos, Polyaigos, Folegandros, Ios, Koufonisia or anywhere you wish...
Koufonissia:are the absolute destination for those who seek relaxation on their holidays and look for those golden sand beaches whose turquoise waters that will seduce you forever. Rent one of our boats and explore privately one of the few “paradises” left on earth… The place’s rhythms are relaxed like a sweet jazz melodyand one can taste the original ‘island way’ with fish and seafood straight from the sea. Renting of a privately chartered boat will allow you to go there even just for a swim in the magical beach of Pori and then jump right next “door” to Amorgos or Naxos if you feel like mixing up with the crowd.
KEA – TZIA
The island of Kea (Κέα) or Tzia (Τζιά) belongs to the Cyclades and it is the nearest to Athens from that group of islands.Rent one of our boats from Athens or Lavrion and in about 40 minutes you may enjoy privately this beautiful island that many Athenians have bought properties and built fancy villas. Korissia (Κορησσία) is the commercial harbor within the large Bay of Saint Nicholas where the ferries dock. It is a busy place with several restaurants and stores. There is an excellent bakery here!
Deeper into the bay there is the picturesque Vourkari (Βουρκάρι) fishing and tourist spot. Many charter sailing and private motor yachts moor here and it’s the perfect spot to rent a boat that will take you around the island. Plenty of restaurants, few bars, an art gallery and Food Marquette on the dock, and also the spectacular beaches synthesize one of our favorite destinations.
Kythnos:is a harsh, rocky island with healing waters and a nice variety of things to do, lazy days by the sea and a good, but not too busy nightlife.Even though it is practically without vegetation, the locals live off growing olives and making wine besides tourism. The island is a little bit different from the other Cycladic islands, since its architecture is quite varied, and parts of the villages are quite modernized.Loutra ("Baths") is a small village where there are hot wells, reputed for their healing waters since antiquity.Chora is the island's capital, and is a picturesque village in medieval style. In Kanala there is a small church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with icons of healing powers. Renting a boat will help you see the top spots in the most relaxing and enjoyful way. InKythnos there are some“postcard beauty” beaches like Kolona. Also, Gaidouromantra, Episkopi and Apokroussi are only some of the other most famous places for swimming. A promising local cuisine will satisfy even the most demanding tastes.
Andros:is a perfect island not only for walkers but also for people who like to swim, snorkel, fish and sail.
Every summer sailing races are organized and there are countless wonderful beaches for windsurfing on the island fuelled by the well-known Cycladic winds. At the little harbor town of Batsi there are various water sports available during the summer season and here you can rent one of our boats. Recently the Town Council of Andros has developed a program to develop and support low-key tourism. This has involved clearing and signposting the basic network of footpaths on the island for the use of residents and visitors alike.
Although the maintenance of these paths is at times patchy, they do provide an ideal way of getting around the island. The experience will be one that will stay with you forever.
The most popular beach is probably Batsi, but other places to recommend are also AgiosPetros, Fellos, Korthi, Gavrio, Kypri, Lefka, Kaminaki and the bay of Korthi.
Distance from Athens Riviera: 25 n.milesThe location in the Argo-Saronic gulf is an immediate attraction. You can plan a cruise with our rib, which can take you there in less than an hour. Enter into the bustling port of Aegina town with your private boat and drink in the view of a moon crescent harbour with fishing boats, fruit filled caiques, and glamorous yachts jostling for position.
HistoryThe island has a special place in Greek mythology and history. The myth has it that the island took its name from the most beautiful of the twenty daughters of Asopos, the river god, who eloped with Zeus to the then deserted island. In historical terms, there is evidence that the island was inhabited from as early as 3500 B.C. The island enjoyed strong economic and social growth between around 900 B.C. and 480 B.C., including minting the first coins anywhere in Greece during the 7th. Century B.C. In more modern times, Aegina was briefly the first “capital” of modern Greece from 1827 – 1829.
Places to visit:• Temple of Aphaea, dedicated to its namesake, a goddess who was later associated with Athena; the temple was part of a pre-Christian, equilateral holy triangle of temples including the Athenian Parthenon and the temple of Poseidon at Sounion.
• Monastery of Agios Nectarios, dedicated to Saint Nectarios, a recent saint of the Greek Orthodox Church.
• Ioannis Kapodistrias (1776–1831), the first administrator of free modern Greece, had a large building constructed; intended as a barracks, it was used subsequently as a museum, a library and a school. The museum was the first institution of its kind in Greece, but the collection was transferred to Athens in 1834. A statue in the principal square commemorates him.
• Temple of Zeus Hellanios, near the village of PachiaRachi, is a 13th-century Byzantine church, built on the ruins of the ancient temple to Zeus Hellanios, built in the 4th century BC. The staircase leading up to the church, some of the original walls, and loose stones from the earlier temple remain.
Food and drinksAt breakfast, do as the Greeks do and simply enjoy a slow coffee at one of the sea-front cafes. Snack on fresh cheese and spinach pastries from the bakery and fruit from the caiques. A true delight is ouzo with mezedes or a cold beer in the sunny afternoon. Finally, finish your day as you started by doing as the Greeks do and enjoy a late dinner in one of the fantastic tavernas. Salad, fresh fish, grilled meat…. Local specialty? The famous Aegina pistachios, a product of Protected Designation Origin. Our boat will take you to all the spectacular beaches of Aegina. Enjoy your swim in lovely beaches such as Perdika or Moni and then stroll carelessly in the island esplanade.
Porosis a beautiful island with relaxing atmosphere. The nice beaches, the picturesque town and the lounge nightlife make it a popular summer weekend destination for the Athenians. With green pine trees and crystal water, the entire island gives a valuable sense of mind and body relaxation.
The town of Poros is built in the shape of an amphitheatre over two hills. In antiquity Poros consisted in fact of two islands, Sphería and Kalávria, but the last explosion of the Méthana volcano in 273 BC radically changed the morphology of the area. Sphería was cut off from Méthana, and in this way Póros took its present-day form. Lush pine trees vegetation, crystal clear beaches, a lively waterfront adorned with shops, cozy cafes and restaurants, a picturesque capital (it has been declared protected settlement) with grand traditional mansions and picturesque cobbled streets, as well as a wide selection of entertainment venues are the ingredients of this quiet, yet cosmopolitan, destination that attracts visitors from all age groups.
Peer into the history and tradition of the island through a visit to its Archaeological and its Folklore Museums. Visit also the Temple of Poseidon (built circa 520 BC; the Athenian rhetorician, Dimosthenes, committed suicide in this temple by drinking poison, pursued by Philip, the King of Macedonia); the ZoodohosPigi Monastery –the most impressive ecclesiastical monument on the island; the Russian naval base and the Residence of Governor Kapodistrias. Follow a route through the narrow streets of the town that will lead you up to a hill, where the trademark of the island stands: the historic Clock tower, where you can relax and enjoy a panoramic view of the whole town.
Take the opportunity to stroll around the Lemon Forest, a verdant hill with more than 30,000 lemon and orange trees, located on the opposite situated coast of the Peloponnese, southeast of the town of Galatás. The boat trip will only take a few minutes. The view from the hilltop to the island of Póros is really stunning.
Boúrtzi, home to the fortress of the Byzantine admiral Nasar; Modi, with its shipwreck from the Mycenaean period, and Daskaleió, with its chapel dedicated to Virgin Mary.
Poros is also famous for its beautiful beaches, stretching uninterrupted along the island’s coastline. Swim in the crystal clear waters of the long and sandy beach of Askéli; the hotels and bars situated here make it an interesting tourism resort with buzzing nightlife. MeyáloNeório is a sandy beach where the pine trees sweep right down to the water's edge. Bask in the turquoise blue waters of the “Love Bay”, a beach surrounded by verdant pine trees that literally dip their needles into the sea. Enjoy a unique natural shade!
Spetsesis a historical island located in the Saronic Gulf famous for its nautical and cultural tradition. A great number of architectural marvels adorn the charming capital of Spetses and create a nostalgic atmosphere which is essential in every Greek region. Spetses is one of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece, a pole of attraction for many renowned artists and famous celebrities. Moreover, Spetses is the birthplace of many heroic figures who took part in the Greek Revolution like LaskarinaBouboulina, the house of whom is open to the visitors, as a museum. The island is surrounded by picturesque small bays, traditional settlements and beautiful houses. A stroll around the narrow streets of the capital will give you an amazing feeling and will lead you to the historic churches and monasteries which give astonishing views to the sea and the surrounding regions.
The tiny port of Dapia is overlooked by whitewashed, Neoclassical houses and fringed by smart cafés and stylish boutiques. This is an island where your senses immediately come alive: the air, refreshingly warm, carries the smell of the sea one moment, then freshly baked pastries the next. Locals drink their espressos and frappés as they play backgammon in the shade and eye the latest arrivals climbing out of the red-and-white water taxis.
The island has an authentic charm, having remained relatively undiscovered by visitors despite only being a two-hour boat ride from Piraeus. The island is particularly popular with high-society Athenians, who retreat to their villas every summer to escape the stifling heat of the city. Renting a boat will help you wander around the island (as no cars are allowed here) and pay some visits to the cosmopolitan bay of Porto Heli right across, in the mainland of Peloponesse.
While a couple of beaches and pretty churches are within walking distance of Dapia, it is well worth climbing into a water taxi or hiring a moped to explore the island.
BEACHESWhile a couple of beaches and pretty churches are within walking distance of Dapia, (the center of Spetses) it is well worth to explore the other beached of the island .On Spetses Island, the visitor can find popular and organized beaches like Agia Marina beach and Scholes beach but also beaches which combine tranquility and untouched natural scenery like Vrellos beach and AgioiAnargyroi beach, both of which are not only among the best beaches in Spetses, Greece, but also in the entire Argosaronic Islands’ complex. Even for those who enjoy absolute relaxation there are beaches just a step away from their door, like Agios Mamas and Ligoneri beach.
Hydra, built in the shape of an amphitheatre on a slope overlooking the Argosaronic gulf, is one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Traditional stone mansions, narrow cobblestoned streets, secluded squares and above all the banning of cars and the use of around 500 donkeys as means of public transportation, explain the reason why Hydra preserved its distinctive atmosphere through the passage of time. The island experienced exceptional economic growth in the past thanks to its great naval and commercial activity. The Hydriots contributed significantly also to the 1821 War of Independence as their powerful fleet participated in crucial sea battles. It is rather impressive the fact that such a tiny island is the birthplace of five Greek Prime Ministers! Lavish stone mansions owned by important families (Voulgaris, Kountouriotis, Tombazis, Kriezis, Bountouris etc), and built by Italian artisans reveal the wealth that experienced the island in the past. Today most of these mansions house the island’s museums. 300 churches and 6 monasteries spread around the island as well as the cannons and the statues of the Independence War heroes still standing at the balconies of the islands create a romantic mosaic.
As you walk along the waterfront, the heart of the town, you encounter monuments, churches, canons, museums, old mansions, statues of famous heroes, the old gunpowder store, shops and cafes, while picturesque winding streets lead you to neighborhoods located at the upper part of the town, as well as to the old neighborhood of Kiafas.
Hydra is also a yachting paradise, as every summer groups of sailing boats moor at the harbour, where they are joined by dozens of sensational motorboats and yachts. Rent a boat at the harbor in order to explore all its beauty. It’s worth mentioning that Hydra became famous all over the world thanks to the film “Boy on a Dolphin”, shot on the island in 1957 with Sophia Loren leading the starring role.
Visit the island’s museums to take in a little history:
• Historical archive-Museum of Hydra: It showcases rare archive material related to the history, tradition and culture of the island from 1708-1865. It includes an Archive Section, the Museum Section, and the Library.
• Ecclesiastical and Byzantine Museum: Housed in the old Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, it houses vestments, holy vessels, elaborately decorated gospel and icons, mainly from the 18th century.
• Annex to the National Historical Museum: The house of LazarosKountouriotis operates as an annex of the National Historical Museum. It was donated to the National and Ethnological Society of Greece in 1979 by Kountouriotis' descendents.
• Museum of Post-Byzantine Art and History of Hydra: Housed in the mansion of GeorgiosKountouriotis, the museum exhibits personal artifacts of the Kountouriotis family, as well as exhibits from the modern history of the island.
Explore the island’s beaches:• Mandráki: During the War of Independence it was used as a harbour but today it is an organized beach with excellent water sport facilities.
• Bísti: A pebbly beach, where Hydra Diving Centre organizes water sport activities such as diving and kayaking.
• Vlychós: A beach covered with pebbles at Vlychos holiday resort.
• Spiliá: Ideal for tan-seeking sunbathers.
• Limnióniza: Many people consider it as the most beautiful beach on the island, probably because it takes two hours hiking in order to reach it, and enjoy a swim in its turquoise water!
• Hydronéta: This beach, which lies directly beneath the cannons, has cement decks suitable for sunbathing.
• Agios Nikolaos: A sandy beach, on the west of the island. Access is only possible by boat.